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Tampa Rated Among Best Markets for First-Time Home Buyers

Tampa Rated Among Best Markets for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a home for the first time can be overwhelming — the process is unfamiliar, and decisions are often rushed when competing for limited inventory. Avoid the steep prices and bidding wars by shopping in two of the country’s best markets for first-time buyers, Orlando and Tampa. Zillow researched markets across the nation to find metros with lower-than-average median home values, strong forecasts for appreciation and above-average supply to identify where first-time buyers can more easily purchase homes.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Lena Headey, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

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Celebrity Real Estate: Chris Rock, Sting, Ron Howard

Sentimental Sale For Comedian Chris Rock

It’s a pretty fabulous bachelor pad, but 25 years after Chris Rock plunked down some of the fresh cash he was earning as a new star on “Saturday Night Live” back in the 1990s, it’s finally time to let it go.

Rock has listed his beloved Brooklyn carriage house for $3.85 million. The 3-bedroom, 2.5 historic abode dates back to 1901 and features open-beamed ceilings, huge open dining and living rooms, a mammoth master suite, air conditioning and a private garage.

The comedian has long lived in New Jersey, however, and is too busy to make use of the place. Despite his emotional attachment to the property, and after years of renting it out, Rock is ready to part with it. But it is with sweet sorrow, he says.

Sting Says ‘Encore’ For His NYC Penthouse

Parting may not be sweet sorrow for Sting and his wife, Trudy Styler, when it comes to their slick and sensational NYC duplex penthouse. The singer/composer and former frontman for The Police and Styles have already been eyeing a bigger, better condo in Manhattan.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Ellen DeGeneres, Lauren Conrad, David Bowie, Gwyneth Paltrow

Now Where, Ellen?


Some creatively restless people take up watercolor. Others seek temporary solace with a little retail therapy. Then there’s Ellen DeGeneres. And then there’s her $45 million, 17-acre Santa Barbara estate.

The comedian and real estate tycoon has done all she can to upgrade, enhance and furnish the 10,000-square-foot villa she and wife Portia de Rossi bought in 2012 for $26.5 million, so it’s time to say so long.

So what if the massive chunk of land and the Tuscan-style home overlooks the Pacific Ocean in one of America’s greatest coastal communities? Who cares if the natural setting includes olive trees and a Roman-style swimming pool?

There’s plenty of other intriguing real estate fish for Ellen to fry. And has been Ellen DeGeneres’ habit, she’s now ready to sell this fantastically unique property and move on to a “blank canvas.”

Baby On Board Makes Lauren Conrad Rethink L.A. Housing Plans

Former MTV star Lauren Conrad is looking to make some big changes. Soon after announcing that she’s expecting Baby No. 1 with her hubby, William Tell, Conrad has decided to throw her Pacific Palisades home on the market, too.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Ryan Lewis, Tommy Hilfiger, Selena Gomez

Macklemore’s Ryan Lewis Home More Ritz Than Thrift Shop


After their chart-topping, concert-hopping debut a few years back, Macklemore DJ Ryan Lewis has been busy. Lewis oversaw a complete renovation of a waterfront estate in one of Seattle’s most prestigious westside neighborhoods.


Lewis paid $3.3 million for the 7,610-square-foot home in 2014, then went to work. But as it is with many creative types, it looks like the thrill has worn off. The dramatically remodeled and decorated mansion is on the market for $7.95 million. That’s after a $1.5 million price cut from its original list price of $9.45 million.


Given the unique setting -- overlooking Puget Sound -- and the exclusive nature of the Perkins Lane address, it’s no wonder Lewis attempted to bust the charts with his original list price. And given Seattle’s white-hot real estate market and a slew of dot com millionaires, maybe he’s getting closer to a buyer-friendly price point.


Tommy Hilfiger Lists Another Fashionable Home


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Celebrity Real Estate: Meg Ryan, Bethenny Frankel, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

Sensational In Manhattan

She may not be making a slew of rom-com movies these days, but “Sleepless In Seattle” star Meg Ryan has made good on her other artistic talents. In what was her ninth mega-home do-over project, Ryan has proved she can remodel with the best of them. Now the finished product is on display in New York City -- and up for sale for $10.9 million.

The 4,100-square-foot residence sits in one of SoHo’s classic Cast Iron District buildings. Ryan spared no expense in the top-to-bottom redo. The stunning interiors feature black French doors, glass doors, 12-foot ceilings and numerous columns.

She works fast, too. Ryan purchased the loft in 2013 from actor Hank Azaria for $8 million. Next?

Skinny Girl In High Gear

For the second time in less than four months, former Real Housewives of New York star and founder of SkinnyGirl products Bethenny Frankel is looking to sell her home. This time, it’s a luxury loft that she has listed for $5.25 million.

