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  • Cities With the Most Speed Traps Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 2:54 PM ET
    When lead-footed drivers get snagged and ticketed, their downfall might have been passing a speed trap where a cop was using radar or a laser, or maybe the driver passed a speed camera. However, as technology improves traffic enforcement, it is also progressing on the side of the speeder. Now joining the radar detector is crowd-sourced reporting of speed traps, a virtual warning system using the Internet and a mobile app. This list of the 10 most -active cities for speed traps was compiled by Tr

    As technology improves traffic enforcement, it is also progressing on the side of the speeder. Check out the list of the 10 most-active cities for speed traps, as compiled by Trapster.com.

  • Gas Prices in All 50 States Back Above $3 a Gallon Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 1:48 PM ET
    Shell gas station sign

    Gas prices in all 50 states this week are back above $3 per gallon for the first time since December 15, when regular unleaded gasoline remained at this level for nearly 10 months.

  • Homes of Celebrity Couples 2012 Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 1:00 PM ET
    It often seems that celebrities operate on a faster timeline than the rest of us. A lot can change in a year with them, especially regarding real estate — just look at the lineup of duos from the original , published in January 2011. Beyonce and Jay-Z had a baby around the same time Heidi Klum and Seal announced their impending divorce.  Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem finally  their house at a price reduction ($2.88 million, down from $3.695 million), and Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher’s mid

    Some of the following homes of celebrity couples are recently sold, some are for sale, one is being rented and one is offered for rent.

  • Romantic Luxury Homes Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 11:12 AM ET
    Romance, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder. What makes a home romantic to one might not appeal to someone else. With this in mind,  scoured luxury listings to make a list of homes with attributes that could appeal to varying tastes.Three of these extraordinary properties were the homes of celebrities who have had legendary love affairs. Others have histories of love that sometimes traveled to other continents, and/or were made with materials sourced from the old country. Others ju

    What makes a home romantic to one might not appeal to someone else. With this in mind, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com compiled a list of homes with romantic attributes that could appeal to varying tastes.

  • Extreme Closets Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 3:01 PM ET
    Luxury home aficionados and voyeurs know that walk-in closets are a given in any modern or updated high-end property. Many mansions and penthouses have closets larger than the footprint of entire apartments rented by the non-rich and non-famous (ahem).  However, two of the most coveted closets are improbably located in apartments in New York, where even decent-sized closets are rare. One belongs to Mariah Carey, who showed it off on “MTV Cribs” and it is really more of an ostentatious wardrobe r

    The following collection of extreme closets have a marvelous urban example, as well as several remarkable closets from other continents.

  • Castle Homes Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 4:48 PM ET
    Wealthy families have long lived in grand monuments to their riches, such as the  in San Simeon, Calif. But castle homes aren’t reserved for the super-rich or those holding European titles. Although it’s commonly thought of as an Old World practice, Americans live in castle-style homes in all corners of the New World. This collection features representatives from Washington state to Florida, each with varying degrees of castle features. Some carry legacies of famous tycoons, while others were bu

    Castle homes aren’t reserved for the super-rich or those holding European titles. Check out 10 castle homes that are for sale or were recently on the market, provided by Zillow and Realtor.com.

  • Homes of Comedy Stars Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 7:19 AM ET
    Maria Bamford of   loves watching “Celebrity Homes” on E! She has  where she imagines hosting her own show called “Comedian Homes” in which she would feature the pathetically humble abodes of her standup-scene friends:  “This is the kitchen, this is where the bathroom, the bedroom—and this is really where the 400 square feet of my apartment is.”But if Bamford were interviewing her friends who have parlayed their comic talents into blockbuster movies, lucrative TV roles and best-selling books, it

    While many of the following 12 stars got their start in standup comedy, most of them are better known for their work on the big and small screens...and one of them is nominated for a 2012 Oscar.

  • Avatar movie character

    In an age of celebrity and fame, Hollywood might seem like a great place to make money fast, but while the payoffs in major film production can be massive, so can the losses.

  • Most Stressful Cities Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 8:49 AM ET
    With common factors such as traffic, crowds, noise, grime, and crime, cities are generally not perceived as oases of calm.But what makes one city more stressful to live in than the next? In order to gauge the stress of residents in American cities, data cruncher Sperling’s Best Places considered the 50 largest metropolitan areas (which includes suburbs). The team considered the following factors: divorce rate, commute times, unemployment, violent crime, property crime, suicides, alcohol consumpt

    In order to gauge the stress of residents in American cities, data cruncher Sperling’s Best Places considered the 50 largest metropolitan areas. Here are the top 10.

