Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed your Facebook and Instagram feed filling up with fun photos of pets in silly hats, babies wearing over sized sunglasses and you friends transformed into puppies and pigs. In other words, your friends have all caught the Snapchat craze. But Snapchat is more than just silly photo filters. Just ask the 158 million active daily users who average 2.5 billion “snaps” per day – yes, billion. (Get more mind-blowing Snapchat stats here.)
If you haven’t been using Snapchat for your real estate business, today is a great day to jump on this trend. Follow this guide to get started today.
Congratulations! You made the big decision to sell your home. You’ve spent your weekends getting your treasure ready for the big day when it finally hits the market.
You’ll soon open your doors to dozens, if not hundreds of wonderful people. Unfortunately, it may also attract less desirable visitors. Your real estate agent understands this and will take precautions on your behalf. As a home seller though, there are things you can do as well.
Here’s a great Home Seller Safety Tips infographic from the California Association of Realtors followed by six additional home seller safety tips:
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In our last installment of Celebrity Housefax: Oscars Edition, we feature the one and only, Jeff Bridges. Beloved as The Dude in “the Big Lebowski” and bestowed with an Oscar for his role in “Crazy Heart,” Bridges and his wife, Susan, recently listed this spectacular property for a cool $18.5M.
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Bridges (who received a 7th Oscar nomination this year for his role in “Hell or High Water”) and Susan have called this oasis home since 1994. In a Wall Street Journal interview, Susan shared her husband’s love of the property’s aloe trees and his “fort,” which she described as “a quiet spot with a hammock, swings and benches, where he occasionally makes pottery.”
Born and raised in Alabama, Octavia Spencer landed her first acting role while working behind the scenes of 1996’s “A Time to Kill.” She then moved to Los Angeles where she landed small parts in films and on television. In 2011, her career reached new heights with the hit dramatic film “The Help”, which earned her an Academy Award. This year she’s nominated for her role as NASA mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the inspiring film, “Hidden Figures.”
Octavia Spencer, Academy Awards, 2012
In 2013, Spencer bought a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Toluca Lake, California, for $841,500 (a steal for Los Angeles real estate).
While modest in size, the 1927 Spanish-style home is filled with character — from dark hardwood floors and plantation shutters to vintage tiles and original fixtures. The property is also in a great location: a block and a half from Toluca Lake boutiques and restaurants on Riverside Drive.
Some amenities of Octavia Spencer’s California home include:
As a nod to Oscar week, we take a peek inside the home of Oscar-winner Goldie Hawn and longtime partner, Kurt Russell. Together since 1983, we fell in love with these two in the quirky rom-com, “Overboard.” A red-carpet staple, they share four children between them and two Oscar nominations for Hawn, who won Best Supporting Actress in 1970.
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Recently, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell sold their home in Pacific Palisades for $6.9 million after listing it last year at $7.25 million. Hawn, who returns to the silver screen for the first time in 15 years with Amy Schumer in the comedy “Snatched,” and Russell, who co-stars in the spring action-thriller “The Fate of the Furious,” purchased the property in 2004 for a bit less than $4.12 million.
Harry S. Truman’s Home
Some of US history’s most famous presidents lived in iconic homes you can still visit today. From the expansive gardens and original furnishings of the country’s first president, to the bright yellow walls of Monticello where Thomas Jefferson dined, these houses give an incredible glimpse into the lives of our former presidents.
As a nod to President’s Day, Trulia compared six stately residences with like-sized properties to find out how much the homes of US presidents would be worth if they were for sale today. (Find the full infographic below.)
And as an added bonus, we ran the Housefax Report on one of these historic homes: Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States. It showcases the simple life Harry and his beloved Bess enjoyed in Independence, MO before, during and after his presidency.
Hoboken, NJ. Photo Credit: Allison McMorrow
LOVE IS IN THE AIR…and on the ground…and at home. Here’s a collection of some of our favorite unexpected heart photographs. And the one that started it all, a heart that appeared in the stone facade of a historic building in downtown Hoboken, NJ. Just a reminder that wherever you go, there you heart. #HousefaxHearts. Enjoy!
Hey music fans! To celebrate the Grammy Awards this weekend, we bring you another installment of #CelebrityHousefax. This time we’re featuring 8-time Grammy nominee, 1-time winner, Britney Spears.
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Spears has been a dance-pop phenomenon and tabloid-headline mainstay since she burst onto the scene in the late ’90s. Born in Mississippi in 1981, Britney first tasted fame as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club, featuring fellow superstars-in-training Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. Her supremely catchy debut single, ‘…Baby One More Time” was released by Jive Records in 1999. It wasn’t until 2005 that she won her first (and only) Grammy for her hit single, “Toxic.”
Spears, who is no stranger to the limelight, has topped the list of most searched celebrities 7 times in the past 12 years, a record since the inception of the internet. In 2013 Spears launched her namesake Las Vegas show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” which has topped $100 million in ticket sales.
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We recently learned that Spears’ California mansion, listed at $7.5M, might soon be sold to one lucky buyer and boy are we JEALOUS!
If you’ve done any amount of travel recently, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Airbnb, a service where you can rent a room, an apartment or even an entire house from someone who lives in the area you’re visiting. It’s a growing trend among vacationers looking for either inexpensive accommodations or more amenities than a hotel can offer. It’s also very popular when big events come to town, like the Super Bowl in Houston or Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
According to DMR, there are an estimated 2.3 million properties listed on Airbnb across 57,000 cities and 191 countries. I was surprised to learn that in my small suburb, 1.5% of the housing market calls itself an Airbnb rental.
By popular demand our next edition of #CelebrityHousefax, fittingly features NFL great, Joe Namath. Namath guards his peace and quiet these days, nestled deep inside slow-paced Tequesta, Florida. It’s a stark contrast to decades ago when the name “Broadway Joe” guaranteed world-class fame in his not-so-private world.
Namath’s career spanned the 1960s and 1970s. He played 143 career games with 68 wins, 71 losses and 4 ties. He earned one league championship (1968 AFL Championship) and one Super Bowl victory with the NY Jets (Super Bowl III). He made his name as one of the most popular players in the football industry, and in 1985 he was elected to the Hall of Fame.
In 1999, he was ranked number 96 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.