She started in a studio -- and in L.A., it may set her back $1,405 a month.
Sure, it seems Barbie may have had some reconstructive surgery since her introduction in 1959, and yes, she may have spent a few too many hours in the tanning salon, but here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we aren't concerned with such things.
We're more concerned with Barbie's house.
Since 1959, the "Barbie Dream House" has undergone some major renovations — even more so than Barbie's face. In fact, the pink mansion that little girls and curious boys know as Barbie's home today started out as something different and something that most of us can relate to: a studio apartment.
The actor has listed his 603-square-foot Hollywood house for $808,000.
Among Hollywood actors, there are no small parts — but there are small houses, and Vincent Kartheiser's house is perhaps one of Hollywood's smallest. The actor, who portrays Pete Campbell on television show "Mad Men," posed in Dwell magazine last year in his cleverly designed tiny house.
Now he has listed his 603-square-foot, one-bedroom, 1.5-bath Hollywood home for sale for $808,000. Perhaps he's searching for a new space that is better for two — the actor is engaged to co-star Alexis Bledel.
The country-music stars' beach retreat is a 'pocket listing,' with one report putting its price at $7.5 million.
Country-music superstars Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks have listed their Malibu, California, getaway for sale. They purchased the four-bed, 3.5-bath ranch home above Paradise Cove in 2008 — right after it had undergone an extensive remodel.
In the second quarter, 64.7 percent of Americans owned homes.
The share of Americans who own their homes was 64.7 percent in the second quarter, down from 64.8 percent in the previous three months, the Census Bureau said in a report today. The rate matched the level in the second quarter of 1995.
Housing has become less affordable and more difficult to finance for entry-level buyers, even as mortgage rates have held close to record lows. First-time purchasers accounted for 28 percent of all sales of previously owned homes in June, compared with about 40 percent historically, according to the National Association of Realtors.
The pace of home-price gains slipped to 9.3 percent in May after April's 10.8 percent growth, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.
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Seventy percent of Fannie Mae survey respondents say now is a good time to buy a home.
According to Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey from June, 70 percent of respondents say it is a good time to buy a home, while consumers' average 12-month home-price change expectation stands at 2.4 percent.
"Since we began collecting monthly National Housing Survey data in June 2010, we've seen substantial progress in consumer home price expectations and other key attitudinal measures as the housing recovery gained its footing," said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. "Still, we do not expect to see 'normal' levels of new residential construction, in the region of 1.6 million new housing units per year, before the end of 2016, our original projection. Such a feat would require a pace of growth in housing starts not seen in decades."
Cutting back on amenities can help reduce the monthly cost.
Summer is peak season for relocating because of the nice weather and the fact that people tend to have more free time on their hands. Many people looking to move might not be ready to buy a home, and instead need a place to rent.
If you're already a renter, you know it can be a challenge to find an apartment you can afford that also suits your needs. The price of an apartment can depend on location, amenities, demand and many other factors.
To avoid paying too much upfront, as well as getting stuck in a lease you really can't afford, consider the following before signing on the dotted line.
For some homeowners, now may be the first time they can come out ahead on a previously underwater mortgage.
That presents the owner who wants to move with some tough choices. But selling now, at a loss, is not necessarily the bad move it looks like at first glance.
The new home-price assessment from Zillow says prices in half the nation's largest markets will not get back to pre-recession prices "for another three-plus years." One reason is that as markets slowly return to normal, prices gains have slowed from the double-digit levels of some recent years.