09.10.16
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How Much Does it Cost to Sell a House?

How much does it cost to sell a house? The truth is, how much you’ll pay to sell your home depends on a number of factors. For

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Should You Consider a Cash-Out Refinance?

A cash-out refinance is like squeezing a little extra money out of your home’s stored-up value, or equity. Simply put, you refinance your existing mortgage for

The 4 Best Florida Homeowners Insurance Companies

Finding affordable homeowner’s insurance in Florida is no easy task: With an average annual premium of $2,084 (nearly double the the national average of $1,034), Florida has

08.16.16
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Tips for Finding the Best Mortgage Lenders

It’s easy enough to find a mortgage lender: If you’ve ever filled out personal information on a mortgage company’s website, you may have found your voicemail

08.10.16
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A Guide to Renting Your First Grown-Up Apartment

College is over and it’s time to get your first real, grown-up apartment. Even if you’re still throwing parties and living with six other people, this may be

08.07.16
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Five Home Flaws Worth Overlooking for a Better Deal

By almost any standard, it’s a competitive housing market out there. National real estate brokerage Redfin said June marked the fastest and most competitive housing market since the

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12 Things I Should Have Considered More Carefully Before Buying My First Home

Several years ago, my wife and I were in a bit of a personal bind. We lived together in what was about the tiniest two-bedroom

07.18.16
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How to Refinance Your Mortgage

When you refinance your mortgage, you’re simply replacing your current mortgage with a new one. Sounds simple enough — but the refinancing process can be every

07.15.16
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How Much House Can I Afford?

I often receive emails from readers concerning whether or not the sender can afford a particular house – or how much house they can afford.

05.02.16
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How I Save Money While Living in the Most Expensive City in the U.S.

I made a lot of waves with family and friends in Los Angeles (and a few online) when I announced that I was moving to

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Is Building a New Home a Better Deal Than Buying an Existing One?

Just the other day, a friend of mine argued that building a new home is more cost efficient than buying an existing property. Her new home

04.07.16
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The Challenge of Moving to a Smaller Home

The house I grew up in had a pretty limited square footage, something I notice every time I visit my parents. It’s essentially a two

04.04.16
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Four Ways to Use a Roth IRA That Have Nothing to Do With Retirement

The Roth IRA is one of the most widely touted retirement accounts, and for good reason. It’s one of the only accounts that offers tax-free

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Seven Costly Surprises That Ambushed Our Remodeling Budget

When my husband and I decided to remodel the first floor of our home earlier this year, we wanted to plan for everything. The fact

03.11.16

Home Financing Guide

While the traditional wisdom has always been that buying a home is your best investment, becoming a homeowner is no longer the slam dunk it

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Rocket Mortgage: Smart Idea, Terrible Super Bowl Ad

Millennials, many of whom are burdened with huge student debt loads, have been slow to buy their first homes — holding up the housing economy to some

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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

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