Prospects for new-home sales reach 'good' territory for first time since the housing bust.
Custom features, including a conservatory and camera obscura, set this 9-bedroom home apart.
Recently rebuilt 'cottage' brings French flair and modern touches to Providence, R.I.
July's pending home sales increase 2.4% to a level considered 'healthy.'
There may be hope for the housing market yet: June's prices are up 2.3% over May and 0.5% over June 2011.
Realtor.com looked at whether homes with outdoor-entertaining features were more popular in states that leaned Democrat or Republican in the 2008 presidential election. The verdict: Blue states may love their sun a little more.
Kmart heir lists his 33-acre island property, including 5 buildings and 2 remote-control drawbridges, at a ready-to-move price.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.