Young couple share trials and tribulations of fixing up old homes, plus offer detailed advice on all kinds of DIY projects.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Mar 21, 2011 12:55PM

Back in 2006, John and Sherry Petersik left New York and bought a 1,300-square-foot brick ranch house in Richmond, Va., and begin fixing it up.


Sixteen months later, as they prepared to renovate the kitchen, the young couple began writing about their experiences on a blog called "Young House Love." When they won $5,000 in a contest from RemodelingMySpace.com for the best home-improvement blog, they realized their renovation chronicle might be more than a hobby.

By May 2010, "Young House Love" had become one of the nation's most popular home-improvement blogs. The Petersiks had so many visitors, 3.5 million a month, that they could make the blog and related work their full-time job. They also signed a contract for a book, due out next year.


"We're keeping a diary and sharing our life," says Sherry Petersik, 28, in the Washington Post. "It’s rewarding to get support for that. And it's rewarding to know our little old diary is encouraging others to make their homes something they’re proud of, too."


The price is right, but good luck turning a profit, house flippers say.

By MSN Partner 1 hour ago

Via www.buildingdetroit.orgBy Daniel Goldstein, MarketWatch


For sale: A spacious 1,600-square-foot, three-bedroom Tudor-style home built in 1929, with one-and-a-half baths, glass block windows, hardwood floors, crown molding and custom fireplaces. Within walking distance of restaurants, playgrounds and public schools.


And it’s being offered next month for as little as $1,000.


Just one catch. The single-family house on 5500 Kensington Ave. has a ZIP code that makes listing agents wake up in cold sweats: 48224.


Supply issues continue, though housing starts are up, according to a report released on Wednesday.

By MSN Real Estate partner 1 hour ago

© Seth Joel/Photographers Choice RF/Getty ImagesBy Conor Dougherty and Nick Timiraos, The Wall Street Journal


A flurry of recent housing data suggests that the market's spring selling season is getting off to a slow start, a worrisome sign after a winter of expectations that warmer weather would rekindle growth.


Reports from local real estate agent groups in some of the markets that were the first to rebound, including Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego, show year-over-year declines in March home sales. February data for pending home sales nationally — a barometer of early-spring activity — show a decline of 11 percent from a year ago.


The government’s seizure of land continues to be a controversial issue, but proponents cite the benefits of economic progress and development.

By MSN Real Estate partner 1 hour ago

Image: Yellow excavator at construction site (© Narvikk/Getty Images)By Mark Koba, CNBC


CNBCNine years ago, James Dupree bought a rundown warehouse and onetime horse stable in Philadelphia so he could convert it into an art studio. The 64-year-old muralist and painter knew he would have to spend thousands of dollars to fix it up.


What he didn't know was that the city was going to use the power of eminent domain to take the property and convert the block where Dupree's studio sits into to a high-end shopping area.


"It started right after I purchased the building," explained Dupree, who has been fighting the seizure in court. "They had called this area a blight several years ago, but didn't move on it until 2005."


Follow these 5 tips to get the most out of your remodeling project.

By MSN Real Estate partner 24 hours ago

© Paul Burns/Photodisc/Getty ImagesBy Josh Gorskoff, Money magazine


When the real estate market was in the dumps, snagging a great contractor was a simple task. With few people remodeling, no project was too small for hungry pros, many of whom were bidding at 10 percent to 40 percent below their boom-time rates.


Those days are gone. Remodeling spending is now up 30 percent from its low point, and single-family construction spending has doubled. Depending on where you live, a project that cost $50,000 in 2010 might now come in at $60,000 to $70,000.


You can keep your grass healthy without breaking your budget by following these tips.

By MSN Real Estate partner Tue 9:37 AM

© Tetra images /Tetra images/Getty ImagesBy Susan Johnston, U.S. News & World Report


As the weather warms up and flowers begin to blossom, Americans with grassy yards will soon be thinking about mowing and lawn care. The National Gardening Association estimates that U.S. households spent roughly $29.5 billion on their lawns and gardens in 2013, an average of about $347 per household.


Lawn and garden costs can vary depending on factors such as the size of your yard and how much rain it receives. But as Mark Clement, host of the MyFixitUpLife radio show and blog of the same name, points out, "The easiest and [least expensive] lawn to take care of is a healthy one. It may take some work to get there, but healthy lawns – those that are fed regularly, watered properly and seeded at the best times of the year – fight off weeds better and look great doing it."


Report on April sentiment was 'weaker than expected again — and fairly disappointing.'

By MSN Real Estate partner Tue 9:15 AM

Copper Beach Farm in Greenwich, Conn., sold for $120 million. It originally was listed for $190 million.

By MSN Real Estate partner Tue 8:19 AM

realtor.comBy Neal J. Leitereg, realtor.com 


April is apparently the month for $100 million deals.


On the heels of the $102 million sale of the Fleur de Lys in Los Angeles comes word that Copper Beech Farm, the most expensive single-family home in the United States to ever list publicly, has sold for a staggering nine-figure sum. 


Like the Fleur de Lys, the prized Greenwich, Conn., property was similarly thought of as unsellable — at least at its $100 million-plus price. After debuting on the market for a then-record $190 million in May 2013, Copper Beech Farm saw its price drop considerably in the months that followed — first a $50 million price cut in July and then a $10 million adjustment this past January.

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If one of these scenarios sounds familiar, buying a home may not be in the cards right now.

By MSN Real Estate partner Mon 12:14 PM

© PhotoAlto/Eric Audras/Getty ImagesBy AJ Smith, Credit.com


One question I heard frequently throughout my 20s was, "When are you going to buy a house?"


Some believed I was already missing out on the benefits of homeownership, while others thought that with my career constantly taking me to new cities, I was better off renting forever. Many people grapple with the decision of whether to buy or rent a home.


Although there are pros and cons to each and the decision is ultimately personal, here are some signs you should keep renting.






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