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$24m Waiheke estate auctioned today

Friday, October 19, 2018

One of New Zealand's most expensive properties on the market goes under the hammer at midday today.Te Rere Cove, the Waiheke Island vineyard and residence developed at Church Bay by David Parkinson and wife Dee Crawford, has a six-bedroom...

140-year-old Masterton home a veritable living museum

Thursday, October 18, 2018


If it weren't for a small flat screen TV perched on a table in the lounge of a quaint Masterton cottage you might swear you had stepped back through time.

Snells Beach development offers best of bush and sea views

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Boathouse Bay's developers were right in thinking that creating a community of beachfront homes that didn't cost several million dollars would be popular. But they are surprised at the response as the project has advanced.Homes...

The haunting genius of a gothic giant – Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill review

Friday, October 19, 2018

Strawberry Hill, London
Horace Walpole, the inventor of modern gothic, returns to haunt the spooky house he built in a revealing exhibition of masterpieces and grim curiosities

Horace Walpole was an aesthetic rebel against convention a century ahead of Oscar Wilde. He built himself Strawberry Hill, a house that aped the “barbaric” middle ages, then, while daydreaming among its pointy arches, fan vaulting and spooky niches, got the idea for The Castle of Otranto, the first modern work of horror fiction, which still influences every haunted-house story. As the inventor of modern gothic he is a giant of modern culture. Now he has returned to haunt the house he built.

The custodians of Walpole’s seismic home have brought back, from collections all over the world, the paintings, sculptures and surreal objects that originally decorated it and were sadly dispersed after his death. Installed for a few months in their original locations in his house, Walpole’s masterpieces and curiosities paint a picture not just of Strawberry Hill in its original splendour but the strange and fertile mind that created it.

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Liberal Upper West Siders Get Their Revenge: Trump Place Sign Comes Down

Friday, October 19, 2018

Tenants at 200 Riverside Boulevard voted to remove the Trump brand from their building’s signage. A judge sided with their decision.

Calculator: New York’s Worst Bedbug Neighborhoods

Friday, October 19, 2018

A decline in bedbug violations in recent years doesn’t mean that there are fewer bedbugs in the city.

On the Market: Homes for Sale in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

Friday, October 19, 2018

This week’s properties are on the Upper West Side, in Rego Park, Queens, and Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

On the Market: Homes for Sale in New York and New Jersey

Friday, October 19, 2018

This week’s properties include a six-bedroom house in Hopewell, N.J. and a five-bedroom in Lloyd Neck, N.Y.

Tiny house build has major setback

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The young, hardworking couple who are building their first home on the smell of an oily rag have had their dream shattered by thieves.

The Hunt: Aloft in Downtown Brooklyn

Thursday, October 18, 2018

For a buyer looking to upgrade a tiny Greenwich Village one-bedroom, crossing the East River beat heading uptown.

TV court judge Greg Mathis rules in favor of selling Tarzana home

Friday, October 19, 2018

The case of Greg Mathis’ gated estate in Tarzana has concluded in a sale.

Mathis, known for sitting behind the bench of the courtroom reality show “Judge Mathis,” sold the Mediterranean-style manse for $3.1 million. It had been listed since September for a dollar shy of $3.2 million, according...

Chinese phone, electronic giant opening first dedicated New Zealand store

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Giant Chinese-headquartered phone and consumer electronics business Mi is opening its first dedicated New Zealand store, picking Sylvia Park at Mt Wellington as its flagship operation.Xiaomi or Mi is said to be the fourth largest...

With Sears in bankruptcy, a Venice home said to be from the retailer's catalog reminds of better times

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Southern California was just beginning to develop a taste for suburban sprawl in 1923 when an enterprising Venice property owner built a charming Craftsman home using plans and materials purchased from the Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail-order catalog. Or so the story goes.

The beach-area bungalow, which...

Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York City.

It's time to worry when the Bank hears echoes of the sub-prime crisis

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Warning over rise in high-risk lending suggests standards have become dangerously loose

The Bank of England, one hopes, does not draw parallels with the 2006 US sub-prime mortgage market lightly. That era was riddled with extend-and-pretend wishful thinking on a grand scale and ended with the financial calamity of 2008 that still reverberates.

But here is the alarming comparison, courtesy of the Bank’s financial policy committee (FPC): the global market in loans to heavily indebted borrowers is larger than, and is growing as quickly as, the 2006 sub-prime market. What’s more, lending standards are similarly deteriorating and, just as then, it’s hard to know if the people who ultimately hold the IOUs are capable of absorbing serious losses.

