Real Estate Headlines with Tesla, Basements and Spain

A belated happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there who make our homes that special place to come back to. With Mother’s Day gone, college kids are home for the summer and Memorial Day is on the horizon. Before you start thinking about how you need to get on that summer vacation planning, let’s start your week with a weekly dose of real estate headlines.

Tesla is not just revolutionizing cars, but plans to light up your home for the next century.

Are basement becoming the new trend to add space to homes?

If you’re wanting a home in a sunny location, the experts say you should look at Spain.

Are sophisticated palates helping attract relocating Baby Boomers?

The Huffington Post reports that a well-done home inspection is the key to any real estate transaction.

Are global crime syndicates investing in real estate? Apparently they are in Australia.

Forget single family homes. California investors are moving towards multi-family homes.

Canadian homeowners are planning on spending an average of $17,000 on home renovations this year.

Are more Americans looking at real estate overseas?

And finally, for Star Wars fans that really want to turn their bathroom faucet into a lightsaber, you need to see this picture.

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Real Estate Headlines with Hulk, Iron Man and the Avengers

This was a weekend of epic proportions. You had the boxing match of the century. The Kentucky Derby crowned their annual winner. And you had a sports trifecta with NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs and the NFL Draft all happening on the same day. Let’s not forget Yankees vs. Red Sox. But all of those pale in comparison to the gargantuan opening of the Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. So this week’s real estate headlines are all Avengers themed to create possibly the most epic real estate headlines post of all time.

The Hulk once again is stealing the screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron even though several of his first movies were busts. Still he had a pretty nice house set next to Atticus Finch’s place in the first movie.

Thor (sigh). The god of thunder and son of Odin in real life is, of course, Chris Hemsworth. (double sigh) Did you know he bought the home of former Crocodile Dundee star, Paul Hogan? Take a look inside.

Here are 5 interesting facts about Tony Stark’s drool-worthy home from the first three Iron Man movies.

Take a tour of the original comic book home of the Avengers, Avengers Mansion.

Can you picture Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., living in a ranch style home with a white picket fence? Well, he does.

The director of Avengers and also of Buffy fame, Joss Whedon, once directed an indie film that was shot entirely at his own home.

Hawkeye (a.k.a. Jeremy Renner) has a bit of an eye for real estate and actually flips a number of historic Hollywood homes.

Chris Evans thinks his Avengers character, Captain America, is ultimately search for the real meaning of home in these Marvel movies.

And finally, Tony Starks AI companion, Jarvis, has been recreated in real life by MIT engineers to help automate your home.

 

Header image courtesy of Flickr user JD Hancock

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Real Estate Headlines with Jordan Spieth, George Lucas and Vacation

Welcome to the second half of April. I know. I’m not sure where the first half went either. Colleges are about to end their semester. The NBA and NHL Playoffs are in full swing. And you’re at that point where you want to wear summer clothes but wonder if it’s too early. Before you figure out that you need a new wardrobe, let’s start your week off with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

USA Today is the next in a long line of publications who question whether it is better to buy a home or rent.

Star Wars creator, George Lucas, has plans for affordable housing, but his neighbors aren’t fanboys.

Popsugar takes a lighter look at 6 house hunting myths you shouldn’t believe.

Dwell wonders what it will take for factory-built prefab-housing to become the norm?

The Masters winner, Jordan Spieth, has a gorgeous new $2.2 million home in Dallas.

Will mortgage lending save Detroit’s real estate market?

“Love thy neighbor” I guess doesn’t extend to the color of their house in one neighborhood.

CNBC thinks now is the time to invest in a second home.

Most millenials are not aware of what exactly is included in closing costs.

KCM Blog thinks you need a vacation…home.

And finally, see how one Dutch housing project went from energy hog to net zero in less than ten days.

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Real Estate Headlines with Baseball, Tax Day and the Magic Number

Spring break is over. The Masters golf tournament is completed. Feels like we are headed into a long stretch until Memorial Day that some people call “spring.” So let’s start your week off on the right foot with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

Yahoo lists the most overrated cities. The #1 city probably isn’t your first guess, but won’t surprise you.

Don’t miss these home tax deductions before tax day comes this Wednesday!

5 is evidently the magic number in the San Francisco housing market.

There are 6 historic fixer-uppers for sale across America.

The Detroit real estate market is looking up for both buyers and sellers.

