Ferris Bueller’s Day Off sale $2.3M

Remember the glass house, where the car went through the window, in the iconic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

Well, the nice (but maybe not this nice) home was put up for sale in 2009 for a whopping $2.3 million!

However by 2011 it had been reduced to $1.6 million. I don’t think it’s actually been sold yet but maybe one day a super-fan can pull the trigger and own the property.

Read more on Zillow.

Up house in Herriman 400,000

Did you know the house from the Disney animated movie Up was in the Salt Lake City suburb of Herriman in Utah?

Wait, but Up was Animated!!! How can the house be real? Well, someone built a house inspired by the movie and it was reportedly sold for $400k.

Read more here in the Guardian.

Home Alone house sold for $1.585 million in 2012

The Winnetka house featured in the John Hughes classic Home Alone and Home Alone 2 is well known by many of us. So it’s no suprise the huge suburban home sold for a tidy sum back in 2012.

It was on the market for around $2.4 million and didn’t quite make that tag but after a year it did manage to sell for close to $1.6 million, actually $1.585 million. Not a bad price for the owners who likely picked it up for significantly less.

Americas hottest housing markets 2014

So where on earth are Americas hottest housing markets for 2014? CNN took a look earlier this year and below is an overview of what they found:

Oakland, Calif.
Median home price : $545,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 9.3%

Fort Worth, Texas
Median home price : $181,300
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.9%

New Orleans
Median home price : $163,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.7%

Richmond, Va.
Median home price : $220,600
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.5%

Hartford, Conn.
Median home price : $234,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8.3%

Tampa, Fla.
Median home price : $177,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8%

Baltimore
Median home price : $299,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 8%

Birmingham, Ala.
Median home price : $174,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.8%

New York
Median home price : $440,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.4%

Memphis, Tenn.
Median home price : $122,000
Forecast gain through Sept. 2014: 7.3%

It will be interesting at the end of the year to see how accurate the predictions were. Read more on CNN.

Home rented by Michael Jackson for sale $19.5

Home rented by Michael Jackson for sale $19.5 – With a portrait of the King of Pop still hanging over the fireplace as a reminder of this luxurious and interesting home’s last full time resident a Las Vegas palace is for sale for a whopping $19.5 million.

Of course seeing as it was Jackson’s last home the place has an extra appeal for fans but it also stands up on it’s own as a very intriguing place!

Transported brick by brick from it’s original home in Mexico and featuring things such as a medieval chapel the home is ornate and maybe over the top for some but it certainly has a strange charm.

Who knows if a fan will pick it up or if just someone who loves the place will bite but whoever it is they have to have some serious cash!

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The picture above came from Zillow where you can read much more about the property here.

‘Dirtiest hotel’ in US for sale

‘Dirtiest hotel’ in US for sale – People often make mistakes putting cash into a dump in the hope they can turn around but they often become nothing but Money Pits! Now the hotel dubbed the dirtiest hotel in the US is up for grabs and oddly there is big money bids rolling in and the sale looks to settle on a huge amount! But why?

Hotel Carter was three time winner of Trip Advisor’s dirtiest hotel in America until they scrapped the ratings in 2012. However a lot of comments still talk about the hotel’s problems and it’s far from fixed up!

First opened in the 30s as the Dixie Hotel the spot has something going for it, it’s located at West 43rd Street just off of Time’s Square!

So with the bids in it looks like the hotel may settle for $180 million but a complete gut and refit looking to cost at least $100 million will also be needed! An adult entertainment club on the ground level looks set to stay and brings in $1million rent a year.

It’s amazing what a location can give a property.

Knowing the ‘Dirtiest hotel’ in US is for sale, would you put in such a bid! Read more here.

Best up-and-coming cities to buy a home 2014

Best up-and-coming cities to buy a home 2014 – Competition in the real estate market the last few years has been insane and a little out of control. The average joe looking for a deal has not really had much of a chance but maybe things are going to change in 2014.

Prices are generally rising a little and the big time investors seem to be backing off which of course is bringing competition down a little and still leaving some awesome deals on the table. So maybe this is the time!

The USA has a lot of places that may be worth investing in either for a family home or a growing investment portfolio and Forbes has put together a list of places it thinks may be good places to buy. Below are their top 5.

1 . Fort Worth-Arlington, Tex.
Pop.: 2,121,231
Actual Home Price: $168,383
Equilibrium Home Price: $210,296
Difference: -20%
3-year Growth Forecast: 25%
**3-year Growth Forecast is Local Market Monitor’s prediction for cumulative rise in home prices over the next three years

2. Dallas, Tex.
Pop.: 4,326,384
Actual Home Price: $180,645
Equilibrium Home Price: $204,453
Difference: -12%
3-year Growth Forecast: 29%

3. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N.C.-S.C.
Pop.: 1,745,524
Actual Home Price: $201,855
Equilibrium Home Price: $237,985
Difference: -15%
3-year growth forecast: 24%

4. Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, Tenn.
Pop.: 1,582,264
Actual Home Price: $199,506
Equilibrium Home Price: $238,411
Difference: -16%
3-year Growth Forecast: 23%

5. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Tex.
Pop.: 5,867,489
Actual Home Price: $191,279
Equilibrium Home Price: $218,610
Difference: -13%
3-year Growth Forecast: 24%

So Texas anyone? It’s hot and full of very religious right wingers but hey why not!!!! See the full slideshow here.