Home & Auto

  1. Choosing Condominium Over Home Ownership

    Think of a condominium as an apartment you own.
  2. First-Time Home Buyer? Avoid These 10 Mistakes

    These 10 mistakes can prove very costly for first-time home buyers.
  3. AutoNation Vs. CarMax: Comparing Under The Hood (AN, KMX)

    Explore the recent financial performance and outlook for AutoNation and CarMax. Learn how they compare on growth, financial ...
  4. Wait on Buying a Pickup (F, GMC)

    Used car prices are dropping everywhere. But if you're in the market for a pickup truck, a good bargain is less of a guarantee ...
  5. What is Costco’s Auto Program? (COST)

    A look at Costco's somewhat unknown Auto Program.
  6. Top Tips For Buying Your First Home

    There are three stages to buying a house.
  7. What You Should Know About Home Appraisals

    The home appraisal is a key part of any loan-closing checklist. It’s an unbiased professional opinion of a home’s value.
  8. Five Things To Know About Quitclaim Deeds

    General warranty deeds provide the buyer with the most protection; quitclaim deeds provide the least.
  9. Is Ford's Emoji Marketing Method Successful? (F)

    Learn how Ford used emoji-based marketing to promote its 2015 Focus model, and find out about the performance of the campaign ...
  10. Tax Breaks For Second-Home Owners

    The tax rules on a second home vary, depending on how the property is used.
  11. What You Should Know About Home Sale Contingencies

    A home sale contingency protects buyers who want to sell one home before purchasing another.
  12. 7 Things To Know About FHA Home Loans

    Federally qualified lenders issue FHA loans, and the Federal Housing Administration insures them.
  13. 6 Questions For Your Realtor

    A good real estate agent can guide you through every step of buying or selling a home. These questions can help you find ...
  14. Can I take my 401(k) to buy a house?

    Yes, in some cases you are able to take a limited amount of funds from your 401(k) to purchase a house. Your Roth IRA and/or ...
  15. The Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The receipts you cram into your wallet could be replaced with cash come tax season.
  16. Car Insurance Rates Too High? Check the Record

    Your driving history is clean as a whistle yet your premium has shot up. Here’s how to find out why – and what you can do ...
  17. HUD vs. FHA Loans: What’s the Difference?

    Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably to refer to "government loans" for would-be home buyers. But here's the distinction.
  18. 5 Ways an Open House Can Actually Hurt Your Home Sale

    Open houses have long been a way to get exposure for a home that's up for sale. But it turns out it may be more trouble than ...
  19. Leverage: Increasing Your Real Estate Net Worth

    Leverage is the use of financial instruments or borrowed capital to increase an investment’s potential return.
  20. 6 Unexpected Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance

    Sure, daytime running lights and defensive driving classes can reduce rates. Everyone knows those factors; these are the ...
  21. Understanding Homeowners' Associations

    A homeowners’ association (HOA) makes and enforces rules for residents within its jurisdiction.
  22. Credits For First-Time Homebuyers

    Tax credits, grants, and other options can help first-time homebuyers afford their purchase. They just need to know where ...
  23. Should You Buy a Home With Cash Or a Mortgage?

    The obvious problems with carrying debt compel many to consider buying a home with cash instead of taking on a mortgage. ...
  24. Mortgages: How Much Can You Afford?

    The cost of a home is the single largest expense most people ever face. Prior to taking on such an enormous debt, it’s best ...
  25. Is Relying On Home Equity For Retirement Smart?

    Nearly half of Americans between 50- and 70-years-old have said they will rely on home equity to fund their retirement. Is ...
  26. Home Energy Audit Checklist – 5 Important Steps

    Look at these 5 steps to reduce energy waste in your home to help you create a more sustainable household.
  27. Top 10 States for Switching to Solar

    Investing in solar for your home can make good financial sense if you live in a state that’s friendly to this renewable energy.
  28. Ford's 4 Key Financial Ratios (F)

    Learn about Ford Motor Company and how to analyze its business using financial ratios that help assess leverage, operations ...
  29. Why Are Fewer People Getting a Driver’s License?

    A recent University of Michigan study shows that people under 45 are getting fewer driver's licenses. Could the privately ...
  30. 5 Reasons the HELOC Market is Expected to Heat up in 2016

    HELOCs dried up after the housing meltdown, but thanks to an improving economy, job market and rising home values they are ...
  31. Is an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) safe?

    Learn why an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) can be a safe option as long as the borrower is familiar with the underlying ...
  32. Additional Streams of Income for Seniors

    Find out how a reverse mortgage can work in your favor during retirement.
  33. Understanding The Mortgage Payment Structure

    While a mortgage’s size and term set the baseline, the interest, taxes and insurance all influence the amount of the monthly ...
  34. The Home Appraisal: Key To A Successful Refinance

    An appraisal is a professional’s assessment of a home’s value that ensures banks don’t lend more money than a property is ...
  35. Ins And Outs Of Seller-Financed Real Estate Deals

    Seller financing works like this: Instead of a buyer receiving a loan from a bank, the person selling the house lends the ...
  36. 5 Things to Know About the Volkswagen Scandal in 2016

    Find out what your need to know about Volkswagen and the impact the scandal will have on the company, its shareholders and ...
  37. Take the Pain Out of Selling Your House – Online

    Is an online selling service really better than selling your home the old-fashioned way? It depends on what you're after
  38. New Rules May Make It Easier to Get a Mortgage

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have come to terms with lenders on how to solve mortgage disputes. This could be good news for ...
  39. Don't Be the Victim of Auto Loan Rip-Offs

    Subprime auto loans – and 60-day delinquencies – are up. These 4 signs of predatory auto loans can tip you off before you're ...
  40. Don't Get Overcharged for Your Mortgage

    Don't pay more for a mortgage than necessary. Here’s a quick look at the different categories and how to be sure you're getting ...
  41. Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    A rent-to-own agreement can benefit homebuyers with bad credit or insufficient funds for a down payment. Here’s how one works.
  42. 7 Must-Have Real Estate Contract Conditions

    Buying a home can bury you in paperwork. But it’s worth your time to make sure your contract contains these seven important ...
  43. What If They Can't Fix Your VW? (VLKAY)

    The latest news is that VW may not be able to fix the pollution controls to make those doctored cars meet U.S. environmental ...
  44. Volkswagen: A Value Play for 2016? (VOW.DE)

    Understand why Volkswagen could be a good value play for 2016 depending on your outlook regarding the company's current EPA ...
  45. Why the Classic Car Boom Might Be Ready to Bust

    The collectible car market has grown spectacularly, but recent numbers show that it may be heading for a correction.
  46. The Pros and Cons of Buying Vs. Building a Home

    Before you decide whether to buy or build a home, you should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each scenario.
  47. Understanding Pre-Qualification Vs. Pre-Approval

    Contrary to popular belief, being pre-qualified for a mortgage doesn’t mean you’re pre-approved for a home loan.
  48. Understanding Real Estate

    Real estate is an encompassing term that refers to land, the buildings on that land, and its natural resources, such as crops ...
  49. Understanding the American Dream

    The American dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they’re born or into what class, can attain their own version ...
  50. 9 Tips for Handling Homeowners’ Associations

    Before you buy property in a community with an HOA, there are nine things you should do.
Save Money
  1. 5 Ways To Make Your Home Remodels Pay Off

    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
  2. Differences Between Private Foundations And Public Charities

    Here's a look at the differences between these types of charitable organizations.
  3. How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
  4. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
  5. Is Cyber Monday The New Black Friday?

    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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