Hot Real Estate News: Top 10 Halloween Haunted Homes Now For Sale

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“Top 10 Haunted & Scary Homes For Sale”

Fall is a slow time of the year in the real estate business. The kids are back in school and winter is coming up fast when most people do not want to move. With anxious sellers and fewer buyers, it is the best time of the year for a bargain on a home purchase – especially a haunted house.

October 27, 2015 / by / in
Tyra Banks’ Home Is Huge, Incredible And Totally Beyond Our Grasp

So this is what a supermodel’s house looks like.

Tyra Banks put her Beverly Hills home on the market for $7.75 million, said listing agent Heidi Lake of Sotheby’s International Realty. After Banks poured $2 million in renovations into the property, the 1926 Spanish Colonial-style home is truly a sight to see.  

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Banks purchased the four-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in 2004. The 6,000-square-foot property boasts a charming sunroom, an impressive master walk-in closet fit for a supermodel, a safe room, a swimming pool and four outdoor fountains.

According to Lake, the supermodel maintained the property’s original exposed wood beams and terra cotta tiled roof through the renovations, but added updates including a new kitchen, outdoor kitchen and outdoor living room.

“This home offers so many cozy and inviting spots to enjoy friends and family,” Lake said. “You get a warm and happy feeling as soon as you walk in the door.”

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Like many properties in Beverly Hills, Banks’ home has some major Hollywood history to go along with it. The house was previously owned by actress Marion Davies, the companion to newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.

“I loved living in this house,” Banks told Sotheby’s. “The stunning Spanish architecture spoke to me the minute I walked in the door. And then, when I discovered that… Marion Davies was a previous owner, I was ecstatic. Why? Because she was financially savvy. She listened to the recommendations of Hearst’s financial advisors and, while her peers were putting themselves into debt, she invested wisely in real estate. As a businesswoman myself, starting my own self-funded cosmetics company, I was impressed.”

Tyra, we think Davies would be impressed with what you’ve done to the place. Check out more photos of the beautiful property below. 

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October 23, 2015 / by / in
3 Home Improvements You Can Make With $5,000

Filed under: Design, How To

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Courtesy of White Buffalo Styling Co.via Zillow

By Lindsay Jackman

For a renovation budget of $5,000, you can add some serious functional upgrades to your home. Kitchens and bathrooms are smart places to focus your dollars. They are hardworking rooms that you’ll enjoy using, but also among the first rooms a future buyer will want to see.

Another practical way to increase the function of your house is by adding living space. While you can’t do an actual home addition for $5,000, you can create a functional outdoor living space that increases your usable square footage.

Here’s how to complete each of these three renovation projects on a $5,000 budget. (If you have a little more to spend, consider what you can do for $10,000.)

Upgrading to Custom Kitchen Cabinets

​Creating a more functional and beautiful kitchen is a win-win, and one way to achieve that goal is by upgrading your cabinetry. For this price-point, you could design cabinets that work for you, the way you use your kitchen, and your kitchen layout. Custom cabinets allow you to maximize storage for the space that you have.

Installing a Tile Shower

Nothing says luxury in a master bath like a standing tiled shower with glass door. For $5,000, you could remove the standard bath insert and surround and put in a custom tiled shower. For additional function, tile in a corner bench and soap shelf. You’ll feel like you’re visiting a luxurious resort in the comfort of your own home.

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Create an Outdoor Living Area

Boosting square footage is a great idea for you and future buyers, but additions are expensive. Adding a fabulous outdoor patio can drastically increase your usable living space for a much smaller price tag.

The options for patio material include chipped granite, pavers or flagstone. Adding mulch in beds surrounding the patio will really make a visual statement, and keep the patio from looking like it’s floating in your backyard.

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Build a pergola or covered seating area to create more visual appeal and boost the space’s usability. You can hang lights or fans overhead in the structure — and if it’s covered, you’ll have a spot to escape the weather.

While this upgrade benefits you, it’s also a big selling feature. Most homes don’t have an attractive outdoor living area, and adding this amenity will make buyers flock to your listing.

Any of these three updates will make you love your home in a whole new way. You can’t go wrong with improving kitchen storage, upgrading your current bathroom, or increasing your potential living space by taking to the outdoors.

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October 23, 2015 / by / in
Help CAZA & Generosity Feeds

Update (Nov. 25, 2015): WE DID IT!!!!

With the help of our friends and family, CAZA & Generosity Feeds has successfully reached our goal of raising $15,000 to help end hunger in our area! 15,000 meals were packaged in 2 hours and every single one of those meals will be given to children in our area who struggle with hunger.  Check out the slideshow below for some pics from the event, we had tons of participants of all ages join in.  We want to especially thank those who donated, attended our fundraising events, helped spread the word or even offered words of encouragement. You know who you are, but we’ll be reaching out to thank you personally soon. Couldn’t have done this without all of the overwhelming support we’ve received over the past couple months.

Help Us End Hunger In Reston, Herndon & the DC Metro Area

Did you know that 1 in 5 kids in your children’s classrooms (locally) suffer from hunger? Hard to believe, but it’s true! And we are going to do something about it.

October 8, 2015 / by / in