The 2,400-square-foot residence features 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, but does not appear to be big enough -- even for the diminutive Frankel, who says she and her young daughter, Bryn, need a little more room in their next pad. …

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Celebrity Real Estate: Scott Pelley, Donald Trump, Jane Fonda

Looks Like Scott Pelley Is Downsizing

Here’s an update. CBS news anchor Scott Pelley and his wife have listed their Darien, CT estate for sale. The lovely, white colonial has hit the market at $3.98 million.

The property sits on a lovely lot complete with a pond and a picturesque footbridge in the sprawling backyard. This move comes about six months after the Pelleys bought a $2.25 million condominium in the Flatiron District of New York City.

According to local news reports, Pelley has called the basement of the 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom home his “Darien Bureau.” A former White House correspondent, Pelley was seen anchoring the recent presidential inauguration in addition to his duty on “60 Minutes.”

Auction Action For Trump Childhood Home

The art of the deal for Donald Trump’s childhood home now includes a sale for $1.39 million and an auction in January for an undisclosed sum. That means the newly installed president’s first home as a kid in Queens, N.Y. has changed hands twice since he was elected. …

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Celebrity Real Estate: Ivanka Trump, Gwen Stefani, Emily Blunt

Obama Neighbors Now Include Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner


Well, partisan politics may divide people, but when it comes to the best places to live in Washington, D.C., birds of all feathers flock together.


Witness the new D.C. digs of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, which is located in the Kalorama neighborhood. This is the same residential part of the nation’s capital where the President Barack Obama will move to after Donald Trump takes over the White House.


Ivanka and Kushner, who has been named senior advisor to Trump, will live in a 1923 Colonial.

The 6,870-square-foot home sold for $5.5 million in December, but it was not clear whether Trump & Kushner were the buyers, or will just rent.


Given family ties to New York City, where Kushner, like his father-in-law is a real estate developer, it could be the couple will split time between D.C. and NYC. Either way, the stately home with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and fireplaces galore is plenty of room for Kushner, Trump and their three young children.


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Celebrity Real Estate: Ivanka Trump, Gwen Stefani, Emily Blunt

Obama Neighbors Now Include Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner


Well, partisan politics may divide people, but when it comes to the best places to live in Washington, D.C., birds of all feathers flock together.


Witness the new D.C. digs of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, which is located in the Kalorama neighborhood. This is the same residential part of the nation’s capital where the President Barack Obama will move to after Donald Trump takes over the White House.


Ivanka and Kushner, who has been named senior advisor to Trump, will live in a 1923 Colonial.

The 6,870-square-foot home sold for $5.5 million in December, but it was not clear whether Trump & Kushner were the buyers, or will just rent.


Given family ties to New York City, where Kushner, like his father-in-law is a real estate developer, it could be the couple will split time between D.C. and NYC. Either way, the stately home with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and fireplaces galore is plenty of room for Kushner, Trump and their three young children.


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Celebrity Real Estate: Kylie Jenner, Walt Disney, Leonardo DiCaprio

Surprise! A Kardashian Changes Her Mind


The $4.5 million Hidden Hills home that Kylie Jenner bought this past summer turns out to be unnecessary baggage. Or, something nearly as expedient as a Snapchat post.


The littlest Kardashian kid has now decided she doesn’t want the 4-bedroom home. It’s back on the market with a “slight” upcharge: $5.5 million is what she seeks for the sprawling abode decked out with custom woodwork and an enchanting outdoor pool.


A person would almost need a celebrity homes road map to keep up with Kylie Jenner, let alone all the other real estate wheeling and dealing amongst reality TV’s first family. But this isn’t the first and it won’t be the last home purchase or sale for Kylie Jenner. She bought another $12 million in Hidden Hills this year, too.


Between Malibu, Calabasas and Hidden Hills, the Kardashian-Jenner clan is keeping doing their part to steam up Los Angeles’ hot real estate market.


The Happiest Palm Springs Home For Sale


It’s not the Magic Kingdom, but for anyone who appreciates a mid-century modern home that typifies the style and mood of Palm Springs, this whimsical home is the one for you.


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Celebrity Real Estate: Kylie Jenner, Walt Disney, Leonardo DiCaprio

Surprise! A Kardashian Changes Her Mind


The $4.5 million Hidden Hills home that Kylie Jenner bought this past summer turns out to be unnecessary baggage. Or, something nearly as expedient as a Snapchat post.


The littlest Kardashian kid has now decided she doesn’t want the 4-bedroom home. It’s back on the market with a “slight” upcharge: $5.5 million is what she seeks for the sprawling abode decked out with custom woodwork and an enchanting outdoor pool.


A person would almost need a celebrity homes road map to keep up with Kylie Jenner, let alone all the other real estate wheeling and dealing amongst reality TV’s first family. But this isn’t the first and it won’t be the last home purchase or sale for Kylie Jenner. She bought another $12 million in Hidden Hills this year, too.


