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  • How much can you get for $1 million in today’s real estate market? The answer, of course, varies depending on where you’re looking to buy. In the wake of the U.S. housing crisis, consumer confidence and home values fell sharply, while prices in some cities are less than half of what they were in 2007. In many local markets, however, such as in New York, San Francisco, Anchorage, Alaska, and Omaha, Neb., people on the front lines are optimistic about a recovery in sales volumes, prices and buyer

    CNBC.com surveyed real estate agents in 18 U.S. cities to gain individual perspectives on the health of America’s local real estate markets. Check out the list!

  • In 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol said: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Unlike most of his art, the saying found a foothold in pop culture, and to this day it’s commonly used to describe the here-today-gone-tomorrow status of many celebrities.Like reality show stars and pop singers, professional athletes are celebrities, too, and for every Michael Jordan who parlays his athletic stardom into successful business ventures, there are dozens of others who burst into the

    For every Michael Jordan, there are dozens who have just a brief moment in the sun. Read ahead to see athletes who faded away after their 15 minutes of fame.

  • It’s a little more quiet than usual on the Internet this time of year because college students are studying for finals. That means a new crop of graduates is about to flood not just the job market, but the rental market. So where will the new grads move? Rent.com compiled this list of the best cities for college graduates based on unemployment rates, mean annual income, cost of living and rental inventory for the metropolitan areas. The unemployment data was taken from the March 2012 rankings, a

    A new crop of graduates is about to flood not just the job market, but the rental market. So where will the new grads move? Here's a list of the best cities for recent college grads.

  • There are two main ways to get a luxury suite, explains Scott Spencer, president of . The first is to lease one, which is a considerable commitment of time and money. “On the extreme side, the Dallas Cowboys require a 20-year lease agreement for those who want to become suiteholders.  The New York Yankees and Madison Square Garden don’t require as long a commitment, but they have some of the steepest prices in the industry - some suites at Yankee Stadium go for over $800,000 per year and the ver

    The following is a list the most expensive of the sporting events that had the most expensive luxury box suites, from baseball to basketball to football and more.

  • Eatery: One Flew SouthServes: Sushi, New AmericanPopular menu item: Pulled duck sandwichOne Flew South, located in Terminal E at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is actually the #1 rated restaurant in Atlanta on TripAdvisor and is recommended by 100% of the reviewers. “Wow—airport food isn’t supposed to be this good,” reads the headline of one recent review, and  echo that sentiment. The wine selection also earns a lot of praise.

    TripAdvisor looked at the busiest U.S. airports and user-generated reviews to see which ones were rated the best by the general flying public.

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    While the entry-level homebuyers market is making a comeback in Boston, high-end luxury properties are once again the object of bidding wars in New York, with demand outpacing supply for the first time in five years.

  • The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report, which examines all property searches made by homebuyers and renters to see where they hope to buy and rent next.  Topping the list of the most popular places for online house hunters is the Palm Bay- Melbourne – Titusville metropolitan area of Florida. The Sunshine State makes six more appearances in the top 10 most popular metro areas for house hunters.  Despite the foreclosure backlog, more people want to mov

    The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report. What follows are 10 desirable neighborhoods that tend to fly under the radar in their major American cities.

  • The Brookings Institution recently issued a report the compared per-capita gross domestic product and changes in employment data from 2010 to 2011 in 200 of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. The report found that these areas produced 48 percent of global output despite accounting for only 14 percent of the world’s population and employment.In other findings: Ninety percent of the fastest-growing economies were outside North America and western Europe; U.S. metropolitan areas outperformed t

    The Brookings Institution analyzed the financial data of the world’s largest metropolitan areas and uncovered some interesting findings. Check out which cities were the most productive.

  • In the fickle world of celebrity real estate, athletes are among the more likely people to buy and sell and rent new homes, as they are subject to the whims of where their contracts take them. And in the slides to follow, you’ll also see a few properties affected by the 2011 NBA lockout.

    The houses ahead are a window into recent comings and goings in the basketball world. It will reveal what Dallas Maverick Lamar Odom has in common with Jeremy Lin.

