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3 Ways Private Mortgage Insurance Can Cost You

Owning a home is part of the American dream. However, wages have stagnated amid steadily rising healthcare and housing costs. These forces are keeping more people from getting a mortgage. As a result, some look to private mortgage insurance (PMI) as a solution. This specialized ...
Posted On 13 Feb 2017

Insurance Questions: What Is An Act Of God? Are They Covered By Insurance?

Regardless of religious affiliation, weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, hail storms and even fires, in some cases, can be classified legally as Acts of God. And your insurance company might not be liable to pay. Acts of God, in terms of insurance, refer to an event...
Posted On 25 Jan 2017

From Closing Costs to Association Dues: The True Price Tag of a New Home

The true cost of buying a home can be a lot more than the agreed-upon sale price. Along with your monthly mortgage payment, you will likely find yourself shelling out for other upfront and ongoing expenses. Closing costs, homeowners association fees, property taxes, utility bills...
Posted On 25 Jan 2017

5 Ways to Furnish Your New Home on the Cheap

Making a move? With your lease or mortgage signed, and closing and moving costs covered, there may not be much  money left over  to actually furnish your new home. Worry not, for furnishings can be had for discounted rates with these  ValuePenguin -researched strategies. 1. Take...
Posted On 24 Jan 2017

Ask Brianna: How Do I Start Strong With a New Roommate?

“Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life...
Posted On 23 Jan 2017

How a Swimming Pool Affects Your Homeowners Insurance

If you are thinking of buying or building a swimming pool, it’s best to contact your home insurance company first. Pools are a liability and, like  trampolines , are an “attractive nuisance.” The owner of a pool is liable for anyone who uses it whether they have permission...
Posted On 20 Jan 2017

Why January Is the Best Time to Buy a Home

Spring and summer are historically the most popular times to buy a home. The weather is warm, inventory is high and the school year is winding down or done. But those who shop during this peak buying season also face more competition and higher prices. Buyers willing to brave the...
Posted On 16 Jan 2017

Moving In With Your Significant Other? Share These 10 Expenses to Save

When the time comes to cohabitate with your mate, there are some obvious ways to begin saving money. For one, you can share a bedroom. For another, you can consolidate the stuff you have in a common, whether it’s a couch or a car. But there are a host of other expenditures,...
Posted On 06 Jan 2017

Dave Ramseys 5 Best Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

The amount you have to finance through a mortgage loan and the long-term  commitment you’re making to real estate  can be pretty overwhelming. With national average mortgage interest rates at 4.30% APY for a 30-year fixed mortgage as of Dec. 22, 2016, homeowners are looking at...
Posted On 06 Jan 2017

How to Find and Finance Bank-Owned Properties

Home prices are still rising — they’re currently averaging just below all-time highs set in 2006, according to the Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Combine that with slim housing inventory in many markets, and you may believe you’ve missed the opportunity to buy your first, or...
Posted On 05 Jan 2017