Dennis Quaid Buys $3.9M Home After It Underwent Dramatic Face-Lift

Even for face-lift-friendly Hollywood, Dennis Quaid‘s new home has had quite a transformation. The actor recently dropped $3.9 million on a Brentwood Hills home that was transformed from tired mishmash to cool L.A. modern.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the home’s before and after pictures.

Here’s the exterior of the home when it was on the market for $2.5 million in 2016, prior to its remarkable renovation. While, the home wasn’t exactly in tear-down status, the developers from White Picket Fence really did a lot to the place.

Street view from before remodel.
Before: Street view

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It’s incredible, right? Built in 1968, the 4,000-square-foot home had great bones to work with. The five-bedroom, five-bath home now makes a stylish statement.

See the drastically changed kitchen (below). The “after” version doesn’t even look like it’s from the same house.

Kitchen before the remodel
Before: Kitchen

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The interiors prior to the remodel were perfectly fine, but nothing that would make a buyer do a double take. After the makeover, they are luscious, sophisticated, and impeccable.

The interiors before were fine, but nothing particularly noteworthy.
Before: Living room

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The landscaping and backyard were also given an overhaul. Now they’re a welcoming retreat for soaking in the sunny Los Angeles weather and soaking in the petite pool.

Pool "before"
Before: Backyard pool

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After: Backyard pool

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According to Variety, Quaid is prepping to play George W. Bush on the upcoming season of the wildly popular “American Crime Story.”

6 Innovative Paints With Ridiculously Cool Superpowers

When it comes to choosing paint, you might think you only have to decide whether to slather your bedroom walls in Ocean Blue or Lakeside Cobalt. But it turns out, choosing a color isn’t the only factor to consider. Yup, there’s a lot more going on in that bucket of satiny liquid than most of us ever knew.

Get ready for a brave new world of high-tech home decor: Guided by market research and customer feedback, paint manufacturers are harnessing the power of new technology to create innovative products that look good and perform under pressure.

We’ve sussed out the coolest of these smart paints—from bacteria-stomping formulas to heat-reducing compounds—to help you upgrade your home while solving some of your most common household problems. Mind = blown.

1. A paint that promises to kill germs

If you can get over the sticker shock of $87.99 a gallon, this microbicidal paint from Sherwin-Williams may just help you stay well this winter.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield claims to be the first paint to kill 99.9% of bacteria—including staph, MRSA, and E. coli—within two hours of exposure to a painted surface. That makes it an ideal choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

The company maintains that the paint continues to kill 90% of bacteria for up to four years, as long as the surface stays intact.

“We launched Paint Shield in 2015 because we realized the importance of developing a coating that would actively help to reduce some of the most dangerous bacteria in health care settings on painted surfaces,” says Steve Revnew, the company’s senior vice president of product development.

But it wasn’t easy to come by: The secret is in the product’s active ingredient, quaternary ammonium compound—aka “quat”—which manufacturers initially struggled to add without changing the paint composition. Eventually, they nailed it, Revnew says—a victory for health-conscious homeowners everywhere.

2. A paint that promises to kill mold

Where do we sign up? Rust-Oleum’s water-based Zinsser Mold Killing Primer is a fungicidal protective coating which can be used to paint over all existing mold, mildew, moss, fungi, and odor-causing bacteria. What’s more, it contains an EPA-registered antimicrobial to prevent the growth of new fungi, says brand manager Melanie Delcore.

Similarly, the company’s Zinsser Odor Killing Primer promises to keep your nose happy—and you can use it on subfloors, cabinets, and walls.

“No one wants to smell the last tenants’ pet odors, nicotine smoke, or smoke from previous fire damage,” Delcore says. “We developed a clear coating that seals and kills those nasty odors for good.”

3. A paint that promises better air quality

Sherwin-Williams’ zero-VOC, washable Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex Paint claims to promote better indoor air quality and cut back on common indoor odors. When it dries, company reps say, the paint actually reduces airborne concentrations of formaldehyde and other aldehydes—volatile organic compounds which come from things such as insulation, carpet, cabinets, and fabrics.

How does it work? The technology works on a molecular level, says Rick Watson, director of product information for Sherwin-Williams.

“When that airborne molecule actually comes in contact with the surface painted with Harmony, the odor-eliminating technology actually will break that compound down and neutralize it so rooms stay fresher longer,” he says.

4. A paint that promises to seal cracks

The Behr Premium Elastomeric Masonry, Stucco and Brick Paint is an exterior paint that’s actually elastic and designed to expand and contract to resist cracking. In fact, the company claims, it can stretch up to 600% to bridge hairline cracks. That makes it ideal for surfaces such as stucco, masonry, concrete, and brick.

