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Dubai Dreams: Properties Delayed or on the Drawing Board

The real estate boom in Dubai sparked an unprecedented flow of creativity from some of the world’s most renowned architects and designers. Alas, many of the designs are still on the drawing board, waiting for the economy to catch up with the architects’ inspiration.

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Who’s Working the Hardest? The OECD Publishes Society at a Glance

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Paris-based group representing 25 countries, has just released “Society at a Glance”, giving an overview and comparison of social trends and policy development within the group. These include the amount of hours engaged in paid and unpaid work, life-expectancy, cultural tolerance and more.

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How Rich is Rich?

NOTE: This article was written with Australians in mind. One Australian Dollar is currently trading at approximately $1.03 USD Would $1 million really make you rich? Unfortunately, a million dollars ain’t what it used to be – many property owners living within five kilometres of a major Australian city would fit the bill, based only […]

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Purchasing Real Estate in Costa Rica is Open to All

Overseas property buyers seeking investments or a second home in Costa Rica will find the real estate buying process straightforward. According to information from The Costa Rica News the house buying process in the country has become remarkably similar to in other parts of the world. There is no restriction on property ownership in Costa […]

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Price of Sprawling Las Vegas Estate Cut by a Third

The home, most recently listed for $37.5 million USD, is now asking $25 million USD. It had, at one point, when owned by a Brunei Prince been quietly marketed for $60 million USD and is one of the largest private residences in Nevada. Located five minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, the estate was reportedly […]

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$100 Million Silicon Valley Estate is Highest Price Ever Paid in United States

A Russian billionaire investor paid $100 million USD for a French chateau-style mansion in Silicon Valley, marking the highest known price paid for a single-family home in the U.S. The purchase of the 25500 square foot home in Los Altos Hills, California underscores the strength of some luxury properties in an otherwise depressed housing market.

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Architectural Integrity Vs Financial Realities: Five Franklin Place, TriBeCa

When Ben van Berkel of UNStudio first unveiled his vision for Five Franklin Place, the elaborate façade of layered strips offered a dynamic picture of what TriBeCa’s newest architectural creation could be. The global financial crisis, however, displays the inherent push and pull between architectural integrity and financial reality.

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The World’s Least Livable Cities 2011

Of the 140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, of which Vancouver, Canada claimed top spot, there were always going to be some losers. There was indeed little change at the bottom, with Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, once again claiming the worst position with a rating of 37.5 percent, narrowly beating the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.

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“It” Couple Heidi Klum and Seal Purchase Foreclosed Property

Heidi Klum and Seal obtained this foreclosure in the Brentwood Country Estates, California community following a bidding war last year, reportedly paying significantly more than the $13,400,000 USD asking price.

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Seven US Towns Where Land is Free

As US towns continue to recover from the Global Financial Crisis, some are willing to offer free land as an incentive to buck the city and live in often, the middle of nowhere. As with the homesteaders of the 1800s, the new pioneers must not be the faint of heart—they can’t be the type to shy away from the trials of building a home from the ground up, or unpaved roads for instance.

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