In the same year renting becomes more affordable and the homeownership rate bounces back from historical lows, the country’s housing market superstar will be — drumroll, please — Nashville! Music City has moved beyond its country roots to become a fast-growing economy with employment by the healthcare industry and big corporate names including Nissan, Randstad and Kroger — plus the popular chain of diners, Shoney’s. Home appreciation is expected to rocket in Nashville this year by 4.3 percent, while incomes recently…

From an array of spectacular homes, a favorite has emerged: a 16,000-square-foot mansion in Big Sky, MT that boasts a four-story spiral staircase of stone and metal. Each week we shine a spotlight on a home with unusual features, outstanding architecture or a spectacular locale. We look back quarterly at the homes we’ve shared over the past few months, and readers cast their votes for the best House of the Week from each month. Then we pit the winners from every…

The same day the firemen walked out of the old Barrington firehouse in Rhode Island for the last time, a contractor arrived to turn the 1931 building into a home. The new owners, artists and Brooklyn transplants Jason Reed and Jean Blackburn, bought the property from the town of Barrington. They wanted a space where they could live and work on their art without disturbing neighbors. The three-story structure is built like a fortress, in part because fire trucks used to park where…

The 74th annual Golden Globes ceremony is January 8th, so we looked at 10 prior winners – some of whom are nominees again this year – to see what their real estate game looks like. A few of these past winners have packed up their awards and sold their homes, while others have snagged new residences. Check out the homes of these past winners as you wait for this year’s Golden Globes winners to be announced. Julia Roberts Three-time Golden Globe winner Julia Roberts has nothing…

For a child, a bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It’s a room to do schoolwork, listen to music, play games, sprawl on the floor, rough-house, read, build models, daydream, visit with friends, and keep innumerable possessions. You’ll need to plan carefully to create a space that serves all those functions, yet is comfortable and inviting – and has enough staying power to require only minimal redecorating and repainting every few years. Consult the experts The ultimate experts on…

As her father prepares to ascend to the presidency, Ivanka Trump has found new quarters for her family close to the White House. She, husband Jared Kushner, and their three children will be living at least part-time in this 1923 colonial home in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood, where the Obamas will also be living. The home sold in December for $5.5 million, but The Washington Post said it’s unclear whether Trump and Kushner bought it or will be renting. Either way, the…

Kick off 2017 in a brand new apartment building equipped with the hippest amenities. Living in a spanking new building brings many perks, including getting to break in all the fun communal spaces and take advantage of move-in incentives, which are popular for attracting new renters. For a new take on starting the year fresh, here’s a look at what some of the newest buildings across the country have to offer. Seattle, WA 1900 1st Ave, Seattle, WA For rent: $2,982/month This 2-bedroom offers panoramic…

For some home buyers, the closing day for a real estate purchase is as formal and complicated as the transaction itself. For others, it’s just a blip on the radar. Either way, there are some important things to keep in mind as you make your way to homeownership. Your mortgage rate could expire Mortgage interest rates can fluctuate daily, and the rate your bank quoted isn’t good forever. Instead, a bank will “lock-in” your interest rate for 45, 60 or any…

The girl on the train has finally blown the whistle on her country estate. Emily Blunt and her actor hubby, John Krasinski, fetched $2.4 million on the property — a big step down from the $4.25-million price tag they hung on it a year ago. Set on the 5-acre site of the historic Ojai Foothills Hotel, the colonial home spans more than 4,000 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. It also boasts 4 fireplaces and a private guest wing. High ceilings,…

When it comes to completing projects around the house, it’s no secret that some of us have a harder time than others. Maybe you can’t tell your ratchet from your monkey wrench – or perhaps you’ve got an expert grasp on when to choose a C-clamp instead of a pipe clamp. Now’s your chance to see how you measure up. Note: There is a widget embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s widget. Ready to tackle…