A couple discusses a mortgage and whether rent vs buy makes sense

The Rent vs. Buy Debate Continues

August 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

In some states, it is cheaper to own a home, but there are some states where owning a home is more expensive than renting one.

Lauren from Financial Best Life talks about shopping addiction

Lauren Went on a “Spending Freeze” to Pay Off $8,000

August 16, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

The debt she accrued wasn’t her fault this time, but it was her responsibility.

Start saving for homeownership, retirement and emergencies.

Homeownership Considered Best Path To Longterm Savings

August 10, 2017 | Michelle Bryan

The rub? More than half of Americans worry they can’t afford it

Searching for Gen Xers on the Internet.

Gen Xers Have Owned Homes Longer — Yet Owe Slightly Less Than Millennials

August 10, 2017 | Michelle Bryan

Because of the recession, Gen Xers are still struggling to pay off the majority of their mortgages — and are falling behind older and younger generations in the process.

Map showing top 5 states for most common male and female first names in the U.S.

What’s In a Name? Your Home Value Could Be

August 7, 2017 | Ryan Lynch

Named Stuart, Anna or Peter? You’re more likely to have a higher home value.

A clean, modern, organized living room space, looking into the dining area in a single family home

Selling Your Home? Make It Blue-tiful

July 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

On average, homes with blue bathrooms sold for $5,440 more than those without blue bathrooms.

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Will I Make More Money Buying A House Or Paying Off My Credit Cards?

July 5, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader and her husband want a new house, but they don’t want old debt, either.

Golden Gate Bridge located in San Francisco, one of the worst places to save money

15 Best and Worst Places to Live If You’re Trying to Save Money

June 30, 2017 | Gregory Cox

Hint: Avoid the west coast and head to middle America.

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Beware of Buried Expenses When Selling Your Home

June 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Homeowners don’t realize that they can pay upwards of $15,000 just to sell their home.

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College Grads Moving Back To Mom’s And Dad’s

June 6, 2017 | Joe Pye

College graduates value their degrees even though they can’t afford to live on their own.

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Here’s How To Lower Your Homeowners Insurance By Two-Thirds [map]

June 5, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It’s not as simple as it sounds, but also not as hard as it looks: Raise your credit score.

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Millennial Adults Still Living At Home

May 18, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most moms say their adult children aren’t ready to live on their own and only one-third of young adults are looking to move out of their parent’s house.

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Renters Aren’t Buying Homes Because of Down Payment Woes

April 27, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Renters are having trouble saving for a down payment, making buying a home costly and more difficult.

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Millennials Figure Out The Housing Market

April 25, 2017 | Joe Pye

They don’t believe in the “American Dream,” but want to move on with adulthood.

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It’s a Seller’s Market, but What Are They Going to Buy?

April 18, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Low inventory on homes means sellers may not find a new place to live.

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Underwater Homes Surface — Barely

March 29, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Fewer homes are underwater, but it’s not making much of a difference as a couple metro areas are starting to suffer way more than others.

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3 New Polls that Depress Me about Americans and Money

March 20, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

How can the greatest country on Earth not be so great with its money?

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Look Out: Mortgage Payments Will Go Up This Year

March 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

With the expected raise in the federal funds rate and climbing home values, potential homeowners may be wary about buying this year.

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It’s Not You, It’s the House

March 2, 2017 | Dori Zinn

If you were looking to purchase a house this year, you may not be able to afford it.

Buying a house

You Don’t Need Marriage to Buy a Home

February 27, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Young, unwed couples are buying homes faster than they were a decade ago. While married couples still make up the bulk of homebuyers, 15 percent are couples that aren’t married.

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Want to Stop Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck? Move to Mississippi

January 18, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Can’t keep living paycheck-to-paycheck? You don’t have to if you move to any of the cheapest states in the U.S.

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All the Best Places for Your Money in 2017

January 9, 2017 | Dori Zinn

If you want to make the best investments in 2017, bank at Ally, get a Capital One credit card, and live in Nashville. Those are some of the biggest recommendations from experts as you look to make the best decisions for your money this year.

