Urban living has its perks, but they come at a cost: It turns out families spend $9,073 more a year to cover basic living expenses in the city than in the suburbs, according to a new analysis from Zillow and Care.com. Those costs include mortgage payments, property taxes and child care. The urban-suburban disparity varies considerably depending on the metro area. In the New York City metro area, families spend $71,237 more a year to cover living expenses in the city…

Back in the late 1600s when Charleston was still a youngster, this pink house made of Bermuda stone was built just a few minutes’ walk from the harbor. It has served as a tavern, a brothel, a home, a law firm and an art gallery — and it’s now on the market for $899,000. “If you want a little pied-à-terre in Charleston, it’s a romantic place in the old walled city with lots of restaurants and shopping and galleries nearby,” said Debbie…

Waterfront living is coveted for its scenic, recreational, and environmental qualities, though it often drives up the price of a home. But what if you could live closer to the water and actually pay less? If this scenario has you intrigued, consider a floating home. Giving new meaning to the phrase “living on the water,” floating homes are clearly staycation-worthy. With unique details, spatially efficient interiors, unobstructed views, and exceptional tranquility, these 10 homes are just as enchanting as their surroundings. Seattle, WA 2706 Westlake…

Home shoppers who have begun looking into mortgages often wonder about the difference between interest rate and APR (Annual Percentage Rate). Basically, think of the interest rate as the starting point in what you will pay for a mortgage loan, then tack on associated fees to calculate the APR. To better understand these concepts, let’s begin with some definitions: What is the interest rate? The interest rate is the percentage of the loan amount that is charged for borrowing money.…

In case you didn’t know, Ryan Lewis’ house is for sale. Yeah, that Grammy-winning, understated musical partner to Macklemore is selling his Seattle waterfront villa for $7.95 million after a recent price cut. Curious where the guy behind the keyboard lives? Let’s take a look. Down a long flight of stairs, a pair of life-sized stone lions (a recurring theme) flanks massive black doors – with gold knobs you need two hands to turn. That view! The main room is lined with windows showing off panoramic Puget Sound and…

Adrian’s Sanctuary What A glass-enclosed rooftop space Where His 1940s home in Queen Anne in Seattle Why To enjoy 360-degree views of the Puget Sound and the trees surrounding the home How Architect Nick Robertson helped design the space; Kip Shirey and Ray Krona built it If you’re dealing with a necessary home renovation, why not turn it into a chance to create an imaginative new space? Case in point: The rooftop solarium that music education company founder Adrian Burton Jovanovic had built…

When it comes time to sell a home, every seller wants the same outcome: to sell quickly, for as much money as possible. According to a new Zillow analysis, listing a home toward the end of spring significantly increases a seller’s chances of making this happen. In all but five of the country’s 25 biggest metro markets, the best month to put a home on the market is April or May. Homes listed in the first half of May sold…

By examining the length of time a home stays on the market and the percentage of listings with a price cut, the latest Zillow analysis was able to determine the best real estate markets for buyers and sellers. For home buyers, Baltimore, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Houston made the top of the charts, while Indianapolis and Detroit aren’t far behind. The housing market usually favors sellers, but Zillow economists expect the tables to turn for buyers in 2018 or 2019 –…

It’s Friday night and you’re ready for some quality time with your toolbox. Tape measure in hand, you dive into your next do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement project. Based on the tutorials online, you should be done by Sunday night. Whether you hit roadblocks in cost estimation or concept execution, common mistakes can leave you with an unfinished, unsightly project that taunts you throughout the workweek. However, with a little planning, you can set yourself up for success. We asked eight DIY…

Owning a home in San Francisco comes with 99 problems, but selling ain’t one. Among the problems: San Francisco’s median home values are among the highest in the country, topping $800,000, according to Zillow Research. The city is cold and foggy in the summer, as Mark Twain noted. You also have to keep an ear to the ground for earthquakes. But when it comes time to sell, you can’t beat San Francisco. Its homes are listed on Zillow for just…