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How Refinancing Before Sandy Helped Us After

It was the rarest of July afternoons: The kids were at playdates, and I didn’t have to work. I had two choices. I could relish a rare day alone at the beach. Or I could sit at my desk and finish what I had spent months procrastinating about:...

When Debt Can Make You Richer

What do the very rich know that the rest of us don’t? That the D-word—that would be debt—can actually be a tool for building wealth.After the financial disasters of the last five years, that may seem counterintuitive, to say the least. But...

Should We Pay to Rebuild?

New Jersey Army National Guard aerial views shows the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast. Photo Credit: Reuters The East Coast has barely begun to assess the cost of recovery after superstorm Sandy last month. It will be...

Hire a Public Insurance Adjuster

In the case of a huge storm like Hurricane Sandy, which affected millions of homeowners and renters, insurance company delays could be even longer than the gas lines last weekend. What can you do? Hire a public insurance adjuster, who will assess...

How Sandy Might Change Personal Finance

Could Hurricane Sandy change the way you think about your money? It might. Traditionally, personal finance has been, well, focused on the personal: do you have enough saved for the curveballs, for an emergency? But we’ve been thinking, here in...

A $50,000 Lesson Pays Off

About three years ago, in my late 30s and still single and living in a big city, I decided to buy a weekend beach house. I didn’t have a husband, kids, so it kind of made me feel normal, to have something of my own. Of course, I also thought it...

Economy uptick! ... Bus monitor fights bullying... and more

Welcome to Wednesday, and everything you need to know, outside of the Republican and Democratic National Infomer—er, Conventions. Homes, sweet homes. It could be the first rosy glimmer of light at the end of this stupid downturn: housing prices...

How to Decide Whether to Buy a Home

The economy may be gathering steam, but real estate prices are still falling in many markets. In some rust belt cities, you can buy a house—a house!—for $5,000.  “It sounds like a screaming deal,” says Josh Dorkin, CEO of BiggerPockets.com, an...

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