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My Experience With a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

December 22, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

The things I learned during my time at Than Merrill’s Real Estate Class

This year's rental advice tells you to ignore the "For Rent" signs and stay where you are, since moving will cost you

Apartment Hunting for Dummies: The Checklist

December 21, 2016 | Jess Miller

Finding a place to live in a new city can be hard, but there are ways to save money and sanity during your search.

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

Want to Own a Home? It’s Harder for Teachers Than Others

November 24, 2016 | Dori Zinn

One in five homes for sale is affordable on an average teacher’s salary.

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Homebuyers Are Concerned About Affordability, Especially Millennials

November 21, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

Rent and home affordability are both major concerns for millennials

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Millennials Twice as Likely as Boomers to Use Home Equity Loans

November 16, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

This new generation embraces an older concept: Homes are investments.

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

One in Five Buy Their Homes “Sight Unseen”

September 14, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

High-end homes are even more likely to get blind offers

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Millennial Credit Scores Continue to Rise

August 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Many young people are hesitant about buying homes, but for those that are jumping on board, they’re doing it with better credit and more FHA loans.

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Dvorkin On Debt: More Bad News About Student Loans

August 1, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Three new reports, three more things to worry about.

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

Rents Rising the Most Among the Cheapest Apartments

July 28, 2016 | Dori Zinn

High demand for lower-end units causes rents to rise

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wave to the crowd on a debate stage as consumers cheer (illustrated)

America: Home of the Houseless

July 27, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

American voters want the presidential candidates to acknowledge the housing crisis, or risk losing their vote

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

Everyone Thinks It’s a Great Time to Buy a Home

July 14, 2016 | Dori Zinn

With mounting student loan debt and stiff competition in home-buying, millennials aren’t confident they can afford it. Home costs are going up but incomes aren’t.

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

Cheap Homes Are Selling, But People Who Need Them Can’t Afford Them

July 11, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Across the United States, low-income earners are spending nearly 23 percent of their income on mortgage payments. In some areas, Americans are spending more than 30 percent of their income.

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

Student Debt is Promoting a Stagnant Housing Market

June 20, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why many are struggling to buy and sell homes

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

How To Get a Mortgage With Little Or No Down Payment

June 9, 2016 | Debt.com

Yes, it’s possible, and in many different ways.

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Millennials: The Generation That Can Do No Good and the Housing Market

May 17, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why those in housing industry think homes will be in a short supply, and why they believe millennials are to blame

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

Ask The Expert: Should I Buy A House Or Keep Renting?

May 11, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is “freaking out” over moving out. Does he have enough money?

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The 6 Worst Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make

February 23, 2016 | Money Talks News

A house may be your most important purchase. Don’t blow it by making one of these dumb mistakes.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

January 15, 2016 | Brian Bienkowski

Memberships that save money, paying off debt, financial trouble, a $50,000 home and fighting the landlord.

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Help My Broke Mom?

December 9, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s mother has $37,000 in credit card debt. Her son thinks he found a loophole.

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Where To Get A Bank Account That Actually Earns You Money

May 14, 2015 | Jess Miller

Switching to one of these high-yield checking accounts could earn you hundreds in interest per year.

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Ask The Expert: Should I Buy This Home Or Not?

May 6, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A 55-year-old reader has a wonderful problem: How to spend her money the right way.

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Buying A Ghost Town

January 22, 2015 | Angela Colley

Want to become the mayor, the sheriff, and the outlaw? Here’s how you can buy your own ghost town without spending the big Hollywood bucks.

Buying a ghost town

How To Buy A Ghost Town In 7 Easy Steps

January 22, 2015 | Angela Colley

Want to become the mayor, the sheriff, and the outlaw? Here’s how you can buy your own ghost town without spending the big Hollywood bucks.

Economic outlook ups and downs

New surveys disagree about the economy

September 24, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

American Express and Fannie Mae aren’t sure how much we’re saving, but they know we’re putting a lot more on credit cards for major purchases this year.

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The week’s Debt Report: good news/bad news

June 20, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Important money news the mainstream media overlooked.

Kitchens are a popular area for home improvements.

5 home improvements you might regret

April 7, 2014 | Brian Bienkowski

These remodel projects are OK if you really want them, but not if the goal is to add value to your home.