Americans Want to Be Obama’s Neighbor

The neighbor most Americans would choose is the Obama family, according to the annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey, which asked more than 2,000 U.S. adults to choose who they’d most like to see across the fence.

The most desirable neighbors for 2010 are:

  • The Obamas
  • Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi
  • Sarah Palin
  • Taylor Swift
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
  • Tiger Woods
  • Robert Pattinson

The least desirable neighbors are:

  • Nayda Suleman (also known as “Octomom”)
  • Jon and Kate Gosselin
  • Sara Palin
  • Richard and Mayumi Heene (parents of balloon boy)
  • Kanye West
  • Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt
  • Britney Spears
  • Tiger Woods

Source: Zillow.com (12/29/2009)

Hilarious!! ….how did Tiger Woods and Sara Palin get on the top and bottom list?

Buyers Should Prepare for Extra Expenses

Home buyers should be prepared for a bundle of extra costs beyond the mortgage payment.

“Some people walk away from closing with a nickel and a stick of gum, and that’s probably not going to be a good idea,” says Dale Robyn Siegel, president of Circle Mortgage Group, in Harrison, N.Y.

People whose only previous experience is renting often don’t realize how costly water, heating and air conditioning, taxes, and general maintenance can be, says Allan Glass, owner of ASG Real Estate Inc. in Los Angeles.

He estimates that buyers should have at least 1 percent of the purchase price of their home set aside for improvements and other expenses.

Source: MarketWatch, Amy Hoak (12/28/2009)