Melly Alazraki

Lastest Stories by Melly Alazraki

Homes sitting vacant, not being taken care, are often unsightly and can add to urban blight. There are different reasons why homes are unoccupied, including rental units that landlords are struggling...
Is corruption increasing globally? Well, according to Transparency International, there is a global trend of weakening justice systems, which is reducing accountability and allows corruption to...
We tend to associate some professions with certain areas. For example, software engineers in Silicon Valley, and oilfield workers or technicians in Texas or North Dakota. Similarly, different...
Island living may sound like a remote dream, but many U.S. islands are highly connected via bridges and other crossings to the mainland, providing both access to services along with, often, a more...
What kind of house can you afford? That, of course, depends on your income and how much mortgage you can take on. According to lending guidelines, your monthly housing expenses — including...
The U.S. population grew by just 0.2% in 2021, 0.4% in 2022, and 0.5% in 2023 — all historically low growth rates, and the slow pace has been the trend in the past decade at least, according to...
It is one thing to pay a lot of money for a big house, but it is another to pay a lot of money for a smaller house. The price per square foot varies nationwide, and we set out to find out where your...
Housing affordability has been a sore subject for some time, with home prices growth have far outpacing wage growth in recent years. And with interest rates near highs not seen in decades,...
When corruption is ingrained in society, government, law, and institutions, it can hinder a country’s development and cause poverty. Unfortunately, according to Transparency International, there...
The metropolitan city of New York is known for being the world’s financial capital, a global center for art, fashion, music, and much more, and it is where the United Nations resides. So while the...
Can people be happy living in poverty or in a place where violence is rampant or in a corrupt country? While happiness is subjective, these factors affect a nation’s state of overall well-being —...
Inflation — the overall upward movement of prices of goods and services — has definitely been more tame. At 3.2% in February, inflation (based on consumer price index change) is far lower than...
Whether you’re jaded by politics or not or have little or great faith in the federal government and Congress, fact remains that Washington, D.C. was just named the hardest working city nationwide,...
Living alone for the first time — whether as a young adult, newly single, or unfortunately a widow — can be daunting. Still, 37.1 million people nationwide live alone — 28.6% of the nearly 130...
Happiness, by and large, is subjective, though it can certainly be influenced by different factors. So while lower or higher income may affect happiness to different degrees, not having enough to eat...