It's been a fun year and a half working for the MSN Real Estate 'Listed' blog, with topics ranging from foreclosures and home prices to tiny homes and celebrity sales, not to mention a little rescue by Superman.
Although housing starts rose 3.9% in November, the figures haven't moved much in the last two years after falling from their peak in 2006.
The 'robo-signing' crisis put the freeze on foreclosures, but bank repossessions still managed to surpass last year's record a month early.
Big, expensive remodels have gone by the wayside in favor of projects that will give you more bang for your buck.
Must we state the obvious? Don't forget to include photos of the home when you list it for sale.
The Congressional Oversight Panel estimates that by the time the Obama administration's loan-modification program ends in 2012, it will have helped only 700,000 borrowers instead of the original goal of 3 million to 4 million.
A new survey has found that almost all consumers consider themselves bargain shoppers, even though 40% obtained just one home-loan quote.
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.