4 Side Hustles You Can Do While Working Full Time

From selling unwanted items online to launching a blog, there are side hustles you can start today.

A side hustle may just sound like extra work. Like coming home from your 9-to-5 job only to work another one (goodbye, free time). But a side hustle that generates income beyond your primary job doesn’t have to be a drain on your energy or time.

It’s easier than ever to find ways to make money on the side of your day job. As the side hustlers below show, it can be as easy as digging out forgotten treasures from the back of your closet.

Whether you’re looking to leverage a side gig to more quickly build wealth, or you’ve set out to increase your emergency fund or save for a specific financial goal, consider these four side hustles you can start today:

1. Sell unwanted items online

If you’re considering ways to make money side hustling, look no further than your own home. Chances are you have items lying around that you don’t actually use—books, toys, kitchen gadgets, exercise equipment, tech accessories, you name it—that sounded like a good idea at one point but are now just collecting dust. Selling unwanted items online is one of the easiest side hustles you can do while working full time.

Selling things you no longer want or need is a great side hustle you can start today.

“You can really sell anything on Craigslist and Kijiji. If it’s still in decent shape, there’s a buyer out there for items you’re no longer using,” says Tom Drake, founder of MapleMoney and no stranger to selling items online in his spare time.

Drake and his wife declutter their home and sell unwanted items online as often as they can. A recent focus was video games: Drake says he sold about $2,000 worth of video games that were sitting in his garage for over a decade. Based on his calculations, he expects to sell about $10,000 worth of unwanted items in 2018.

If you’re thinking about posting items online as a way to make money on the side, Drake says it’s easy to start. Listing items doesn’t take long, though he suggests taking a decent photo and writing a detailed description to make the item easier to find in search results and more likely to sell in a timely fashion.

PriceCharting, which documents prices for every video game ever made, to check value.

Outside of video games, Drake says you can find clothing at thrift stores, then list it for 30 to 50 percent off retail price to make a sale. For collectible items like coins, you can Google the item and add the term “price guide” to the search query. This type of information could come in handy as you build out your pricing structure. Don’t forget to explore e-commerce sites to gauge market rates for items.

3. Start an online store

Briana Ford is a search engine marketing campaign manager for a marketing company based in Dallas. Her way to make money side hustling is through three stores she runs on Shopify, an online e-commerce platform. She generates about $1,000 to $3,000 in total revenue each month.

Her stores Ciao Toots and Karma Outfitters sell phone covers and graphic tees, respectively. Her most popular store, PinLivingColor, sells ’90s memorabilia. She creates the designs through Printful, a printing service through Shopify, and uploads the photos to her store. When someone buys, say, a cell phone case, Printful prints the design on a case and sends it off to the customer. She took a weekend each to start her stores.

“We live in a day and age where you can literally have an idea in the morning and have your business launched in the evening. There is an audience and a customer for almost anything,” she says.

She also helps fellow African Americans start their own stores as a consultant via Startup Noire.

4. Launch a blog

Eric Rosenberg, founder of Personal Profitability, has tried side hustles from web coding to organizing flash mobs. He found a winning side hustle you can do while working full time with his blog.

Blogging is a great way to make money on the side.

“Personal Profitability led to freelance opportunities and eventually a full-time job. But it all started with weekends and evenings,” Rosenberg says.

He has tracked his online earnings publicly since 2012, when the blog earned him about $700 a month. In 2017 he had a six-figure business. Most of his income comes from writing services and website support, with some affiliate income, Rosenberg says.

Blogging is one of the side hustles you can start today, and it doesn’t necessarily cost much to get up and running. However, as the online income reports on Rosenberg’s blog show, it does require patience to make it really pay off.

Ways to make money side hustling: The possibilities are endless

These are just a few of the possibilities available to you as you explore ways to make money on the side of your primary career. As you compare the various side hustles you can start today, consider activities, skills or experiences that you’re passionate about. Enjoying and finding value in your side hustle may make the extra income and increased earning potential even more rewarding.

