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6 Ways Stressful Times Can Make Your Team Stronger | Inc.com

Adversity can bring out the best -- or the worst in people. Much depends on leadership. If your business is going through a time of transition or other stresses, there is a unique opportunity to use it to make your team that much stronger.<p>When a group overcomes a challenge or an obstacle together, …

Employment

London Homeowners Are Desperately Slashing Prices

More London home sellers are having to cut the asking price of their homes, and they’re offering deeper discounts as political uncertainty and high …

Five Signs You're Successful -- Whether You Know It Or Not

For years we clung to an outdated definition of career success.<p>In the old definition of success, successful people were people who had “big” jobs and earned tons of money.<p>You could tell the successful people apart from everybody else by their clothes, their cars, their houses and other material …

The city has levied fines on users of the apartment-rental site, often a source of vital extra income, but a politician insists: ‘We’re not going after the little guy’<p>A war of words between Airbnb and New York, its largest market, has escalated with the first fine issued by the city in what is …

Real Estate

How to Write a Homebuyer’s Letter to a Seller | Investopedia

One strategy people are using today to stand out from the crowd and compete with all-cash buyers in a hot real estate market is writing a homebuyer’s …

Real Estate

'My late mother paid £6,000 for £2,000 life insurance payout'

<i>My mother died just days before her 99th birthday. Among her possessions were two policies with Axa Sun Life, one taken out in 1994 and one in 1997.</i><p><i>My rough calculation is that my mother paid in the region of £6,100 for a £2,041 payout on her death.</i><p><b>BS, Northumberland</b><p>Both policies, which now come …

How to tell if you've got the right financial advisor

<b>Dear Liz:</b> I have met with a financial advisor, but he wants every investment to go through him. Although he is an advisor, he works for a company and wants me to buy their products. I'm a little resistant about this. What's your advice?<p><b>Answer:</b> Anyone can call himself or herself a financial advisor …

The Best Free Online Courses to Help With Your Finances

You don’t have to learn everything about money at once, but a course can teach you a lot of useful information at a reasonable pace. Especially if …

Personal Finance

How Retirement Rules Changed in 2016

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Sadly, there's no textbook answer for life's difficult financial questions. So when I say "retirement rules," I'm using that term loosely. Everyone's life circumstances and -- perhaps more importantly -- lifestyle expectations are unique.<p>But there were two key tenets of …

First prefab passive house from Ecocor goes into production

The entire process will take 6 to 8 months<p>The last time we checked in with Maine housing startup Ecocor, the company just launched a partnership with Richard Pedranti Architects (RPA) to offer a series of prefab homes built to rigorous Passive House standards for energy efficiency. A few months …

Prefab Homes

Will Donald Trump Be Good for Home Prices?

Donald Trump made his name as a developer, including of apartment buildings. That’s brought hope that after years of under-construction Trump might …

Foreclosures are suddenly spiking across America

Compared to October last year, homes with foreclosure filings still decreased, but this nationwide decrease is covering up what is now happening in 28 states and Washington D.C., according to the Foreclosure Report by ATTOM Data Solutions. There, the inventory of homes with foreclosure filings is …

Getting a Mortgage vs. Paying Cash for Investment Properties | Investopedia

The housing crash entirely restructured the American mortgage market. Part of that development has included tighter restrictions on obtaining …

These investments should survive anything Donald Trump throws at markets

Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election means that we can expect plenty of uncertainty in stock markets.<p>At times such as these investors tend to seek safety by entrusting their money to experienced fund managers who have successfully navigated previous bouts of economic or political …

Investing

Invest online: How to grow your money cheaply — without ever putting on pants

When you think about money, your biggest costs might jump to mind — there's paying down your debt, saving in an emergency fund, covering credit card …

Investing

Housing could become even less affordable under President Trump

This so-called 'new housing crisis' may worsen under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, according to some housing economists.<p>Trump said little about housing policy during his campaign, according to Matthew Pointon, property economist at Capital Economics. However, he proposed to …

Solar-powered tiny houses take the spotlight in California competition

Some 20,000 people showed up to tour these designs<p>For over a decade, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition has challenged college students around the world to build the most energy-efficient solar-powered house. The biennial event is impressive for sure (just look at last …

Santa Clara University

7 Ways to Make Extra Money While Working a Full-Time Job

<i>This piece originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Is your dwindling bank account impacting your health? The American Psychological Association (APA) …

Change and pain are headed for Canada's housing market

As Ottawa moves to cool the excesses of the housing market, those who’ve benefited from the bubble should hope for the best, but expect the …

Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area'

With her infant son in a sling, Monique Black strolls through a weekend open house in the gentrified Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. There are lots of factors to consider when looking for a home — in this one, Monique notices, the tiny window in the second bedroom doesn't let in enough light. …

Real Estate

Not Sure Where to Find Decent Yields? Try Real Estate

Income investors frustrated by low interest rates can uncover solid payouts in REIT funds.<p>Real estate funds have built towering annual returns of 14% …

New mortgage rules ripple through Canada’s housing market | Toronto Star

For almost a decade Canada’s housing market has withstood just about anything that government officials have thrown at it in an attempt to restrain …

Canada's New Mortgage Rules Could Bring Lower Home Prices And Much More

Reduced housing correction risk<p>Sean Kilpatrick/CP<p>Finance Minister Bill Morneau's new mortgage rules, enacted in October, 2016, could "reduce the risk …

Canadian Real Estate

This Tiny House is Gorgeous On the Outside … But When I Saw the Spacious Modern Interior? WOW.

There are a lot of beautiful tiny houses out there, but not all that many have won numerous awards and been featured so widely as the Minim House.<p>The …

This couple is saving to retire at 33

This young couple made a decision to save as much money as possible in their early years so that they can retire early.<p>What do you do when you’re fed …

Los Angeles landlords using Airbnb can make a year's income in 60 days, fuelling fears of housing crisis, says report

The Airbnb boom means some landlords in Los Angeles can make more money letting their homes for two months than they can with a traditional year-long …

Housing

The 30 Best Productivity Apps Ever Created (Email, Notes, To-Do)

Productivity is great. The more productive you are, the quicker you work. The quicker you work, the more you get done. The more you get done, the …