Sportscaster Joe Buck Quickly Snags a Buyer for His Luxe St. Louis Home

The sportscaster Joe Buck made quick work of his home in St. Louis, MO. After just four days on the market, the $3,295,000 mansion has received multiple offers and is now in “pending sale” status.

Buck, 51, purchased the property in the Ladue area back in 2013, for $2.36 million. Eight years later, the pristine property has been impeccably updated to suit a family of sports fans.

The co-listing agent, Julie Buck Brooks, a relation of Buck’s, adds, ”The property is situated on 6 private acres in the heart of Ladue—which is not something you find every day. The fantastic outdoor room, with a stone fireplace and pool, provide ample entertaining space.”

The 10,269-square-foot residence features six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms on three levels. Close to the city’s exclusive Bogey Golf Club, the estate features an open living plan and an idyllic outdoor setup.

The co-listing agent, Megan Rowe, calls the property “the epitome of luxury.”

She adds, “This home is incredibly popular, due to the unique floor plan. It’s hard to find a luxury home with a ‘ranch’ feel, which provides an open floor plan and main-floor living.”

The high-ceilinged entry flows naturally into the living room and formal dining room. The sunny great room includes a fireplace and two sets of French doors leading outside.

A large eat-in kitchen is equipped with a center island, breakfast bar, and built-in banquette. The office on the main level—which currently showcases the award-winning sportscaster’s multiple Emmys—includes built-in bookshelves and a unique barrel ceiling.

The private master suite, a spacious escape, offers views of the grounds, a luxury bathroom, and two walk-in closets. Four en suite bedrooms are on the main level, and two upstairs, along with a family room.

On the lower level, an owner can easily host game-day parties in a lounge area with a wet bar and wine cellar, as well as a full bathroom. The two exercise spaces should satisfy any fitness-minded owner.

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Outside, the perks include a patio with a stone fireplace, built-in grill, pool, and spa, all overlooking the grounds.

The family hasn’t moved far. Last year, Buck and his wife, Michelle Beisner, reportedly upgraded to a massive estate nearby for $4.5 million.

The son of the late sportscaster Jack Buck, Joe grew up in the St. Louis area. He announces for Fox Sports, providing play-by-play commentary for the NFL and MLB. He also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the World Series. Beisner is a feature reporter for ESPN.

Rowe and Buck Brooks, both with Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, hold the listing.

Source: realtor.com

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Tony Gonzalez trims price of Beverly Hills home to $28 million

For anyone doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, NFL legend Tony Gonzalez and his wife, former “Beat Shazam” DJ October Gonzalez, just trimmed the price of their Beverly Hills mansion to $28 million.

The couple paid $7.1 million for the property in 2016 and razed the 1950s traditional-style house immediately, erecting a Georgian-inspired manor in its place over the next four years. It was finished last winter, and they listed it for sale at $30 million over the summer.

At 12,855 square feet, the showplace is nearly three times the size of the house it replaced. In addition to the two-story mansion, there’s a swimming pool with a spa, a pool house with a gym, a subterranean garage with room for eight cars and a lighted tennis court.

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Offered fully furnished, the floor plan kicks off with a dramatic 24-foot entry. Farther in, common spaces include a study with built-in cabinetry and a chef’s kitchen with a large marble island. Walls of glass line the living room and dining area, and the custom pub adds floor-to-ceiling wine storage and an eye-catching limestone fireplace. For those home-schooling during the pandemic, there’s also a full-size classroom.

The owner’s suite sits upstairs. One of seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, it expands to a massive balcony overlooking the patios and lawns in the backyard. The grounds cover about three-quarters of an acre.

An Orange County native, Gonzalez was a standout at Huntington Beach High School before attending UC Berkeley, where he played football and basketball. During his prolific 17-year career in the NFL, the 44-year-old tight end played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, making 14 Pro Bowl teams and being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

Michelle Graci of Rodeo Realty Beverly Hills and Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz James Co. hold the listing.

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Super Bowl Champ James Farrior Lists Tarzana Estate for $4.5M

The retired Pittsburgh Steelers great James Farrior has put his Tarzana, CA, estate back in play.

It’s now available for $4.5 million. The former linebacker and two-time Super Bowl champ, with his wife, Iman Farrior, who is also the listing agent, purchased the newly built abode in 2018 for $4.22 million. Last summer, it was on the market for $4.65  million.

The gated, one-story residence in the San Fernando Valley boasts six bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and 7,000 square feet of living space. Set on a large lot, the parklike property is entered via a circular drive.

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Inside the exquisite estate, the interiors are filled with luxe details, like European oak wood flooring and natural marble.

The chef’s gourmet kitchen is equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, a Carrara marble center island, three ovens, espresso maker, and a butler’s pantry with a sink. Around the corner, a conveniently located, temperature-controlled wine room stores plenty of bottles.

The master bedroom offers a spacious indoor-outdoor sitting area, as well as a fireplace. The suite also includes two large walk-in closets, and the enormous master bathroom comes with a large soaking tub with a window, a shower with seating, and double vanities.

The additional five bedrooms are all en suite, including the separate guesthouse.

Other highlights include a large media room with a full screen, a formal dining room, living room with fireplace, and an open-air courtyard with a fountain.

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Chef's gourmet kitchen
Chef’s gourmet kitchen

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Formal dining room

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Living area

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Master suite

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Master bathroom

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Guesthouse with bathroom

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Large pool and spa

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The outdoor space is equally fabulous. The immaculate grounds feature turf, citrus trees, a heated pool and spa, an outdoor kitchen, and fire pit. Two covered patios make the perfect place for entertaining family and guests.

The address is also within walking distance of the nearby Whole Foods, and minutes away from the Westfield Topanga Mall.

Now retired, Farrior played college football with the Virginia Cavaliers under the legendary coach George Welsh. He earned All-ACC first team honors in his senior year, while also graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

In 1997, Farrior was selected eighth overall by the New York Jets, where he spent five seasons as an outside linebacker. As a free agent, he joined the Steelers, where he became a two-time Pro Bowler and earned two Super Bowl rings.

Iman Farrior with Compass holds the listing.

