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OMG Want: Adorable Bernal 3-Bedroom on Holly Park Adorably Asks $950K

A supercute moss-green two-story home in the collective retro fantasy that is Bernal Heights has landed on the market for $950K, which sounds like a (relative!) steal for something cute in a neighborhood with a median list price of $1.049...

Willis Tower Hits the Sales Block

Now for sale: The country’s second-tallest skyscraper. The owners of the Willis Tower – formerly the Sears Tower – are looking for buyers for the 1,451 -foot tower, a spokesman for the ownership group confirmed. The group recently tapped...Show More Summary

Purported Real Estate Agent / Loan Officer Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Dana Faulkner, 48, Oakland, California, was sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to one year in prison for conspiring to commit mail fraud and make false statements in loan applications. In addition, Faulkner was ordered to pay over $3 million in restitution to defrauded financial institutions. Show More Summary

Woman Admits Using Fraudulent Information to Defraud Lenders

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Carolyn Marie Jones, 51, Corona, California, who was the chief executive officer of a high-end jean company that outfitted Hollywood celebrities, pleaded guilty in federal court to bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud offenses admitting she used fraudulent information to defraud lenders. Show More Summary

Criminals targeting agents in homes will face stiffer penalties in this state

Virginia lawmakers have passed a Realtor-backed bill that can add up to five years to the prison sentences of people who commit crimes including murder, robbery and rape after luring their victims into vacant homes. The legislation represents one of the...

help wanted: It's Hiring Time: Seeking Editor to Join Curbed National Team

Effective immediately, we're on the hunt for a full-time editor at Curbed National to join our growing team at Vox Media's NYC headquarters.

Gabriel Macht, Jacinda Barrett find a buyer who suits them

Actors Gabriel Macht and Jacinda Barrett sold their house in Los Feliz within a month of listing for $2.1 million. That’s 5% above their $1.998 million asking price -- nicely covering the real estate agent commissions.

On the Market: Chill All Summer in John Lautner's Curvaceous Krause House

Just three years after designing his legendary mushroom-capped Palms Spring estate for Bob Hope, Los Angeles starchitect John Lautner began work on his only home on Malibu's beach road, the impressively angular Krause Residence. With an upper level reminiscent...

You Better Work: Tracking One Glitzy Malibu Mansion Through Music Videos, From 'Men in Black' to 'Work Bitch'

If you feel like you recognize this Malibu mansion, it's because you probably do. Designed by Ed Niles, of the Bieber-trashed salad spinner house, this home on Mulholland Highway has been the filming location for more than 20 films,...

First Person: As a teenager, Michael Ward was...

As a teenager, Michael Ward was obsessed with Trading Spaces, the TLC design show in which two sets of neighbors were paired with a professional designer, handed a small budget, and given two days to redecorate one room in each...

Cards Against Urbanity: There's a new Kickstarter afoot to...

There's a new Kickstarter afoot to create a Bay Area-themed expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples' profane cousin. Enterprising millennial Josh Barrientes is designing a mini-deck with 25 question cards (sample: "PayPal has partnered with LinkedIn to...

Why you lost the home sale (and what to do next)

Some real estate clients are predisposed toward using an agent. That's awesome news for you as a real estate agent! So how did the "bird in hand" who contacted you for help buying or selling a home end up hiring another agent...

Gamechangers: The Real Plan to Turn a Huge Swath of Northeast LA and Chinatown Into a Farm

With a big-time rehab headed for a huge stretch of the LA River, why not start rethinking the surrounding areas? Like, really rethinking. Architect's Newspaper reports that architecture firm Perkins+Will and the LA River Revitalization Corporation headed up a...

AM Linkage: Victory for Polk Bike Lanes; What to Do in a Zombie Outbreak

Photo via Erik Wilson · Long battle results in protected bicycle lanes for Polk St · Meet the Chinese developer quickly becoming one of the Bay Area's hungriest investors · Court orders work on Muni loop in Dogpatch stopped ·...

Turf Wars: Developer Doubles BMR Housing for 16th and Mission Project

Renderings via Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the architect for the controversial 1979 Mission development As developer Maximus Real Estate Partners prepares for tonight's public forum about its controversial proposed new apartment building at 1979 Mission Street, it has released an...

13 tips on how to be a street-smart and safe real estate agent

As an agent, I know we take risks in our daily work, and I was deeply saddened when I read about the murder of Beverly Carter last year. I am concerned for agents who don't know street-smart principles to protect themselves every day. I decided to take a short guidebook I wrote while teaching self-defense classes and expand it...

Bauhaus Wire: Germany is Finally Building a Dedicated Bauhaus Museum

The Bauhaus Dessau headquarters. Photo via Architectural Digest A cool €25M has been set aside to build a major Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany, the second headquarters of the influential design movement started in 1919 by modernism's grandsire Walter Gropius....

Extensions: When a Bigger House Means Adding a Whole Backyard Village

All photos by Peter Bennetts via Andrew Maynard Architects Andrew Maynard, the Australian architect who recently completed a totally unexpected steel frame "extension" for a Melbourne-area weatherboard house, has managed to find another imaginative solution for doubling the size of...

First Person: Trading Spaces and Finding an Unlikely Queer Icon in Hildi Santo-Tomas

One of Hildi's rooms. Image courtesy TLC. In 2000, around the time reality programs were becoming a force in the television landscape with the likes of Big Brother and Survivor, a quieter take on the genre in the guise...

Abandonment Issues: An Illicit Look Inside Staten Island's Eerie, Abandoned Hospital

For the past four decades, the Seaview Hospital of Staten Island has sat largely abandoned, and has slipped into ruin. At that, it's become an attraction for vandals and curious picture takers, like the f/11 photography collective who recently...

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