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  • Homes of NBA Stars Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 10:26 AM ET
    In the fickle world of celebrity real estate, athletes are among the more likely people to buy and sell and rent new homes, as they are subject to the whims of where their contracts take them. And in the slides to follow, you’ll also see a few properties affected by the 2011 NBA lockout.

    The houses ahead are a window into recent comings and goings in the basketball world. It will reveal what Dallas Maverick Lamar Odom has in common with Jeremy Lin.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10 Richest US Presidential Candidates Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 11:10 AM ET
    Since 1992, politicians vying for the highest office in America have tried to project a down-home demeanor to endear themselves to the electorate. At the same time, nobody can mount a serious campaign for the presidency without money, and lots of it. So as nice as it is to come off like someone a voter would love to have a beer with, even the folksiest candidate will never make it to the Iowa caucus without a vast war chest.Since it takes money to run for president, it’s not surprising that some

    CNBC.com ranks the 10 richest people who have sought the U.S. presidency since 1992. Check out the list!

  • Cheapest US City to Live In     Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    The Street Signs crew reveal the number one cheapest city to live in, in the United States.

  • Least-Expensive Cities Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 4:32 PM ET
    Several times a year, the  (C2ER) gathers data from 309 urban areas to rank them in their Cost of Living Index (COLI). The team looks at pricing data covering 60 consumer goods and services that represent a larger cluster of goods and services -- especially within the groceries category, which lists staples like bread, coffee, sugar, ground beef and potatoes. The other categories are housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services. The average cost of these g

    A countdown of the top 10 least-expensive cities, as culled from the latest available version of the COLI from the third quarter of 2011.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Companies with the Happiest Employees Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 1:56 PM ET
    In 2011, Google was named the “Happiest Company in America” in an annual survey by job satisfaction–focused web resource CareerBliss.com. http://www.careerbliss.com/ Lately, however, Google’s looking a little blue: In the most recent survey, the Internet search engine company didn’t even make the top 50.Various industries made it onto the 2012 CareerBliss survey, including financial giants, utility companies, pharmaceutical corporations, and even the U.S. military. Retail and hospitality compani

    Various industries made it onto the 2012 CareerBliss list, the 50 Happiest Companies for America , including financial giants, utility companies, pharmaceutical corporations and even the U.S. military.

  • Homes of the GOP Candidates Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 3:27 PM ET
    When every part of a presidential candidate’s life and history goes under the microscope, it’s not surprising that some of their homes have led to controversy. In fact, for one candidate, two properties have become the center of a heated debate.

    Click ahead to learn about these abodes, located in nine states, and find out who owns, has owned, or rents each house.

  • 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.

  • DeLorean Goes Electric Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 12:39 PM ET
    Electric DeLorean

    "Back to the Future," the movie to most prominently feature John DeLorean’s gull-winged icon of 1980s cool, ends with the future version of the DeLorean time machine running on household garbage. Well, folks, the future is now, and the new DeLorean doesn’t need gas or rubbish. The DMCEV, which will go into production by 2013, will run entirely on electricity.

  • Remakes That Made Less Than the Originals Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 5:05 PM ET
    Hollywood has remake fever. While nobody ever accused the American film industry of having too many new ideas, the number of remakes being trotted out by the major studios lately is alarming -- as is their choice of movies to remake. For example, on Oct. 14, 2011, remakes of both 1984’s “Footloose” and 1981’s “The Thing” will come to theaters, and although no one can say how much money they’ll make, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make less money than their 30-year-old predecessors. Or will th

    Hollywood has remake fever. What are notable movie remakes that made less money than the originals?Find out!

  • 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.

  • Texas Cattle Ranchers Lose $Billions     Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 1:24 PM ET

    The Lone Star state is recording the driest 11 months on record. CNBC's Jane Wells has the details on an estimated $2 billion dollars in livestock losses for the year.

  • Cramer's Issues for the Street     Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 12:45 AM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer speaks and Thomas Friedman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist, weigh in on President Obama's jobs speech tonight.

  • Rick Perry Calls Out Bernanke     Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 8:00 AM ET

    Rick Perry, governor of Texas and GOP Presidential candidate, says if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke "prints more money," between now and the election, folks in Texas would "treat him pretty ugly," and that it would be "treasonous."

  • In Texas Jobs Boom, Crediting a Leader, or Luck Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 3:55 AM ET
    Texas Governor Rick Perry

    Texas is home to at least one-third of the jobs created nationwide since the recession ended. The state’s economy is growing about twice as fast as the national rate. Home prices have remained stable even as much of the country has seen sharp declines, the New York Times reports.

  • Seven States With Sky-High Insurance Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    With forecasters predicting 12 to 18 named storms in 2011, homeowners in the Southern United States may already be looking past the sunny days of summer and bracing for the hurricane season. Insurance providers have already bet on it. Homeowners in certain hurricane prone states are at the mercy of an entirely separate insurance market — the so-called “market of last resort” — created to pick up the slack from private insurers who don't provide coverage for hurricanes — or, for that matter, torn

    See average annual homeowners insurance premiums in these states, as well as average windstorm insurance premiums from the least expensive to the most expensive.