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Condo vs. Townhouse: Why It Matters

Last updated on July 21st, 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve done a matchup, so let’s talk about an important one if you’re in the market to buy real estate. Today, we’ll breakdown the similarities and differences of a condo vs. townhouse.

First things first, let’s define what a condo is, then we can do the same for a townhouse, and finally we can compare the two and talk about how they affect mortgage financing.

What Is a Condo? A Form of Ownership

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A condo, short for condominium, is actually a Latin word that basically means joint ownership (con+dominium). It’s technically a type of ownership, though it is commonly used to refer to a building style.

Practically speaking, it’s best defined as a structure that is divided into individual living units, with common areas throughout that are owned by all members of the association.

If we’re just talking about the aesthetic, condos are basically no different than apartment buildings.

The distinction is ownership versus renting, with condos being something you own, and apartments being something you rent, assuming you’re not the owner of the entire building.

As such, a condo will typically have shared walls (or at least one shared wall), and is often below and/or on top of other units. It may also share walls with adjacent units to the left and right, depending on the style of building.

If the condo is located in a high-rise building, it could be completely surrounded by other units similar to a hotel.

Shared Walls and Shared Ownership

  • Looks like an apartment in most cases
  • Differs from one in that it is owned, not rented
  • Typically only own the interior unit, not the roof or land it sits on
  • Often share walls, ceilings, floors
  • May be harder to obtain a mortgage on a condo
  • Higher HOA dues because more of complex owned by association
  • Features common areas like pool, gym, outdoor space
  • Usually smaller than townhomes, less private
  • Cheaper to insure because only the interior is considered

The takeaway is shared walls along with shared ownership. You own what’s inside your condominium unit, but what’s outside, such as the roof or walkway, is owned collectively by all the homeowners in the building.

Those items are then managed by a Homeowner’s Association, known as an HOA. It’s generally made up of residents along with a property management company to oversee building maintenance and any issues that may come up.

This is why you pay HOA dues when you live in a condo, because money needs to be set aside for certain costs, such as shared utilities (perhaps water and sewage), gardening, roof repair, exterior paint, and so on.

While HOA dues can be viewed as a negative to condo ownership, because of the explicit and compulsory cost, you could argue that owners of detached single-family residences face the same costs, even if not paid monthly.

You could even reason that a condo owner would be better positioned to deal with unexpected costs versus a single-family homeowner because the money is systematically set aside.

Someone who owns a single-family home may forget or neglect to set aside funds for things like a new roof, maintenance, and even utilities.

Note: Just to complicate matters, it’s also possible to buy a detached condo, which is part of an association but shares no walls, floors, or ceilings. Think free-standing bungalows with common areas jointly owned by all residents.

What Is a Townhouse? Just a Style…

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Now let’s talk about a townhouse, also known as a townhome, which is similar to a condo and a single-family dwelling, but perhaps best described as a hybrid of the two. There’s a reason it has the word “house” in its name.

It differs from a condo because it typically consists of multiple stories, such as an upstairs and downstairs, and often doesn’t share a ceiling, nor have any neighbors residing below.

The land directly beneath the structure of most townhomes is considered part of the individual unit in terms of ownership too, which is important. This might be evident on a plat map and/or in the legal description of the property.

A townhome may also have its own entrance, such as an exterior door, along with its own garage, which can also be accessed via the interior of the property.

Picture a condo that has a staircase, or potentially two staircases, one leading down to a garage, and one leading up to a bedroom.

Or picture a house that has adjoining homes on both sides it if you’re outside facing the front of it.

Townhomes Often Feature Multiple Stories

  • Often two or more stories with no units above or below
  • May include an attached garage and exterior entrance
  • More privacy and typically larger than condos
  • Roof and other exterior items could be your responsibility
  • Lower HOA dues, but potentially more costs and upkeep
  • Features common areas like outside space, pool, etc.
  • Can be condo or PUD ownership, or even a rental

A common setup for a townhome is a main floor with a living room, kitchen, and bathroom, a bedroom or two and master bath upstairs, and possibly a garage below.

