Home & Auto

  1. 5 Tips on Last-Minute Home Winterization

    To ensure your home is in the best shape to survive the chilly weather ahead, here are five, last-minute tips to help winterize ...
  2. 5 Home Remodels That Increase Resale Price

    A home improvement is not just a project, it’s an investment. Remodeling Magazine recently found the renos that are yielding ...
  3. When Should You Consider Taking out a HELOC?

    Home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs, have gotten a bum rap since the housing meltdown. But used correctly, they can be ...
  4. What to Do When You Can't Pay Back Your HELOC

    Home equity lines of credit can be a cheap way to tap the equity in your home, but will you risk losing your home if you ...
  5. How to Work With Your Lender if You Can't Pay Your Mortgage

    Homeownership is a dream but when you can't pay your mortgage it becomes a nightmare. In the wake of the housing meltdown ...
  6. How Balloon Payments Work

    30-year mortgage borrowers will typically make equal payments over 30 years until the loan’s principal and interest have ...
  7. An Introduction to Government Loans

    Government loans further policymakers' efforts to create positive social outcomes by offering timely access to capital for ...
  8. 5 Hot Housing Markets in America

    Investors and homebuyers are watching some U.S. cities' housing markets appreciate at a rapid rate. Here are the top five ...
  9. How to Find and Buy Off-Market Homes

    Having an edge in a hot real estate market is key and off-market listings can help.
  10. Economics of Owning a Vacation Home

    Discover the financial factors behind owning a second home and how weighing your options can determine if a vacation home ...
  11. Economics of Owning a Beach House

    Discover how property taxes, insurance costs, climate and other risks can affect the cost of owning a beach house and what ...
  12. Now Is the Time to Check In on Clients' Insurance

    Insurance forms the foundation of many financial plans, and you need to make sure that your clients’ coverage is kept up-to-date.
  13. 4 Mortgage Calculators that Include Taxes and Insurance

    Discover four websites that offer mortgage calculators that include property taxes and homeowners insurance cost along with ...
  14. Should I Sell My Home When I Retire?

    One of the biggest retirement decisions you will make is whether or not to downsize. Consider these pros and cons carefully ...
  15. Analyzing Ford's Return on Equity (ROE)

    Understand how to interpret Ford's recent return on equity (ROE) ratios, what they tell you about Ford's performance and ...
  16. 4 Little-Known Ways to Reduce Your Property Taxes

    Property taxes are often expensive and most don't know they can be appealed. Here are little known ways you can try to reduce ...
  17. This Is How Property Taxes Are Calculated

    Understanding how property taxes work will ensure that you won't be overcharged.
  18. Buying a Home? The Best Places Share this Feature

    The most lucrative areas to invest in a home are cities where job growth is robust.
  19. How to Invest When You Buy Your First Home

    Homeownership isn't cheap these days thanks to the down payment and closing costs. Savers who are putting away money have ...
  20. This Is When You Should Pay Car Rental Fees

    Rental firms are fee-happy, so you’ll be pressured into all sorts of extras when you pick up your car. Decide in advance ...
  21. Buying a House? 6 Other Costs You Should Factor In

    When purchasing a home, you need to factor in more than just the list price of the home. From closing costs to maintenance, ...
  22. Should You Get a Reverse Mortgage?

    A reverse mortgage allows seniors to take advantage of the equity in their home. But is it a good idea?
  23. What's a Special Warranty Deed?

    A special warranty deed is a deed in which the seller guarantees the title only against defects that occurred during his ...
  24. When Is Buying A Car Better Than Leasing?

    People who lease a car are often more concerned with the short-term picture.
  25. Should You Refinance Your Home if You're Over 50?

    Whether you should refinance your mortgage depends on your savings but for people over the age of 50 there are other specific ...
  26. Where Are Consumers Spending Their Gas Savings?

    The recent plunge in gas prices is putting extra cash in consumers' pockets.
  27. 4 Ways to Refinance a Home Equity Line of Credit

    There's more than one way to get more affordable monthly payments on your home equity line of credit through refinancing ...
  28. Buying a House Before Selling Your Own: Risks and Considerations

    Learn more about the financial risks and worst case scenarios associated with buying a home before selling your current residence.
  29. Selling Your House Before an Interest Rate Hike?

    Learn about the potential advantages and disadvantages of selling a home before or after an increase in the national interest ...
  30. Hedge Funds and Real Estate: Could it Create Another Bubble?

    Learn about the impact hedge funds may have in the creation of a future housing bubble and the factors that contribute to ...
  31. Before you Buy that Home: Shop for the Best Loan

    Before even starting to search for a home, the first thing you need to do is get pre-qualified for a home mortgage.
  32. Are Hybrid Cars Really More Economical?

    Find out if buying a hybrid vehicle is more economical than a fuel-based vehicle. Fewer trips to the gas station sounds nice, ...
  33. Do FHA loans require escrow accounts?

    Understand how FHA mortgages require escrow accounts for property taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage insurance premiums ...
  34. Are Kelley Blue Book Values Accurate and Reliable?

    It’s the most popular used-car buying guide. Here’s a look at just how trustworthy it is – plus a comparison with the competition.
  35. Can FHA loans be used for investment property?

    Learn the unique situations in which a home buyer can take advantage of the FHA home loan program to finance an investment ...
  36. 7 Absolute No-Nos When Selling a Home

    Avoid these mistakes if you’re looking to make a quick and easy home sale.
  37. How Parents Can Help Adult Children Buy a Home

    Owning a home isn't easy thanks to stringent lending standards. Thankfully, there's ways parents can help their kids buy ...
  38. HARP Loan Program: Help for Underwater Mortgages

    If you are underwater on your mortgage, this program may be just what you need to help build up equity in your home.
  39. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  40. 9 Things You Need To Know About Homeowners' Associations

    Restrictive rules and high fees are just some of the things to watch out for before joining an HOA.
  41. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    In theory, many of the best properties are auctioned. But auctioned properties aren’t always hidden gems.
  42. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  43. Top 10 Features Of a Profitable Rental Property

    Find out which factors you should weigh when searching for income-producing real estate.
  44. Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    Here's what to watch for when negotiating a contract for a rent-to-own home – and who is a good candidate for this option.
  45. Home Depot: Can its Shares Continue Climbing? (HD)

    Home Depot has outperformed the market by a wide margin in the last 12 months. Is this sustainable?
  46. Have Bad Credit? 6 Ways to a Personal Loan Anyway

    It'll cost you more, but borrowing is definitely doable. Here's how to proceed.
  47. Does homeowners insurance cover vandalism?

    Discover how vandalism is covered under most all-perils home insurance policies except if the home has been vacant for a ...
  48. Does homeowners insurance cover tree damage?

    Discover how damage to a home from fallen trees is covered under your homeowners insurance policy if it happens suddenly ...
  49. Does an FHA loan require a down payment?

    Learn about Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans, which have down payments as low as 3.5%, low closing costs and lower ...
  50. Does homeowners insurance cover roof replacement?

    Discover how total roof replacement is covered under most all-perils home insurance policies if the damage is the result ...
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    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
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    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
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