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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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Babysitters Make Much More Than Minimum Wage

May 3, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The national average for babysitting is nearly $14 an hour while minimum wage workers are still making $7.25 an hour.

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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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Interest Rates Are Going Up. Should You Be Worried?

March 30, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It depends on whether you have debt, and what kind. If you’re rich, it’s strictly good news.

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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.

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?

Why the CFPB Still Has a Fighting Chance

March 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Republicans may hate it, but the courts — and even Mike Pence’s economist — don’t.

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Digging Holes Helped Andrew From Family Money Plan Pay Down Debt

March 8, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Manual labor stinks, but it certainly helped him think toward the future.

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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.

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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Americans Have a Ton of Debt

October 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most people say they don’t have any debt, but do they know what debt means?

Are 30-year mortgage rates better?

Before You Get a Reverse Mortgage, Check Out These 15 Alternatives

September 27, 2016 | Money Talks News

A reverse mortgage may be tempting. But consider these cheaper, safer options first.

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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

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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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.

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

Student Debt is Promoting a Stagnant Housing Market

June 20, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why many are struggling to buy and sell homes

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

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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Dvorkin On Debt: 3 Shocking Stats

April 18, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The recession is over, but are we spending our way into another one?

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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.

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.

Are 30-year mortgage rates better?

4 Things Your Bank Won’t Tell You When You Get a Mortgage

August 11, 2015 | Debt.com

They won’t tell you, but we will.

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Ask the Expert: How Do I Dump My Timeshare?

June 24, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader can’t afford to keep her timeshare, but she can’t afford to sell it, either.

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Get Out Of Debt Guy: Should We Take Money Out of Retirement to Pay Off Mortgage?

June 18, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know which option is the best — or least bad.

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Get Out Of Debt Guy: Who is Right About Budgeting Our Money, My Wife Or Myself?

May 8, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know, so they can stop fighting.

Ask The Expert: What Should I Do With Extra Cash?

April 29, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know what to do with a small windfall. See Howard’s video response.

Pain or Pleasure? How Accountants Predict Your Financial Outlook

February 12, 2015 | Jess Miller

A new study from the American Institute of CPAs measures financial success in a whole new way.

A mortgage is good debt. Credit cards can be, too, if used properly.

How to go into debt the right way

April 21, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

I come not to bury debt, but to praise it. Here’s how good debt can improve your life and put a smile on your face.

DIY credit repair isn't as easy as repairing a wallet.

The DIY Credit Repair Nightmare

October 17, 2013 | Meghan Stewart

A quick search online might make you think do-it-yourself credit repair is easy. But what seems good in theory often falls apart when you put it into practice. So is DIY credit repair really worth the hassle or are you better off leaving the work to the professionals?