  • 'California Is On the Mend': Governor Jerry Brown Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:32 PM ET
    California Attorney General and democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown.

    California governor Jerry Brown said Wednesday in his 'State of the State' speech: "tax revenues are increasing and the state deficit has been reduced significantly, though a 9 billion hole remains," before  asking voters to approve tax hikes.

  • California Economy on the Mend     Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 4:58 PM ET

    The nation's largest economy is showing signs of life. California's unemployment rate is dropping, job generation is growing and home sales are stabilizing, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Extreme Bathrooms Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 11:53 AM ET
    Washrooms of American homes have evolved drastically since Mamie Eisenhower first popularized  in the 1950s. Back then, the humble bathroom was just a private little room with a few essential components: a bath tub, a toilet, a sink, and a mirror.  Oh, how times have changed. Restrooms in luxury homes of today can come equipped with features ranging from the indulgent to the outlandish. Among these are bidets, wall-mounted televisions, his-and-hers sinks, and patios or balconies. Some WCs come w

    The following 10 extreme bathrooms were supplied by Realtor.com and Luxury Portfolio International.

  • Extreme Fireplaces Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 5:28 PM ET
    Fireplaces have performed a central role in warming homes since the first huts and houses were built, and for a many generations they looked more or less the same way. Thanks to new technologies, changing tastes, and new materials, a fireplace is typically no longer the main way to heat the home -- nor is it necessarily just a hole in the wall, a mantle, and a chimney. Fireplaces now come in almost as many varieties as there are styles of homes, and they might not have a mantle, or in some cases

    Here's a selection of properties currently on the market that feature fireplaces great and minimal, modern and rustic, indoor and outdoor.

  • Crazy California 2.0 Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 3:44 PM ET
    Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian

    As 2012 begins, California is still reliving 2011. And 2010. 2009.

  • Second Homes Making a Comeback     Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 2:24 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports the S&P Case-Schiller Index reveals home prices are falling in most major cities for the second straight month, however, the second home market is seeing growth.

  • Kit Homes Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 3:12 PM ET
    Despite seemingly endless interest in decorating, landscaping, buying, staging, and selling houses (see: HGTV), actually  a house is a mysterious  process that is mostly left to professionals. But for a number of homeowners, buying and in some cases assembling a prefabricated home holds appeal. Buying a home as a kit can streamline the process of custom-building a home.  While the prices aren’t bargain-basement, kit homes can cost less. Keep in mind that these homes cost more to build than just

    Building a house is a mysterious process that is mostly left to professionals. But for some homeowners, buying and in some cases assembling, a prefabricated home holds appeal.

  • Athlete Getaway Homes Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 3:32 PM ET
    Athletes don’t work in offices, restaurants or big box stores like most of us, but that doesn’t mean that their lives are stress-free. They need a place to retreat to in the off-season, a sanctuary where they can escape from the anxiety that would plague anyone who’s paid millions of dollars to surf for a living.What follows are homes where some of the leading athletes flee after the arena goes dark and the crowd roar becomes a distant echo. Some of these houses are on the market, awaiting buyer

    These are homes to which some athletes retreat after the arena goes dark. Some are on the market and others were just purchased.

  • Most Expensive US College Dorms Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 12:01 PM ET
    When people lament the rising cost of a college education, they’re usually talking about tuition. Now,  an online resource for college students, has published  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.The priciest dorms are largely in New York and California, where a place to live has never been cheap.The dorm prices show that this sometimes overlooked higher education cost can not only exceed $13,000 per academic year, but in some cases it can almost equal the pric

    When people lament the cost of  college, they’re usually talking about tuition. They often don't think of room and board. Now, there's a list  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.

  • San Franciso Tops $10 Minimum Wage Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 6:59 AM ET

    The city's hourly wage for its lowest-paid workers will hit $10.24, more than $2 above the California minimum wage and nearly $3 more than the working wage set by the federal government.

  • Storybook Homes Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 2:41 PM ET
    With some children’s stories, the setting is a major part of the story -- think of the woodland cottages in the “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “The Three Bears,” or the unexplained footwear habitation of the poor old woman who lived in a shoe. We gathered 10 such storybook-worthy homes. Some of these properties look like they’re straight out of children’s stories, while others look like they belong in a beautifully illustrated vintage children’s book.  We’ve ev

    Some of these properties look like they’re straight out of children’s stories, while others look like they belong in a beautifully illustrated vintage children’s book.