Michele Lerner

Michele Lerner

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  1. Real Estate

    11 Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

    The cost of buying a home extends beyond the down payment, closing costs and your mortgage. Watch out for these costs.
  2. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How to Get a No Down Payment Mortgage

    It's harder to find, but you can still buy a home without any money down.
  3. Real Estate

    Re-Amortizing or Refinancing Your Home

    Re-amortization is a lesser known alternative to refinancing when it comes to dealing with your mortgage.
  4. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    9 Things to Know Before You Refinance Your Mortgage

    Whether or not a mortgage refinance is right for you depends more on individual circumstances than this week's mortgage interest ...
  5. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    7 Bad Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

    When low mortgage rates are everywhere, it might seem like a good time to refinance. Make sure you are doing it for the right ...
  6. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Best Credit Cards For Travel Deals

    A wide range of rewards credit cards are available for consumers to use toward airfare, hotel bills, rental cars and more.
  7. Retirement Living

    Retirement Hobbies That Make Money

    Turning your hobby into some extra cash can be a great way to make your retirement more financially comfortable.
  8. Investing Strategy

    Free Tools To Help You Manage Your Money

    Multiple websites offer money management tools for free. Here are a few recommended sites.
  9. Budgeting & Savings

    Unique Wedding Registries

    Engaged couples who prefer non-traditional wedding gifts have a wide variety of options when it comes to creating a wedding ...
  10. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    5 Steps To Qualify For A Mortgage If You're Self-Employed

    Qualifying for a mortgage is a little more complicated for borrowers who are self-employed.
  11. Children/Family

    What Are Mortgage Lenders Allowed To Ask Borrowers?

    Seemingly intrusive or irrelevant questions are actually legal for lenders to ask of mortgage applicants.
  12. Budgeting & Savings

    Unique Places Where Personal Finance Training Is Taught

    Consumers can get personal finance training from schools, the government, the military and a variety of community organizations. ...
  13. Career / Compensation

    Pros And Cons Of Volunteering In Your Career Field

    Here are some positives and negatives of volunteering in the same area you work in.
  14. Budgeting & Savings

    People Who Benefit The Most From Volunteering

    From parents to students to retirees, volunteering can be of great benefit to a lot of people. Here are people who volunteering ...
  15. High Net Worth Strategy

    The Best Ways To Volunteer

    The most beneficial type of volunteer activity depends on your goals for volunteering.
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