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Real-World Cost of Living Analysis: Los Angeles vs. Madison, Wis.

Awhile back I wrote a post explaining my decision to move from Los Angeles to the Midwest. I’ve now lived in Madison, Wis., for more

01.26.16

Veteran’s Guide to Getting the Right Home Loan

If you’ve served in the military, you can get one of the best tangible rewards for that service by taking advantage of two big government

01.21.16

Home Ownership For People With Disabilities

Owning a home is the cornerstone of the American dream, yet far too few families get to enjoy this privilege. This is especially true of

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Eight Landlord Horror Stories That Will Dash Your Dream of Owning Rental Property

Investing in rental property is one way to grow your net worth while building equity in a tangible investment – a home or structure you

12.10.15
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More Millennials Are Living at Home – and That’s Not a Bad Thing

A recent article over at Elite Daily, titled “Nearly Half of All 25-Year-Olds Are Living at Home With Their Parents,” starts like this: Think your

11.17.15
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10 Ways Millennials Are Able to Save Money

As a ‘millennial,’ I constantly find myself on the receiving end of financial advice that’s either way over my head (tax-loss harvesting?) or seemingly impossible (how

11.06.15
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What Is an FHA Loan?

The term “FHA loan” is actually somewhat of a misnomer. That’s because the FHA, or Federal Housing Administration, doesn’t actually lend money to would-be homeowners.

11.01.15
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I Left the Coast for a Simpler Life in the Midwest – and You Can, Too

After graduating from college in 2009, I played professional basketball in Israel for three years. When I finished, I moved back to my hometown of

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Rent-to-Own Homes, Explained

“If you’re renting, you’re just throwing your money away.” No doubt you’ve heard this oversimplification many places. Of course, a decision about whether to rent

10.18.15
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Is This Your Last Chance to Refinance?

If you follow any sort of financial news, it’s hard to escape buzz about interest rates. After intense scrutiny from every corner of the media,

10.01.15
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Six Bills You Can Negotiate Down to Save Money

If you have a love-hate relationship with your monthly bills, you’re not alone. While most of us enjoy a modern lifestyle and all the perks that

09.28.15
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The 4 Best Kentucky Homeowners Insurance Companies

Kentucky’s central U.S. location creates generally mild climate conditions, with minimal risk for natural disaster. However, recent weather patterns have taken more extreme turns —

09.23.15
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The 3 Best Montana Homeowners Insurance Companies

Montana’s diverse terrain creates varied climate patterns across the huge state. The eastern region, for example, sees harsher winters and hotter summers, with increased risk for

09.22.15
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What Is a Reverse Mortgage and How Does It Work?

Perhaps it took decades of mortgage payments, but you’ve achieved what’s still a dream for many: Homeownership (or, at least, substantial home equity). But like

09.21.15
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The 3 Best Nebraska Homeowners Insurance Companies

Located in the so-called “Tornado Alley,” Nebraska is no stranger to inclement weather. From severe droughts to hailstorms, the Cornhusker State has seen it all,

09.21.15
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The 3 Best Kansas Homeowners Insurance Companies

Tornadoes, blizzards, and hailstorms — oh my! Kansas’s location in the Great Plains makes the state vulnerable to natural disasters and storms. It’s no surprise,

09.21.15
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The 3 Best Idaho Homeowners Insurance Companies

Idaho has the cheapest homeowners insurance premium rates of any state in the U.S., according to data collected by the Insurance Information Institute. In 2012,

09.16.15
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The 3 Best Nevada Homeowners Insurance Companies

Tourists in Nevada can enjoy the state’s legal gambling and luxury resorts, but residents of the Silver State can also appreciate paying lower-than-average homeowners insurance

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