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The innovators: the Irish entrepreneur putting design in the saddle

Lightweight and radical Bua saddle hopes to bring conservative world of equestrian sports into the 21st century<p>In a sport steeped in tradition, Martin Ryan has seen the occasional raised eyebrow at first sight of his new design for a horse’s saddle. Unlike other sports, such as golf or cycling, …

Exclusive: Quicken may quit U.S. home-loan program in dispute over bad mortgages | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Quicken Loans, the third biggest mortgage lender in the U.S., is considering backing away from a government program that provided critical support to the housing market during the financial crisis, the latest in an exodus of big lenders from the program.<p>An empty mail box is …

Rent vs. Buy: Either Way You’re Paying A Mortgage

There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize …

Mortgage Rates Are Low -- So Why Aren't People Buying Homes?

Despite several factors that make buying a home more appealing, the homeownership rate is at a generational low.<p>Mortgage rates remain near all-time …

How To Manage Your Time: 5 Secrets Backed By Research

It’s the problem we all face at the office: how to manage your time. You’re so overwhelmed with meetings and email that you always wonder if you’re …

Time Management

Check Out the World's First Underwater Tennis Court

An architect has come up with a concept for an underwater tennis complex in Dubai.<p>Dubai is no stranger to unusual tennis courts. In 2005, a court was built atop the 1,000-foot-tall Burj al Arab hotel to promote the Dubai Tennis Championships. And now an architect from Poland has proposed another …

57 Ways to Lose Weight Forever, According to Science

The ultimate list of research-backed weight loss tips that will keep the pounds off for good.

Nutrition

16 Interior Design Trends You'll Definitely See in 2016

Here's what the editors at House Beautiful predict everyone will love in the coming year.<p>Will redecorating be one of your New Year's resolutions this time around? Start here — we've scoured all of our best design resources to predict what you'll want in your home in 2016.

The Renovation Dilemma: What to Fix If You're Selling

It's always a Sisyphean task to set a budget for a renovation -- or at the very least an ever-moving target -- but if you're planning to put your home on the market, you'll have a way different set of calculations than a starry-eyed new homeowner.<p>Before you embark on a gut of your circa-1990 …

4 renovations that could decrease your home’s value

Thinking of getting rid of a bedroom to expand another? Make your choice carefully.<p>Removing a bedroom is one of those home-improvement blunders that …

Real Estate

6 Surprising Ways to Maximize Your Savings at Home Depot

There's no arguing the fact that Home Depot can be a great place to save money on hardware and building supplies. And having worked at Home Depot …

Personal Finance

This kitchen is designed to hide all the appliances

Minosa Design were hired to give a contemporary update to an early 1900’s Victorian terrace in Sydney, Australia, for a young professional couple and …

Kitchens

Carrick best reads: Five reasons not to buy a house

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>Five reasons not to buy a house</b><br>Worth reading if you're feeling uncertain about buying or owning a house. There are good reasons to rent instead.<p><b>Where do your fees</b> …

Personal Finance

13 US housing markets where speculators are making a killing flipping homes

This practice of buying a house, fixing it up, and then quickly selling it is a popular way to book a quick profit.<p>"After curtailing flipping activity last year due to slowing home price appreciation and shrinking inventory of flip-worthy homes, real estate investors have started to jump back on …

Real Estate