Related: Bank of England raises alarm over surge in high-risk lending

Related: Crest Nicholson issues profit warning as house sales in London slow

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UK house prices rise at their lowest annual rate in five years, ONS says

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Average UK prices rise 3.2% but sluggish London property market sees fall of 0.2%

UK house prices grew at the slowest rate in five years in August, in the latest figures to identify a growing divergence between a sluggish London property market and faster rates of growth other regions.

The average price of a UK home increased by 3.2% in the year to August, to £232,797, in the lowest annual rate of growth since August 2013, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Land Registry.

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The High End: Crown Heights Mixes Old With New

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Brooklyn neighborhood is lined with rowhouses, but is now getting some new midsize apartment buildings.

Romantic Sherman Oaks hacienda was once home to legendary actress Mae West

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Sherman Oaks home where Hollywood actress and sex symbol Mae West once lived has come on the market for $1.1 million.

Tucked behind hedges and fences, the Spanish-hacienda-style home dates to 1937, about five years after West made her first motion picture appearance in “Night After Night.”

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Living In: Living In ... Middletown, N.J.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Despite a range of housing options (and prices) and easy access to beaches and the city, the township is often overlooked. But residents like that.

International Real Estate: House Hunting in … the Dominican Republic

Thursday, October 18, 2018

On the island’s less-trafficked northern coast, where “everything is on a smaller scale,” a stable economy and increased tourism are driving a slow market uptrend.

International Real Estate: Mediterranean Style in the Dominican Republic

Thursday, October 18, 2018

This sprawling home on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is on the market for $3.3 million.

Presale of Albany commercial units

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Units within a new warehouse and office industrial complex, being constructed by the North Shore owned and operated Matvin Group, are now available by pre-sale in the heart of Albany."The development comprises a total of 41 different...

Former San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff knocks out a home sale in San Diego

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Former MLB slugger Aubrey Huff has circled the bases on a home sale in San Diego, selling his estate in a guard-gated community for $3.925 million.

Set on about an acre of grounds, the Mediterranean-style house has more than 8,100 square feet of living space on a single story.

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Crest Nicholson issues profit warning as house sales in London slow

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Uncertainty over Brexit puts off buyers in the capital and south-east during autumn

The housebuilder Crest Nicholson has warned that profits will be lower than expected because of slowing sales in London and the south-east, where Brexit uncertainties are putting off buyers in the traditionally strong autumn selling season.

The company said it had not seen the pick-up in demand, with prospective buyers unable to afford a home in the most expensive areas and unwilling to make major spending decisions at a time of heightened political and economic uncertainty.

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Crest Nicholson issues profit warning as house sales in London slow

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Uncertainty over Brexit puts off buyers in the capital and south-east during autumn

The housebuilder Crest Nicholson has warned that profits will be lower than expected because of slowing sales in London and the south-east, where Brexit uncertainties are putting off buyers in the traditionally strong autumn selling season.

The company said it had not seen the pick-up in demand, with prospective buyers unable to afford a home in the most expensive areas and unwilling to make major spending decisions at a time of heightened political and economic uncertainty.

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‘Jackass’ personality Wee Man pulls off Hermosa Beach home sale

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Jason Acuña, the actor and performer better known as Wee Man, has dealt his Hermosa Beach home of nine years for $2.37 million.

That’s over $1 million more than he paid for the detached townhouse in 2009, real estate records show.

Across three levels and 1,865 square feet, there are four bedrooms...

What You Get: $1.8 Million Homes in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Oregon

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

An 18th-century stone barn in Bucks County, an 1812 Federal-style house in Newport and a 1966 Tudor in Portland.

Living In: Middletown, N.J.: Plenty of Space, and a Slower Pace

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Despite a wide range of housing options (and prices) and easy access to beaches and the city, Middletown is often overlooked. But residents like that.

Casper Van Dien’s former Topanga retreat is ready to wrangle a buyer

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A 10.5-acre spread that once belonged to actor Casper Van Dien is up for sale in Topanga at $2.795 million.

Van Dien, known for his role in the film “Starship Troopers,” sold the property more than a decade ago for $1.6 million. More recently, the estate changed hands in 2007 for $2.4 million.

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When life hands us lemons, we make lemon-drop martinis. Cheers!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Life is the greatest novel.

That notion came to me while jogging the other morning. Generally, literary notions come to me when I have no place to write them down, which is one of those real-life ironies that go into a good novel. If I ever have the perfect observation — and the outlook for that...