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The gigantic home under construction is shrouded in secrecy, but zoning regulations require that only one family will live there.

By Leah at MSN Real Estate Jan 17, 2011 10:08AM

Many budget-conscious and Earth-conscious homeowners and renters are downsizing or choosing to stay in a smaller space for longer. But a single-family home being built in Missouri is bucking the small-space trend – in a big way.



The home under construction between Ozark and Branson, just off U.S. 65, will be one of the biggest homes in the country, at 72,000 square feet.

 

No, there's not an extra zero in there. And, yes, zoning requirements in the area mean that only one family will live in the home. If the mansion were to house an average four-person family, each person would get about 18,000 square feet of space. That could put an end to any sibling rivalries.

 

Of course, it's not exactly clear who will live in the home. Ozark's local newspaper, Christian County Headliner News, dug up some ownership information on the property, but that's about as far as it got.


"Records show the building is owned by the Steven T. Huff Family LLC, but exactly who Steven T. Huff is, is largely unknown. His brother, Joe Huff, Ozark, verified the ownership of the property but was reluctant to disclose any more information. 'The technology involved with the construction is proprietary in nature,' Joe Huff said. 'It’s not information we are prepared to talk about right now.'" 

 

Christian County Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Atchley says the home is an ICF, or insulated concrete form structure. The secrecy around the project could be related to the construction methods.

 

An ABC affiliate in Springfield, Mo., got a little more insight on the project, including access to photos taken by county workers who were invited to the site by Joe Huff, who is the project manager and brother of Steven Huff.


The home's 15 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, 1,600-square-foot library and 4,000 square feet of garage space is big by any measure, but how does it compare to other big homes in the U.S.?

 

The house of Gilbert Arenas includes shark tanks, a hyperbaric chamber and a grotto. It's listed for $2.798 million.

By MSN Real Estate partner 7 hours ago

realtor.comBy Neal J. Leitereg, realtor.com

 

Like the player himself, the market for Gilbert Arenas' mansion in Virginia appears to have bottomed out.

 

The NBA free agent’s 9,000-square-foot spread, known for its multiple custom shark tanks and "Entourage"-style swimming pool and grotto, has returned to the market at a discount. Arenas originally asked $3.5 million when he first began shopping the home in 2012, and he then dropped the price to $3 million last year. However, after its latest price cut, the mansion can now be had for just $2.798 million.

 
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An uneven recovery has left homeowners in some parts of the country owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

By MSN Real Estate partner 9 hours ago

© Creatas, PhotolibraryBy John Schoen, CNBC

 

For millions of Americans still stuck in homes with mortgages bigger that the house is worth, the long slog back to dry land is getting longer.

 

Nationwide, plummeting prices from the housing collapse in 2007 left more than a quarter of all homeowners with a mortgage owing more than their home was worth. Now, the recovery in home prices in many parts of the country has helped lift some underwater homeowners back above water.

 

But as the rebound in home prices has slowed in recent months, so has the recovery process for those still submerged with negative equity, according to the latest data from RealtyTrac.

 

Average rate on 30-year fixed-rate home is now 4.27 percent, after Fed announcement.

By MSN Real Estate partner 9 hours ago

© Don Bayley/Getty ImagesBy Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg

 

Mortgage rates in the U.S. fell, sending costs for 30-year loans to the lowest since early February as the Federal Reserve confirmed its commitment to provide support for the economic recovery.

 

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.27 percent this week, down from 4.34 percent, according to a statement on Thursday from Freddie Mac. The average 15-year rate dropped to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent, the McLean, Va.-based mortgage-finance company said.

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

By MSN Partner Wed 8:52 AM

Via www.buildingdetroit.orgBy Daniel Goldstein, MarketWatch

 

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 Wed 8:28 AM

© 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 Wed 8:20 AM

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 Tue 10:41 AM

© 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."

 
 

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