In London it appears that more buyers are building homes…the old fashioned way.

These metro dwellers are paying America’s highest property taxes.

3 of the hottest housing markets reside in one state.

How quickly are homes selling in your state?

And finally, with baseball season now in full swing (pun-tastic!) step inside 5 of the most memorable homes in baseball movies.

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Real Estate Headlines with Mad Men, Justin Leonard and Denver Broncos

Today is not only the NCAA National Championship game between Duke and Wisconsin. It’s also the Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season for the majority of MLB teams. On top of that you have the NBA and NHL playoffs coming, and it’s a sports nirvana that my wife likes to call “the worst time of the year.” But in spite of all that let’s start April off with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

A new study has found that homeownership creates family wealth.

Can you really create your own retirement community?

Market Wired examines the current state of the REO market.

The Huffington Post thinks the tech assault on real estate is gaining minimal traction.

Vacation home sales just hit a new record.

HouseLogic.com wants to make sure you don’t forget about these home tax deductions.

This is interesting. A Dutch nursing home offers rent-free housing to students.

Take a peek inside golfer Justin Leonard’s $16 million estate.

Are the Broncos responsible for the chaotic Denver real estate market?

Wise Bread shares some tips on how to simultaneously buy and sell a home.

And finally, are you psyched about the return of Mad Men? Here’s how to throw a Don Draper-esque party at your home.

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Real Estate Headlines with Manny Pacquiao, Floating Bed and Slim Thug

The Final Four is set. Baseball is about to begin. And those coconut chocolate eggs are calling your name. Yes, April is about to begin and the spring buying and selling season is in full swing. Let’s welcome April the right way with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

The OC Register thinks drama abounds in the spring real estate market.

PBS doesn’t think “location, location, location” is a valid real estate idiom.

Rapper Slim Thug shares his cautionary tale of not taking real estate transactions seriously.

South Florida is experiencing an international real estate boom thanks to buyers from Latin America and China.

Here are 8 tips for maximizing space and decor for shared kids’ rooms.

Build a house in a day? It can be done and still look fantastic.

Yes, you do want to see what a floating bed looks like.

Manny Pacquiao is moving to 90210.

A North Vancouver home just sold for $153,000 over asking price. Yes, over. And it sold in 3 days.

And finally, it’s not too soon to start thinking about those summer electric bills, so here are 9 tips to prep for lowering your electric bill this summer.

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Real Estate Headlines with Kitchen Tricks, European Castle and Hiding Places

Where did March go? I think it disappeared just like the chances of me actually having a winning NCAA bracket. Seriously, it’s the end of March already? Before we start worrying about what April has to hold, let’s close out the last full week of March in the best way possible with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

A Dutch village has rules about how high a home can be so on builder decided to build down instead of up. And this home is fantastic.

Diply shares 19 surprising kitchen tricks.

Angie’s List sets the record straight on how much it will actually cost clean your drains.

ABC News looks at the price of an affordable housing development.

What are the hottest trends in outdoor living?

Motley Fools shares thoughts on what house hunters can expect this spring from mortgage rates.

St. Joseph real estate kits are taking home promotion to a “higher’ level.

Want to buy a European castle? Well, now’s your chance!

Should you be prepared to answer these 6 questions at an open house?

And finally, a new trend in building homes is creating secret rooms and hiding places which look pretty amazing.

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Real Estate Headlines with Cramped Places, Incredible ROI and Dream Apartment

Spring. March Madness. Easter is coming. I love this time of year. Hope springs eternal as the weather gets nicer and you’ve already forgotten about that hour you lost last weekend. So let’s kickoff this week in the best way possible with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

Bigger Pockets shares 3 obstacles real estate investors face and how to fix them.

Where is the most cramped place to live in the United States? Hint: Carmageddon.

Men’s Health thinks it has the key to finding your dream home…and 6-pack abs.

Has the snow in Boston delayed the spring real estate market?

How in the world does declining oil prices impact home sales in Canada?

Talk about a return on investment. A property bought for $300k in 2004 just sold for nearly $30 million.

Lifehacker has some tips for landing your dream apartment in a competitive city.

The Wall Street Journal lays out a plan for you to get the right mortgage.

Freddic Mac thinks 2015 will be the best year for home sales.

And finally, here’s a painful question: Why can’t you afford to buy a home where you want to live?

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