Many of the architect's creations, while creative, also leaked. Owners have had to do costly repairs over the years.
Yes, say the credit-reporting agencies, whose automated systems don't distinguish between the two processes. But some argue the two groups deserve different treatment.
Zillow has calculated the break-even horizon down to the ZIP code level. In some cities, the time frame varies by 10 years.
The daughter of the original owners, who built the house in 1956, is selling the home. She used to roller-skate on the concrete floors.
The zigzag numbers for single-family construction and permits are tracking the zigzag nature of the housing-market recovery.
Homes are still undervalued in 91 of the top 100 metro areas, according to Trulia's analysis. Several factors signal a bubble is not imminent.
Parents create secret passageways, a karaoke lounge, 'offices' for homework and other custom spaces to make their homes into the ideal hangout place.
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.