And maybe a front door that is visible and accessible from the street, or via a private staircase.

While those are the main differences, a townhome is similar to a condo in that there will be shared walls, generally to the left and right of the unit.

Most townhouses are row houses, aka rows of narrowish homes with shared walls, but can also be vertically stacked if located in a large building with many floors, just like a condo.

Similar to condos, the adjacent townhomes will be part of the same HOA and each owner will pay dues to maintain certain shared amenities and common areas.

But townhome owners are often responsible for the interior and exterior of their properties (like the roof) so the dues may be lower versus a condo.

Additionally, a townhouse owner may pay all or most of their utilities themselves. Put simply, less is shared with the community, so dues can be lower relative to condos.

My assumption is townhomes are more common on the east cost of the United States, though you may see them in all cities throughout the country.

There also seems to be a newish trend of building townhomes or so-called “detached single-family condominiums” that give homeowners the best of both worlds, perhaps with a little outside grassy lawn to use exclusively.

Is It a Condo or a Townhouse? Or Something Else? It Matters If You Need a Mortgage

Now let’s talk about mortgages with regard to condos and townhomes. Things can get tricky fast here, especially because the terms are often used interchangeably.

We discussed a lot of the aesthetic attributes of condos and townhomes, since that’s what most people are interested in, but you might hear that the latter is a type of property rather than a form of ownership.

That’s technically true, especially since townhomes can be rented as opposed to owned, but my assumption is most home buyers are concerned with the layout/style of the property in question, not it’s legal description.

However, when it comes to home loan financing, it can make a big difference.

For example, Fannie Mae has a pricing hit for condos (0.75%) with a loan-to-value ratio (LTV) above 75%.

So if you don’t put down at least 25% when buying a home, or have 25% or more home equity when refinancing an existing mortgage, your mortgage rate will be higher, all else being equal.

One exception is detached condominiums, including site condos, which are exempt from this pricing adjustment. By detached, I mean not sharing any walls, floors, or ceilings. In other words, free standing. Unfortunately, many condos don’t meet these requirements.

Additionally, this adjustment only applies to mortgages with terms greater than 15 years. So those who elect to take out 15-year fixed mortgages won’t have to worry about this pricing hit. Freddie Mac has the same rules.

Another issue affecting most if not all mortgages on condos is outright eligibility, as condo complexes may or may not be approved by agencies like Fannie, Freddie, the FHA and VA. So certain types of financing may not even be an option to begin with.

There are also underwriting guidelines that must be met on attached condos, including a review process to ensure the building and financials are in good shape, along with issues like maximum single investor concentration (one entity can’t own X number/percentage of units in a single building).

Now to complicate matters even more. That pricing adjustment applies to properties in attached condos, which can include condos and townhomes, since both can be defined as such.

In other words, a property that is built in townhome fashion could be considered an attached condo with regard to mortgage financing, even if it has an upstairs and downstairs and feels much like a house.

Determine If the Property Is a PUD

Lastly, if the property is part of a Planned Unit Development (PUD), it can be exempt from the pricing hit, underwriting guidelines, and the HOA review process typically required for an attached condo or townhome.

A townhome may or may not be part of a PUD, just like it may or may not be a condo. It’s generally considered a PUD unit if you own the structure and the land (dirt) beneath it, which includes a designated lot in the complex or subdivision.

Additionally, properties in a PUD can be attached or detached, further obscuring the situation.

As mentioned, condos typically only include the interior of the property, and the land they sit on is considered undivided ownership, which means they own it but aren’t assigned a given percentage. As such, these aren’t PUDs.

If it is a PUD, it’s mostly treated like a single-family residence when it comes to mortgage loan financing. And that can make it easier to obtain a home loan.

For example, you can get an FHA loan on a PUD unit without worrying about whether the complex is FHA-approved.

