Find out how you can increase your home's energy efficiency and save up to 10 percent on your annual utility bills by updating just one thing: the insulation.

By MSN Real Estate partner 40 minutes ago

PM Images/Getty ImagesBy Jeffrey Anderson, Improvement Center


Utility costs can become a big chunk of your monthly budget -- especially if you happen to live where temperatures in the summer or winter get extreme. But something in the walls is already saving you money, and could be saving you even more. Adding insulation is one of the easiest ways to increase your home's energy efficiency. How much could it save you, you ask? The government's Energy Star website estimates that a typical family in an average-size home could save up to 10 percent on their annual energy costs by sealing off points of air intrusion and installing more insulation. It's just a matter of knowing what type of insulation to use and where it should go.


The actress is trying to sell the home for $4.25 million after a price drop.

By MSN Real Estate partner 21 hours ago

ZillowBy Emily Heffter, Zillow


Environmentalist-actress Daryl Hannah is selling her sustainable Malibu compound, a hippie hideaway suited for relaxation after an anti-fracking rally.

The "Splash" and "Steel Magnolias" star has been in the news recently because of a reported romance with Neil Young. But that life change isn’t likely the reason she’s selling her Malibu property. She listed it in 2012 for $4.995 million.

Tags: celebrity

The house in northeast Ohio has been on the market for more than two years.

By MSN Real Estate partner 22 hours ago

ZillowBy Christine DiGangi,


There's a lovely three-bedroom, three-bath home for sale in northeast Ohio listed at a reasonable $295,000 — for its size (2,170 square feet), it's slightly more expensive than the median $120-per-square foot home value in the U.S., at $136 per square foot. The ranch-style home has all sorts of charming touches: It's situated in the woods, has a pond on the property, features wood-burning fireplaces and the rear features large glass windows that let in plenty of natural light and overlook the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The house went on the market more than two years ago and hasn't yet sold.


For all its attractive character, this place has an unfortunate past: It was where notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer committed his first murder. He was living alone in his family’s home in 1978 when he lured his first victim, Steven Hicks, into the house, eventually killing him and dismembering the body in the crawl space.


Tenants should research their rights before signing a lease agreement.

By MSN Real Estate partner Mon 9:20 AM

 © Getty ImagesBy Geoff Williams, U.S. News & World Report


If you've ever considered becoming a landlord, you've probably wondered if you really want to deal with renters. Whoever rents your property could be a careless slob who sets fire to the home or falls behind on payments. It might be a nightmare experience.


Tenants worry, too. With 43 million Americans renting properties, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, some are finding that not every landlord is responsible and ethical.


So if you're living under the rule of a landlord who seems unhinged, here’s some advice from experts and renters on how to protect yourself.

Tags: rentals

The most expensive homes are spending less time on the market.

By MSN Real Estate partner Fri 12:24 PM

By Stefanos Chen, The Wall Street Journal


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Tags: selling

Approach is designed to help buyers visualize what a space would look like after a little work.

By MSN Real Estate partner Fri 9:26 AM

By Diana Olick, CNBC


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The recently remodeled home, featured in the 1950s and '60s television show, is listed for $5 million.

By MSN Real Estate partner Fri 8:13 AM

ZillowBy Emily Heffter, Zillow


Rehabbed from top to bottom, this house will always be remembered as the home of Ozzie and Harriet, America's first real television family between 1952 and 1966. It also served as Ari Gold’s home on "Entourage."


When it last changed hands in 2013 for $3.025 million, the home still had the same kitchen layout as it did on television, and Ozzie's wood-paneled "pub room" stood frozen in time, complete with Ozzie's model train. As Yahoo reported, previous owners said the train would sometimes start on its own. And other owners since Ozzie’s death said they would sometimes find a kitchen drawer open beside the sink, presumably because his ghost wanted a bowl of ice cream in the middle of the night.

Tags: celebrity

It's true that fewer homeowners can still profit from refinancing. But that doesn't mean everyone is excluded.

By MSN Real Estate partner Thu 10:02 AM

Nick M. Do/Getty ImagesBy Jeff Brown, MainStreet


By now most homeowners know that the refinance ship has sailed. Or has it?


For those whose circumstances have recently changed there may still be a chance to get a better mortgage deal. A homeowner whose credit score has improved, for instance, might now be able to get a low enough rate to make the refinance arithmetic work, as could one whose income has risen significantly or one who has given up self-employment to work for a stable firm.

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