Most would-be buyers and sellers believe the real estate “deal” is done at the signing of the contract. In many cases, the deal-making and negotiations only start at the contract signing. Even in more competitive real estate markets, negotiations still happen once in escrow. Issues typically arise after the home inspection, and those issues tend to result in another round of negotiations for credits or fixes. Here are three buyer tips for negotiating repairs after a home inspection. 1. Ask for…

Photo: ShutterStock Jason Segel’s former vintage Hollywood Hills home can be yours for $10.5 million. The “How I Met Your Mother” star purchased the 1925 home in 2010 for $1.89 million while he was in the height of his sitcom’s success and was preparing for the filming of “The Muppet Movie” reboot that he wrote and starred in. Located within walking distance of Chateau Marmont – the famous Hollywood hot spot – this massive property consists of two homes and…

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which home is the fairest of them all? Why, Snow White’s house, of course! To see for yourself, check out this ringer for the cottage where the Disney princess lived with her seven dwarfs. The home was built with fairy tales in mind — but not just Snow White’s. The owner calls an island on the property “Shrek Island.” And she suggests that plaster “icicles” hanging from the ceiling in two of her bedrooms are reminiscent of…

Although I have always been organized, there were two significant moments in my life that taught me how to manage clutter. The first was when I returned from a backpacking trip around the world. Having visited homes in many developing nations, I no longer wanted to have such excess in my own home. My possessions were organized, but I had too many of them for my taste. After I unpacked from my journey, I began a thorough review of my…

By Michael Montoya, as told to Natalie Wise   When my fiancée and I were home shopping, we looked and looked, and did a lot of comparisons. Price comparisons, size comparisons, what we’d need to fix in the future. We were both first-time home buyers so we were very thorough in our process. A lot of people felt their homes were dipped in gold, but all we saw were 1990s split-levels with high asking prices. I didn’t want a home that had…

Millions mourning the recent loss of Mary Tyler Moore will be heartened to see photos of the Minneapolis home where she lived in the popular ’70s show that carried her name. Only the exterior of the stone Victorian mansion was used in the show, while Mary’s actual apartment was a Hollywood set. It was meant to be behind the Palladian windows on this Minneapolis home’s third story. In real life, that space is a family room with a gas fireplace, built-ins, and…

The Danish trend hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah”) took the world by storm in 2016. Both a lifestyle and design trend, hygge is recognizable by its Scandinavian simplicity, modern decor, plush accents, and homey details. There is no literal translation of hygge into English – instead, the beauty of the word lies in its ability to be described in a multitude of phrases. “Warm glow of candlelight,” “pleasure in the simplest things,” and “snuggling up with cocoa and a book” are all…

You’re excited about closing on your new home and can’t wait to dig into the blank canvas of a newly sodded lawn. Well, here’s the bad news: That emerald green grass is also hiding terrible soil, unmarked wires and pipes, weed seeds, and years of hard work. The good news is that it’s easy to dig new beds, weeds aren’t yet established, and your landscape is on equal footing with the Joneses. Now, follow these five guidelines to make it even better…

Building your dream home from scratch is a daunting task, especially if you’ve never worked with an architect, builder, and design team before. To make the project a little easier to wrap your head around, here’s some advice from construction professionals. Do your research The building process isn’t short, so make sure you are happy with your team – you’re stuck with them for a long time. This requires doing a little homework. To start the building process right, you’ll want to…

Oscar winner and activist Jane Fonda and her former partner, music producer Richard Perry, are selling their Beverly Hills mansion, a home Fonda loves for relaxing and throwing parties. “Architecture is very important to me,” she says in a video for the $12.995 million listing. “It’s got really good, strong lines. The landscaping, the Melaleuca trees and the way they’re planted…. All these things were like, ‘This place has taste.’” Fonda demonstrates her own flair for design throughout the 7,102-square-foot…