Facebook’s New Business Venture: Rental Listings

As one of the most popular and successful internet communities of its time, Facebook continues to be looking for ways to rebrand as an all-in-one service. Their newest endeavor to compete with other trending social media platforms is the addition of their “Marketplace” storefront, which allows users to make listings for things such as household items, job postings, and car listings.

Recently, Facebook has made the move into real estate by adding apartment and home rentals onto the Marketplace service, but has included 360-degree photo capabilities and utilizes its current platform to reduce chances of scams, thusly allowing them to compete with the likes of Craigslist.

The company is planning to list its consumers’ properties on Marketplace by pulling property information from partnered sources Apartment List and Zumper, leading to the company possibly becoming a direct competitor of Zillow and other popular home search sites.

For the time being, however, Facebook needs to work out some kinks in its idea. Marketing outside of a multiple listing service limits visibility, so landlords will have to settle with only reaching Facebook users, which can lengthen the process of renting their property. In addition, the service plans to cut out agents, which means there would be no vetting by an experienced agent. This leaves credit checks, references, and rental histories all to the landlord themselves.

For these reasons it is interesting to see how Facebook fares with this venture, and how close of an eye the industry needs to keep on it.

46 Roslyn Rd

Wonderful New Construction In Waban! This gut-renovation/ expansion Colonial has all the bells and whistles including an open floor plan, a Thermador island kitchen with a walk-in pantry, huge first floor family room, 5 bedrooms/ 5 full baths, a full finished second master bedroom suite on the third floor and a large lower level entertainment space. The master suite includes a spa-like bath with shower and a free-standing soaking tub. Hardwood throughout, central air, a two car garage and best of all it’s walking distance to the shops of Waban Village and the Green Line Stop. Located in the brand new Zervas Elementary School District. Way beyond the ordinary…the interior has been designed and carefully crafted with trending elements throughout. What more could you ask for?

Katy Perry’s Private Oasis

International pop sensation Katy Perry is selling her enormous estate in Lose Angeles, CA, a luxurious four-bedroom home on a two-acre lot surrounded by manicured gardens and trees. The home, which Perry purchased from heiress Aileen Getty in 2013, comes with a security guardhouse, two-story guest house, detached fitness building, and Italian stone-rimmed swimming pool.

The Mediterranean-inspired compound, currently listed for $9.45 million, has a spacious 7,400 square feet of living space with fireplace, formal dining room, great room, eat-in kitchen, and five bathrooms. The entire second floor of the home is dedicated to the master suite and features a Roman-style bath. French doors and floor to ceiling windows bring in breathtaking views of the city and surrounding canyon.

Ernie Carswell of Teles Properties holds the listing for the pop star who released her fifth studio album, “Witness,” this year.


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Cory Grant’s $13M Vacation Home in Palm Springs

Personally dubbed “Villa Paradiso” by Grant himself, this estate could easily be confused as a luxury resort. A frequent getaway for the actor, the Spanish-style home includes almost four acres of privacy and plenty of amenities.

Built in 1928, the home boasts a warm interior, fashionable décor, and a checkerboard floor entry. The estate comes with three separate residences, manicured grounds of cypress and palm trees, and panoramic views of nearby mountains, along with a climate-controlled four car garage.

A pool and pool guesthouse were constructed by the previous owner.



The Top 10 Most Expensive Real Estate Listings In The World

1 Antilia

Price: $455 million

Price: $1 Billion USD

Location: Mumbai, India

Square Feet: 400,000

27 Stories-high personal skyscraper in Mumbai, with additional 6 floors underground, the height of some floors makes its total height comparable to a 40 story building.

Antilia contains a multi-story garage with space for 168 cars, as well as, three helipads on the roof, in case you prefer to arrive by air. The listing also features a spa, terraced gardens, and a temple.

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2 Villa La Leopolda

Price: $750 Million USD

Location: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Square Feet: 784,080

Owned by Brazilian philanthropist Lily Safra, the villa has an outdoor kitchen, a guest house as large as many mansions and was even featured in Hitchcock’s film, “To Catch a Thief” (1955).


3 The Chartwell Estate

Price: $350 Million USD

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Square Feet: 448,668

On the market for the first time in 30 years, Chartwell Estate in LA’s Bel Air was made famous on “The Beverly Hillbillies”.

Its grand 18th-century French Neoclassical style over 25,000 square feet features a ballroom, formal salon, and paneled dining room.

Chartwell Estate

4 Bel Air Spec House

Price: $250 Million USD

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Square Feet: 38,000

The Bel Air mansion has two master suites, 10 oversize guest suites, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, five bars, a massage studio and spa, and a gym. There are also 17,000 square feet of outdoor decks for entertaining.

Spec House

5 Four Fairfield Pond

Price: $248.5 Million USD

Location: Sagaponack, NY

Square Feet: 2,744,000

One of the largest homes in the world comes with its own power plant, 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms. The estate also has a 164-seat theatre, a 2 lane bowling alley, 2 pool houses, and a $150 thousand USD hot tub.


6 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens

Price: $222 Million USD

Location: London, UK

Square Feet: 55,000

The palace features a Turkish bath, an indoor pool and a garage that can accommodate 20 vehicles.

18-19 Kensington

7 Ellison Estate

Price: $200 Million USD

Location: Woodside, CA

Square Feet: 1,002,000

The Ellison Estate is comprised of around ten buildings, but the property is counted as one home. The estate features a man-made lake, koi pond, and tea house, as well as other general Japanese characteristics.

Ellison Estate

8 The Manor in Holmby Hills

Price: $200 Million USD

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Square Feet: 200,376

The French chateau-style residence is one of the most luxurious homes in the world. The main residence’s most recent renovations took place in 2011, and the current owner spared no expense to update the estate to a contemporary style.

the manor holmby hills

9 Island Road, 37

Price: $192,297,831

Location: Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong

Square Feet: 8,300

Extraordinary detached house with spectacular view over Deep Water Bay. It features 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.

Island Road 2

10 Hearst Castle

Price: $191 Million USD

Location: San Simeon, CA

Square Feet: 80,000 of living area

“Quite possibly the nation’s most famous castle, William Randolph Hearst went to great lengths to bring back the best of European architecture” – Forbes travel

Hearst Castle

Glass Houses

70 Conant Valley Road

Pound Ridge, NY



Set back from the road in sought-after privacy, this residence of glass, steel and stone offers relaxed luxury living. Walls of glass fill every room with a woodland vista. A rock garden and koi pond lead to a two-floor garden room, spacious living and dining rooms, wine closet and bar. Architectural lighting and fieldstone fireplaces set the tone for large-scale entertaining and intimate gatherings. The sun-filled chef’s kitchen has top appliances. The master suite is chic simplicity with radiant stone floors, a spa-bath, and gallery of closets. An opposite wing features two bedrooms and spa bath; and a three-exposure media room with bar and fireplace. The second floor studio has walls of glass, a gym and bath. The salt water pool is set just to the side surrounded by a large entertaining terrace and tranquil pond with sitting deck. Minutes from nature preserves, school, town park, award-winning golf & The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges.


1st Fl Master Bedroom, 1st Floor Bedroom, Basketball Court, Cathedral/Vaulted/High Ceiling, Close to Railroad, Close to Shops, Deck, Eat in Kitchen, Exercise Room, In Ground Pool, Lake/Pond/Stream, Master Bath, Security System



Turkish Waterfront Property






This beautiful stone house has a view of the sea and a lovely under-terrace courtyard. This house built in 1890 is rich in history and it is also newly renovated with high ceilings. This home has plenty of space for the whole family with its spacious rooms and two-story layout.