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The 4 Best Colorado Homeowners Insurance Companies

Living in the Centennial State definitely has its benefits — from the beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape to over 200 craft brewery locations, it’s no wonder

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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

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Ceiling Fan Hacks to Save Energy (and Money)

Summer’s just about here, and you’ve probably had to kick on the air conditioning a few times already. For some people, that’s the beginning of

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Best Home Warranty Company for 2015

If you’re considering a home warranty to help protect you from costly home repairs, there are several companies that want your business. Unlike the big

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The 4 Best Texas Homeowners Insurance Companies

In the second-largest state in the U.S. by both size and population, it’s no wonder that insurance costs are “Texas-sized” as well. Annual premiums average $1,661 statewide —

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The 4 Best California Homeowners Insurance Companies

The California home insurance market is the largest in the country, with over 50 providers competing for customers. As a result, the average rate for

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The 5 Best New York Homeowners Insurance Companies

Home to one of the world’s largest cities as well as over 36,000 farms, New York is a diverse state of skyscrapers and silos, with

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Will Mortgage Rates Go Up if the Fed Raises Interest Rates?

By Peter Miller There’s a widespread view that if the Fed ultimately raises interest levels then mortgage rates will also rise. Financial history shows that’s

10 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

In the summer of 2007, my wife and I purchased our first home. As a first-time home buyer, I knew we needed to spend a

Can Alternative Credit Scoring Help You Get a Mortgage?

By Peter Miller Lenders have an ongoing problem: No matter how many loans they create, they want to make even more. And that brings us

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Using the HARP Program to Refinance an Underwater Mortgage

Just a few weeks ago, reader Sarah wrote in for advice on how to handle her underwater mortgage. Like many people who bought homes at the

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19 Things a New Homeowner Should Do Immediately to Save Money

So you’ve just moved into your nice new home. You’ve unloaded the boxes and started to unpack your life. Right now is the perfect time

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

If you have a mortgage on your home, you’ve probably wondered at least once whether it would be worthwhile to pay it down ahead of schedule. And if

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Best Home Equity Loan Rates for 2015

If you’re looking for the best home equity loan rates, you’re in good company. Home equity loans hold undeniable appeal for many homeowners. They’re a

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Buying a House? How to Save for a Down Payment

By Peter Miller Saving for a new home has just become easier. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they will now buy mortgages with


Why the Fed’s New ‘Rate Checker’ Doesn’t Check Out

By Peter Miller The government is out with a new mortgage rate site, a resource that’s been greeted with cries of outrage from many within

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Why You Should Buy Less House Than You Can Afford

When it comes to real estate, the more you spend, the more money everyone makes. And it happens on every level of your home purchase.


Should You Live at Home to Save Money During College?

What would you say to shaving off about $10,000 a year from your college expenses? The average college graduate leaves school with more than $29,000 in student

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