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America's Most Overvalued And Undervalued Housing Markets

It’s no secret that the Texas economy has been on fire in recent years. Thanks to the unconventional oil boom, last year the state’s oil output reached levels not seen since 1976. That sparked a surge in new home construction and a simultaneous run-up in housing costs in many metro …

Build or Buy?

Sometimes you just can’t find the perfect house. With inventory as tight as it is, options are slim, and buyers often must settle for a home that …

Buying a Home? Know Hard Costs Going In

Surveys of potential home buyers, particularly first time buyers, are telling us that many could use a little more knowledge about two of the largest costs of ownership. Everyone needs a mortgage and insurance is necessary as well. Your lender will require that insurance premiums be escrowed in …

Personal Finance

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without …

How to Cross-Train Your Way to a Better Beach Body

It’s safe to say that 2015 may be remembered as the year of the fitness class renaissance. Between SoulCycle, SLT, S10, and Hot 8 Yoga—to name just a few—has there ever been a time when so many body-sculpting methods were available? Not to mention the tap-of-the-finger booking convenience provided …

Here Are the 5 Things TIME 100 Says About the World

The annual TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people is out—and looking very international. Fifty-one selectees were born outside the …

10 Portrait Photographers You Should Follow Right Now on 500px

It's time to discover some incredible portraiture. Whether you're going to use it to inspire other forms of art, or you just want to see 10 examples of portrait photography at its absolute best, these talented 500px photographers know what it means to capture deep emotion, mystery, personality, and …

Photographers

All the Big Summer 2015 Movies You'll Want to See

Get ready for The Dark Tower, lifeguards running in slo-mo, and—sigh–more Minions.<p>The weather is beginning to change, the sun is starting to peek out more, the days are longer, the nights perfect for grilling on the patio. All that can only mean one thing: Summer movie season is here! Sure, we've …

Helping Children Understand Wealth Before You Pass It On To Them

Ask any parent what he or she really wants; most will tell you that it’s for their children to grow up happy, fulfilled and financially independent. Yet it says something that Bill Gates, currently worth $81 billion, announced his intention to leave each of his children only about $10 million; and …

Retirement

These 22 cars are the most economical to own

The sticker price on your car is only the beginning of what it really costs to own that auto — something that savvy shoppers should take into account …

10 of the weirdest Apple Watch apps

There are plenty of great apps for the Apple Watch, but what about the weird ones?<p>Developers have some interesting ideas for what you’d want to do on your wrist. Here are some of the weirdest, goofiest and most downright bizarre Watch apps:<p>This app is basically like having a Tamagotchi on your …

Apple Watch

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

The U.S. Supreme Court directly confronts the question of gay marriage this week with a whopping 2 1/2 hours of oral argument, accompanied by plenty of prognostication afterward about the expected results. It won't be until June that we learn how the issue is settled nationally. In the meantime, …

10 Unique Pieces of Clothing You Can Only Get From Japan

Japan is a distinctive, innovative place, which is probably why it produces some of the most weirdest damn clothing in the world.<p>When you're looking for strange stuff, you go to Japan, right? Of course. But my dudes, it's not all tentacle porn and underwear vending machines over there. It's also …

Inside HBO's Quest For Emotional Truth

From The Jinx to Going Clear to the new Montage of Heck, HBO documentaries are changing the genre’s narrative.<p>“Today is a very special day.”<p>It’s Monday afternoon, and the weekend’s box office numbers for director Brett Morgen’s latest documentary, <i>Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,</i> are in. “We had one of …

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.<p>Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United …

Time Management

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

Success

June 2015

Sweden's "Most Sought After Home" by Tham & Videgård Designs

Tham & Videgård Designs have created a quaint and unique home in Sweden that has been dubbed<p>Tham & Videgård Designs have created a quaint and unique …

Sweden

Depression Raises Parkinson's Risk, Study Confirms

People with depression were much more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease years later, Swedish researchers report in a new study that strengthens the theory that depression and Parkinson’s are linked.<p>This one suggests that the depression comes first, not the other way around, the team at Umeå …

Octopus Skin Can See Light, No Brain Needed

Look, ma, no eyes<p>Seeing without eyes might seem impossible, but for some cephalopods like octopuses, it's entirely normal.<p>They may not be able to see details, but it turns out that some cephalopods' skin contains proteins called opsins that are sensitive to light. A new study in the <i>Journal of</i> …

How accurate is the Apple Watch's step counter and distance tracking?

There's no doubt that the Apple Watch can do a lot of things. It can be used to communicate with others, view notifications from an iPhone and even pay for items with Apple Pay. It's also a dedicated activity tracker that can measure active calories burned, active minutes, the number of times you …

What’s the prime of your life?

Is ageing an inevitable decline – or are there unexpected perks to getting older? David Robson reports.<p>Do you ever worry that the prime of your life has already passed you by – and it didn’t even have the courtesy to let you know as it flew overhead?<p>They say that life begins at 40, or that 60 is …

Harvard

These Tiny Wagons Make the Simple Life Stylish

With exposed wood details and a streamlined design, they're like the hipster alternative to trailers.<p>If life on the frontier ever strikes your fancy, these adorable wooden wagons would be the way to do it. Güte, the Canadian company that crafts these moveable huts, makes pioneering look much more …

Fighting for Identity: The Life of a Transgender Kickboxer in Rural Thailand

Fightland Blog<p>Photos by Lindsey Newhall<p>In her color-coordinated training attire and fashionably fit tops, Rose is easy to spot at her tiny dirt-floor gym in rural Thailand. Her hot pink top clings snugly to her compact, lean torso. Bra straps in a delicate petal pink peer through at the shoulders. …

Mexican tequila harvest - in pictures

Graeme Robertson went to Mexico to photograph the Patrón tequila process, from harvest to bottling.<p>Order of Patrón production process<br>1 Harvesting, trimming, sorting<br>2 Baking/cooking<br>3 Crushing (Roller mill/tahona mill)<br>4 Fermentation (Roller mill/tahona mill)<br>5 Distillation (Roller mill/tahona mill)<br>6 …

The psychology of simple

This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.<p>For a concept that we all understand, ‘simple’ is deceivingly difficult to pin down.<p>We may ‘know it when we see it’, but there’s more to what makes a product or website feel simple than just gut reaction.<p>In the words of Steve Jobs:<p>“Simple can be harder …

A guide to transgender terms

<b>Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as 1970s Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, has announced she is transgender, appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. It's fair to say many people don't know how to speak to or about transgender people. So what do the terms involved mean and what's considered</b> …

LGBTQI

25 Moments That Changed America

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