Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Identity Theft

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Target. Home Depot. Michaels. And now, this Sony mess. The year 2014 will certainly be known as the year of the mega-hack, the year personal privacy took its first really big hit, right? Not so fast. We’ve been down this road before. A trip down memory lane will offer some perspective. Sure, 2014 began with… Read More

Is 2015 the Year to Sell Your House?

Mortgages

Is 2015 the Year to Sell Your House?

Is 2015 the Year to Sell Your House?

Home price gains are slowing, credit is thawing and more first-time buyers may be hitting the real estate market in 2015. Better balance in the housing sector is “in” next year, as far as trends go. That’s likely to put buyers and sellers on a more even footing. Some prospective sellers sound especially bullish on… Read More

Dreaming of a Second Home? 5 Options

Mortgages

Dreaming of a Second Home? 5 Options

Dreaming of a Second Home? 5 Options

Do you prefer lounging on the beach or boating on a lake? Maybe you just want to hike in the woods during your free time. If you are lucky enough to be in a position to buy a second home, it’s important to think carefully about what kind of home you want. Almost any permanent structure with… Read More

Why Hotels Put a Hold on Your Credit Card

Personal Finance

Why Hotels Put a Hold on Your Credit Card

Why Hotels Put a Hold on Your Credit Card

It’s like an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries” that plays itself endlessly for travelers. It happened to Judith Searcy when she stayed at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Oregon this summer. If you check your credit card statement, you may find that it has happened to you, too. For Searcy, the mystery was a $518… Read More

10 Gifts You Shouldn’t Get for the Man in Your Life

Personal Finance

10 Gifts You Shouldn’t Get for the Man in Your Life

10 Gifts You Shouldn’t Get for the Man in Your Life

Shopping for men can be tough. Whether it’s the guy you just started dating or the man you’ve been married to for years, certain items should be no-nos when it comes to holiday gifting. 1. Ties Nothing screams “man gift” quite like a tie. Dads around the world cringe at the thought of the ties… Read More

6 Ways to Make Sure You’re Buying an Energy-Efficient Home

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6 Ways to Make Sure You’re Buying an Energy-Efficient Home

6 Ways to Make Sure You’re Buying an Energy-Efficient Home

There is plenty to think about when you are buying a home — but little is more important than finding a home you can afford. Among the characteristics recent homebuyers are looking for in a home, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important. So how do you know if the home you are buying is green enough… Read More

A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

Personal Finance

A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

Holiday tipping can cause some anxiety among those of us who checked our lists carefully and made sure we’d covered all the bases. Except for when we check the mailbox and discover we have holiday greetings from the mail carrier, trash pickup service and maybe the volunteer fire department. You know they are hoping you’ll send something back, but… Read More

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