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

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

12.29.15
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The 3 Best Wyoming Homeowners Insurance Companies

Wyoming’s scenic setting in the expansive, mountainous West makes the state a popular destination for hikers, skiers, and tourists. But the Cowboy State’s climate — which includes snowy

12.29.15
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The 3 Best West Virginia Homeowners Insurance Companies

Thankfully, the steep terrain of the Mountain State does not equate to steep homeowners insurance premiums — the average rate in West Virginia hovers around $770

How to Find the Best Refinance Rates

It is still a good time to look for the best refinance rates that will save you money on your mortgage. Most experts agree that

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

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.

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