Empire State Building cries foul over rival

Look at Manhattan from afar, and the first thing you notice is the Empire State Building, spiking like a needle above the carpet of skyscrapers that coats Manhattan from tip to tip. Now it’s got some competition — a proposal for a nearby glass office tower that would rise almost as high and alter the […]

Where Home Prices Are Rising

The number of homes for sale is down in many markets, with asking prices up–especially in these places. This month, after three years of record declines, the battered housing market has shown some signs of hope. Tuesday the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city Home Price Index, which is a gauge of sale prices in the country’s major markets, […]

Inside the world’s largest tent

The World’s Largest Tent, Khan Shatyr, Debuts In Astana, Kazakhstan The world’s largest tent Khan Shatyr has debuted in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Astana. The nearly 500-foot tall structure is host to a variety of exciting green features, designed by Foster And Partners, who are known for implementing inspiring sustainable techniques in their other creations, like […]

The Most Expensive U.S. Cities To Visit

These are the 10 most expensive cities to stay in according to price tracking by Hotels.com. The figures represent prices that guests actually paid for rooms during the latter half of 2009. Room prices slid an average of 12% from a year earlier, though traditionally expensive spots like New York, Honolulu and Boston remain at […]

7 Things Every Apartment Renter Should Know

If you’re a renter, you’re in good company. More than 95 million Americans rent their homes, according to the American Tenants Association. Maybe you live in a part of the country where the costs of home ownership are out of reach. Perhaps you don’t have the time or desire to tend to a home. Or […]

Most Troubled Real Estate Markets

Delinquencies, foreclosures likely to put a damper on 2010 recovery. March is usually the month when people in the real estate business start getting hopeful. Spring usually brings out both buyers and sellers and, along with them, higher values for most homes. But for some of the biggest housing markets in the country, those hopes […]

Homes of the Billionaires

Where the world’s richest people unwind after a long day. Warren Buffett epitomizes living modestly in today’s tough economic climate. Despite a $47 billion fortune, the legendary investor — and the world’s third-richest man — lives in the same five-bedroom, gray stucco house he bought in Omaha, Neb.’s Happy Hollow suburb in 1958 for $31,500. […]

Doomsday shelters making a comeback

Doomsday shelters making a comeback Jason Hodge, father of four children from Barstow, Calif., says he’s “not paranoid” but he is concerned, and that’s why he bought space in what might be labeled a doomsday shelter. Hodge bought into the first of a proposed nationwide group of 20 fortified, underground shelters — the Vivos shelter […]

America’s Most Underwater Housing

Negative equity–what you have when you owe more on your home loan than the property is worth–is one of the defining features of the still-unfolding mortgage crisis. It’s a particularly nasty problem because it can lead to all sorts of unpleasant outcomes for the real estate market and the economy as a whole. Having negative […]

Tiny house transforms man’s life

Jay Shafer Ten years ago, Jay Shafer downsized to an 89-square-foot house and reinvented both his lifestyle and career in the process.