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Low inventory, high prices: House hunting horror stories

Life as a buyer in a seller's market is tough.

Weekends are spent trudging through crowded open houses, lowering your standards and scrambling to submit an offer within hours of seeing a mediocre house.

It's also emotional.

"I began to cry again,…

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Is the party over for real estate investing?

Real estate has been one of the best performing assets since President Barack Obama took office.

No, we're not talking about regular people's homes. The biggest gains have come from so-called real estate investment trusts -- REITs for short.

REITs…

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Monaco real estate just had its hottest year ever

Rich Russians poured money into Monaco real estate last year, confirming the tiny city state's reputation as one of the world's most sought after addresses.

Residential real estate in the European principality -- where nearly one in every three…

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It's getting more expensive to be a renter

Rent checks are getting bigger.

Rents in April were 4% higher than a year before, according to a report from Zillow. That's the fastest increase in two years, outpacing home prices which rose by 3%, the report showed.

Rental affordability is getting…

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Hey y'all! Paula Deen lists $12.5 million mansion

Paula Deen, the queen of Southern cuisine, has put her rambling Savannah mansion on the market for $12.5 million.

The 5.5 acre estate features an 8-bedroom French Caribbean-style main house located just outside Georgia's oldest city, according to…

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Secret real estate listings you won't find on the market

Just because there isn't a "For Sale" sign in a yard, doesn't mean the homeowner isn't taking offers. You just have to know the right person.

Despite strong demand in many markets across the country, some homeowners are skipping the process of…

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Here's what's driving up housing prices

It's been a long and uneven road to revival for the housing market. But things have been heating up for the last few years.

Home prices took off in 2012 and went on a tear in 2013. And while the double-digit growth has slowed somewhat, prices are…

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Americans are scooping up real estate bargains... overseas

More Americans are taking the leap to buy that overseas pied-a-terre they've been thinking about.

"The U.S. dollar is still strong and the economy is good and the rest of the world is a little softer," said Jason Kumpf, a real estate specialist at…

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Tommy Lee Jones cuts price on Florida ranch

Tommy Lee Jones has cut the asking price for his 55-acre Florida horse ranch by 25 percent.

TMZ reports that Jones bought the ranch in 2002 for $2.95 million. He listed the property in 2011 for $26.75 million and has recently relisted the ranch for…

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Nixon compound on the market for $75M

The coastal California compound to which Richard Nixon retired after resigning the presidency in August 1974 is on the market.

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