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  • Awesome Home Offices Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 4:56 PM ET
    A home office is more than just a room with a desk and chair; ideally it cultivates an atmosphere conducive to work and concentration. Different work styles call for different work spaces. Some need isolation, some want to gaze out at nature for inspiration. Some just need a spot to do the bills that doesn’t take up too much room. A home’s office can serve many functions—it can be used for reading, as a studio for art or a writer’s retreat, as a study, or a den, as a crafting room or a homework

    A home office is more than just a room with a desk and chair. This collection includes offices from pocket-size to pod to grand multi-level  affairs, and in styles from modern to Old-World elegance.

  • Michelle Rhee: Quality of Public Education ‘Dire’ Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 10:46 PM ET

    The state of public education in the United States is at a critical point, and the nation cannot wait any longer to improve the system, StudentsFirst founder and CEO Michelle Rhee said Friday.

  • Best Cities for Real Estate Deals Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 6:21 PM ET
    When it’s not a seller’s market, it could be a bright side for buyers. So where are the markets with the most bargains for home buyers on a budget? To find out, the data team at the real estate website Zillow looked at several factors, including the percentage of listings with price cuts, the median amount of those price cuts, the sale-to-list price ratio (or how much lower the sale price was from the last list price), and at foreclosure resales in places where foreclosure data was available (al

    When it’s not a seller’s market, it could be a bright side for buyers. So where are the markets with the most bargains for home buyers on a budget?

  • States With the Best Credit Scores Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 5:09 PM ET
    In January 2010, the average credit score in the United States was 692, according to  Today, it’s between 700 and 710, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at  a credit-monitoring website. In an interview with CNBC.com, he said that reduction of credit-card debt is the main factor behind increased credit scores. “There’s no doubt,” he said.If average credit scores are rising because consumers have begun to pay down their credit-card debts, then economic conditions must be

    Not all states are created equal. Read ahead to see which states have the best credit scores in the country.

  • 11 Celebrities Hit by the Taxman Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    It’s not tax time just yet, but it’s looming uncomfortably on the horizon. The conscientious among us have already filed their tax forms or are in the process of doing so. The rest of us hem, haw and put it off until the last minute.Apart from the punctual and the lackadaisical, another category of taxpayer exists: The taxpayer who, for one reason or another, has failed to accurately disclose all of his or her earnings. Sometimes this is a simple mistake. Sometimes it’s the accountant’s fault. S

    Some celebrities, including Lauryn Hill, fell out of good standing with the IRS, and paid dearly for it. Read ahead to see some of the celebrities who just didn’t get that return in on time.

  • Most Productive Cities Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 5:52 PM ET
    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.

  • 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.

  • Is Gay Marriage Good For Business? Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 4:27 PM ET

    Washington state may be the next American state to legalize gay marriage. It has the support of several major companies, but Microsoft is the most high-profile business to back it. Prominent figures in the business community support marriage equality, as was the case in New York, the last state to legalize it.

  • 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.

  • New Yorkers make their way through falling snow in New York, October 29, 2011. New York has been hit by snowfall before Halloween for only the fourth time since the US Civil War. (1861-1865)

    Tens of thousands of Connecticut residents awoke Monday as part of an unenviable fraternity: people entering their second week without power after an early-season storm that hammered the Northeast with wet, heavy snow.

  • Massive Mansion Markdowns Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 5:11 PM ET
    The following nine enormous homes started out with price tags that were even more enormous than they are now. All told, these properties have been reduced in price by more than $85 million.Why do these upscale properties linger on the market? When the lowest asking price out of these mansions is about $10 million, you’re already talking about a limited pool of potential buyers. Perhaps some of the properties are too specialized, as a few residences in this collection cater to pretty specific int

    The following nine enormous homes started out with price tags that were even more enormous than they are now. Click to see the following list of drastically discounted mansions.

  • You Can't Dine Out on the Dinar Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | 10:44 AM ET

    Readers keep sending in questions about the outlook for the Iraqi dinar. It's cloudy. Really cloudy.

  • 13 Scary Homes for Sale Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 4:46 PM ET
    While not everyone believes in ghosts, there are still houses that are generally considered to be haunted—and that’s already been covered here on CNBC in . Plenty of houses just look scary, as if they’re starring in a ghost story or a horror movie. A few of the following structures  starred in scary movies.

    Plenty of houses just look scary, as if they’re starring in a ghost story or a horror movie. A few of the following structures have starred in scary movies.

  • Million Dollar Home Conversions Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    To homebuyers who have a strong vision and the means to see it through, an abandoned utilitarian structure can become a stunning antidote to the common McMansion.Changes in technology, industry, and occupations have resulted in a decrease of barns, stables, and carriage houses being used for their intended purposes. Church attendance is not what it used to be and consequently many beautiful houses of worship have fallen vacant. Happily, many obsolete structures can be reclaimed, as with  seen in

    Because of home conversions, what could be the sad gradual loss of a well-built historic structure is really a boon to an enterprising homebuyer. Click to see inspiring examples of repurposed structures.

  • September 11 Memorials Across America Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 2:55 PM ET
    During the decade-long period of healing, people in towns across America have been erecting memorials to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. There are some 500 recorded memorials in the U.S. and more are underway or planned. Most of them are in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut, home to the majority of the victims. Others are hundreds of miles away, such as one in North Dakota. The memorials vary widely in size, design and cost. Some are public, others private.

    During the decade-long period of healing, people in towns across America have been erecting memorials to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. Click to see the photos.

  • Memorials Mark A Path Of Healing Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 2:53 PM ET
    Hummel's Wharf

    After ten years, memorials are still being built around the country on top of the 700 already in place. Each of them marks a unique healing path for the victim's family, the  community and the whole nation.

  • Scenes From Hurricane Irene Saturday, 27 Aug 2011 | 12:41 PM ET
    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.