Fun fact: This paint can also withstand wind-driven rain at speeds up to 98 mph. Plus, it’s resistant to mildew and dirt. The 100% acrylic latex formula provides a breathable film to release moisture which builds up in walls.

5. A stain that promises to keep you cool

Sherwin-Williams’ SuperDeck line of infrared reflective coatings aims to offer protection from cracking, peeling, mildew, and premature weathering—especially in warm climates.

That’s great and all, but our minds are particularly blown by the SuperDeck IR Reflective Exterior Waterborne Solid Color Stain. This bad boy supposedly has infrared reflective technology that reflects solar rays back in the atmosphere. That means that when your deck heats up to 170 degrees in the sun (yes, you read that right), you won’t burn your toes as you run inside for a margarita refill.

6. A paint that goes on pink, so you don’t miss any spots

Painting the ceiling is a tedious task. At that angle, it’s hard not to miss a spot or color a smidge outside the lines. Enter: Glidden’s EZ Track Ceiling Paint, which goes on pink but dries white to help you get those ceiling margins juuuuust right.

It’s also a paint and primer in one, ideal for DIY jobs. Plus, the company claims, this paint resists drips and minimizes spatter—keeping the color on your ceiling, and off you.

The Best Real Estate Advice of 2017—Did You Miss Any Cash-Saving, Stress-Ending Tips?

There’s no doubt about it: Buying a home can be extremely stressful—as can be selling, renovating, or renting one. So if you did any of the above in 2017, you really had your work cut out for you! Between all of the upheavals and natural disasters sweeping across our fine nation, real estate became an even trickier game than usual.

The good news, though, is that we here at realtor.com® were working hard this year to bring you expert advice on how to ace all things real estate. Our goal has been to make your housing journey a little easier—and, in case you missed any of our greatest hits, we’ve compiled our best advice stories from 2017 below. Read on for a refresher, or to gear up for any property-related plans you’ve got in 2018!

So let’s get started…

5 things buyers should never say when closing on a home

Shhhhhhh.
Shhhhhhh

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By the time you get to the closing table, you might feel like you’re home free (and can finally stop watching what you say). But nope—until you’ve signed on the dotted line, your chatty tendencies need to stay in check.

“There are things that home buyers could say that could stop the closing entirely,” warns Jennifer Baxter, associate broker at Re/Max Regency in Suwanee, GA.

Yikes! Not only could that mean a delay on moving into your dream home, you could also risk your locked-in interest rate expiring, losing your mortgage commitment, or worse. So keep your cards close to your vest for just a little longer, or else.

Can’t-miss tip: If you’ve recently had a change of finances—like maybe you quit your job that morning or bought a bunch of new furniture on credit—don’t say anything at the closing! Chances are your lender already knows; but if not, don’t rat yourself out.

On another note: Don’t make the sellers feel bad about the deal. Keep any snarky comments about what you’ll tear down to yourself. Selling a home is emotional—imagine how you’ll feel when you’re on the other side of the table.

‘So why are you selling?’ 10 answers you should never give

Seriously, keep it to yourself.
Seriously, keep it to yourself.

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Buyers aren’t the only ones who need to learn to keep their thoughts to themselves. Home sellers should watch out, too—and giving an answer that is both truthful and not too truthful isn’t easy. It’s like the “What are your biggest weaknesses” job interview question: Any answer you give could potentially hurt you.

“Home buyers are looking for any indication that you’d be willing to accept an offer that’s below list price,” says Annapolis, MD, real estate agent Greg Beckman. “If you say the wrong thing to a buyer, the person might make you a lowball offer.”

Can’t-miss tip: If at all possible, let your real estate agent do the talking! If you’re forced into answering the question, give the shortest, most neutral response you can. Practice this line: “We love the home, but we’re ready for a change.” Got it?

6 shocking things your home inspector won’t check

Know what to expect with the inspector.
Know what to expect with the inspector.

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A home inspector’s checklist has over 1,600 things on it—stuff you probably never even thought to worry about being broken. This story will help you understand what to expect your regular inspector to check out, and what you might need to call in a specialist to examine.

Can’t-miss tip: Don’t count on having your roof inspected if your home is more than two stories or it’s difficult to get to.

“We’ll go up on roofs if it’s safe,” says Frank Lesh, executive director of the American Society of Home Inspectors. “But if it’s raining or it’s too high, we’re not able to get to it.”

