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Becoming a Homeowner

13 Tax Breaks for Homeowners and Home Buyers
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13 Tax Breaks for Homeowners and Home Buyers

Owning (or buying) a home is expensive. But at least there are some tax deductions, credits, and exclusions that can help you recoup some of those cos…
June 22, 2020
Low Interest Rates Reduce the Cost of Mortgages
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Low Interest Rates Reduce the Cost of Mortgages

Interest rate reductions triggered by the coronavirus crisis can create money-saving opportunities for mortgage shoppers.
March 26, 2020
How to Protect Your Home From Deed Theft
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How to Protect Your Home From Deed Theft

You don’t need to pay a company to protect you from criminals who put their names on your home title. You can protect yourself for free with these ste…
June 27, 2019
11 Reasons You Need Umbrella Insurance Right Now
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11 Reasons You Need Umbrella Insurance Right Now

An umbrella insurance policy can protect your assets and future earnings from expensive lawsuits.
April 18, 2019
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9 Ways to Get Extra Cash From Your House
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9 Ways to Get Extra Cash From Your House

If you're a homeowner looking to rake in some extra money, whether to fund a much-needed renovation or to afford a much-needed dream vacation, don't d…
April 2, 2019

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3 Types of Home-Related Insurance to Consider
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3 Types of Home-Related Insurance to Consider

Do some research to find out what you'll need for your home.
January 3, 2019
Home Buyers, What $300,000 Buys in 21 Big Cities Across the U.S.
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Home Buyers, What $300,000 Buys in 21 Big Cities Across the U.S.

The national median sales price for existing single-family homes hit $269,000 in the second quarter of this year, according to the National Associatio…
October 15, 2018
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In a rapidly gentrifying London neighborhood, owning property “was like being in the casino in which you were guaranteed to be a winner.” Still, the h…
July 9, 2018
Getting Affordable Flood Insurance
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Getting Affordable Flood Insurance

Even if your mortgage company doesn’t require you to get flood insurance, it can be worthwhile to protect against the risk.
May 11, 2018
10 Great Tiny Homes for Retirees
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10 Great Tiny Homes for Retirees

For retirees looking to undergo extreme downsizing, a tiny home might be the answer.
March 6, 2018
Holiday Disasters: What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?
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Holiday Disasters: What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?

If you've ever watched "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," you probably laughed as one disaster after another wreaked havoc on the Griswold famil…
December 5, 2017
Home Buying for Dummies
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Home Buying for Dummies

This book was a big help to me as a first-time home buyer in my early 30s a few years ago.
August 25, 2017
What You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance in Hurricane-Prone States
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What You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance in Hurricane-Prone States

Policies can be prohibitively expensive in areas susceptible to hurricanes, but home buyers can take steps to make sure they’re not overwhelmed by the…
August 16, 2017
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Deducting Mortgage Interest on a Vacation Home
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Deducting Mortgage Interest on a Vacation Home

You may be able to write off all mortgage interest on a second home if you’re not renting it out for extended periods.
August 9, 2017
Ways to Protect Borrowers From Predatory Home Lending
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Ways to Protect Borrowers From Predatory Home Lending

Land contracts drain low-income communities of resources.
July 21, 2017
3 Cities You Probably Can't Afford to Live In
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3 Cities You Probably Can't Afford to Live In

High cost of living puts these places out of reach for most would-be homebuyers and renters.
June 22, 2017
Tax Tip for Your 2016 Return: Write Off Home Refinancing Points
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Tax Tip for Your 2016 Return: Write Off Home Refinancing Points

Get a tax break when you refinance your mortgage.
January 6, 2017
Tax Planning for Owning a Second Home
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Tax Planning for Owning a Second Home

Learn how mortgage interest, property taxes, rental property and tax-free profit affects your tax return.
December 14, 2016
Mortgage Outlook: Mostly Good News
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Mortgage Outlook: Mostly Good News

Interest rates could rise, but down payments are manageable.
December 7, 2016
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7 Things Home Buyers Want Most
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7 Things Home Buyers Want Most

Selling your house? These features are in demand.
November 21, 2016
4 Features to Look for in a Tiny Retirement Home
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4 Features to Look for in a Tiny Retirement Home

Certain design features can make tiny homes safer and more comfortable for downsizing retirees.
November 10, 2016
3 Features Home Buyers Look for the Most
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3 Features Home Buyers Look for the Most

Some things sell homes faster than others in today's market.
September 28, 2016
How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Going Broke
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How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Going Broke

The path to lower cooling bills starts with your thermostat.
July 28, 2016
Cut Your Homeowners Insurance Premiums With 1 Simple Step
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Cut Your Homeowners Insurance Premiums With 1 Simple Step

A higher deductible can reduce your rates by as much as 39%.
July 26, 2016
3 Reasons No One Wants to Buy Your House
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3 Reasons No One Wants to Buy Your House

It's not always the price that holds back buyers.
July 7, 2016