"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now looming over them.
In the case of Los Angeles, it is scary to think that it may someday become what its politicians have designed it to be, a city for the few uber rich and the many domestic workers who maintain their homes and gardens.
When you consider your last negotiation, did you come from a position of strength or weakness and how did your tone, mannerisms and body language either support you or give you away?
Do you miss the downstairs melodrama, the eye-rolls and the subtle zingers of the Dowager Countess? The Season 4 premiere is only a day away, but to h...
When I asked a group of more than 100 commission-based sales associates who they think has the ultimate power in any negotiation, the response was universal: the person most willing to walk away from the talks.
After two years on the market, Christina Aguilera's pink home in Beverly Hills home has report...
The rust-colored carpet crunched beneath my feet as I walked in the living room. If this were Japan and I were asked to remove my shoes, I would slip into the kitchen and commit hara-kiriinstead.
For me, houses are cards and cards are houses. It's all the same thing. Right now? There's no inventory. The table is tight. It will loosen up, but be patient. Hang tight and be ready to pounce because it's a seller's market right now.
What do foreigners' favorite metros have in common? Two things: nice winters and big price declines during the housing bust. Foreigners want sunshine and bargains. The relationship between price declines and foreign share is especially strong.
As long as Barbie remains a prominent cultural icon, the topic of her relative size will continue to rear its head. It got me thinking about another Barbie icon that's not nearly as controversial -- the Barbie Dream House.
Anyone who wishes to be successful is looking for an advantage, a leg up on the competition to get ahead and win. Yet, one of the least called upon ways to gain leverage is by accessing that time-tested intangible called God or Spirit.
This one goes out to everybody who's been sweating out the heat wave that's blasting the East Coast with triple-digit temps: we've rounded up five high-end water slides and swimming pools for your mind to float away.
When you team up with a quality realtor, your successful relationship will likely produce what we all want: you being happy with your deal.
With so many qualified agents available in the current market, what should you consider when shopping for a broker?
These are what we call a city's "best-kept secret" neighborhoods. They're not secrets to most local house hunters, but outsiders looking to move in typically overlook them.
In a time when our economy suffers mightily, when unemployment figures and disdain for corporate greed compete for headlines, who in their right mind would scream to the world, "I'm buying a house today!"