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NFL’s Randall Cobb sells Tarzana home to singer Nick Lachey

In the middle of football season, Houston Texans receiver Randall Cobb managed to make a pass in Tarzana, quietly selling his traditional-style home in an off-market deal for $5.05 million.

Records reveal the buyers were 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey and his wife, model-actress Vanessa Lachey, who picked up the property through the same trust they used to buy an Encino home in 2016.

It was a short but profitable stay for Cobb; he paid $4.76 million for the 7,000-square-foot spot two years ago, The Times previously reported.

An aerial of the home, which includes a movie theater, wine cellar, gym, billiards room, swimming pool and basketball court.

The amenity-loaded home includes a movie theater, wine cellar, gym, billiards room, swimming pool and basketball court.

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Gated walls and hedges surround the house, which was built in 2014 and boasts Cape Cod style across two stories. Blue shutters adorn the white exterior, and inside, living spaces feature hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, paneled walls and pocketing doors.

Upstairs, the loft and primary suite — one of five bedrooms — both expand to private terraces with views of the city. Amenities also include a billiards room, movie theater, gym and wine cellar.

There’s plenty of space out back as well, as covered patios adjoin a grassy lawn, outdoor kitchen, swimming pool and spa. At the edge of the property, steps descend to a full-size basketball court.

After a standout college career at Kentucky, Cobb was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. The 30-year-old made the Pro Bowl in 2014, and this April he signed a three-year deal with the Texans worth $27 million.

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Lachey, 47, rose to stardom with the boyband 98 Degrees and has also released four solo albums. He and Vanessa Lachey, a former Miss Teen USA, married in 2011. More recently, the couple co-hosted Netflix’s “Love is Blind.”

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NFL Cribs: Checking Back In on the Homes of the Kansas City Chiefs

They’re back. The Kansas City Chiefs smashed the hopes of the Buffalo Bills to reach Super Bowl LV. Now they’re looking for an elusive repeat in the big game.

And because the Chiefs are return visitors to the spectacle of a Super Bowl, we’ve chronicled their housing histories—right around this time last year, in fact.

This isn’t to say there wasn’t more housing dirt to unearth when it comes to the reigning champs. Some team members stayed put, but plenty of others made key moves in the Kansas City metro area—which is exactly the subject we love to tackle.

So while you’re plowing down nachos and wondering whether Patrick Mahomes can vanquish the seemingly unstoppable Tom Brady, we’re pondering exactly when Mahomes’ grand new mansion will be finished.

Here’s the latest on the homes of the defending champs.

Patrick Mahomes dials up big baller homes

He’s the undisputed star of the show in Kansas City.

The young quarterback with the golden arm hasn’t moved away from his deluxe home in the city’s Country Club District—yet.

But coming off last year’s Super Bowl victory, Mahomes inked the league’s largest contract: a 10-year, $503 million deal, which would make most people reassess their real estate situation.

So it wasn’t a huge surprise when he let a bit of housing news slip when he spoke with radio host Dan Patrick last week.

Mahomes told Patrick that he had purchased a plot of land in the Kansas City area with plans to build a home with a number of amenities—including a half-football field.

Following this nugget of information, we tracked down an 8-acre lot purchased in the gated country club community of Loch Lloyd. The private community is centered around a lake and a Tom Watson–designed golf course.

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Gates at Loch Lloyd

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An LLC connected to the signal caller purchased a large, undeveloped parcel in Loch Lloyd in September 2020 for $400,000. Although the land was relatively cheap, we can only imagine what the construction costs will be for a custom-built mansion fit for the NFL’s brightest young star.

The acreage will easily accommodate a 60-yard patch of greenery in the backyard. For the man with football’s fattest contract, the cost of a groundskeeper and lawn maintenance is just a rounding error.

This land grab wasn’t Mahomes’ only purchase in 2020. According to GQ magazine, the quarterback also snagged a place in the Dallas metroplex during the coronavirus lockdown.

The same LLC purchased a four-bedroom home in Westlake, TX, in May 2020. Listed for $4,259,750 last March, the “stunning modern estate” measures 7,844 square feet and is part of the gated Vaquero community. The enclave is what D magazine called “a bubble for new money.”

Patrick Mahomes' Westlake, TX, home
Patrick Mahomes’ Westlake, TX, home

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Pool at Westlake home

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Naturally, there’s a private golf course for residents. In the offseason the quarterback was teeing off every day at 3 p.m. The club membership fee? A reported $150,000 with annual dues of $17,000.

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Tyreek Hill may be leveling up

One of the speedsters on the receiving end of many of Mahomes’ passes, All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill has made his home in Lee’s Summit, MO, over the past year.

In late 2019, Hill purchased a five-bedroom home on nearly 4 acres in the suburb east of Kansas City.

While we weren’t able to deduce what Hill paid for the place, he put the 7,562-square-foot residence on the market in December 2020 for $1.3 million.

It looks to be an entertainer’s delight. There’s a heated saltwater pool out back and a sport court and home gym inside—ideal for an athlete or wannabe athlete.

Hill’s signed with the Chiefs through the 2022 season, so perhaps he’s looking to follow in Mahomes’ giant footsteps and level up his housing situation.

Tyreek Hill's home in Lee's Summit, MO
Tyreek Hill’s home in Lee’s Summit, MO

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Travis Kelce settles down in Kansas City

Another Chiefs star who’s pulled down his fair share of passes from Mahomes is the longtime tight end. Travis Kelce has been a fixture for the Chiefs since 2014.

The three-time All-Pro has a four-bedroom home in Kansas City’s Briarcliff West neighborhood that he purchased in March 2019. The 4,164-square-foot split-level was listed in December 2017 for $1.2 million. Kelce bagged it a year and a half later for $995,000.

Sitting on an acre lot, the home is equipped with a gym, a wine cellar, and a large pool out back. The master suite is on the main floor, and there’s also a dedicated office.

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Travis Kelce’s Kansas City, MO, Home

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Honey Badger finds a home in Kansas City

After being unceremoniously dumped in the desert by the Arizona Cardinals after the 2017 season, veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu has rebounded into All-Pro form for the Chiefs.

The defensive star, who’s known as the Honey Badger, has also burrowed into a home in the Midwest—indicating he might patrol the Chiefs’ backfield for a few more seasons. His contract does run out after the 2021 season, so we’ll keep an eye on this luxe home located in Overland Park, KS.

