12.02.15
Annapolis, Md.

The 5 Best Maryland Homeowners Insurance Companies

Despite its coastal mid-Atlantic location, the average annual homeowners insurance premium in Maryland was just $837 in 2012  — over $100 less than the national average for that year.

11.30.15

How to Find the Best Mortgage Rates in 2016

The best mortgage rates are still at historic lows heading into 2016. According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve, average 30 year fixed mortgage rates

11.20.15
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The 3 Best South Dakota Homeowners Insurance Companies

Although premium rates in South Dakota are low — averaging $789 a year, more than $200 less than the national average — risk for weather-related property damage remains.

11.19.15
Charleston, SC

The 4 Best South Carolina Homeowners Insurance Companies

Turbulent weather conditions in South Carolina, such as flooding and hurricanes, force homeowners to pay higher than average home insurance premiums. The average rate in South

11.19.15
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The 3 Best Oklahoma Homeowners Insurance Companies

Oklahoma has a long history with natural disasters, and you don’t have to look far to see how damage from such disasters has affected the state’s homeowners.

11.19.15
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The 3 Best North Dakota Insurance Companies

Despite its nickname as the Peace Garden State, North Dakota’s tumultuous Midwestern climate is anything but peaceful. Homes in North Dakota are affected by natural

11.19.15
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The 3 Best New Mexico Homeowners Insurance Companies

New Mexico’s arid climate makes the state less prone to natural disasters, keeping homeowners insurance premiums low in the state. In 2012, the average annual

11.18.15
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The 4 Best Mississippi Homeowners Insurance Companies

Mississippi is no stranger to inclement weather — from hurricanes to floods to tornadoes, the Magnolia State has seen it all. This increased risk poses

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
house for sale

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,

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