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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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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

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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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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

02.17.15

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

02.12.15
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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.

01.19.15

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

25 Simple Ways to Cut the Cost of Moving

Let’s face it: Moving can be a pain in the rear end. My first few moving experiences were horrific. But after that, I was much

Five Inexpensive Home Improvements for Winter

With the holidays behind us, many people are dreading winter and looking forward to the first signs of spring. Since spring is generally best spent tidying up and working on the outside of

01.09.15

The Very New Deal: How FHA Mortgages Are Changing for 2015

By Peter Miller The federal government established the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage program in the 1930s under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and it’s been

01.04.15
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How to Get Organized in 2015 Without Pulling Your Hair Out

A new year means resolutions may be weighing heavily on your mind. But instead of getting fit, eating healthier, returning to school, or taking more

12.27.14
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Insuring the Sharing Economy

Any doubt about the depth of wisdom of a mother’s time-honored aphorism to “share and share alike” has been laid to rest by the meteoric

12.26.14
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College Financial Guide: Housing

A huge part of the college experience — and college costs — is housing. Before you sign that lease, choose your roommate, or start packing

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