Mathieu bought the six-bedroom residence in the Farm at Garnet Hill development in April 2019. While the purchase price wasn’t disclosed, the place was on the market for $1,285,000 before the Badger sealed the deal.

Located on the southern edge of the Kansas City metro, the 6,044-square-foot home sits on an acre of land.

Highlights include a deluxe kitchen with a large island, Wolf appliances, and a walk-in pantry. The backyard features a covered patio with a fireplace, and the home’s lower level is outfitted with a bar, media room, and extra bedroom.

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Tyrann Mathieu’s home in Overland Park, KS

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Overland Park proves popular

The Honey Badger isn’t alone in Overland Park. We spotted both backup quarterback Chad Henne and wide receiver Sammy Watkins as renters in the Kansas City suburb.

When not backing up Mahomes, Henne makes his main home at a rural 5-acre residence about 70 miles to the east of Philadelphia, near Reading, PA. And the well-traveled QB can pump his fist all summer long if the Chiefs win again—or even if they don’t.

In May 2019, he splurged on a brand-new $2,795,000, six-bedroom home on the Jersey Shore in the town of Avalon, NJ.

Chad Henne's house in Avalon, NJ
Chad Henne’s house in Avalon, NJ

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Fellow Overland Park renter Watkins has also scored off the field. In July 2020, he sold his four-bedroom starter home in Winter Garden, FL, for $664,000 just a month and a half after listing it for $689,900. The speedy sale follows a big purchase the receiver made in January 2020. Right as the team was prepping for last season’s Super Bowl, the Florida native closed on the purchase of a six-bedroom mansion in Windermere, FL, for $2.28 million.

Anthony Hitchens has put down more permanent stakes in Overland Park. In addition to the homes he owns in Frisco, TX, the inside linebacker bought a brand-new four-bedroom home in the Wyngate neighborhood in April 2018.

Defensive lineman Chris Jones closed on the purchase of a huge home—also in Overland Park—just as the 2020 season was getting underway. The Pro Bowler bought a brand-new, 9,163-square-foot mansion for an undisclosed amount last September. The six-bedroom home was on the market for $1.85 million and features a six-car garage as well as a finished basement that was marketed as “the ultimate man cave.”

Chris Jones' home in Overland Park, KS
Chris Jones’ home in Overland Park, KS

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Andy Reid and his bosses stay put

Coming off a Super Bowl season, there was no reason for the nonplaying personnel to shake things up. Owner Clark Hunt, general manager Brett Veach, and head coach Andy Reid all stayed put in 2020. However, if the Chiefs manage to win another title, we have a feeling these guys might treat themselves to a not-so-little real estate splurge this offseason.

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Hot Property: Zac Efron eyes an exit in Los Feliz

Fresh off his travels from the Netflix show “Down to Earth,” Zac Efron is taking care of some business back in L.A. The actor recently listed his perch in the hills of Los Feliz for $5.9 million.

A sale would cap a seven-year stay for Efron, who paid $4 million for the property in 2013. He made some changes during his time there, updating the swimming pool and spa with a waterfall to take advantage of the scenic setting, with views from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean.

The contemporary compound sits at the end of a gated driveway in the Oaks, a coveted neighborhood up against the Hollywood Hills that’s home to celebrities and architectural landmarks such as Lloyd Wright’s Mayan Revival-style masterpiece the Samuel-Novarro House.

Efron’s place spans 5,644 square feet, with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a handful of Zen-inspired living spaces, each with sweeping views of the city below. A long, covered entry approaches the home. Inside, wood floors, accent walls and custom fireplaces give the common spaces character. A brick wall stretches behind a gold fountain in the sky-lit foyer, and the adjacent kitchen adds clerestories and oversize windows. Floating stairs descend to an indoor-outdoor game room.

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The home, with three stories of decks and balconies, stretches laterally across its hillside lot. The spa is tucked into the dining patio, and its runoff water cascades to the swimming pool a story below. The property covers just under an acre.

Kathrin Nicholson of the Agency holds the listing.

A native of San Luis Obispo, Efron rose to fame through the “High School Musical” trilogy from 2006 to 2008. In the years since, the 33-year-old has starred in “17 Again,” “Neighbors,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Baywatch” and the 2019 film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.”

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In the middle of football season, Houston Texans receiver Randall Cobb managed to make a pass in Tarzana, quietly selling his traditional-style home in an off-market deal for $5.05 million.

Records reveal that the buyers were 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey and his wife, model-actress Vanessa Lachey, who picked up the property through the same trust they used to buy an Encino home in 2016.

It was a short stay for Cobb; he paid $4.76 million for the 7,000-square-foot home two years ago, The Times previously reported.

The amenity-loaded home includes a movie theater, wine cellar, gym, billiards room, swimming pool and basketball court.

The amenity-loaded home includes a movie theater, wine cellar, gym, billiards room, swimming pool and basketball court.

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Gated walls and hedges surround the house, which was built in 2014 and boasts Cape Cod style across two stories. Blue shutters adorn the white exterior. Inside, living spaces feature hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, paneled walls and pocketing doors.

Upstairs, the loft and primary suite — one of five bedrooms — extend to private terraces with views of the city. Other amenities include a billiards room, movie theater, gym and wine cellar.

There’s plenty of space out back as well, as covered patios adjoin a grassy lawn, outdoor kitchen, swimming pool and spa. At the edge of the property, steps descend to a full-size basketball court.

After a standout college career at Kentucky, Cobb was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. The 30-year-old made the Pro Bowl in 2014, and this April he signed a three-year deal with the Texans worth $27 million.

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Nick and Vanessa Lachey married in 2011. The couple co-hosted Netflix’s “Love Is Blind.”

Former Clipper keeps buying L.A. homes

With all the Los Angeles real estate moves Blake Griffin is making, you’d think he was still a Clipper. The Detroit Pistons star bought his second Brentwood home this year right before the start of the NBA season, shelling out $5.87 million for a 1930s traditional.

If he wants to visit his other Brentwood home, all he’ll have to do is hop the fence out back. His new spot sits directly behind his other one, a modern farmhouse that he bought in the spring for $19.1 million. If he combines the two lots, the compound will exceed an acre.