To sum it up, it’s very important to determine how the subject property is legally defined, along with how the underwriter interprets the type of property.

In other words, don’t take the real estate listing page’s (MLS description) word for it. To err on the side of caution, make sure you can get financing on the property based on it being a condo, even if it turns out not to be one.

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Source: thetruthaboutmortgage.com

15 Things Only People With a Budget Truly Understand

My husband and I have had our written budget in place since November 2008.  Before that, we were more of a “well, I have a list of the bills I need to pay” type of couple.

Our budget helped lay the framework to help us dig out from more than $35,000 in debt in a little more than 2 years.  It truly was the jump start we needed in order to reach our goal to be debt free (outside of our mortgage).

what people who budget have in common

what people who budget have in common

As we look back at the way we looked at money both pre and post budget, it is amazing the difference.  The way we look at money and how we handle it has changed greatly!

I recently found Dave Ramsey’s post about 19 Things Only budgeters understand.  As I read the list I chuckled and nodded as I read through them.  I decided to create my own list of things only those with a budget will truly understand.  Let me know which ones you can relate to.

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Things Only People With a Budget Truly Understand

1. You don’t hit the grocery store without a list in hand.  And your list was created from your menu plan. No more random tossing of groceries and hoping that when you get home there is a meal in there somewhere.

2. No more buyer’s remorse.  You saved for it. It is in the budget.  No worries that you can’t pay the mortgage because you went shopping.

3. This year’s vacation has already been paid for and you are planning out next years.

4. January is your favorite month of the year – because you don’t have to worry about bills coming in the mail and can instead update the budget because of an income adjustment.

5. You get giddy when you see your budget hits zero.

6. Sales emails go into your trash can.  Who gets tempted to shop every time you see a “free shipping” or 50% off deal?

7. Your friends ask you for help with their own finances.

8. You enjoy infomercials for the entertainment value only. I mean, if they really did what they promise, it might be fun to buy them….oh, who am I kidding.  We’d never buy that stuff!

9. You know how to walk away and think twice before you buy.

10. Within two weeks your toddler floods the upstairs toilet (which ruins the kitchen ceiling), the garage door needs to be replaced and the air conditioner goes out.  You just roll with it because it is life and you have emergency savings for this reason. (Yes, this is a true story).

11. Date night doesn’t mean a fancy dinner out, but pizza and your budget.

12. You know, within a dollar, how much money you have in all of your accounts.

13. You hate your car, but you hate car payments more.

14. Overdraft fees?  You mean they still charge those?

15. You say “not in the budget” and your kids know what it means.

So, which of these do you relate to?

things people with a budget understand

things people with a budget understand

Source: pennypinchinmom.com

A Charming Home Featured on HGTV’s ‘Property Brothers’ is Looking for New Owners

If you’re a fan of HGTV’s popular Property Brothers show and have often found yourself day-dreaming about the beautiful homes Jonathan and Drew Scott worked on, we have a treat for you today: a lovely 1920s-built home in Greenwich, CT that got the special Scott brothers treatment a few years back is looking for new owners.

Featured in a season 10 episode titled Character and Closed Concept, the lovely home went through a significant update that brought it to modern standards — while maintaining its early 20th century architectural charm.

Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan focused on revamping the house’s sitting room, dining room, kitchen and powder room on the show, while the home’s owners later took it a step further and added a larger master suite to the property.

Now, the house is being offered for sale at $975,000, and is currently listed with Linna Yuen, sales associate with Coldwell Banker.

Greenwich, CT home featured on Property Brothers. Image credit: Coldwell Banker

The charming colonial has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half-bath, and caps in at 2,412 square feet. On the first floor, there’s an inviting living room, a formal dining room, sitting room, and the kitchen, while the second floor houses the bedrooms (with a master suite fitted with his & hers walk-in closets) and the laundry room.

