Author: ANNA BAHNEY CNN BUSINESS

The crackdown on secret real estate listings

The National Association of Realtors is cracking down on "private listings," properties that aren't listed publicly on the multiple listing service and get shown to only a handful of buyers.

How to financially prepare for being laid off

Sometimes, there are warning signs that you are in danger of being laid off -- a buyout of your company, a merger or a strategic change in direction. Other times, the cuts come without warning. But while being laid off is not in your control, being financially prepared for such an event is.

Child care costs more than a mortgage

Ian and Nikki Aguilar were overjoyed when they welcomed a baby girl, Emilia, in July. But when they started investigating day care centers in their neighborhood, the new parents experienced some serious sticker shock.

These homes can withstand hurricanes, earthquakes and fires

Some of the world's most scenic locations for luxury homes --- beachfronts, forests, mountains --- are also prone to disaster: hurricanes and floods, wildfires and earthquakes. Architects and designers are increasingly tasked with creating gorgeous homes that are also able to stand up to nature's whims.