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  1. Were Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDO) Responsible for the 2008 Financial Crisis?

    Collateralized debt obligations are exotic financial instruments that can be difficult to understand, Learn the role they ...
  2. Breaking Down the Actual Cost of a Home Renovation

    Everyone hungers for home renovation, but how much do various projects actually cost? Here's a breakdown.
  3. 7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Remodel a Bathroom

    A complete bathroom remodel can cost $18,500 and up, but you can bring the price down substantially with these DIY ideas ...
  4. Top 5 Home Renovations for Your Money in 2017

    Planning a home renovation? Take a look at these projects that deliver the best ROI when it's time to sell.
  5. The Ultimate Unclaimed Property Resource List

    This list will help find unclaimed assets of a deceased family member to which you may be entitled.
  6. Earnest Money

    A deposit made to a seller showing the buyer's good faith in a transaction. Often used in real estate transactions, earnest ...
  7. Timeshares: Dream Vacation or Money Pit?

    This popular real estate product has its advantages, but don't expect to make a profit.
  8. Measuring the Cost of Mortgage Insurance

    Before deciding to put down less than 20% on a home, you should factor in the cost of PMI.
  9. Continue to Rent or Time to Buy a Home?

    Deciding to buy versus rent needs to fit your short, mid and long-term financial plans.
  10. Holding Titles On Real Property

    Find out how best to claim and convey ownership on your assets.
  11. 15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgages: A Comparison

    While paying off your mortgage in 15 years rather than 30 may seem like a good idea, there are advantages to the longer-term ...
  12. Conventional Mortgages and Loans

    A conventional mortgage is any type of homebuyer's load that is not offered or secured by a government entity but rather ...
  13. Pre-Foreclosure

    Pre-foreclosure refers to the state of a property that is in the early stages of being repossessed due to the property owner's ...
  14. 12 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Vacation Home

    Before you purchase a vacation home, ask yourself the following questions.
  15. When is the Right Time to Buy a House?

    Thinking of buying a home? Consider these factors first.
  16. 3 Tips for Buying Your First Home

    Buying your first home can be challenging. Here are three tips to get you started.
  17. The Benefits of a Home Equity Line of Credit

    There are several reasons why having a home equity line of credit can be advantageous.
  18. Know the Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

    As with any financial product, there are costs and benefits to reverse mortgages.
  19. Cash Out vs. Rate/Term Mortgage Refinancing Loans

    Understanding the pros and cons of each type of mortgage loan.
  20. Saving for Your Kid's College? There's an Alternative

    Real estate can be a non-traditional approach to paying for a child's college education.
  21. Including Rental Real Estate in Your Portfolio

    Why you should consider adding rental properties to your retirement investment portfolio.
  22. Is a 30-Year Mortgage Really Your Best Option?

    Learn about the pros and cons of a 30-year mortgage and two other less common options.
  23. How Credit Scores and Real Estate Impact Your Wealth

    Here's how credit scores impact mortgage rates and the ability to build wealth, particularly for retirement.
  24. For Financial Independence, Forget the McMansion

    While financial independence and retirement should be a priority for all Americans, some people are foolishly purchasing ...
  25. Why You Shouldn't Pay Off Your Mortgage

    With today's historically low interest rates, it may make more sense to keep your 30-year mortgage.
  26. Is Owning a Home Right for You?

    Read these answers to common questions asked by homebuyers before you decide to purchase a home.
  27. Want a Weekend Home? Ask These 4 Questions First

    If you're considering buying a weekend home, ask these questions first.
  28. Should You Buy a House or Rent?

    A number of factors need to be considered to decide if it’s the right time to buy a home.
  29. Home Improvement’s $64,000 Question: To Borrow, or Not to Borrow?

    With the surge in home prices, homeowners are gaining more equity. This not only stimulates more people to want to invest ...
  30. Reverse Mortgages: No Longer a Loan of Last Resort

    In the right circumstance, a reverse mortgage can be an effective financial planning tool.
  31. 3 Ways Your Children Can Take Over Your Mortgage

    Different strategies are available to have your children take over your existing mortgage.
  32. Top 25 Cities Where You Can Live Large on Less Than $70k

    Want life to feel more like Easy Street? Head for one of these cities, where you can live like a king (or queen) without ...
  33. The FHA's Minimum Property Standards

    If you're thinking of purchasing a home with an FHA loan, here are some standards that must be met.
  34. Buying a House on a Single Income

    Thanks to low-down-payment programs, buying a house on a single income is possible even if you’re not wealthy. Here’s what ...
  35. Six Gentrifying Neighborhoods in Los Angeles

    If you want to own a home in L.A. that doesn't cost $1million, you might start your search in one of these neighborhoods.
  36. No Down Payment Mortgage: How to Get One

    There are only a few ways to get out of making a down payment, but the requirements are strict.
  37. 4 Risky Moves People Are Making to Buy a Home

    A new study from Owners.com suggests that Americans may be willing to make some risky moves to buy a home in 2017. Here are ...
  38. Mortgage Discrimination: What to Watch For (WFC,BAC,JPM)

    Mortgage discrimination, even via major banks, still exists. How to recognize its signs.
  39. 7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Remodel a Kitchen

    Tackle the priciest parts first – the cabinets and counters – and use our other ideas to slash your costs on a kitchen remodel.
  40. Real Estate Loans Are Part of Your Larger Financial Plan

    It is important to treat mortgage decisions based on an understanding of the benefits and risks.
  41. Buying a House? Here Are 6 Things You Need to Do

    Here are six things you need to do when preparing to purchase a home.
  42. Reverse Mortgage

    A type of mortgage in which a homeowner can borrow money against the value of his or her home. No repayment of the mortgage ...
  43. Benefits of Living in NJ While Working in NYC

    Living in New Jersey while working in NYC can have its advantages. A look at some of them.
  44. Buying a Foreclosed Home

    Finding and buying foreclosed homes is a lot easier than it used to be. But there's still a lot to navigate.
  45. The 8 Best U.S. Cities for Millennials

    For Millennials who want a tech- and start-up-friendly locale, these urban centers fill the bill, but they may need roommates ...
  46. Luxury Homes in 2017: A Buyer's Market

    Now – while the buyer's market lasts and before interest rates rise again – may be the ideal time to buy a luxury home.
  47. Pros and Cons of Buying a House on a Main Road

    Although you might assume that most people would want to avoid buying a house on a main road, there are actually pros to ...
  48. How Long Should It Take to Save for a Down Payment?

    As housing prices and the cost of living rise, it can take longer to sock away the means to make a big purchase.
  49. The Nation’s Healthiest and Unhealthiest Housing Markets

    Nobody can dispute that the housing market has come back, but the recovery has been uneven. Here are the healthiest and unhealthiest ...
  50. 6 Steps to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

    Get a head start in the real estate business by following these six steps.
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  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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