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These Are the Most Expensive Fails in DIY Home Improvement

Sinenkiy/iStock Many thrifty homeowners would rather save a few bucks by taking on upgrades themselves (after a few hours binge-watching HGTV and YouTube tutorials, of course) than by calling in the professionals to install new floors or retile the bathroom. Paying the pros is basically throwing money away, right? If done right, going DIY to […] Continue reading →

This ‘Hoarder House’ Sparked a Bidding War and Here’s Why

realtor.com “Hoarder home” doesn’t exactly sound all that enticing, does it? Nonetheless, a house in Southern California’s Orange County packed to the ceiling with junk and infested with rats was recently sold for $655,000—and that’s $55,000 above the asking price! The backstory: This two-bedroom, one-bathroom Craftsman bungalow in the city of Orange was long inhabited by an elderly […] Continue reading →

Bottoms Up! We’re Toasting 7 Spectacular Home Bars

realtor.com For true fans of bubbles, cocktails, and beer, the best way to imbibe is to mix or pour a drink at your own personal bar. After all, why feel obliged to trudge to a crowded pub when you’ve got a relaxing respite at home? And when we talk about a home bar, we’re not referring […] Continue reading →

U.S. Existing Home Sales Jumped 11.8% in February

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON—Sales of previously owned homes rose strongly in February, a sign that demand for housing picked up as mortgage rates eased last month. Sales rose 11.8% in February from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.51 million, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. Economists surveyed by […] Continue reading →