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Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane
Special to CNBC.com

Colleen Kane is a writer for CNBC.com covering luxury and unusual real estate as well as travel and other topics. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Oxford American, Bust, Spin, the anthology Madonna and Me, and in many other publications. She created the urban exploration website Abandoned Baton Rouge and more recently set her camera sights on the ruins of Borscht Belt resorts.

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  • Home Renovations: Vanity Versus Value Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 4:36 PM ET
    After an unsustainable housing market that embodied “more, more, more,” there is now a move toward pragmatism and modesty. More homeowners are actually living in the homes they own and there is less talk of investments and flipping those houses. “I’ve been renovating houses or writing about them for almost 40 years, and I am seeing a definite shift towards a greater insistence on value in the renovation projects people are taking on,” says Michael Litchfield, author of In-Laws, Outlaws, and Gran

    Click to see what types of home renovations are working out well on the market, and which ones are not.

  • Most Extreme RVs Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
    Recreational Vehicles, or RVs, also known as motor homes, motorcoaches, and “land yachts” celebrated 100 years of existence last year. One could easily kill a day on the web by using the search terms weird, strange, or crazy RVs. Do it yourself seems to be a favorite ethos for the RV crowd, so there are too many customized motor homes to consider showing them all here. Instead, we’ve selected some of the most odd and unusual standouts, and present them in order from the smallest on up to the one

    RVs, also known as motor homes, motorcoaches, and “land yachts” celebrated 100 years of existence last year. Here's some of the most unusual examples of homes on wheels.

  • Legacy Estates For Sale Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 12:50 PM ET
    Back when being a millionaire still meant something, tycoons, barons, and old money-types procured and built grand palaces with their riches. Many of the most famous family estates are no longer occupied by the families that built them and are now open to the public, such as the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore, the Hearsts’ Hearst Castle, and the Rockefellers’ Kykuit. The aforementioned are big houses with names, built for big names. But today, family compounds and family estates don’t seem to get passed

    We rounded up some homes, compounds, and estates that have been in the same families (prominent and private) for generations, but which are now up for purchase on the market.