Want to throw a proper cocktail party, but don't know where to start?
Proper tools and spirits are musts, and having them in a central location facilitates festivities. Natalie Jacob, a New York City-based beverage and creative consultant, said to start by choosing a bar cart.
"The bar cart should be a reflection of your style," Jacob said, ...Read more
Hanging on has paid off for baby boomers who saw their 401(k) savings get burned in the Great Recession.
Average account balances for boomers who steadily contributed to a 401(k) are now far higher than those balances were before the recession took hold in December 2007, according to a report released last week by Fidelity Investments.
The ...Read more
Donors wishing to contribute their time and treasure to nonprofits face a vast array of choices. After all, there are more than 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the United States that would be delighted to accept their resources. The challenge for donors becomes how to make the right match.
In order to make the best choices and enhance ...Read more
PITTSBURGH -- After living in Atlanta for 10 years and managing the struggle to keep up with rising expenses and student loan debt, 34-year-old Kara Steiner decided to move back to her parents' house in suburban Pittsburgh last year hoping to re-establish her life in a more affordable city.
She landed a job within a week of coming home. The ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Ross Robinson, the music producer behind such albums as Korn's self-titled first record and Limp Bizkit's "Three Dollar Bill, Y'all," has put his Venice beach home on the market for $11.74 million.
The 4,422-square-foot contemporary, designed and built in 1997 by Miguel Flores and David Ming-Li Lowe, has three bedrooms and 3.5 ...Read more
It used to take a lot of money to make your home a smart home. A doctorate in software and/or electrical engineering didn't hurt, either.
Today, making your house smarter is as easy as plugging in a light bulb. Literally.
Better still, you can select the specific kind of intelligence you need: whether it's setting the right lighting for a ...Read more
Q: We have been renting the same apartment for years. Recently we were told that our building is being converted to a condominium. We want to keep renting. What are our rights?
A: Your building owner does have the right to develop your complex into a condominium and sell off the units. You, also, have rights in this situation.
No ...Read more
After spending time in the hospital earlier this year, 88-year-old Betty Price decided that it was time to transition from her three-story townhouse to a six-room independent-living apartment, just a short drive away in the Longwood at Oakmont Retirement Community in Verona, Pa.
However, she didn't make the move alone. Although her children ...Read more
Penny Properties 101 for DummiesTracy Phillips
If you always wanted to get into real estate investing but did not have the money. This book will show you how to do it.
This book shows you how to negotiate the best possible terms with the real estate owned (or REO) department of a bank or lender, including ...
Buying a home is probably the biggest financial decision most of us will make. While many variables factor into that decision, one key element is whether it makes more financial sense to buy a home rather than renting one.
According to industry experts, it depends on how long you plan on staying in a home.
"Given certain parameters, I can tell...Read more
BALTIMORE -- Laura Goodell and her fiance didn't have a dog when they came to Baltimore a year ago for graduate school -- yet. The Equitable Building's rooftop dog run helped sell them on the apartments in a converted former office building.
"It was my hope we'd adopt," Goodell said. "This kind of amenity isn't something every building has."
MILWAUKEE -- Please don't use my name, the self-employed businesswoman said. Customers might worry that her business is on shaky ground if they knew her situation.
Even though she earns a solid middle-class income ranging from $60,000 to $75,000 a year -- and she likes being her own boss -- she's wondering if she'll have to find a new job.
FREMONT, Calif. -- Suvi Sharma came to entrepreneurship early.
Sharma started a nonprofit while at Northwestern University dedicated to teaching and mentoring students in poor Chicago neighborhoods.
Along with a desire to better his community, he said, "I realized I liked running things."
After a few post-college years doing consulting and ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- At the InterContinental Hotel construction site on the downtown waterfront here, Hensel Phelps field engineer Andrew Coba pulls out his tablet and fires up an app called Raken to note progress on metal framing at the second level.
He can dictate observations, take photos and videos, and email his daily report back to the office in ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Amazon says it received 238 proposals from North American cities, states and provinces interested in serving as the online retailer's second home.
The tally, released on Monday, includes cities in 43 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Outside the U.S., cities from seven Canadian provinces applied, as did ...Read more
So among other cybersecurity worries, now we're all wondering how the stolen Equifax data -- which includes Social Security numbers -- might drive up tax refund fraud.
But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said last week he's doubtful the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That's because a significant amount ...Read more
PHOENIX -- Mike Tyson. Allen Iverson. Diego Maradona. Terrell Owens. Four major athletes, four major sports.
And an estimated $600 million of earnings lost.
Eight years after an eye-opening Sports Illustrated study suggested 60 percent of NBA players go broke within five years of retiring from the game, concerns remain about professional ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Decorated alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, who has her sights on more Olympic gold at the upcoming Winter Games, has put her home in L.A. on the market for $3.795 million.
The sexy two-story is in Beverly Grove, a desirable neighborhood that abuts Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, and was completed last year. Vonn paid $3.55 million ...Read more
SEATTLE -- The Seattle area woke up Sept. 7 to the news that Amazon planned to set up a second, equal headquarters, raising the prospect of a dramatic split between America's fastest-growing company and its hometown.
The area delivered its pitch for Amazon to stay at home on Thursday: a 522-page document that most expect to amount to a futile ...Read more
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- HGTV's "Property Brothers" are expanding their reach into your home from the television screen to the furnishings. Scott Living, a lifestyle brand from twins Jonathan and Drew Scott, is meant to bring good design to consumers at an affordable price.
"We want quality and style to be available to everybody," said Jonathan ...Read more
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