Zillow Likes The Zestimate On Rival Site Trulia, Puts In Offer Of $3.5 Billion

Zillow Likes The Zestimate On Rival Site Trulia, Puts In Offer Of $3.5 Billion

If you’ve got $3.5 billion lying around, you could buy just about any house you wanted. Or if you’re online real estate site Zillow, you just use that money to buy your competition. [More]

PA Court Says I Don’t Need To Tell Buyers That My House Was A Satanic Murder Pit

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Should a home seller be obliged to reveal that the lovely 4-bedroom with a 2-car garage on half acre just also happened to be the place where previous tenants were brutally murdered? Not if that house is here in Pennsylvania. [More]

Hiding your sleeping bag in the attic is not required.

Wanted: Neat Freaks To Live Cheaply In Mansions, Disappear On Command

Help wanted: must own enough upscale furnishings to fill a large house. Applicants must be meticulously neat and able to make a house look like someone lives there, but without making it look like someone lives there. Your compensation: being able to live in a luxury home for below-market rents. [More]

4 Things Home Buyers Do That Annoy Sellers

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By this point, most of us have been unwitting sucked into House Hunters marathon and screamed at the nitpicky buyers about their inability to look past the paint color, but that is a minor annoyance compared to some of the other ways in which home buyers get under the skin of sellers. [More]

You Can Buy An Entire Town In South Dakota For The Bargain Price Of $400K

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Check your pockets and dig into the couch cushions — if you can rustle up some spare change to the tune of $400,000, you could be the owner of your very own town in South Dakota. The man who owns Swett, S.D. — and its bar, single house, workshop, three trailers and 6.16 acres of land — is looking to sell. [More]

Some of Zillow's own stats on the accuracy of its Zestimates. As you can see, the margin for error ranges from as low as 4.8% in D.C. to a whopping 10% in San Francisco.

Are Zillow’s “Zestimates” Full Of Zhit? Depends Who You Ask

If you’ve looked at real estate in the last few years, you’ve almost certainly reviewed the listings on Zillow.com and you’re probably quite familiar with the “Zestimate,” the site’s automated approximation of what the property is worth. Some realtors say Zestimates are useless and cause confusion for their customers, while Zillow defends the data. Interestingly, both sides use the same stats to argue their case. [More]

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Data Geniuses Will Find The Perfect House Before You Can

There are some people out there who are just better at certain things than you are, which is why one couple is going to find the completely perfect house that suits each and every one of their needs. Because they managed to manipulate data and bend it to that exact purpose, and the rest of us probably don’t know how to do that. [More]

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For Sale: Count Dracula’s Transylvanian Castle (Vampires Not Included)

Are all the kids still into vampires these days? Because forget those sparkly bloodsuckers or the ones gobbling up synthetic blood — the home of the original famous vampire, Dracula himself, is up for sale. [More]

Despite Anonymous Realtor’s Angry Note, Couple Plans To Keep Parking On Their Lawn

Despite Anonymous Realtor’s Angry Note, Couple Plans To Keep Parking On Their Lawn

The best way to ensure your complaints won’t be taken seriously? Leaving an angry, anonymous letter detailing why you’re ticked off. Just such an unsigned missive from someone claiming to be a realtor has one elderly New Jersey couple pledging to keep parking on their own darn lawn if they want to. [More]

Obnoxious Or Delightful?: Couple Paints Victorian Home Like The House From ‘Up’

Obnoxious Or Delightful?: Couple Paints Victorian Home Like The House From ‘Up’

The first thing I think of when hearing that a family painted its home to look just like the colorful house in the animated movie Up is, “Aww/I wonder if it’d float if you attached balloons to it?” But for some of the neighbors of a California family who outfitted their Victorian house in Up colors, the whole thing is downright obnoxious. [More]

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Entire Abandoned Spanish Village Going For The Low Low Price Of Zero Dollars

We’ve heard about white hot real estate, but who knew that could apply to an entire village? Spain has an estimate 2,900 empty villages, hamlets and tiny towns tucked all over the country, including one dating back to the 15th century that’s currently going for the bargain basement price of absolutely no money whatsoever. [More]

Property Tax Soars After Appraiser Adds Mythical Luxury Bathroom & 660 Sq. Ft.

Property Tax Soars After Appraiser Adds Mythical Luxury Bathroom & 660 Sq. Ft.

A family in New Jersey says they have no choice but to sell their home after years of paying sky-high property taxes that resulted from the fertile imagination of a town appraiser who inexplicably added on hundreds of square feet and a luxury bathroom (complete with two sinks, just like on HGTV!), and that there’s little chance they’ll ever get any of that money back. [More]

Old Man Marley’s House From ‘Home Alone’ Can Be Yours For $3.1 Million

Old Man Marley’s House From ‘Home Alone’ Can Be Yours For $3.1 Million

A day after the happy news that Cameron’s house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off had finally sold after five years on the market comes word that another Chicago-area piece of film history is on sale. This time, it’s the house where scary/friendly Old Man Marley lived in the 1990 classic Home Alone. [More]

After 5 Years On The Market, Someone Is Finally Buying Cameron’s House From ‘Ferris Bueller’

After 5 Years On The Market, Someone Is Finally Buying Cameron’s House From ‘Ferris Bueller’

By the time we started covering the attempted sale of the Highland Park, IL, house made famous as the site of where Cameron kills his dad’s Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off it had already been on sale for two years. That was in 2011. In those years, the price has dropped by more than a million dollars, but no one seemed interested in picking up this piece of ’80s cinema history, until now. [More]

On Second Thought, Advertising Your House For Sale As “Slightly Haunted” Might Backfire

On Second Thought, Advertising Your House For Sale As “Slightly Haunted” Might Backfire

Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? And do you need a new house because there’s one for sale that could be right up your alley. The owners of a Pennsylvania home advertised as “slightly haunted” thought it would be funny to mention that little detail in their for-sale ads, but despite a lot of attention from ghosthunters and thrill-seekers, the house is no closer to selling than before. [More]

How To Not Suck… At Home Inspections

How To Not Suck… At Home Inspections

You’ve finally found that perfect home. A white picket fence. A pretty flower garden. That’s what it looks like to the untrained eye. But that perfect home could be filled with all kinds of trouble — poorly installed insulation, foundation problems, sub-par electrical work, infestations of termites and mice. Even a savvy home-shopper can miss hidden problems in homes. Put away your macho. No matter how handy you may be, a home inspection isn’t something that fits in the DIY category. Spending a few hundred bucks now on a qualified home inspector can save you tens of thousands later. [More]

Buying A Home Near A Cemetery Will Cost You More Because Everyone Likes Quiet Neighbors

Buying A Home Near A Cemetery Will Cost You More Because Everyone Likes Quiet Neighbors

While we know it might be a waste of time and money to buy a famous haunted house, how about a home that just so happens to be situated near an area traditional linked to haunting? Snapping up a quiet property near a cemetery actually costs more per square foot than purchasing a home near rowdier neighbors than folks gone by. [More]

Buying A Famous Haunted House Can Be A Money Pit

Buying A Famous Haunted House Can Be A Money Pit

Even if you’re not into specters, wraiths, revenants, and poltergeists, it might seem cool to snap up a run-down old house that everyone thinks is haunted, especially if you can get it for a deal. Aside from the fact that your sassy best friend will be impaled on the fence in Act III and your fiance(e) will be presumed dead until she/he makes a heroic gesture to save you in the final act, you might want to reconsider because having an infamous home can just be a very real pain in the rear end. [More]