Homeowners Can Spend Over $9K a Year in Hidden Costs

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Homeowners Can Spend Over $9K a Year in Hidden Costs

Homeowners Can Spend Over $9K a Year in Hidden Costs

Buying a home is so much more than finding the perfect place, applying for a home loan and budgeting for a monthly mortgage payment — it’s thousands of dollars more than many homeowners expect. American homeowners pay about $9,500 annually in unexpected home expenses, according to an analysis by real estate company Zillow and Thumbtack, a… Read More

10 States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

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10 States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

10 States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

The national foreclosure rate increased 1% in May from April and increased 16% from May 2014, reaching a 19-month high, according to RealtyTrac, a housing-data company. One in every 1,041 housing units in the U.S. had a foreclosure filing in May, which includes notices of default, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. For the third month… Read More

Why 1 in 4 Americans Are Willing to Give Their DNA to a Bank

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Why 1 in 4 Americans Are Willing to Give Their DNA to a Bank

Why 1 in 4 Americans Are Willing to Give Their DNA to a Bank

For most Americans, the username-password security feature isn’t good enough anymore. A quarter of consumers said they’d share their DNA with their bank, if it meant greater security for their personal and financial information, according to a survey from Telstra, a telecommunications and information services company in Australia. About two-thirds of Americans surveyed also said they would prefer their… Read More

Why Your Home May Not Be Worth As Much As You Think

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Why Your Home May Not Be Worth As Much As You Think

Why Your Home May Not Be Worth As Much As You Think

Homeowners and appraisers rarely agree on a property’s value, and for the vast majority of the last decade, homeowners have been overvaluing their homes. In May, there was a 1.15% gap between what consumers thought their houses were worth and the worth determined by appraisers — it’s the first time in 22 months that homeowners overvalued… Read More

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

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Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

Listen Up, Government Employees: Here’s What Hackers Can Do With Your Social Security Numbers

The largest union for government employees says the massive cyberattack on the government’s Office of Personnel Management was much worse than the Obama administration previously said it was, and every federal employee’s personally identifiable information has been compromised, the Associated Press reports. The OPM data includes information on most civilian federal employees, but not members of Congress… Read More

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