January usually has us fantasizing about island vacations and warmer climates as we trudge through the snow and ice to get to work and school. While some just dream about warmer temperatures, there are a lucky few – affectionately known as snowbirds – who actually get a chance to escape the cold every winter. Here’s a look at rentals in some of the milder-climate cities where snowbirds choose to fly south for the winter. Phoenix, AZ 6975 E Princess Dr, Phoenix,…

Just steps off Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan sits a red brick townhouse fit for the queen of American cinema. Meryl Streep owned this Late Greek Revival beauty until 2005, when she sold it for $9.1 million. It’s changed hands a couple of times since then, and is now on the market for $28.5 million. The five-story Greenwich Village home still holds the charm of its origins, which trace to 1845, and is rich in modern conveniences, including…

Big life changes happen, and fluctuations in your retirement income may call for downsizing. But if assisted living isn’t for you, where will you head next? There are more options than just moving into a small apartment by yourself. Nontraditional senior living arrangements are on the rise, and more seniors are choosing to live in RVs, houseboats, and tiny homes. Living with roommates Have you ever watched an episode of “The Golden Girls” and dreamed of having fun roommates of…

Editor’s note: There’s nothing quite like moving into a brand-new home. Pristine appliances, every detail exactly to your taste, ding-free walls, no weird former owner – the appeal of buying new construction is pretty obvious. Every day this week, we’ll offer advice and perspectives on going the new construction route.   If you’re in the market for a brand-new home, you’ve got a ton of options. Sales of new homes surged to an eight-year high in 2015, according to data from the U.S. Department…

The real estate investor who bought Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens last month has resold it in an auction. The Tudor home in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood was built in 1940 by Trump’s father, a local real estate developer and landlord. It’s where the president spent his early childhood. The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home measures 2,500 square feet and has a finished basement with a full bathroom. There’s also a bonus room for guests and a summer kitchen. The home features a living…

Editor’s note: There’s nothing quite like moving into a brand-new home. Pristine appliances, every detail exactly to your taste, ding-free walls, no weird former owner – the appeal of buying new construction is pretty obvious. Every day this week, we’ll offer advice and perspectives on going the new construction route.   Buying new construction seems simple, right? Just pick out the floor plan you want, choose the perfect lot, and watch it go up. No sellers to deal with, no unexpected repairs…

A generation ago, few would consider trekking out in a foot of old dirty snow to shop for a home on the weekend. But with our always connected, information-flowing society, today’s buyers shop and make deals all year long. If you’re a buyer looking in a part of the country where you may not see a home’s front lawn until May, keep these points in mind as you shop. Seeing a home at its worst is a plus Let’s face it, no home…

When Scott Pelley isn’t reporting for “60 Minutes” or anchoring CBS News’ all-day coverage of the inauguration, he’s been kicking back in his classic colonial home in Darien, CT. The basement is his “Darien Bureau,” the local newspaper reports. It’s where he composes and narrates tracks for stories on “60 Minutes.” A former White House correspondent, Pelley has long covered the country’s biggest news, from the attack on the World Trade Center to the front lines of climate change in Antarctica and the…

This fairy tale-inspired home is handcrafted in every sense of the word. Framed by an antique stone wall entrance that leads into a front yard dotted with trees, the property opens in a clearing to reveal a ivy-covered, tan stucco cottage with red trim. Built in 1997 by owner Dale Jolliffe, a historical restoration designer, the Pipersville, PA home is an ode to the English countryside, and a labor of love. Although the cottage is nestled on a spacious lot, Jolliffe built not…

On average, the American population is getting older. More than 76 million Americans were born between 1946 and 1964 (the baby-boom generation), which means a large portion of our population is aged 50 and older. Baby boomers are either retired or reaching retirement age, and they are quickly becoming empty nesters. These aging Americans are looking to downsize because they no longer want or need their five-bedroom, two-level homes. A home that better fits their current lifestyle is much more…