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His new place is the smaller of the two, covering about 5,900 square feet, with five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. A stone pathway winds through the frontyard, approaching a tan exterior marked by sets of shutters.

The living spaces could use an update, but highlights include a gym, wine cellar, kitchen with Brazilian granite and a billiards room with a massive stained-glass window. Upstairs, the primary suite features three closets.

Outside, the house wraps around a spacious stone terrace with an outdoor dining area and covered lounge with a fireplace. Down below, a backyard with tropical landscaping includes a swimming pool and spa.

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A native of Oklahoma, Griffin became the national college player of the year with the Sooners before being drafted first overall by the Clippers in 2009. He rose to stardom soon after, winning NBA rookie of the year in 2011 and becoming a six-time all-star.

Jordana Leigh of Rodeo Realty Beverly Hills held the listing. F. Ron Smith and David Berg of the Smith & Berg Partners team at Compass represented Griffin.

Publishing royalty lands on the beach

It’s no Hearst Castle, but Anne Hearst’s new place is still pretty nice. The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, along with her husband, novelist Jay McInerney, paid $10.72 million for a Malibu beach house, The Times has confirmed.

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The oceanfront home hit the market over the summer for $11.95 million — the first time it was offered in more than 40 years. The purchase comes about a year after the publishing heiress’ home in the Hamptons was reportedly destroyed in a fire.

Built in 1930, the two-story home sits on one of Southern California’s most exclusive stretches of sand, Malibu Colony Beach, at one point the priciest neighborhood in all of Los Angeles County.

The listing identifies the house as a California bungalow. It takes full advantage of the coastal setting with a patio for entertaining that ascends to a raised wood deck overlooking the coastline. Inside, four bedrooms and four bathrooms are spread across 2,520 square feet.

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Beamed ceilings top parquet floors in the common spaces. The living room boasts a brick fireplace. Other highlights include an open-concept dining area and galley-style kitchen lined with yellow tile.

Hearst is the daughter of former Hearst Chairman Randolph Apperson Hearst and the sister of Patty Hearst, who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in the 1970s.

McInerney has been writing novels since the ’80s, including “Story of My Life,” “Brightness Falls” and “Bright Lights, Big City,” which was adapted into a movie starring Michael J. Fox. The pair married in 2006.

Hilton & Hyland’s Chad Rogers held the listing. Rick Hilton, Barron N. Hilton and Chad Rogers, all with Hilton & Hyland, represented Hearst and McInerney.

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Baseball vet swings for the fences

Major League Baseball veteran Asdrúbal Cabrera is hoping for a home run this offseason. After building a 9,300-square-foot mansion in Southwest Ranches, Fla., the slugger listed it for sale at $8.9 million.

The two-time all-star, who won a World Series title with the Washington Nationals in 2019, said in a statement he was selling the home to focus on a more equestrian lifestyle.

The brand-new home was designed by Miami-based architecture firm Choeff Levy Fischman, which has built modern showplaces for New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez and Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard.

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Cabrera’s place covers two acres in the gated community of Landmark Ranch Estates. An 11-foot wooden door sets a dramatic tone. Inside, seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms are spread across two stories.

The sleek living spaces are marked by modern finishes, high-end appliances and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. There’s an Italian-inspired kitchen, a bonus room with a wet bar and a living room with a multilevel LED chandelier.

The second-story owner’s suite, accessible by elevator or a floating wood staircase, opens to one of two decks that line the back of the home. Other amenities include a gym, wine cellar and movie theater.

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Outside, a marble deck wraps around a swimming pool and spa. A sunken fire pit, basketball court and outdoor kitchen complete the property.

A native of Venezuela, Cabrera reached the big leagues in 2007. The 35-year-old switch-hitting slugger has played for the Cleveland Indians, Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers, cranking out 199 home runs and 827 RBIs. He is currently a free agent.

Giselle Bonetti of Coldwell Banker Realty holds the listing.

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6 Best Live TV Streaming Services of 2021

After a long day at work, you probably just want to come home, settle into some comfy clothes, and catch up on your favorite shows without any fuss. But between network outages, rising cable company costs, and frustrating satellite dish issues every time there’s a storm, traditional TV service can be more stressful than relaxing.

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s an easier, better alternative, there is: TV livestreaming services.

With the popularity of on-demand streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, some people have forgotten about live TV altogether. But if you’ve been hesitant about cord-cutting because you want to be able to watch a live sports game or flip through the channels on a whim, livestreaming services like Sling TV and Philo can scratch that itch.

Livestreaming services bring your favorite shows to you in real time, just like traditional TV — but without the high monthly bills. Once you’ve decided to cut the cord, the only thing left is to choose the livestreaming service that meets your needs.

Which Live TV Streaming Service Is Right for You?

The sheer variety of livestreaming options is a TV lover’s dream come true. However, trying to choose among them can seem more like a nightmare. Of course, you could just sign up for every available service — but the cost would quickly add up to far more than you’d pay for cable.

To get the most for your money when shopping for a livestreaming service, think about what types of shows you want to watch the most. Then compare different services based on the types of content they offer and which streaming devices you can use to watch. Based on these details, you can choose the service or services that give you the best bang for your buck.

1. Sling TV

Sling TV offers streamers an experience very much like a slimmed-down version of cable TV. It provides various channels, including sports networks, country- and language-specific channels, and plenty of traditional cable channels, such as A&E, Disney, Bravo, ESPN, and the Food Network.

Sling’s simple-to-use interface and Cloud DVR capabilities make it an appealing choice for customers looking for an easy, inexpensive live TV option.

Pricing, Packages, & Add-Ons

Sling offers two basic plans. The company bills Sling Orange, which costs $30 per month, as a good choice for families and sports fans. It provides 33 channels, including all ESPN networks, Disney, and Nick Jr. With this plan, you can only watch one stream at a time.

Also $30 per month, Sling Blue offers a selection of 45 channels geared more toward news and entertainment. Its offerings include NatGeo, SyFy, Fox News, and MSNBC. This plan allows you to watch up to three simultaneous streams on different devices.

You can access some channels on both plans, such as HGTV, AMC, CNN, TNT, Lifetime, BET, and BBC America. However, if you want all the available channels from both Orange and Blue, you can sign up for both services at once. The Orange + Blue package allows you to watch up to four simultaneous streams. It also comes with a free month of Showtime, Starz, and Epix.