According to the listing, the home’s garage has been converted into extra living space, and currently serves as a home office (with heating and cooling) — a great addition to the home, particularly these days, when work from home is gaining more traction. And while the conversion wasn’t done by the celebrity house flippers, it fits right in with the house’s general relaxed feel.

Greenwich, CT home featured on Property Brothers. Image credit: Coldwell Banker
Greenwich, CT home featured on Property Brothers. Image credit: Coldwell Banker
Greenwich, CT home featured on Property Brothers. Image credit: Coldwell Banker
Greenwich, CT home featured on Property Brothers. Image credit: Coldwell Banker
Greenwich, CT home featured on Property Brothers. Image credit: Coldwell Banker

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Source: fancypantshomes.com

Actors Andy Favreau and Molly McQueen unload WeHo bungalow

Husband-and-wife actors Andy Favreau and Molly McQueen made quick work of their West Hollywood home sale, selling the Spanish-style bungalow for $2.15 million and finding a buyer just four days after listing.

McQueen, granddaughter of the late Oscar-nominated movie star Steve McQueen, paid about $1.075 million for the property a decade ago, records show.

Remodeled during their stay, the leafy retreat is tucked between Melrose Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. It was built in the 1920s, but the recent changes brought updated style such as modern fixtures and clean lines throughout the cozy 1,120-square-foot interior.

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An exterior of white stucco and clay tile enters to an open floor plan with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sky-lit living room and marble kitchen. French doors lead to the backyard, where olive and lemon trees surround a terracotta tile patio with a fire pit. Off to the side, the two-car garage has been converted into a gym.

Over the last few years, Favreau has starred in sitcoms such as “Single Parents,” “Champions” and “The Mick,” as well as the drama series “Little Fires Everywhere” and “Animal Kingdom.”

McQueen’s credits include “Community” and “Reasons I Don’t Have a Boyfriend.”

Elizabeth Puro of Douglas Elliman held the listing. Patrick Fogarty of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.

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You Should Never Buy These 12 Things New

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Some things really are better the second time around.

In fact, many used items can be every bit as good as those purchased new. Plus, buying used almost always saves you cash.

So, without further ado, following is our list of the top things you should never buy new.

1. Timeshares

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Don’t ever pay full price for a timeshare. Some people are practically giving them away because they’re so desperate to get out from under the annual fees.

As Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson puts it in “Ask Stacy: How Can I Sell My Timeshare?“:

“I’d chop off my own foot with a dull ax before buying a timeshare, especially a new one from a developer.”

2. Basic tools

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If you are handy, you need a good set of tools. Buying tools used typically will save you money, and you might even end up with something that is better crafted than what you would find new today.

In fact, Money Talks News’ resident thrifting expert Kentin Waits cites tools in both “8 Things I Always Buy at Thrift Stores” and “7 Things You Should Buy at Estate Sales.”

If you aren’t handy, you might be able to check out tools from your local library when you do need them.

3. Cars

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We’ve talked about it time and time again: The value of a new car drops like a rock as soon as you drive it off the lot.

Rather than finding yourself upside-down on your car loan five minutes after signing the paperwork, look for a quality used car that has already taken the huge depreciation hit.

4. Books

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We could take this category one step further and say you shouldn’t buy books at all. Many of us live near a public library system that can meet most of our reading needs.

However, we won’t go quite to that extreme. I personally enjoy having a well-stocked home library. I also realize that some books, such as college textbooks, have to be purchased. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay full price.

Check out “11 Places to Find Free E-Books,” or head to Amazon to find cheap used books, which are often as good as new.

5. Big toys like boats, motorcycles and RVs

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That advice about buying a used car can apply to any type of vehicle.

Virtually anything with an engine — from off-road vehicles to yachts — will depreciate over time. So, in most cases, you’ll get more bang for your buck by purchasing used.

New boats, for example, depreciate quickly. So, even if you buy a vessel that’s just 1 year old, you stand to save a boatload.

6. Houses

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Your house is another big-ticket item that is better to buy used rather than new. Not only can you save money, but older homes also may have better “bones” than some new construction.

