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  • 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.