If your regular inspector can’t make it all the way up, find a roof specialist to give you a sense of what you’re working with. The extra cash will be loose change compared with what it costs to replace a roof.

6 things you never clean but really should

Isn't it about time?
Isn’t it about time?

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Even the pickiest cleaners can’t think of everything, right? And the rest of us are usually missing all kinds of hidden dust, scum, and crud. The next time you do a deep clean, remember to go outside of your line of sight to some of the frequently neglected areas.

“If it’s up high, down low, or behind something, it may never see your scrub brush,” says Cheryl Reed from Angie’s List. See what you’re probably forgetting, and how to clean these hidden dirt collectors.

Can’t-miss tip: Don’t forget your refrigerator coils! That may sound like going overboard—after all, who on Earth is going to run a white glove over the back of the fridge?—but dusty coils can make your refrigerator work harder, which can shorten its life span. A quick vacuum and dust should have your coils functioning better in no time. It’s easy to do, too!

7 living room design looks buyers hate

This is a no.
This is a no.

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Yes, yes, of course your design sensibility works for you. It’s just that it might not exactly match what a buyer is looking for, and when you’re selling your home, that’s a big problem. Nobody’s suggesting you completely redecorate your living room for staging (unless, of course, that’s your living room with the leaping bighorn sheep taxidermy above). But if you’re already planning to do some touch-ups, here’s a list of looks to avoid. After all, living rooms themselves are starting to go out of style. Don’t make things even worse!

Can’t-miss tip: Your over-the-fireplace TV has to go. Sorry. You can put it back after the house sells, but when you’re showing a home, you need to hide the screen and whatever mounting equipment or holes were lurking behind it.

7 bathroom design trends buyers want to flush away

Is this your bathroom? I've got bad news for you.
Is this your bathroom? I have bad news for you.

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Buyers don’t just hate your living room, they might hate your bathroom, too. And yes, it matters.

The bathroom “can actually be a deal breaker for some people,” observes Bee Heinemann, an interior design expert at Vant Wall Panels.

And the bathroom blunders buyers are rejecting aren’t just tacky, dated looks. Major trends from the past few years (e.g., all-white bathrooms) are turning up on buyers’ pass lists. Is your bathroom more in need of an update than you realized?

Can’t-miss tip: Dual sinks are going the way of pink tile. Homeowners would rather bump elbows brushing their teeth and keep the extra counter space. And medicine cabinets are being replaced by open shelving in the world’s more fashionable bathrooms. Sorry, party snoopers, the medicine bottles are going elsewhere for now.

8 kitchen items going extinct: Are any still in your home?

Yum?
Yum?

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That’s right, we’re not just coming for your living room, dual sink, over-the-fireplace TV, and medicine cabinet. We’re raiding the kitchen, too. If you’re nostalgic for overly processed childhood foods, then this list is probably going to hurt. But consumers are ditching junk and going for more fresh, natural, and local products. That’s good for our bodies, bad for Chef Boyardee. And it’s not just outdated foods; people are down on family heirlooms, too. Sorry guys, your old china collections are probably not going to be cherished by the next generation.

Can’t-miss tip: Still measuring out dishwashing powder? You’re in the minority. In 2015, 70% of all dishwashing detergent sales were in pack or tab form. Why not make doing the dishes just that much easier?

8 dumb reasons people can’t buy a home

Don't be like these guys.
Don’t be like these guys.

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People do all kinds of goofy stuff in the pursuit of homeownership. We get it: It’s a complicated process. But there are so many avoidable mistakes that you can, well, avoid if you just know what you’re doing. Here are eight mistakes that people make all the time. Don’t be one of those people. You’re too smart for that.

Can’t-miss tip: For first-timers, pre-qualification and pre-approval sound like the same thing. They are most certainly not. Especially if you’re in a seller’s market, you need that pre-approval letter. It takes more documentation to get and requires underwriting, so yeah it’s a pain—but that’s exactly why it’s more valuable if you’re serious about buying a home. So stop cutting corners already!

New Florida Gators Coach Dan Mullen Selling Starkville Mansion

Dan Mullen is headed back to Florida as the new University of Florida Gators head football coach, and he’s placed his Starkville, MS, home on the market for $1,350,000.

Mullen had served as head coach for Mississippi State for nine seasons before making his way back to Gainesville, and now the new Gators boss has no need for a luxury home in the middle of Mississippi.

Custom-built in 2008, the 9,400-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five baths, and three half-baths. The layout includes a grand entry, formal living room, dining room, and chef’s kitchen with pantry, island, and breakfast area—all with views of the backyard.

