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New York City Clock Tower Penthouse For Sale


The 7,000 square foot penthouse at the top pf the 1914 Landmark Clock Tower Building New York City is on the market for $23,500,000. The highlights of this retreat are the four enormous glass-faced clocks that offer a 360 degree view of the city and the stainless steel and glass staircase that wraps around all three stories. If you have the cash for this property, you should practice reading clocks backwards before moving in!

Check out the entire property slideshow on TheNewYorkTimes.com









Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?


Zillow has explored this topic and have come up with some reasons why listing your home during the holidays might actually be a good idea.

Here are some of their reasons to consider:

1) Buyers are now looking for properties online in their free time.
2) Inventory (and competition) is usually lighter this time of year.
3) This may be a great time to lower the price of your property that has been on the market for a while.
4) If this time of year is too hectic, you can always wait for a fresh start in January.









Downtown Bellevue is Getting Ready for their “Bellevue Magic Season”


Snowflakes, candy canes and nutcrackers are starting to pop up around downtown Bellevue, which means that the “Magic Season” is just around the corner.  The celebration will begin on November 25th and the list of event options will be more than enough to fill your calendar.

Schedule of Events:

Magic Season Ice Arena
Nov. 25 – Jan. 8

Snowflake Lane
Nov. 25 – Dec. 24

Celebration Lane
Dec. 26 – Dec. 31

Garden d’Lights: Bellevue Botanical Gardens
Nov. 26 – Dec. 31

Theater at Meydenbauer Center
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31

Enchanted Holidays at The Bravern
Nov. 18 – Dec. 24

KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s Gingerbread Lane
Dec. 1 – Dec. 21





Is it Better to Buy a New or Existing Home?


“Is it worth it to fork over extra for a home with up-to-the-minute features and fixtures?” msn.com addresses this question with the latest advice on home buying and the pros and cons of buying new construction.  Check out the full article before you get your heart set on either new or existing.





New HGTV Magazine


The brand new HGTV magazine launched its first test issue yesterday with a small batch of 350,000.  According to Sarah Firshein of curbed.com, “all 144 pages of issue one have something to do with the home: maintaining it, decorating it, improving it, updating it, arguing about it, fixing it, asking questions about it, and even starting at the very beginning and buying it.” This is the second TV- network turned magazine that Hearst as taken on.  The Food Network Magazine and all of its success, may be an indicator of the future of the Home and Garden publication.

For more on the magazine and an interview with the editor in chief Sara Peterson check out the entire article on curbed.com









Best and Worst Housing Markets in America


When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he worked to implement many programs to help the housing market ranging from mortgage relief to home buying incentives.  But what has this actually done to the housing market across the country? Zillow has partnered with Businessweek.com to compile a list of the 5 worst and 5 best housing markets in the nation.  The list helps to reveal that while most housing markets have struggled after the recession, values have actually risen in a fair number of cities.

BestWorst
1Weston, Fla
Value: +15.1%
Homestead, Fla
Value: -48.8%
2Arlington, Mass
Value: +14.8%
Pontiac, MI
Value: -47.7%
3Brookline, Mass
Value: +13.6%
Trenton, NJ
Value: -46%
4Burke, VA
Value: +13.5%
Lehigh Acres, Fla
Value: -42.2%
5Vienna, VA
Value: +12.8%
Altamonte Springs, Fla
Value: -41.3%
Data: Courtesy of msn.com, zillow.com and businessweek.com

 

See all 25 best-performing and 25 worst-performing markets on Businessweek.com