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Ask an Advisor: Is It Smart to Invest in Real Estate?

What do you think about real estate investments (e.g. owning several rent-positive properties to generate recurring revenue in later years)? — Karen, Arizona  There are many different ways to invest your money and many asset classes to invest in....

Should You Ever Prepay Your Mortgage?

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime, but do you want to be paying for it for the rest of your life? Probably not. Which begs the question: If you have the means, is prepaying your mortgage a good idea?...

Ask an Advisor: How Much Is My Home Worth?

How can I found how much my home is worth? Diane, Los Angeles, CA Whether you are planning to sell your home, refinance or take out a home equity loan or line of credit, you need to know the current market value of your home. This can differ...

Do You Really Need a Real Estate Agent?

As the author of 10 best-selling books on real estate, personal finance and business, I’m often asked if hiring a real estate agent is really worth it. The question usually comes from sellers who are under the impression that a seller’s market...

9 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought a House

After years of moving in and out of apartments, my husband and I were confident that we were ready to take the next step and become homeowners. So we started looking for houses — the way we looked for apartments. How big were the closets? Would...

10 Ways to Save on Homeowners Insurance

Protecting the roof over your head comes with a price, but it doesn’t have to.

Ask an Advisor: How Much Is Homeowners Insurance?

How much is homeowners insurance? This is one of the first questions you should ask when preparing to buy a new home. That’s because you need to have a good idea of your total potential housing expenses when determining how much house you can...

Ask an Advisor: How Much House Can I Afford?

I’m about to start house hunting for my very first home. But before I do, I’m curious: How much house can I afford?  The most dangerous thing you can do when house hunting is to not know how much you can afford ahead of time. This is because your...


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