4 Housing Costs That Could Go Up

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4 Housing Costs That Could Go Up

4 Housing Costs That Could Go Up

One of the nice things about living in the same place year after year is the consistency: You know the best routes home from work, how to prepare the place for seasonal weather changes, where everything belongs and how much it costs to maintain everything. At the same time, the comfort of familiarity isn’t immune… Read More

7 Tips to Avoid a Vacation Rental Ripoff

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7 Tips to Avoid a Vacation Rental Ripoff

7 Tips to Avoid a Vacation Rental Ripoff

Summer is almost here. Rather than stuff your family into a single hotel room for vacation, you may be tempted to rent an entire house instead. Before you wire money to someone you have met only through Craigslist, know how to protect your finances and family from shady rental operators. Vacation rental ripoffs tend to be variations on… Read More

How to Make the Most of a Job Loss

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How to Make the Most of a Job Loss

How to Make the Most of a Job Loss

Whether you want to call it being let go, terminated, canned, sacked or flat out fired, losing your job rarely feels good. But instead of getting lost in emotions of frustration and depression, it’s a good idea to try to take control and spin this into a positive situation. It’s important to give yourself time to… Read More

How to Save $100,000 By the Time You’re 30

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How to Save $100,000 By the Time You’re 30

How to Save $100,000 By the Time You’re 30

You might have heard an absurd-sounding parable that often makes the rounds on personal finance blogs. This story is about two siblings who want to have a comfortable retirement — let’s make them sisters for this article’s purposes. The first sister starts saving in her 20s and manages to save $100,000 by the time she… Read More

4 Tips for Summer House Hunters

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4 Tips for Summer House Hunters

4 Tips for Summer House Hunters

Making the decision to buy versus rent is a big step. A home will likely be the largest single purchase you make. Summer is often the big season for real estate; many families with children hope to be settled by the time school starts. In particularly hot real estate markets, houses can sell very quickly,… Read More

10 Places Where Homebuyers Can Still Find Deals

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10 Places Where Homebuyers Can Still Find Deals

10 Places Where Homebuyers Can Still Find Deals

In most of the country, buyers have the advantage over sellers in the housing market. In April, 59% of counties in RealtyTrac’s monthly Home Sales Report reported that homes sold at less than market value, on average. In 27% of counties, homes sold at above market value, and in 14% homes sold for almost exactly… Read More

5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

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5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

Few credit card users (if any) get through life without making a financial misstep or two when using plastic. Even something that seems like an innocent oversight could seriously damage your credit standing, but in many cases, a single mistake isn’t a big deal. Before you start kicking yourself, find out if there’s a simple… Read More

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