Between Malibu, Calabasas and Hidden Hills, the Kardashian-Jenner clan is keeping doing their part to steam up Los Angeles’ hot real estate market.


The Happiest Palm Springs Home For Sale


It’s not the Magic Kingdom, but for anyone who appreciates a mid-century modern home that typifies the style and mood of Palm Springs, this whimsical home is the one for you.


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Celebrity Real Estate: Julia Roberts, Bob Hope, Pat Benatar

Julia Roberts’ Hawaiian Estate Finally Sells


After more than a year on the market and several price cuts, Julia Roberts finally found a buyer for her Kauai estate. But the “Pretty Woman” star only got $16.2 million for the 3,800-square foot beachfront home -- far less than the $29.85 million original list price.


The 1940s-era home has a 5-bedroom main residence and a 2-bedroom guest cottage. The home was formerly a sugar plantation along Hanalei Bay. Roberts bought the home five years ago for $13.375 million, but with homes in NYC, L.A. and New Mexico, there’s no crying for this A-list celebrity when it comes to real estate wheeling and dealing.

Bob Hope’s Spaceship Lifts Off


Palm Springs and Bob Hope were once semi-synonymous. It was in the desert enclave where the legendary entertainer made a big splash by having visionary architect John Lautner design a 23,000-square-foot house that resembled a flying saucer for him and his wife.


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Celebrity Real Estate: Julia Roberts, Bob Hope, Pat Benatar

Julia Roberts’ Hawaiian Estate Finally Sells


After more than a year on the market and several price cuts, Julia Roberts finally found a buyer for her Kauai estate. But the “Pretty Woman” star only got $16.2 million for the 3,800-square foot beachfront home -- far less than the $29.85 million original list price.


The 1940s-era home has a 5-bedroom main residence and a 2-bedroom guest cottage. The home was formerly a sugar plantation along Hanalei Bay. Roberts bought the home five years ago for $13.375 million, but with homes in NYC, L.A. and New Mexico, there’s no crying for this A-list celebrity when it comes to real estate wheeling and dealing.

Bob Hope’s Spaceship Lifts Off


Palm Springs and Bob Hope were once semi-synonymous. It was in the desert enclave where the legendary entertainer made a big splash by having visionary architect John Lautner design a 23,000-square-foot house that resembled a flying saucer for him and his wife.


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Celebrity Real Estate: Uma Thurman, Ben Feldman, Alyson Hannigan

Net Gain For Uma

Uma Thurman, the “Kill Bill” star and longtime New York City resident, collected $6.608 on the sale of her stellar duplex in the swanky Gramercy Park section of Manhattan. The 5-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom co-op had been on the market for $6.25 million.

Thurman has owned other apartments in this classic NYC prewar building. She and her ex, Ethan Hawke, were co-owners for a unit and she owned another on her own, which she sold in 2006. And there’s a reason the 1910 building was so inviting: Thurman’s duplex featured herringbone oak floors, wood-burning fireplace and a library.

Super Sale Wanted

The time has come for “Superstore” star Ben Feldman and his actress wife, Michelle Mulitz to move on. The couple has listed their mid-century home in Los Angeles. The Runyon Canyon Park ranch is listed for $1.489 million and contains 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The 2000 square-foot home feels even larger with an open floor throughout and French doors that lead to the back patio. Time for a little more room to roam: the couple bought comedian Joel McHale’s former digs in Los Feliz for $2.55 million.

Holy Flipping Vampire

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Celebrity Real Estate: Billy Bush, Donatella Arpaia, Christie Brinkley

Billy Bush Lists NYC Townhouse

The fallout continues for Billy Bush. After an “Access Hollywood” tape was released showing the new “Today” co-host egging on Donald Trump about groping women, Bush lost his job. Now he’s giving up his NYC townhouse for which he had big plans to coincide with his big job.

Bush has just listed the Chelsea residence for $8.25 million. Bush bought the 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom townhouse and was going to renovate it, but now there’s no reason to go ahead. The 7,200-square-foot townhouse was formerly an apartment complex but Bush—had he stayed on at NBC—was going to transform it back into a single-family home.

Iron Chef Donatella Digs Into New NYC Condo

Culinary mogul Donatella Arpaia has become a major player in the NYC restaurant world (Mia Dona, Anthos, kefi and EOS) and as a Food Network star. Now the 40-something entrepreneur has a new Manhattan condo, fitted with a top-of-the-line kitchen.

Arpaia and her cardiac surgeon husband, Allan Stewart, have just purchased a $2.9 million apartment along Fifth Avenue. The One Museum Mile condo sits above the Museum for African Art and has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and, of course, a ton of counter space.

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