Real estate

How Much Should I Spend on a House?

Your house is likely to be the biggest purchase you will make in your life, and you may spend years paying for it. Getting a mortgage to purchase a home can be a wise financial decision since you’re building equity and getting nice tax...

I Achieved the American Dream — and It Was Awful

The year was 2008. I was 25, pregnant with twins, and very much in love. And we had just hit the quintessential American rite of passage: We bought our first home. The large, open floor plan beckoned us. Before the ink was dry, we’d bought a...

A Glossary of Basic Mortgage Terms: From Escrow to Title

It can feel like mortgage lenders and real estate agents speak a secret language. If you’re planning to buy your first home — or your first in a while — you’re bound to hear unfamiliar terms during the mortgage process. Here’s a cheat sheet to...

Home Buying 101: How to Get a Mortgage

For many people, buying a home is the biggest financial move they’ll ever make. Most homes are bought with mortgage loans, which let you buy property and come with tax-deductible interest. If you’re in the market for a new home, especially if...

The Mortgage Mistake Nearly Half of Borrowers Make

Did you pay too much for your mortgage? If you’re like millions of Americans, the answer is probably yes — and that means you may be throwing tens of thousands of dollars of your hard-earned money at the bank, when you might not need to. A report...

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...

31 and Nowhere to Live – Now What?

How losing an apartment helped me gain a better relationship with my sister

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....

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