If you love the idea of new construction, remember that an existing home doesn’t necessarily have to be 50 years old. If you want an energy-efficient home with new amenities, you can probably find it at a lower price if you’re willing to be owner No. 2 or No. 3.

7. Movies and CDs

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Many of the same places that sell used books also sell used DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and CDs. No need to spend money for a new disc when you can get a used one for less money online, at a garage sale or in the thrift shop.

Of course, there’s also your public library, where movies and music are free for the (temporary) taking and cheap when the library holds a sale.

8. Sports gear

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Raise your hand if your kids have ever started a sport and quit after one season. I’m right there with you.

Instead of spending tons for new equipment, go to a specialty store like Play It Again Sports and buy used items. You can also scour garage sales, thrift stores and Craigslist for bargain finds.

Don’t forget to look for fitness equipment for yourself, too. Buying new weights and kettlebells, for example, doesn’t make sense if you can get used ones for a fraction of the price.

9. Musical instruments

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Musical instruments are another parental purchase that could be money down the drain.

To avoid purchasing something overpriced or broken when buying used, consider spending a few dollars to have it appraised by a local music store. Or, better yet, buy a used item directly from a shop.

Renting an instrument is another option. However, keep in mind that renting a clarinet for three years could end up costing you more than if you purchased a used one in the first place.

10. Jewelry

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Jewelry is also better bought used than new. Before buying off Craigslist or from a private seller, however, be sure to get an appraisal, particularly if a significant amount of money is involved.

You can also find quality used baubles by shopping for estate jewelry from jewelers or reputable pawn shops.

11. Gift cards

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Here’s one you probably haven’t thought about. Some people receive a gift card to a retailer they don’t like. Others use a portion of a gift card, but have no reason or desire to spend down the remaining balance.

You can find unwanted gift cards by going to a site like Raise. Buying “used” gift cards in this fashion can save you a bundle, as we detail in “How Unwanted Gift Cards Save Me Hundreds of Dollars a Year.”

12. Pets

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Some of you might disagree, but there really is no reason to spend a lot of money on a brand-new pet from a breeder when plenty of preloved (or not so loved) animals need homes.

My local animal shelter and Humane Society regularly have free or almost-free adoption days, during which you can bring home everything from dogs and cats to bunnies and birds. Your local shelter might offer the same.

Unless you’re planning to show your pet, spending hundreds or even thousands on a purebred animal is probably not money well-spent. The $50 puppy from the pound is just as likely to smother you with wet kisses and stare at you with unbridled adoration.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Source: moneytalksnews.com

Messy Tahoe Home Filled With Mannequins Is the Week’s Most Popular Home

A wild residence in South Lake Tahoe, CA, crammed with clutter—including dozens of dead-eyed mannequins dressed in evening wear—is the week’s most popular listing on realtor.com®.

The home ticked all the boxes for the kind of listing designed to be shared far and wide across the web. Unassuming exterior? Check. Listing details with no acknowledgment of the weirdness within? Check. Photos that defy easy description—and leave you with more questions than answers? Check!

Carefully posed throughout the house, with at least one mannequin sprawled across a rug wearing nothing, these eerie ladies—and at least one gentleman—serve a dual purpose. They force you to take a closer look at the listing for an otherwise humdrum duplex and serve to distract from the messy kitchen and bathroom.

The combination was enough to send the listing ricocheting on social media.

Bold move.

Mannequin mania
Mannequin mania

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But that wasn’t the only off-the wall listing racking up clicks this week.

A Pennsylvania home with painstakingly customized interior touches—including rounded doorways, a honeycomb-style grand staircase, and floating light fixtures—grabbed your attention, as did a Disney-themed home in Disneyland’s home town.

Other popular picks this week included a pair of dreamy celebrity properties: the historic New Orleans home of a politically polar-opposite power couple, as well as A-lister John Travolta‘s 43-acre oceanfront Maine estate.

There’s a lot going on this week. Scroll on down through the list, and take it all in for yourself.