Sling also offers numerous add-ons for $5 to $10 extra per month. Options include Spanish and other foreign-language TV programming, sports, news, movies, lifestyle programming, kids’ programming, and outdoor pursuits. You can also add individual premium channels such as Showtime for $3 to $10 per month.

All Sling packages include 10 hours per month of free cloud DVR. That means you can store up to 10 hours of programming at a time in the cloud (online) to watch later.

Sling also provides access to a library of thousands of movies and TV shows on demand. One extra perk is Sling Watch Party, which lets you video chat with up to three friends or family members as you watch the same show from your own homes.

What’s Missing

None of Sling’s packages includes ABC, Animal Planet, CBS, MLB Network, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS, or VH1. HBO also isn’t available, even as an add-on. Sling Orange doesn’t include Bravo, Fox, FS1, FX, MSNBC, NBC, or USA Network, while Sling Blue doesn’t have the Disney Channel or ESPN.

Another limitation of Sling TV is that, while you can store shows in your cloud DVR, you can’t download them for offline viewing. That means if the Internet goes down, you lose access to your TV service as well.

Compatible Devices

The Sling app works on computers and mobile devices running iOS, Android, Fire, Chrome, and Windows 10. It’s also compatible with most dedicated streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. If you don’t have a streaming device already, you can get a free AirTV Mini when you prepay for a two-month Sling TV subscription.

You can also view Sling content on Xbox One and some LG and Samsung smart TVs. And if you pair any of these devices with an HD antenna, you can watch all your local channels at no extra cost.

When to Choose It

Sling TV is the best option for those who want to save the most cash on their TV services but also want to keep major networks like ESPN, Fox, and NBC.

Sling is also a sound choice if you like to watch on the go using your mobile device. However, it’s worth noting you can only stream Sling Orange on one device, so if you have a family or a multiperson home and prefer the ability to stream on multiple devices at once, look into one of the other plans.


2. Hulu + Live TV

Hulu is a well-established name among on-demand streaming services, and they’ve recently added a live TV option to their spread. This new service, Hulu + Live TV, bundles livestreams with Hulu’s existing on-demand service.

Pricing, Packages, & Add-Ons

For $55 per month, Hulu + Live TV gives you ad-supported access to over 65 live and on-demand channels. Its channel lineup includes ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, CNN, HGTV, the Cartoon Network, and the Disney Channel as well as local channels available in your area. There’s also an ad-free version of the service available for $61 per month.

In addition to the live channels, subscribers also gain full access to the thousands of shows and movies in the Hulu streaming library. If you don’t want this on-demand content, you can subscribe only to Live TV, but that only saves you $1 per month.

You can customize your Hulu + Live TV service with a variety of add-ons. For instance, premium channels such as Starz, Showtime, HBO, and Cinemax are available for $9 to $15 extra per month. You can also expand your choice of channels with the Entertainment add-on ($8 per month), which provides additional news, entertainment, and lifestyle programming, or the Spanish add-on ($5 per month), which gives you a selection of popular Spanish-language channels.

The standard Hulu + Live TV service allows two simultaneous streams and includes 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. However, you can expand these capabilities with add-ons. Enhanced Cloud DVR ($10 per month) gives you an additional 150 hours of cloud DVR storage. It also allows you to skip over ads in your recordings and stream them anywhere on any supported device.

The Unlimited Screens add-on ($10 per month) allows you to watch on an unlimited number of screens at home and up to three screens at once while on the go. You can add the Enhanced Cloud and Unlimited Screens add-ons as a combo for $15 per month.

What’s Missing

The Hulu channel lineup varies by area. Depending on where you live, you might be unable to get AMC, BBC America, BET, Comedy Central, MLB Network, MTV, NBA TV, NFL Network, Nickelodeon, PBS, or VH1.

Additionally, the basic service excludes the Cooking Channel, Discovery Family, DIY Network, Science, any premium channels, or any Spanish-language channels. While you can get these extras through add-ons, it starts to get pricey pretty quickly. And you can’t skip commercials unless you purchase the ad-free package, which adds another $6 to the cost.

In the past, there have been many complaints about Hulu’s terrible interface, which many users found confusing and hard to navigate. In May 2020, Hulu rolled out an updated interface intended to make navigation and show discovery easier. According to Mashable, the new interface is an improvement, but the format for individual show pages is still a mess.

Compatible Devices

Hulu + Live TV runs on all major streaming devices, including Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, and some Roku and Roku stick models. It also works on Android, iOS, and Fire mobile devices, and you can view it through a Web browser on PC and Mac computers. Other supported devices include the Echo Show smart speaker, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and certain LG and Samsung smart TV models.

When to Choose It

If you already have a Hulu account and enjoy their digital library, upgrading to Hulu + Live TV for your live content could be a good value. Hulu + Live TV is also worthwhile for cord-cutters who don’t want to miss out on broadcast television. In addition to their original content, Hulu allows you to stream current shows from ABC, Fox, and NBC, older shows from CBS, and the entire “Seinfeld” collection.

However, if what you really want is a lighter version of cable TV, Sling TV offers that experience for less money.


3. AT&T TV Now

AT&T used to offer two livestreaming services. One, known as AT&T Watch TV, is no longer open as a stand-alone plan to new subscribers. (Existing customers and those who have a qualifying AT&T Unlimited plan can still use the service.) The other, formerly known as DirecTV Now, has been reborn as AT&T TV Now.

AT&T TV Now offers the widest selection of packages in the live TV market, with prices ranging from $55 to $183 per month. Reviewers like its intuitive interface, which will remind many users of traditional cable TV. However, one of the original DirecTV Now’s biggest selling points — the inclusion of HBO with every plan — is no longer a feature, making its value a bit questionable.

Pricing, Packages, & Add-Ons

The introductory AT&T TV Now plan, called Plus, offers 50 channels for $55 per month. It covers the basics for both kids and adults with ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox,  CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BET, Comedy Central, ESPN, the Disney Channel, Hallmark, MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1.

Premium movie channels — including HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz — are available as add-ons for $5 to $15 extra. You can also add Spanish-language or international programming.

