The vacant lot that used to have a house on it. (CBS New York)

Homeowner Goes Away For 8 Months, Returns To Find Town Has Demolished His House

When you leave home for an extended period, you probably lock the doors up tight, maybe turn on an alarm, and expect that the house will still be standing upon your return. Which is why one Long Island homeowner was shocked, to say the least, when he returned after eight months away to find his home had disappeared entirely. [More]

(WMUR-9 News)

New Homeowner Apparently Doesn’t Mind If Auctioned Property Comes With Free Booby Traps

We can think of many reasons not to buy a home — cracks in the foundation, snake infestations, a satanic murder pit in the basement, what have you — but apparently the possibility that a house might be booby-trapped wasn’t a deal-breaker for one new property owner in New Hampshire. [More]

(Kerry Lannert)

If You’re Having An Open House, Don’t Leave Pills In Your Medicine Cabinet

As we’ve already shown today, some folks will go to great lengths to steal prescription medications. But why deal with having to pry open a security door when a wannabe pill thief can just go to an open house and hope to score in the unlocked medicine cabinet? [More]


Chicago Residents Want City To Buy Their Homes, Claiming Living Near O’Hare Airport Is A Noisy Nightmare

A group of residents living near O’Hare International Airport are suing the city of Chicago, seeking to make the city buy their homes. They claim their houses have become unlivable after a spike in jet noise from O’Hare, after a new runway opened two years ago. [More]

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One Detroit Neighborhood Actively Looking For Squatters

Some neighborhood groups would look at squatters — people who live rent-free in vacant buildings — as a negative to be shooed away in favor of paying tenants. But the folks in one part of Detroit would rather have squatters occupying the empty homes in their area than see these buildings stripped or burned to the ground. [More]

House Couple Was Buying To Tear Down Over Fire Hazard Concerns Catches Fire While They Sign Deed

House Couple Was Buying To Tear Down Over Fire Hazard Concerns Catches Fire While They Sign Deed

Sometimes, bad things happen pretty much exactly when you’d expect them to, in a bit of unfortunate happenstance. Does it make you mad? Yes, maybe, but it was just meant to be. To wit: a couple in Pennsylvania who were buying a vacant house next door to tear it down because they were worried it was a fire hazard were proved correct when the home did, indeed, catch on fire… while they were signing the papers to become the owners. [More]

(Rockford Investments)

Create A Delicious Dessert, Win California Woman’s $390K Home

In the latest string of popular “create something, win huge reward” contests, a California woman is offering up her refurbished 1906 Craftsman home — valued at $390,000 — to the person who can come up with a winning dessert recipe. [More]


In India And China, You Can Buy Your Next Home Without Leaving Home

Depending on how you feel about the way real estate works now, the idea of sticking a house in your Internet shopping cart and clicking “Buy” may or may not appeal to you. Advances in technology mean that you can buy a new house without even going outside, and get a discount for doing so…in India. [More]

Sears-Affiliated Real Estate Investment Trust Raises $1.6 Billion

Sears-Affiliated Real Estate Investment Trust Raises $1.6 Billion

If you’ve always secretly wanted to be the partial landlord of a Sears or Kmart store, you have some unusual and specific life goals. You can also achieve your goal as of this week. The real estate investment trust spun off from Sears Holdings, Seritage Growth Properties, is now selling shares to the public, and the offering has been successful so far, raising more than $1.6 billion. [More]


NYC Apartment Owner Suing Co-Op Board After 16 Years Of Waiting To Move In

Anticipation can be a heady thing, a mix of optimism and suspense, with the knowledge that eventually, you’ll get what you’re after. But one New York City co-op owner is likely past the stage of simple expectation, after waiting 16 years to move into an apartment that cost him millions. [More]

(Dru Bloomfield - At home  in Scottsdale)

Airbnb Partners With To Show Potential Homebuyers What A Neighborhood Is Like

You can try out a mattress before you buy it, test drive a car or ask for a frozen yogurt sample before you buy, so why not a house? That’s the niche Airbnb and are trying to fill with a new partnership that lets potential homebuyers try out a neighborhood before they make the big decision to move there. [More]

RadioShack Sells Last Thing Of Value It Owns: $50 Million Worth Of Property

RadioShack Sells Last Thing Of Value It Owns: $50 Million Worth Of Property

In its bankruptcy auction, RadioShack has sold its store leases, the merchandise in most of its stores, and even key intellectual property assets like its customer mailing lists and “” Now the company has found buyers for its last multimillion-dollar assets: property in Texas and regional facilities in Maryland and in California have been sold, taking in about $50 million that will go to the company’s creditors. [More]

Anything of real value has been stripped from the Silverdome, but the owners believe it's worth $30 million, 51 times what they paid for the arena in 2009.

People Who Bought Pontiac Silverdome For $583K Now Asking $30M For Run-Down Arena

The Pontiac Silverdome hasn’t played home to the Detroit Lions since 2002; the Pistons fled 27 years ago. Aside from a handful of one-off events, it’s basically gone unused for most of the last decade, with much of its few remaining assets recently auctioned off. And yet the company that paid only $583,000 for the arena at a 2009 auction are now asking for a whopping $30 million. [More]

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Woman Suing Ebay Claims She Owns The Sun, Has The Right To Sell Real Estate There

Although no sovereign nation can claim ownership over any celestial bodies, one woman is taking eBay to court, saying she has the right to sell real estate on the Sun. As in, that big fiery ball up in the sky where no one could possibly live. [More]

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Family Suing Previous Homeowner, Real Estate Agent After Realizing “Dream Home” Was Infested With Snakes

It’s the stuff of nightmares: Fearing that the walls of your home are crawling with snakes, only to find out that no, this isn’t a bad dream, there are actually reptiles infesting the house you live in. That was the reality for one Maryland family who’s now suing their home’s previous owner and the real estate agent behind the sale, claiming both parties knew the house was chock-full of snakes before they sold it. [More]

(me and the sysop)

Homeowners Accept Buyer’s Offer After She Sweetens The Deal By Offering Free Pizza For Life

When it comes to buying a home, prospective buyers are always looking for bargaining tools that can help them get a leg up on the competition. And in Portland, OR’s competitive real estate market, one new homeowner found the leverage she needed to close the deal in the form of free pizza for the sellers — for life. [More]


If You Have $100M To Spare, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Could Be Yours

If you don’t know who Bubbles the Chimpanzee was, you should probably just stop reading now. For the rest of you who may have a spare $100 million burning a hole in your pocket, Michael Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch is on the market under a new name. [More]

Why Builders Are Tearing Down Old Suburban Houses And Replacing Them

Why Builders Are Tearing Down Old Suburban Houses And Replacing Them

I was recently alarmed to see a modest-sized house in my neighborhood demolished to make way for a much larger residence that straddles two lots. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see that house knocked down: it was a two-bedroom, one-bathroom home built during the Great Depression taking up space in a wealthy suburb, and the real estate market won’t stand for that. The little house’s demolition fits with a nationwide pattern: older suburbs are turning over. [More]