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8 Ugly Truths About Buying A Home

Buying a home is an exciting venture, but it also comes with risk and expense. Many homeowners underestimate the extra cost of maintenance and repairs or the labor required to keep a home and its surrounding property in tiptop shape. Here are seven ugly truths about buying a...
Posted On 16 Mar 2017

Week Ahead: Homebuilders Earnings Still Giving Economic Clues

Over the last few years, some of the biggest changes to our daily lives and to the way we do business have come as a result of the surge in data collection and analysis. Everything we do is, it seems, recorded, collated and analyzed within seconds. It would be reasonable to think...
Posted On 09 Mar 2017

Home Insurance Expenses That May Be Tax Deductible

Homeowners insurance premiums usually cannot be deducted from a tax return. As a rule, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) considers the cost of insuring your house to be no different from any other household expense, like the cost of utilities or wages paid to domestic help. But...
Posted On 28 Feb 2017

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

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

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

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