For $80 per month, you can get the 60-plus-channel Max package. It includes Cinemax and HBO Max, with other premium channels available as add-ons for $5 to $11 per month. It also adds more sports coverage, such as the Olympic Channel, Tennis Channel, and Golf Channel on NBC.

Other packages offer more specialized content. For instance, Optimo Mas ($86 per month) has 90 channels with added Spanish-language programming. The top-of-the-line Premier package ($183 per month) has more than 140 channels, including all the premium movie channels.

Plus, Max, and most other plans available on AT&T TV Now come with 500 hours of cloud DVR storage. You can store a show on the cloud for up to 90 days. These plans also allow up to three simultaneous streams on different devices.

What’s Missing

You can get premium content on AT&T TV Now, but you’ll pay a hefty price for it. To get A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Discovery, HGTV, History, and Lifetime, you must choose one of the higher-end packages, such as the 65-plus-channel Entertainment plan ($93 per month). And PBS isn’t available on any plan.

For extra sports content like the MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network, you need the 105-plus-channel Xtra plan ($124 per month). And some sports channels, like NFL Network and NFL Red Zone, aren’t available on any plan.

Compatible Devices

You can stream AT&T TV Now on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast streaming devices. It also works with Samsung smart TVs from 2017 or later. For watching on the go, it’s compatible with Apple and Android mobile devices but not Fire or Windows. You can watch on the Web using the Chrome browser (version 58 or later) or Safari (version 10 or later).

When to Choose It

All AT&T TV Now plans, including the basic Plus plan, include some channels that aren’t available on either Sling or Hulu + Live TV, such as Nickelodeon, MTV, and VH1. For those who want premium movie content, the Max plan offers two premium channels and more cloud DVR storage than Hulu + Live TV.

However, for those who just want the widest variety of content at the best price, other options offer subscribers more bang for their buck.


4. YouTube TV

Don’t confuse YouTube TV with the original YouTube, a free forum where users can share their own videos. It still exists, but the newer YouTube TV is a completely different service with different content and features.

It offers a robust assortment of channels, up to six accounts on a plan, and unlimited cloud DVR storage — a rare feature among livestreaming services. And according to PCMag, both the TV interface and the DVR features are easy to use.

Pricing, Packages, & Add-Ons

YouTube TV currently offers only one package. For $65 per month, it provides access to over 85 channels. Its channel lineup includes AMC, CNN, Comedy Central, ESPN, the Food Network, Fox News, FS1, HGTV, MSNBC, the NFL Network, Nickelodeon, and TNT along with the basic network TV channels — ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and PBS. Many of these networks also offer on-demand access to recent episodes of shows. Additionally, it provides access to local stations that vary by area.

YouTube TV doesn’t offer any upgraded packages, but it does offer a few add-ons. For an extra $10 per month apiece, you can purchase additional premium channels, including HBO Max, Showtime,  Starz, and Epix. For $3 per month, you can get the Sports Plus add-on, which includes extra sports channels, such as NFL RedZone, Fox College Sports, and Stadium.

You can also use YouTube TV to watch any video available on regular YouTube. Many of these videos are ad-supported, but you can avoid the ads with a YouTube Premium subscription, which costs an additional $12 per month.

A subscription to YouTube TV includes up to six individual accounts per household, each with its own personalized watching recommendations and live guide. Users can stream up to three shows simultaneously. One major perk of YouTube TV is its unlimited cloud DVR storage. Each account has its own library, and you can store shows for up to nine months.

What’s Missing

The channel lineup for YouTube TV varies by location. Depending on where you live, it may not include A&E, History, or Lifetime. Premium movie channels and NFL RedZone are available only as add-ons.

Additionally, there are a few places in the United States where YouTube TV isn’t available at all. However, over 99.5% of U.S. households can use it. Enter your zip code on the YouTube TV website to see if it’s available in your area and which channels it includes.

Live TV programming on YouTube TV comes directly from content creators, many of whom include ads in their programming. Most of the ad revenue goes to support the creators of the videos. You can’t fast-forward through these ads while watching a livestream, but you can when watching a stored show on cloud DVR. Also, if you pause while watching a show, you can fast-forward until you catch up with the live version.

Compatible Devices

You can stream YouTube TV to a standard TV set using a Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, or Xbox One. It also runs on select smart TVs from Roku, Vizio, Samsung, and LG and on any Android TV, AirPlay for Apple TV, or Google Smart Display.

For on-the-go viewing, YouTube TV is available as an app for mobile devices running Android L or later and iOS 11 or later. You can also watch directly on the Web at tv.youtube.com. This site works best in the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome.

When to Choose It

YouTube TV offers just about everything you’d expect from a cable or satellite TV subscription at a lower monthly price. It’s an appealing choice for cord-cutters who want access to all their favorite cable TV shows in one simple package.

However, it’s pricier than many other TV livestreaming services, so it’s only worth the cost if you really need its full array of channels and features.


5. FuboTV

FuboTV started as a service that livestreamed soccer, which is called “futbol” in Spanish. Over the years, it has expanded to include more than 100 live channels with a heavy focus on sports. It has numerous sports channels as well as news, entertainment, and lifestyle content.

Pricing, Packages, & Add-Ons

Fubo offers a choice of three packages. Its basic Family service ($65 per month) offers 118 channels. The channel lineup includes ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, A&E, AMC, BBC America, Bravo, Comedy Central, the Disney Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Hallmark, Lifetime, and Nickelodeon. It also comes with plenty of sports channels, including ESPN, CBS Sports, and the NFL Network.

This package provides up to three simultaneous streams and 250 hours of cloud DVR space. You can test it out for seven days free before paying.

Upgrading to the Elite plan ($80 per month) gets you an additional 46 sports and entertainment channels. It includes the DIY Network, MTV, Nicktoons, Logo, Stadium, and NBA TV. With this package, you get up to five simultaneous streams and 1,000 hours of cloud DVR.

The Fubo Latino package offers only 32 channels for $30 per month. It focuses on Spanish-language content, with channels like NatGeo Mundo, Univision, Galavision, and Zona Futbol. It also provides 250 hours of cloud DVR, but it allows only two streams at once.

