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Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

This two-step plan will help you determine if buying a home is the right financial decision for you

This is the Worst Thing About Getting a Mortgage

Prospective home buyers are confident that they’ll be able to find an affordable mortgage to make their purchase. Still, they’re thoroughly overwhelmed by the amount of information they have to wade through when securing a mortgage. That’s...

If You Rent, You Need This

Do you know that over one-third of Americans rent? And yet, most people who rent do not have any protection in place to cover themselves or their belongings from personal or liability damages. Stuff happens. Sometimes pipes burst, a spark ignites...

What Would Happen to Your Home If You Got Divorced?

Emotions, finances, much changes when you go through a divorce. At a time when you are under great stress, you face some of the most difficult decisions of your life — what to do with your house, foremost among them.    If you have...

10 Things Your Real Estate Agent Won’t Tell You

What buyers and sellers should know about that 6 percent commission

Can I Use Money From My 401(k) for a Down Payment?

I’d like to purchase a new home at the beach that will become my primary residence in about 6 or 7 years when I retire. I’m thinking of taking $200,000 from my 401(k) as a down payment.  I’m not getting the best returns on it anyway as I’ve been...

Which Home Improvements Actually Pay Off?

When I remodeled my house, I knew what I wanted: a bigger kitchen with room for two refrigerators, more family space and another bedroom. But there are dreams and then there’s reality. My husband and I began wondering not only how much we could...

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....

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...