  • Many factors can make a housing rental market difficult to negotiate, such as tight supply and fierce competition for the most desirable properties. But chief among potentially problematic rental factors is the cost. To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at  looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities. The resulting list is particularly heavy with representatives from one state. And while it might not be the argument-ender on where it is

    To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at John Burns Real Estate Consulting looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities.

  • UHNW population: 1,855 With an UHNW population that nearly doubles that of Atlanta, Dallas is home to 1,855 individuals worth at least $30 million, according to Wealth-X. The Dallas area is home to major companies like AT&T, Dean Foods, Texas Instruments and Southwest Airlines. Some of the richest residents include billionaire and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, oil magnate Ray Lee Hunt and leveraged buyout billionaire Harold Simmons.

    Who are the one percent, and where are they from? According to Wealth-X, the United States is home to 57,860 such individuals. Find out which cities they call home.

  • In city settings, mansions are less expected dwellings, especially in densely populated downtown areas where many people live crammed in on top of one another. There, the thought of a 10,000-plus-square-foot building housing just one family is excessive. Some people  excess and have the fortune to back it up, and those families have left a legacy of impressively ornamented historic homes. The ones intact today are like immersive time capsules back to a bygone era of magnificent opulence. We’ve c

    In city settings, mansions are less-expected dwellings, especially in densely populated downtown areas. We’ve collected a lineup of them here, including no less than three mansions built on beer fortunes.

  • When every part of a presidential candidate’s life and history goes under the microscope, it’s not surprising that some of their homes have led to controversy. In fact, for one candidate, two properties have become the center of a heated debate.

    Click ahead to learn about these abodes, located in nine states, and find out who owns, has owned, or rents each house.

  • For many people, a first job is an entry-level position whose greatest form of payment is experience. People taking these jobs have to slowly climb the ladder and prove themselves before they can earn better money. They have to pay their dues.For professional athletes, there is no entry-level job--they’re put on the field on day one and expected to deliver the goods. Rookie athletes are well-compensated for this, and for many sports fans, the players’ salaries and contracts are almost as fascina

    Check out our list of rookie athletes who received huge paydays to play for major league teams!

  • So far in 2011, the storm of the Hurricane season is Irene, a category 2 hurricane that is expected to affect the Eastern US  The storm has already passed through the Carribean, causing widespread damage while the Eastern US prepares for landfall. The entire eastern seaboard is being told to expect high winds and flooding as a result of the storm, although the resulting damage is anyone's guess. CNBC.com will be updating this slideshow with fresh images of the storm as they come in, illustrating

    From emergency preparation to landfall, see how the Northeast is impacted by Hurricane Irene.

  • People make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes happen on the job. Usually, the incident is corrected and the whole thing is forgotten within minutes. However, the workplace mistake is harder to ignore when the person who makes it is an architect. After all, when the teenager working the drive-thru window gives you a Quarter Pounder instead of a Big Mac, it causes a lot less trauma than when a 3,000 foot long suspension bridge collapses into the Puget Sound.In , the legendary American archite

    These mistakes are big, costly and spectacular. What are some of the more notable architectural failures in modern history?

  • Common sense might indicate that the best place to hop online would be in the vicinity of where the most Internet innovation is taking place. Common sense is sometimes wrong. Silicon Valley might be where Internet sensations grow up, but if you're looking for a truly high-speed connection, you'll need to head about 850 miles north. The FCC has put together a list of actual broadband speeds, averaged over 30 days of testing, in cities across America and overall, it's not a pretty picture. Even th

    The top ranked city falls far short of places like Seoul, South Korea and Helsinki, Finland. But if you're looking for fast broadband domestically, here are the ten best places to find it.

  • What makes a city attractive to young people?Well, first and foremost, it’s that there will be other young people there.“You need other young people around to bounce ideas off of -- to get excited with. That’s No. 1 most important,” said Bert Sperling of .There has to be a strong indie culture – a lot of bands, artists and other creative types. To gauge that, Sperling checked in with , which helps artists sell their music and merchandise to fans, , a site that offers tools for musicians and shar

    Sperling took all those criteria and came up with a list of the top 10 cities for young people.