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…

We got our first peek into Gwyneth Paltrow’s light-filled NYC spread when it was featured on goop, her lifestyle website. Now that the home is on the market, we’re getting an even closer look. Paltrow and her then-husband, Chris Martin, bought the penthouse in 2007. The couple has since split up, and they’re having trouble unloading their shared home. They originally listed in March 2016, just months before their divorce, for $14.25 million. One month later, they dropped the price to $12.85 million.…

King of the Nerds Chris Hardwick and his wife, Lydia Hearst, have a unique home style described by Chris as “Victorian gentleman serial killer.” Their 8,240-square-foot home is full of one-of-a-kind details, and he invited us in to see them. The home is remarkable in many ways. These are five of our favorite details. An architectural pedigree Photo courtesy of Indigenous Pictures Famed L.A. architect Paul Williams, the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects, built this sprawling Spanish Colonial-style home…

Tommy Hilfiger’s estate is exactly what you’d expect from the iconic fashion designer: unexpected, stylish and avant garde. While he didn’t design the home himself, Hilfiger and his wife, Dee, worked with interior designer Martyn Lawerence Bullard to create the whimsical, eclectic feel of their custom abode. The Hilfigers bought the 14,079-square-foot, 7-bed, 8-bath spread for $17.25 million less than four years ago. They are now asking $27.5 million for the residence. Photos courtesy of Zachary Balber. Located in the exclusive Golden Beach…

Spring fever got you dreaming of lush gardens and sunshine? Despite what you might see on TV, beautiful landscapes don’t happen overnight. Weeds will invade your beds and need to be pulled. The mulch will break down and require replacing. And your attention span will no doubt move on to shinier things long enough for your garden to fall into disrepair. Your spring fever may be temporary, but if you get to know your garden’s unique conditions and choose the…

Buying a home is the largest purchase many consumers will ever make, and many will turn to a lender for financing. But finding a lender you click with can be a challenge, especially if you wait until the last minute. Li-Ning Huang, a research manager on Fannie Mae’s economic and strategic research team, says buyers should start talking to lenders early in the process – before you fall in love with a home – and compare several quotes. “Otherwise, you…

Before Bob Stamps bought this 18th-century home in New Hampshire, it had an outdated kitchen and a mourning room. They both had to go. Although the home was mostly preserved to match its colonial vintage, its kitchen was from the disco era. Stamps decided to “take what looked like the 1970s and turn it into the 1770s.” He updated the room’s bones and overlayed that structure with period-looking pieces. For example, the oven is ensconced in an island that appears to be…