With any of these packages, you can get add-ons to expand your capabilities. For instance, adding Family Share ($6 per month) to the Fubo Latino plan boosts your simultaneous streams to three, and Family Share Max ($10 per month) increases them to five. With Cloud DVR 1000 ($17 per month), you can bump up your cloud DVR space on the Family or Latino plan to 1,000 hours. You can also add premium channels such as Showtime and AMC Premiere and various packages of additional foreign-language, entertainment, or sports channels for between $5 and $20 per month.

What’s Missing

None of Fubo’s packages include NFL RedZone. You can only get it by purchasing the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone add-on for $11 extra per month. BET is also unavailable with any of the packages, although BETHer and BETSoul come with the Elite plan and the Fubo Extra add-on ($6 per month). HBO and Starz aren’t available on FuboTV, even as add-ons.

Also, unlike many TV livestreaming services, FuboTV doesn’t offer any on-demand content. However, its generous cloud DVR allotment means you can easily save the game to catch later if you can’t watch it live.

Compatible Devices

Fubo runs on all the major streaming devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Chromecast. You can also watch on certain Samsung smart TVs, Xbox One, and iOS and Android devices with the Fubo app. On a computer, you can watch online using the Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari browsers.

When to Choose It

For hardcore sports fans, FuboTV offers access to all the sports you want for less than the price of a cable TV package with extra sports content. However, if sports aren’t your primary interest, FuboTV’s high cost makes it a poor value.


6. Philo

If you just want the basics at a reasonable price, Philo TV is definitely worth a look. This inexpensive, no-contract service offers both live and on-demand content, simultaneous streaming, and unlimited DVR. Its channel lineup isn’t as substantial as most, but it’s hard to beat for the price.

Pricing, Packages, & Add-Ons

Philo TV has just one basic plan: 63 channels for $20 per month. It focuses primarily on entertainment and lifestyle channels like A&E, AMC, BET, Comedy Central, the Cooking Channel, Discovery, Hallmark, HGTV, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, and VH1.

Available add-ons include Epix for $6 per month and Starz for $9 per month. You can try out the service for free for one week before subscribing.

With a Philo account, you can create up to 10 individual profiles and stream content on up to three screens at once. You can also record as many shows as you want on Philo’s cloud storage and keep them for up to 30 days. All you need to get started is a broadband Internet connection, a supported device, an email address or mobile number, and a payment method.

What’s Missing

Philo definitely isn’t the right choice for sports fans. It includes no sports channels, and even the major broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and Fox — aren’t represented here. It’s not a suitable choice for news, either, as it doesn’t include CNN or any other major news network. The only news channels are BBC America and BBC World News.

Compatible Devices

Philo works on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Chromecast via Android. You can watch it over the Web on a Mac or PC with Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari. There are also apps available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets.

When to Choose It

This service is a solid choice for channel surfers who just want to lie back and be entertained at a bargain price. If you don’t mind the lack of news and sports content, you can get livestreaming cheaper with Philo than with just about any other livestreaming service.


Final Word

There’s no one best TV livestreaming service. Everyone’s needs are different, so it’s a question of choosing the right provider for you.

Consider what general type of content interests you most, what specific channels are must-haves, what other features you need, and how much you’re prepared to spend. Then choose the service or services that give you the most of what you want at the best price.

If none of the current services seem right for you, don’t despair. The market for streaming services is an ever-changing one.

Several networks have introduced their own livestreaming services that provide access to their content and nothing else, such as HBO Max and NBC’s Peacock Premium. And existing services often drop off the market — such as PlayStation Vue, which ended in January 2020. So if there isn’t a perfect livestreaming service for you today, there could be one tomorrow.

In the meantime, don’t forget that there are other ways to amuse yourself without cable TV. You can also get your video entertainment from on-demand streaming, old-fashioned DVDs, or network TV with an antenna. Or you could explore other alternatives, such as music, books, computer games, and tabletop games.

Source: moneycrashers.com

How I Make Money On TikTok – How I Grew To 350,000 Followers and Made $60,000 In 6 Weeks

Do you want to learn how to make money on TikTok? Here’s how Tori grew from 0 to 350,000 TikTok followers and made $60,000 in just 6 weeks. 

how to make money on TikTok

how to make money on TikTokUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard something about TikTok. TikTok is one of the most popular social media networks currently, and it is growing like crazy.

There are already over 500 million active monthly users on TikTok around the world.

So, you may be wondering if you can learn how to make money on TikTok, and any TikTok tips so that you can see success too.

That completely makes sense!

Today, I want to introduce you to Tori Dunlap.

Tori Dunlap is a nationally-recognized millennial money and career expert. After saving $100,000 at age 25, Tori quit her corporate job in marketing and founded Her First $100K. She has helped over 200,000 women negotiate salary, pay off debt, build savings, and invest.

I met her a couple of years ago in person, and she has built an amazingly successful business. I’m in awe of what she has done, and I enjoy her creative ways of helping people improve their money situation.

I asked Tori to take part in an interview on Making Sense of Cents about her explosive TikTok growth. She went from 0 to over 350,000 TikTok followers, and made $60,000 in just 6 weeks on TikTok.

In this interview, you’ll learn:

  • About Tori’s background and why she decided to start on TikTok
  • How she grew her TikTok to over 350,000 followers in 6 weeks
  • How she has made $60,000 just from TikTok in 6 weeks and how to earn money from TikTok
  • The tools needed to create TikTok videos
  • The length of time it takes to make each TikTok video
  • Whether there is room for new TikTok accounts
  • Her top TikTok tips for a newbie

And more! This interview is packed full of valuable information on how to earn money on TikTok.

I know so many people have questions about TikTok, such as how to grow on TikTok, how to make money from TikTok (including, how much money do TikTokers make?), and more, so hopefully you will find this interview both interesting and informative!

You can find Tori on TikTok here.

Related content that you may be interested in:

Here’s how to make money on TikTok.

1. Tell me your story. Who are you and what do you do?

I’m nationally-recognized millennial money and career expert. After saving $100,000 at age 25, I quit my corporate job in marketing and founded Her First $100K to fight financial inequality by giving women actionable resources to better their money.

I’ve helped over 350,000 women negotiate salary, pay off debt, build savings, and invest — and I firmly believe that a financial education is a woman’s best form of protest.

