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Japan Has 8M 'Ghost Homes'

Large parts of the country are emptying out as population shrinks

(Newser) - Millions of dilapidated, empty homes isn't the first image to come to mind when most people think of Japan, but that's now the reality for large swaths of the country and the problem is only going to get worse. The country's population is shrinking and is forecast... More »

Silence of the Lambs Home Up for Sale

All yours for $300K

(Newser) - Got a taste for the macabre? The house that was used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs is up for sale . The production crew took six weeks to turn the three-story house into the squalid home of the killer... More »

Two Daughters Inherit $20M, Must Follow Some Rules

Real estate magnate Maurice Laboz offers money from the beyond

(Newser) - "Want my money while you're still young? Then you have to play by my rules." That's pretty much what deceased Manhattan real estate landlord Maurice Laboz has posthumously told his two daughters, the New York Post reports. According to his will, 17-year-old Victoria and 21-year-old Marlena... More »

For Sale: Ranch Bigger Than LA, NYC Combined

All yours, for $725M in Texas

(Newser) - It has the slightly strange designation of being the biggest ranch in the US with a continuous fence, but the qualifiers end there: The Waggoner Estate in Texas is huge—at 800 square miles, it's bigger than Los Angeles and New York City combined, reports Bloomberg . And it's... More »

Zuckerberg Private Eye Was Out to Intimidate: Developer

Mircea Voskerician makes claim in recent court filing

(Newser) - An ongoing battle between Mark Zuckerberg and a real estate developer is getting nastier—and a little weird. Developer Mircea Voskerician, who is suing the Facebook founder , says a Zuckerberg-hired private detective tried to intimidate a friend of Voskerician's and witness in the suit, Bloomberg reports. The lawsuit hinges... More »

One of the Largest Properties on Earth Is for Sale

The highest bidder will be a land baron in Australia

(Newser) - Have you always dreamed of raising cattle on a vast swath of land in Australia? If you have at least $325 million to spare, you'd better enter your bid pronto. What Quartz calls the "largest stretch of private real estate on Earth" is now on the market, and... More »

Go Inside 5 Swanky Celeb Homes for Sale

Who doesn't need their very own 'dive-in' theater?

(Newser) - In the market for a new place to live? Five celebrities are in the news for trying to offload (or, in one case, offloading) pricey palaces:
  • Paula Deen is selling one of her Savannah, Ga., properties for a cool $12.5 million. The 14,500-square-foot "private resort" includes a
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Zuckerberg in Nasty Legal Fight Over Neighboring Land

Lawsuit could expose his personal finances

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg values his privacy so much that he's willing to spend tens of millions to buy up neighboring properties . Now, however, he's in a legal battle with a developer and would-be neighbor that threatens to make public details about his personal life and finances, reports the New ... More »

Essay Contest Prize: $900K Maine Inn

Janice Sage will hand over Maine property to contest winner

(Newser) - If you've always pictured yourself as the owner of a 210-year-old inn in Maine, you better put pen to paper pronto. The owner of the historic Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant is retiring after 22 years and plans to continue the tradition of passing the $905,000 property to... More »

Saudi Prince Selling NYC Digs With 3 Panic Rooms

And its own fitness center, hair salon

(Newser) - Saudi Prince Nawaf bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is apparently quite concerned with security. The royal is selling an apartment he owns on New York's Upper West Side, and the Wall Street Journal reports that the 10,500-square-foot triplex in the Heritage at Trump Place features not one, not... More »

Trailer in the Hamptons: Yours for $1.1M

Property originally cost $300

(Newser) - In 1956, fisherman Richard Lester paid $300 for 0.36 acres of property in the Hamptons. Later, he added a $15,000 trailer. Now, the whole thing can be yours for the low, low price of just $1.1 million, the New York Post reports. "You are not dreaming,... More »

After 2012 Loss, Romney Went on Real Estate Binge

He's now got 4 swank houses, which could present an image problem

(Newser) - Mitt Romney might have gotten a little notoriety for his house with the car elevator , but that was the tip of the real estate iceberg and the buying binge he went on in the wake of his 2012 loss. As the Boston Globe reports, "For the first time in... More »

Manhattan Condo Sells for Record $100M

It's the priciest place ever sold in New York City

(Newser) - The decimal points alone could buy a posh residence: An unknown buyer has paid $100.47 million for a Manhattan condo overlooking Central Park. The 11,000-square-foot penthouse is in the luxe One57 apartment tower, reports the Real Deal . It's not only the highest price ever paid for a... More »

Tech Whiz Snags Beverly Hills' Priciest Home

Markus Persson's new digs include a candy room, iPad-controlled fountains

(Newser) - It's the most expensive home ever sold in Beverly Hills: a 23,000-square-foot mansion with eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms featuring $5,600 toilets, an 18-seat theater, fountains controlled by iPad, vodka and tequila bars, and something called a "candy room." But the $70 million home wasn't... More »

'Chinese Beverly Hills' Comes to America

Wealthy buyers snap up McMansions in Arcadia, Calif.

(Newser) - Dozens of new McMansions are cropping up in an LA suburb with the usual wine cellars and marble-lined entry halls. What's turning heads: Asians are buying most of the properties and transforming Arcadia, Calif., into what some call the "Chinese Beverly Hills," the LA Times reports. In... More »

Tax Dodgers' Lair for Sale, Maybe With Land Mines

Tax-evading couple once holed up in property

(Newser) - If you're currently in the market for real estate, the Guardian has a find for you: a beautiful hillside home on 100 acres in New Hampshire for $250,000. The slight downside: You might run into some explosives in the area. The home used to belong to Ed and... More »

'Godfather House' for Sale for $2.9M

Staten Island mansion's exterior prominently featured in film

(Newser) - If you would like to live as Don Vito Corleone lived, you (kind of) can, for just $2.89 million. The 6,248-square-foot Staten Island mansion whose exterior was used in The Godfather is up for sale for that much. As the Staten Island Advance explains, five homes on Longfellow... More »

Home Buyers Might Want to Invest in Meth Test, Too

Indiana couple learn the house they bought was contaminated

(Newser) - Those buying homes in the US have learned over the years to check for things like mold and radon. As a couple in Indiana learned, it might be wise to add meth to the list, reports ABC News . Chris and Jenny Nugent bought a $144,000 house in suburban Indianapolis... More »

Connecticut Ghost Town Up for Auction

Start your bidding for Johnsonville, Connecticut, at $800K

(Newser) - Bidders who aren't scared off by million-dollar purchases can take possession of an American ghost town in Connecticut. Johnsonville was a robust mill community in the 19th century, but it is now abandoned and up for sale at auction.com . Bids start at $800,000, and the top one... More »

Home Buyers Pay Extra $122K for Family's Cat

Australian family agrees to throw in Tiffany

(Newser) - It's difficult to put a price on a family's love for their cat, unless you're in Australia, where $122,000 seems to do the trick. A buyer bid that amount over the asking price for a home valued at about $1.8 million—as long as the... More »

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