With more and more people to moving to cities, urban populations are exploding. As a result, condominiums are rising in popularity. An awesome ownership opportunity, different from the traditional home ownership process. But is one better than the other? Which should you choose for your needs? There are significant advantages and disadvantages to both, and we'll discuss them hear.

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  1. 1. a building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people.

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  1. 1. NORTH AMERICANa building or complex of buildings containing a number of individually owned apartments or houses.
    • 2. the joint control of a country's or territory's affairs by other countries.
    Many people are leaning towards condos these days because of the shift to urban living. Condos offer up many advantages. Such advantages are the freedom from maintenance of the property, while also still retaining a modicum of ownership. All the condo owners on a given complex participate on a board and make decisions about the complex and common areas amongst themselves. Many condominium complexes also offer resort like amenities such as swimming pools, exercise facilities, and even spas. Even small things like not having to sweep leaves and shovel snow make condo life advantageous.

    However many people opt to own homes for it's many advantages. Complete and total control over the land and property decisions, and more space for friends, family and storage. Many people complain that the maintenance fees for condos are exorbitant and way too expensive. Also owning a home provides far more privacy than condo lining, without having your neighbors in such close proximity.

    While you won't be hit with maintenance fees owning a home, you do assume financial responsibility for every little thing that occurs to your home. Consider it the penalties of total ownership, but some people love nothing more, and take great pride to up keeping and upgrading their homes.

    Millennials are officially outnumbering baby boomers, and are beginning to enter first time home buying age. With credit more accessible for now, and after years of intense new development, there is no shortage of homes, especially in America's second their cities.

    What do you think? Would you prefer living in a condominium or a house? Which advantages and disadvantages matter the most to you? It's is generally easier to finance a house, however, all things even, buying a condo is far cheaper. Condos offer closeness to shops, restaurants and other amenities associated with living in a urban center, whereas homes can offer privacy and space. Houses tend to be considered as a better investment, but condos do offer more flexibility. Let us know how you feel and share your response. Happy home buying!

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    Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

    In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

    In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

    But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

    Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

    In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

    Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

    Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

    1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

    2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

    3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


    4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

    5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

    Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

    1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

    2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

    3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

    4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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    Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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    Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

    From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

    1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

    If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

    2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

    All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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    If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

    3. Bring Food From Home

    Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

    Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

    4. Avoid Tolls

    Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

    You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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    5. Save on Gas

    Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

    6. Get a National Park Pass

    All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.