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Joseph Goebbels' 'Love Nest' a Tough Sell for Berlin

The Nazi propagandist hosted starlets at the lakeside villa

(Newser) - Sure, it's a fixer-upper. But the crumbling façade, failing roof, and seen-better-decades interior aren't the reasons why Berlin has been unable to sell the Haus am Bogensee, a 70-room lakeside villa that the city has been trying to unload for more than 20 years. The real sticking... More »

Feds Rein in Shell Games With Ritzy Real Estate

Feds to start IDing, tracking secret buyers of high-end homes

(Newser) - Those planning on scooping up a high-end property on the sly—i.e., paying cash via a shell company—may soon have to come up with a new game plan. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday it will start making title insurance companies ID secret buyers of property going for more... More »

Silence of the Lambs House Not Killing It on Real Estate Market

'Just because I want to gawk at something doesn't mean I want to buy it'

(Newser) - "Would you [put a serious offer on] me? I'd [put a serious offer on] me. I'd [put a serious offer on] me hard. I'd [put a serious offer on] me so hard." Despite the fact that it has a place in cinema history as the... More »

Oprah Winfrey's New Mansion Has a 'Wine Mine'

Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like

(Newser) - Perhaps you have a wine rack. Maybe even a wine fridge. But unless you are Oprah Winfrey, you probably do not have a "wine mine." What exactly is a wine mine, you ask? It's a 56-foot-long wine cellar that "looks like a mining tunnel, complete with... More »

Jehovah's Witnesses Could Get $1B for NYC HQ

Group is moving upstate

(Newser) - The Jehovah's Witnesses, the door-knocking religious group that has been based in Brooklyn for a century, is selling its headquarters and other properties for an expected price tag of $1 billion or more. The Witnesses' move to Warwick, a town about an hour north of New York City, will... More »

Inside America's Most Expensive 'House' for Sale

The 4.4-acre estate comes with night club, ice skating rink, IMAX cinema, and more

(Newser) - When construction tycoon Robert Pereira got hold of a sprawling ocean-front Florida estate through a trust in 2001, he envisioned turning it into a luxurious home for his family, friends tell the Guardian . But after spending seven years (and $100 million, a third of which was financed by Bank of... More »

China's 'Ghost Cities' Were Hidden Until Now

Massive empty housing developments feel like 'an abandoned movie set'

(Newser) - People have known about China's "ghost cities" for years, but it turns out finding and tracking these massive, mostly empty housing developments is pretty much as difficult as hunting an actual ghost. That is, until China's largest search engine got involved, Quartz reports. Tech company Baidu was... More »

Bunker Built for Apocalypse Has Its Own Power Plant

'The Facility' in Georgia can be yours for $17.5M

(Newser) - If you're worried about a nuclear apocalypse and you have $17.5 million burning a hole in your pocket, Harry Norman has the deal of a lifetime for you. The real estate office is advertising a bunker called the "Facility" in Georgia, touting it as "the only... More »

Marijuana Having Big Impact on Denver Real Estate

'It's a new and disruptive industry'

(Newser) - Legal marijuana is having a dramatic effect on real estate in Denver, leading to the reinvigoration of the city's industrial areas while potentially making the rest of the city unaffordable for longtime residents. Commercial real estate firm CBRE tells the Denver Post marijuana "kick-started the recovery of the... More »

Site Tells Homebuyers If Their New House Could Be Haunted

Find who was murdered and when before you buy that new home

(Newser) - There are a lot of things new homebuyers have to worry about: foundation cracks, water damage, ghosts. That last one is where Roy Condrey and his website, DiedInHouse.com , come in, Bloomberg reports. Condrey started the site two years ago because he thought his house might be haunted and wanted... More »

The 5 Most Unaffordable Places to Live in the US

California is bad, but it's not the worst

(Newser) - Want to stretch your housing dollar? Then you're going to want to stay out of California. Business Insider used data on 582 US counties from RealtyTrac to figure out the 15 least-affordable counties to live in, defined by the percentage of a resident's average weekly wage it would... More »

Owner of Private SF Island Cuts Sale Price 77%

Red Rock Island is cool, but what can you do with it?

(Newser) - Want to make San Francisco Bay's only privately owned island your own? Easy, if you've got $5 million and don't mind a big dome-like rock with trees and grass and not much else, Yahoo reports. Owned by an attorney living in Thailand, Red Rock Island went on... More »

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 »

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