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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

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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.

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Renters: Get Away from California

August 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

There are major cities across the country seeing huge spikes in rent over the last year. Is it time to move?

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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.

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Moving Saved The Groovy Family a Ton

July 26, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Once they relocated, they set their sights on their retirement goals.

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How Can I Stop Sweating About My HVAC Loan?

July 19, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader declared bankruptcy, but her air conditioning unit is the real problem now.

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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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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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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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4 Ways Home Equity Loans Can Sink Your Finances

May 5, 2017 | Money Talks News

Are you setting yourself up to fail?

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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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Are Immigrants Actually Stealing Our Jobs?

April 6, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Trump thinks so, but research shows they do far more good than harm.

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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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No Parents, You Can’t Have It All

March 22, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Parents are downsizing and delaying retirement to make sure their kids and their savings are both in tact.

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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.

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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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8 Creative Ways to Clear Clutter

February 17, 2017 | Money Talks News

Swimming against a never-ending tide of stuff? Make 2017 your year of living clutter-free.

Placing solar panels on a residential home is a great way to save money on energy bills, if you can afford installation costs

Why The Green Swan Says Solar Is Sexy

February 15, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Maybe going green really is worth it.

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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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The White House Is A Big League Downgrade For Trump

January 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The White House is valued at $400 million but as Donald Trump moves in, he’ll be downgrading.

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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.

How much money do you need to be happy?

8 Things Rich People Buy That Make Them Look Dumb

November 8, 2016 | Money Talks News

What’s worse than wasting money? Spending it on things you think make you look good, but really don’t.

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Should You Use a 401k Loan to Pay for a Bathroom Remodel?

November 3, 2016 | Dollar Stretcher

We ask a CPA for advice. What he says might surprise you.

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10 Cheap, Effective Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

October 11, 2016 | Money Talks News

Don’t spend money on costly pest management. You can keep critters away yourself for less.

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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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Asian Americans Value Money More Than the Rest of Us

August 29, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Asian Americans have a higher median personal income, believe they can retire earlier, and save more money than the general population.

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Is it OK to Retire With Debt?

August 2, 2016 | Money Talks News

Some experts say retiring with debt isn’t bad. But they might not be talking about you.

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Want to Save Money? Live on a Cruise Ship

August 1, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why it’s cheaper to take a year-long vacation than it is to live in California

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Rents Rising the Most Among the Cheapest Apartments

July 28, 2016 | Dori Zinn

High demand for lower-end units causes rents to rise

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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

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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.

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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.

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Millennials Aren’t as Different as They Think They Are

July 6, 2016 | Dori Zinn

The majority of millennials actually want to get married, buy a house, and adult with the rest of society.

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

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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

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4 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day

March 17, 2016 | Debt.com

These home improvements won’t take long, so they’re definitely worth your time.

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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.

How to make your home smart and cost less

7 Energy Saving Practices That Don’t Save Energy

February 11, 2016 | Debt.com

You’re wasting time and not saving money.

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5 Green Home Upgrades That Also Buy You a Tax Break

December 15, 2015 | Money Talks News

Adding these renewable-energy systems to your home can lower heating or cooling costs — and your tax bill.

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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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4 Ways Your House Payment Could Unexpectedly Go Up

October 13, 2015 | Debt.com

The worst part: There’s only so much you can do about it.

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

4 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do In A Day

July 23, 2015 | Debt.com

They don’t cost a lot, either.

You need to get flood insurance. Here's how.

How to stop flooding from wrecking your home and finances

March 17, 2015 | Lulu Ramadan

Melting snow and heavy rain mean your home is at risk of flooding. Here’s how to stay high and dry.

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Get Out of Debt Guy: Should We Rent or Buy a House?

March 13, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know if rent is really “throwing money away.”

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More Homeowners Are Turning Into Apartment Hunters

February 12, 2015 | Brandon Ballenger

A majority of former homeowners say they’d rather keep renting than buy another home. Here’s all our advice for the new breed of nomads…

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5 worst small appliances that waste your $$$

November 11, 2014 | Meghan Stewart

Save your cash and counter space by avoiding these absolutely useless appliances.

How to make your home smart and cost less

Robo House: How much does it cost to go ‘smart’?

September 2, 2014 | Jess Miller

Smart home technology can save you time, is easy to install, and can cost less than you think.