Dan Mullen's home for sale
Dan Mullen’s home for sale

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Living room

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Family room

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Pool

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There are two living areas, each with a fireplace and high ceiling; front and rear staircases; and an elevator. All the bedrooms are en suite.

The home comes with some great hangout areas, including a game room, media room, gym, and second kitchen. Outdoors there’s a lounge area and a pool. Jay Murphy holds the listing.

The 45-year-old Mullen leaves Mississippi State as the second-winningest coach in the history of the program, which he led from 2009-17. His wife, Megan Mullen, is a sports journalist who has covered the NFL and college football. Mullen served as offensive coordinator for the Gators from 2005-08.

“Megan and I are very excited to get back to Gainesville and the University of Florida,” Mullen said in a statement to USA Today. “I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida. We are happy to be coming back to such a supportive administration, staff, student body and fan base, which is the premier football program in the country.”

Huge $2M Price Slice on Former MTV ‘Real World: San Francisco’ House

Things just got real for 949–953 Lombard St., aka the “Real World: San Francisco” house.

Listed in August for $7 million, the house is now being offered for the much more realistic price of $4.9 million. Yes, in San Francisco that price counts as realistic.

“It’s a substantial price drop, so it’s a phenomenal deal,” says Justin Fichelson, managing director of the estates division at The Agency and the listing agent for the property. The three-unit, 3,705-square-foot building is just a half-block from the famously crooked Lombard Street, and the views from the 1,500-square-foot roof deck are “like something out of a movie,” says Fichelson. Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill, Alcatraz, the downtown skyline—basically anything you’d buy a postcard of in S.F.—are visible from the deck.

Views from the deck.
Views from the deck

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Maybe only ’90s kids can appreciate owning the same space where Puck memorably stuck his fingers in the jar of peanut butter, but anyone can appreciate the investment possibilities of a classic piece of San Francisco real estate.

“It would be perfect for someone to live in and rent [out] the other two units, or a foreign buyer could get amazing rent for all three,” explains Fichelson. He estimates the two-bed, two-bath top flat alone would rent for $7,500 to $8,000 a month.

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The home was completely renovated after a fire destroyed much of it 10 years ago (sorry, “Real World” fans). It has new wood floors, updated bathrooms, newly remodeled kitchens, and a recently refinished limestone exterior. The bottom unit has two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a walk-out terrace, and bonus studio apartment with bathroom.

The middle unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and access to a series of balconies through a french-door-topped staircase.

The neighborhood is within walking distance of the water, North Beach, and dining and shopping spots.

“That location with those views is a winning combo,” says Fichelson. “It’s a great investment, and it’s only going to go up in value.”

In-N-Out Heiress Selling Lavish SoCal Estate for $20M

You have to sell a whole lot of animal-style burgers to afford a mansion like this. In-N-Out heiress Lynsi Snyder has listed her estate in Bradbury, CA, complete with a 2,500-square-foot guesthouse with garage and a fully loaded batting cage, for $19.8 million.

Perhaps the burger boss is ready to “drive-through” to a new mansion. But it’s hard to imagine doing better than this over-the-top, 4-acre equestrian dream tucked in the exclusive Bradbury Estates neighborhood.

The property’s amenities also include a putting green, tennis court, and basketball courts.

The interiors of the grand manse are equally awe-inspiring. The 18,687-square-foot main house has 10 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms. It was built in 2010, and in 2012 the burger scion bought it from future baseball Hall of Famer Adrián Beltré, according to the Orange County Register.

Aerial view
Aerial view

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Staircase

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The private estate also offers plenty of security, which fits with reports that Snyder is protective of her privacy after she was nearly abducted once when she was 17 and a second time when she was 24, according to People magazine.

So it’s no surprise the property’s listing agent, Robin Marquez, isn’t commenting on where Snyder and her family are planning to move. But if this luxurious beauty is any indication, their new home will be grand. After turning 35 in May, Snyder assumed her full 97% ownership in In-N-Out Burger, making her an instant billionaire.

The burger chain was founded by Snyder’s grandparents in California in 1948. After her father’s death, when she was just 18, Snyder began working in the family business, earning her stripes with stints in both human resources and merchandising, according to Forbes. The mother of four served as president of the company since 2010 and is overseeing a steady expansion of the family business she vowed in one of her rare interviews with CBS in 2015 to never sell or take public.

“My heart is totally connected to this company because of my family and the fact that they’re not here,” she said, according to Forbes. “I have a strong tie to keep this the way they would want it.”