07.14.15
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The 4 Best New Jersey Homeowners Insurance Companies

The devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 stressed the importance of a comprehensive homeowners insurance policy, as thousands of New Jersey residents were forced to

07.13.15
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USDA Loans: Not Just for Farmers

If your income level, credit score, or down payment (or all of the above) are a bit too low for you to qualify for a

07.10.15
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Mortgage Rates: Current Trends and Historical Rate Data

Current mortgage rates are on the rise. The national average for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage at the beginning of July 2015 was 4.08%. Rates hit

07.09.15
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The 4 Best Massachusetts Homeowners Insurance Companies

Located in the heart of New England, Massachusetts has a lot to offer by way of culture, history, and jobs, making it an attractive destination

07.08.15
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The 4 Best Michigan Homeowners Insurance Companies

Michigan’s northern Great Lakes location can create harsh winter weather conditions, often leading to an increased risk of frozen pipes and flooding. It’s no surprise, then, that

07.08.15
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The 5 Best Illinois Homeowners Insurance Companies

Illinois is both a leading agriculture and manufacturing producer, and home to one of the biggest, most bustling cities in the country. This diverse landscape, combined with

06.18.15
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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

06.18.15
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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 Companies for 2016

Home warranties can help homeowners guard against large unexpected bills when things such as major appliances and plumbing fail. I looked at several factors to

06.15.15
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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 —

06.12.15
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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

06.12.15
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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

05.28.15
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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

04.26.15
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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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