A Plutus award winner, my work has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, the New York Times, PEOPLE, TIME, New York Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, and more.

Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, I led organic marketing strategy for Fortune 500 companies—with clients like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Nike, the NFL, and the Academy Awards—and global financial technology start-ups. For almost five years, I specialized in social media, SEO, content, and influencer marketing to grow community and increase awareness.

I now travel the world writing, speaking, and coaching about personal finance, online businesses, side hustles, and confidence for millennial women.

2. How long have you been on TikTok? Why did you decide to start a TikTok account?

I only really started doing TikTok for my business in the last 6 weeks (and gained almost 350,000 followers in the process, which is wild.)

I knew that you could see accelerated growth on the platform — it’s the only main social platform that currently has more people consuming content than creating it — and it fit well with my brand.

I’m passionate about financial education as a form of protest, and making money conversations inclusive — meeting people where they are on TikTok seemed like a perfect way to do that.

To me, going viral and gaining 350,000 followers in such a short amount of time is proof that Gen Z is craving personal finance advice.

3. How did you get your TikTok account to explode?

I was shocked by the growth, and I’ve never seen a platform that is so creator-friendly (Facebook, for example, has become more and more business-focused.)

In terms of followers, it took me 3 days to do on TikTok what it took me 3 years to do on Instagram. But I was ready for it — I have an established, global business, credibility, and products to sell. As a former social media manager, it’s a reminder that consistency, credibility, and serving before selling are what grows your account — not paid ads or manufactured authenticity.

The big shift was a video that went viral (as of this writing, it has 3.5 million views and over 730K likes.) Having gone viral multiple times before, this was next level — I was getting 100 followers every 5 minutes.

It’s more than doubled my website traffic, increased my sales, and grown my credibility.

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Tori’s TikTok

4. How do you make money on TikTok?

I make money through promoting my own products (like my resume template and side hustle courses) and my affiliate partners.

For example, I might talk about high yield savings accounts and send folks to the link to my affiliate bank partner.

In the last 6 weeks, I’ve made over $60,000 just from TikTok.

Now that I have a substantial following, I’m also monetizing my platform with brand partnerships, and showcasing products I believe in.

Related: 10 Easy Tips To Increase Your Affiliate Income Free Guide

5. How do you decide on your TikTok video ideas?

Just like the rest of my content, I focus on creating actionable resources for my followers.

Most of the questions I answer in my videos or advice I give comes from someone asking me about it, which guarantees I’ll have consumers of that content because I know it’s valuable for them.

Your audience will tell you what they want to see!

One of the smart things I did was waiting to become a creator. I was a consumer on TikTok first, sharing and enjoying videos before I started creating my own. Doing so helped me understand trends, what content well, the way the videos were shot. I got to know the landscape and followed creators doing good work.

So much of TikTok is collaborative creation, so I’ll often duet with another creator and offer my two-sense, or will be inspired by a trend or sound I see elsewhere.

6. What tools do you need for your videos? Is it simply your phone?

Your phone is the biggest thing you need. I also invested in a ring light/tripod to make it easier to shoot content, and to make sure the lightning was decent.

If you want to do more advanced videos, you might need editing software, a more professional camera, or props.

There is a learning curve with understanding how to shoot videos, and I was too intimidated to start for a while.

Don’t let that scare you: just like anything, it’s easy once you get the hang of it.

How do you get paid on TikTok?

Some of Tori’s TikTok videos.

7. How long does it take you to make each TikTok video?

Batching content has helped me save time, so I make about 5-7 videos in one session.

Because we’re still in quarantine, I often shoot without camera-ready makeup, which I think adds to the spontaneity and authenticity of the video.

I’ve also made the decision to not change clothes for every single video, it just seems like overkill.

My 15-second, talk-to-camera videos take about 10 minutes — 3 to shoot, 7 to add text and a caption.

More in-depth videos — with green screen effects or lots of text that moves — can take about a half hour.

I try to intersperse content — not only for variety’s sake, but also to keep myself sane.

8. What do you like about making TikTok videos? What do you not like?

Instagram has started to feel more and more like work, while TikTok allows me to be more creative.

As a theatre major, it’s a perfect platform for me to make weird faces, perform, and showcase my personality in addition to my advice.

I’ve also found TikTok a more welcoming environment. You’ll always have trolls and hateful comments, but I’ve found there’s more support and encouragement from people who aren’t following you on TikTok than on other platforms.

I really love and engage with Instagram Stories, and TikTok doesn’t have a feature like that (yet.) Stories are a good way for your audience to learn more about you and your business in a less polished way, so I think it’s harder for someone to get to know you on TikTok.

Captions are also WAY shorter, and you cannot post your hashtags in the first comment, so any explaining you need to do through text needs to be in the actual video.

9. Do you think there is room for new TikTokers?

YES!

More than any other social platform.

Instagram, for example, is very saturated. It’s almost impossible to discover a new account within the platform, unless a friend directly shares it with you. You’re really only seeing posts from people you already follow.

TikTok has a following tab, and also a “For You Page” tab, where they show videos they think you’ll like.

I’ve never seen an algorithm as responsive as TikTok’s, so you’ll find content that actually connects with you and your interests.

tiktok tips10. What tips do you have for someone wanting to start on TikTok?

Content that does well is at least one of the following: aspirational, educational, or entertaining.

You have travel vloggers showcasing their Airbnbs in Paris (aspirational), vegan chefs walking you through a recipe (educational), or a thrill-seeker trying a new stunt (entertaining.)

I found my niche between aspirational (talking about how I left my 9-5 job and built my business) and educational (how to pay off debt, invest, etc.)

Like any social platform, consistency is key. TikTok is like Twitter — you have the option of posting 7-10 times per day (and not being punished by the algorithm.) I usually try to put out 2-3 videos per day, some more complicated than others.

11. Are there any other TikTok tips you would like to share?

Don’t invest in TikTok unless you know your audience is there.

For example, if your potential customers are men in their 50s, they’re probably not on TikTok.

When I worked in marketing, it was easy to chase platforms or trends. It’s easy to feel like you need to be everywhere in order to make sure you’re relevant.

But if the audience you’re looking to target is largely not on a platform, don’t invest time and money in it.

Do you want to learn how to make money on TikTok and how to grow on TikTok?

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