• Where the Obamas, Ivanka Trump and Jeff Bezos are moving
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Soon, Sally Berk will be able to say that she lives in the same Northwest Washington neighborhood as Barack and Michelle, Jared and Ivanka, and a billionaire named Jeff.Ho-hum.What's another president in the 'hood when five others have already lived in Kalorama, Washington's very own version of ... read more
    By By Paul Schwartzman, The Washington Post
    Mary Cross has joined Coastline West Realty of Florida as a sales associate in the Bradenton office.Cross obtained her real estate license in 2005, and also has worked at her family's business, Cross Surveying (formerly known as Global Surveying), since 1989.She is originally from Hot Springs, South Dakota, but has ... read more
  • Back at the scene of the sublime
    Some of the designers who have been working on the 2017 Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse are experiencing deja vu. The glamorous waterside home was the designers' community charity project in 2004 with Jeff Hart as the co-chairman and the designer of the family room.Now, some 20 locally based ... read more
    By Story by Marsha Fottler / Photographs by Thomas Bender
  • Start with a standard lease when renting to family
    Q: I am considering buying a small condo in a retirement community for my father and his wife to live in. There is good medical care available nearby. He is in his late 70s and his wife is in her 60s with some health issues.Since rental units in this development ... read more
    By By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
  • THE NATION'S HOUSING / KENNETH HARNEY: FHA cutting mortgage insurance premium fees
    WASHINGTON - Here's some potentially good news for anyone seeking a low down payment mortgage without high credit scores: The Federal Housing Administration is cutting its mortgage insurance premium charges, making its loans a little more affordable.But if this sounds attractive, be aware that it could be temporary. Although the ... read more
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  • 'Spider-Man' actor has buyer in his web
    LOS ANGELES - Actor-producer Tobey Maguire of "Spider-Man" film fame has sold his home in Santa Monica for $3.33 million, roughly 11 percent more than the asking price.The lot of slightly more than 8,000 square feet includes a reimagined 1920s bungalow, a separate studio and a detached garage previously used ... read more
    By By Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times
  • LETTER FROM HOME / HAROLD BUBIL: BuilderFest a chance for learning
    My wife wants more counter space in the kitchen. Maybe more cabinet space, too. And a rolling cart with a butcher-block top.This is how remodeling projects begin: a simple wish that grows to include more wishes. A new sink. Granite counter tops. And maybe new counters, sinks and faucets in ... read more
  • Large, custom-built homes amid plenty of trees
    Ashley, a lovely community of 50 home sites, lies tucked away on the south side of Proctor Road, a little more than half a mile east of I-75. Its 101 acres offer large, custom-built, luxury residences on spacious lots in attractive surroundings. All of the houses are set back from ... read more
    By By Chris Angermann Correspondent
  • Rickles selling Malibu home
    LOS ANGELES - King of insult comedians Don Rickles has put his home in Malibu on the market for $8 million.The Point Dume estate, built in 1968, sits behind gates on slightly more than an acre with private beach access. A traditional-style house shares the park-like site with a lighted ... read more
    By By Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times
  • THE MORTGAGE PROFESSOR: Another cure for the home loan market
    With a new administration in Washington, the time is ripe to reconsider some fundamental features of our housing finance system. In recent articles, I focused on three weaknesses of the system, and on how to fix them.n The rigidity of the mortgage payment obligation makes the standard mortgage very difficult ... read more
    By By Jack Guttentag