Price: $3,380,000
Why it’s here: No partisan bickering here. We love this house. The sellers, political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin, are staying in NOLA but have decided to downsize from this 8,279-square-foot Colonial Revival home.

The massive home was built in 1906 and has been updated to perfection. The quarter-acre lot is described as a “tropical oasis,” filled with gardens, mature shade trees, a terrace, a pool, and fountains.

New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA

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Price: $197,000
Why it’s here: This is for a buyer looking for something outside the box. Surrounded by 8 acres of privacy, it’s a legitimate, two-bedroom treehouse. There’s a fairly large caveat: The place isn’t finished.

The raised octagon has an open second floor, a deck, and a shop with kitchenette. The home is outfitted with electrical and septic systems and well service, but needs to be completed by a buyer with big dreams.

Cortland, OH
Cortland, OH

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Price: $195,000
Why it’s here: Sitting on just over a half-acre at the top of a hill, this stone house from 1890 is a classic. The five-bedroom home comes with a four-car garage, lookout tower, original hardwood floors, curved interior walls, and updated bathrooms—for a combination of charm and convenience.

Ithaca, NY
Ithaca, NY

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Price: $1,399,999
Why it’s here: This curious five-bedroom house is all angles and sharp edges from the outside, but the interiors were designed with curves in mind. The contemporary home features custom effects like the butterfly-wing entry staircase, rounded doorways, and floating light fixtures that suggest sand dollars from space.

Although it was designed for a very specific taste, the home, from 1987, is upscale, with a saltwater pool, kids playhouse, whole-house generator, and many upgrades.

Southampton, PA
Southampton, PA

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Price: $535,770
Why it’s here: Known as the O’Leary mansion, this historic brownstone dates to 1890. It was built by James Patrick O’Leary for his mother, Catherine O’Leary—the woman considered to be responsible for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Today, the four-level, 12-bedroom home is in need of repair and is being sold as is. It still has much of the original woodwork and moldings, as well as walk-in vaults and a two-story coach house.

Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL

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Price: $700,000
Why it’s here: This hideaway on 11 acres is just steps from the Ice Age Trail, and includes a three-bedroom home built in 1991. Highlights include a large kitchen, a living room with cathedral ceiling, log beams, a stone fireplace, and wet bar.

There’s a heated shop off the garage, a private pond, a new roof, as well as a number of other recent upgrades.

Hartford, IL
Hartford, IL

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Price: $255,000
Why it’s here: Although this storybook home hasn’t been featured on HGTV’s “Home Town,” that didn’t stop folks from clicking. Built in 1929, the three-bedroom residence recently had a stylish makeover, including new paint, windows, and refinished floors.

Laurel, MS
Laurel, MS

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Price: $835,000
Why it’s here: Built in the shadows of Disneyland, this ranch home has been decked out as an homage to all things Mickey Mouse. Happiest Airbnb opportunity on Earth?

The custom Disney designs are so spectacular, the four-bedroom home was featured on the Discovery Channel. Besides the decor, the home includes a heated pool, custom carpets, and a toddler-safe playroom floor.

Anaheim, CA
Anaheim, CA

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Price: $5,000,000
Why it’s here: This 48-acre oceanfront estate is being sold by actor John Travolta. The massive 20-bedroom mansion was featured in Architectural Digest in the 1990s and has been recently renovated.

The extraordinary property includes a deepwater dock, open fields with ocean views, a third-floor children’s space, and a detached barn used for car storage.

Islesboro, ME
Islesboro, ME

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Price: $650,000
Why it’s here: Nondescript from the curb, this five-bedroom residence made waves this week, thanks to the mannequins staged throughout the property.

Most of the mannequins are dressed in evening gowns—adding to the mystique. Built in 1962, the place could use some work—and a lot of tidying up. There’s no word on whether the list price includes the mannequins and/or their glittery gowns.

South Lake Tahoe, CA
South Lake Tahoe, CA

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