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…

Every December we ask Americans which celebrities they would most like to have as their neighbor, and which ones they wouldn’t dare share a fence with. Most desirable neighbors for 2017 The Obama family is the top choice for a celebrity neighbor in 2017, earning 14 percent of the votes. The family garnered strong votes among both male and female voters, and across generations. The Obamas are rumored to be renting an 8,200-square-foot home in Kalorama, a neighborhood within Washington, D.C.…

Rumor has it that Laguna Beach is where Hollywood came to play in the early 1920s, and it’s easy to see why when you look at this breathtaking coastal home. The 4-bedroom, 3,545-square-foot home looks and feels like you’ve been transported to another world – a nautical one. The original owners were actress America Chedister and her husband, filmmaker Edward H. Griffith, whose brother directed “The Birth of a Nation.” The couple enjoyed long careers in film, but their love…

When we wake up and rub our eyes in the morning, the first thing we do is head for the mirror to start our day. The last thing we do before bed is wash away the day in front of the mirror. Like lighting, mirrors are one of the most important elements in a bathroom scene. Because they are so integral to the bathroom’s ambiance and play an important role in our everyday life, why settle for something standard? Here…

Perched on a ridge above Steamboat Springs, this home offers panoramic mountain views — including of “the mountain,” known to outsiders as Steamboat Ski Resort. It’s just a few minutes to the slopes, but what’s really cool about this location, according to listing agent Chris Paoli of The Paoli Group, is that “you can hike into the national forest and go forever.” Forest land is a five-minute walk from the front door. Without ever getting into a car, you can…

“I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house,” Zsa Zsa Gabor famously said. The actress with the long eyelashes and the honied Hungarian accent died this week, but her spirit lives in irreverent quotes – and homes like this mid-century modern in Palm Springs. The $969,000 listing says Gabor lived here, but it’s not clear whether the home was her own purchase (or rental), or booty from one of her seven divorces. What is clear is that…

They say home is where the heart is, and for many people the heart of a home is the kitchen. Whether you’re in the market for a new house or need some design inspiration for a renovation, here are 10 homes that have some seriously amazing kitchens. With professional appliances, ample counter space, and designs spanning from rustic to contemporary, these kitchens show off a range of possibility (pun intended). Tampa, FL 6447 Renwick Cir, Tampa, FL 33647 For sale: $785,000 Located…

When planning a residential move, it’s important to have an accurate idea of the final moving costs so you can set a realistic moving budget. Estimating your moving costs, however, is not as simple as it seems at first. The movers will provide you with an estimate based on the total weight of your shipment and the actual distance to your new home. But plenty of other factors can also affect the final price and make your relocation significantly more expensive than anticipated.…