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Miramax's Tutor Leases Out Mansion
Views of Life After Fannie, Freddie
The Obama administration outlined its plans to begin shrinking the government's broad support of the nation's crippled mortgage market, a process that officials said could take several years and would include phasing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Video: Consensus on Fannie, Freddie
Heard: Obama Can't Fix Housing Without a War
White House report
Mixed Outlook for Mortgage Insurers
A Penthouse Pushes Price Limits
House of the Day: A penthouse in Tai Hang, Hong Kong, is testing sales limits with a $24.3 million price tag -- five times the average per-square-foot cost in the area.
Taking Chalet Chic to the City
Gone are the kitsch cut-out hearts in Tyrolean three-legged chairs and the red-checked curtains: Chalet chic today is about creating a modern space that is not only comfortable but also unfussy, eco-friendly and tactile.
Related's Ross Is Upbeat on West Side
Pessimistic? Not Stephen Ross. Related's chairman predicted that he would lure major new office tenants to the yet-to-be-developed West Side rail yards later this year.
Home Affordability Hits Pre-Bubble Levels
The ratio of median home prices to annual household incomes has returned to pre-bubble levels in a growing number of U.S. markets over the past year.
Chart: Region-Specific Housing Data
White House Plans End of Fannie, Freddie
Vote: Is it a good time to invest in real estate?
Mixed Outlook for Mortgage Insurers
White House Plans to Revamp Mortgage Market
The Obama administration will propose a path to wind down and eventually eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and specify a range of options to replace the mortgage companies.
A Luxury Villa on the Ganges
Building beautiful homes has been part of property developer Aditya Lakhanpal's life for some time. But a home on the Ganges River was something he always dreamed about. A few years ago, Mr. Lakhanpal got his chance.
Cash Buyers Lift Housing Market
Buyers in markets around the U.S. are snapping up homes in all-cash deals, betting that prices are at or near bottom and breathing life into some of the nation's most battered housing markets.
Video: Buyers Pay Cash, Sensing a Bottom
Vote: Is it a good time to invest in real estate?
Survey: Mortgage Process Has Become Too Confusing
A survey shows that confusion over applying for a mortgage has become one of the most challenging aspects of buying a home.
The Pampered Countertop
Can household cleansers be sold like beauty products? Ask Mrs. Meyer.
REIT Group Calls Calpers' Proposed Strategy 'Ill-Advised'
Calpers’ proposal to eliminate real-estate stocks from its property portfolio is being criticized by an industry group.
Freddie's Operating Chief Resigns
Freddie Mac said Bruce Witherell left for "personal reasons" and that his departure was effective immediately.
Boom's Home-Ownership Gains Lost
The meltdown of the U.S. mortgage market and rising foreclosure rate have wiped out more homeowners than were created in the 2000-07 housing boom, the latest indication of the severity of the housing bust.
After Snow, the Ice Dam Cometh
Heavy snow accumulation and long cold snaps across the U.S. have left people unusually vulnerable to the dangers of ice and snow buildup.
Audio: Homeowners Beware Ice on Roofs
Price Premiums Grow for New Homes
A reader asks why resale home prices are falling, while prices at new developments are on the rise
Builder Uses Different Blueprint
Heavy Metal Meets Toy Bunnies
Malcolm Forbes's N.Y. Townhouse Hits the Market
Pre-Revolutionary War Era Homes
The Case for Sunbelt Real Estate
Homes in Gated Communities
Going Modern in Old New York
Estate of Oil Mogul's Family is Listed for $28.5 Million
Gehry Leaves Risks to the Kids
An Award-Winning Home
Churches Find the End Is Nigh
Rent Check: The $38,000-a-Month Home
Fannie-Freddie Report Likely to Be Late
Oxfordshire Farmhouse
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Rem Koolhaas Can't Put Down His Pen
Design Decor: Horse Hair, Stingray and Crystals
60 Seconds With: Adriaan Geuze
House of the Day
Providence Penthouse
The top-floor unit of this three-story building in Rhode Island, once a single-family home, features wood-burning fireplaces, two bedrooms and city views.
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New York: Suburban Mid-Century Modern
This 1960s home in Irvington, N.Y., is surrounded by large boulders and features five bedrooms and a two-story library for the owners' collection of hard-bound books.
Europe: Jugendstil Home
This 100 year-old residence in Starnberg, Germany, was designed in the Jugendstil style popular in the country around the turn of the 20th century.
A Penthouse Pushes Price Limits
House of the Day: A penthouse in Tai Hang, Hong Kong, is testing sales limits with a $24.3 million price tag -- five times the average per-square-foot cost in the area.
New York
Google Veteran Sells Penthouse
A founding member of Google's New York engineering office has succeeded in selling a duplex TriBeCa penthouse for $11.2 million.
Hell's Kitchen Seeks Heaven-Sent Rezoning
Residents of Hell's Kitchen area are looking to spruce up their neighborhood, with an eye toward also keeping it affordable.
Commercial
Brookfield Properties' Profit Falls 6.5%
Brookfield Properties' fourth-quarter earnings fell 6.5%; the real-estate investment trust's occupancy was stable and funds from operations were flat.
Calpers Weighs Dropping Stocks From Property Portfolio
Calpers, the giant California pension fund, is proposing to eliminate real-estate stocks from its property portfolio, a blow to efforts by real-estate investment trusts to convince institutional investors to increase their REIT holdings.
Man-Cave Moments
The Mighty King of Sparta
The wife has something in mind for the man cave. Ruh-roh.
Designing Men?
The designers figure out a theme for the man cave.
Wow, I'm Getting a Man Cave
One WSJ guy finds out a TV network will be building him his own special space in his basement.
Developments
Rental Market Gets Respect in Fannie, Freddie Reform
The Obama administration has released a long-awaited "white paper" about winding down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and one thing is clear: Renters are about to get some long-due respect.
The Top Sellers of U.S. Office Buildings in 2010
Republicans Welcome Plan to Wind Down Fannie, Freddie
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Obama Can't Fix Housing Without 30-Year War
You can't ride two horses at once. But the Obama administration, in proposals to revamp housing finance, doesn't pick a steed.
A Victorian Colonial in Harrison
Restored History in Westchester
Second Homes
Asian Property Buyers Shop in Japan
As property prices in Japan hover near a two-decade low, a new breed of investor has taken up some space traditionally dominated by Western institutions: high-net-worth Asian individuals and offshore Asian funds.
The Shrinking Second Home
Politically Incorrect Gardening
Home & Garden
How to Posh-Up Kitchen Shelves
Well-styled cupboards are easy to achieve if you follow Sara Ruffin Costello's detailed instructions.
60 Seconds With: Delphine Krakoff
Bright Hues to Beat the Winter Blues
Commercial
Commercial-Property Lending Rises
Commercial-real-estate lending spiked in the fourth quarter of 2010, registering the largest quarter-over-quarter increase in new mortgages tied to commercial property since mid-2007.
Big Casino Project Back From Dead
Centro Suitors Trimmed to Three
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Does Buying a Rental as an Investment Make Sense?
A reader wonders whether it would be wise to buy a property and then lease it out, considering home prices may continue to fall.
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