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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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  • The American Dream used to include home ownership as a given, but it has gotten shaky of late. With so much instability in the real estate market, not to mention high unemployment and tight credit, renting has seen upticks around the country. In many cases, this represents a show of caution in the face of economic distress; people are loath to buy in a weak market, or they can’t get a mortgage. provided a list of the top ten American cities with the largest increases in rentals by comparing the

    Trulia.com provided a list of the top ten American cities with the largest increases in rentals by comparing change from the third to the fourth quarters of 2010. Check out what they found!

  • Employers in remote areas in industries such as lumbering and mining used to build entire towns for their employees, but that era is long past. Scotia, California, the last wholly owned company town, is about to be put on the market and was recently profiled in But although most remaining company towns ceased being company towns long ago, some of the towns continue on, and sometimes the idea comes up in pop culture-- the Simpsons temporarily lived in a company town, in the Scorpio episode, “You

    Monster corporations in Silicon Valley are offering more all-inclusive employee benefits and they’re even buying up land, raising the possibility of a new version of the company town.

  • “Just as there is no perfect family, there is no perfect family vehicle that is just right for all families, all the time,” says said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com."However, there are many great options available on the market today in various segments,” he notes, and fortunately for those in the car-buying market, has just provided their annual listing of the cars best suited for transporting families, large or small, and

    For those in the car-buying market, KBB.com just provided their annual listing of the cars best suited for transporting families, large or small, and all that comes with them.

  • By the time major hotels reach a certain age they have often been residences for the famous and once-famous, and they even serve as the location for of history in the making. When hotels and resorts are attractively appointed and they hang around long enough, they often attain a pedigree of filming and television locations, as is the case with the following ten hotels. Some of them have been the site of numerous shoots and others are known just for one distinctive film. Click ahead to see those

    When hotels and resorts are attractively appointed and they hang around long enough, they often attain a pedigree of filming and television locations, as is the case with the following 10 hotels.

  • Most people know when they say “band aid,” “jello,” “coke,” or “post-it” as a generic term that it’s really a trademarked brand name still protected by law. There are names with less awareness like Crock Pot, which is used generally to indicate a slow cooker appliance, but is currently a trademark of Rival. Others like this include Bubble Wrap (trademarked by Sealed Air), Onesies (trademarked by Gerber), Styrofoam (trademarked by Dow), and Hula Hoop, Frisbee, and Hacky Sack (all from Whammo). It

    Click to see 10 generic - and surprising - terms that you might not have realized were once trademarked.

  • When it comes to online deals, one name comes up constantly. Everyone knows Groupon by now, and too many deal-a-day imitators to count have sprung up to count (let’s call them the Grouponites). In fact, there are so many that even the aggregators to collect the best deals from the Grouponites, such as Yipit, are numerous. But what else is out there for finding great deals online? Plenty. There are private sale sites and deal aggregate sites, and many of these websites offer bonus for inviting yo

    Everyone knows Groupon by now, and too many deal-a-day imitators to count have sprung up. But what else is out there for finding great deals online? Plenty.

  • For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options. To narrow it down, we’ve picked suggestions for eight types of kids, from budding chef to history buff, to drama queen, to animal lover. Here, assembled with input from Eileen Ogintz, creator of the travel resource and the writers at are plenty of ideas for educational family fun.

    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options.

  • Cities are not exactly synonymous with cleanliness; so how to determine which are the closest to that ideal? Ireland and Australia have their annual Tidy Town competitions, but it takes more than an attractive square and an effective anti-litter campaign for large metropolitan areas to be considered tidy.Each year, the consulting, outsourcing and investment firm Mercer ranks cities worldwide in its . The 2010 survey crunched data from 221 cities. Drawing from this data, Mercer also compiles an e

    Each year, the consulting, outsourcing and investment firm Mercer ranks cities worldwide in its Quality of Living Survey. Here are the 10 cleanest cities.

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    Which cities are the least expensive per year for car owners? Sperling’s Best Places compiled a top-ten list. Click to see which cities fared the best.

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    Here in the United States, credit scores are a fact of life—and it’s one that not everyone is happy about. This raises the question: can you escape credit scores if you move to another country?