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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

Household Debt Nears Pre-Recession Levels, Study Shows

Frugality and minimalism may be all the rage these days, but Americans’ household debt continues to creep up, a new NerdWallet study finds. In the past decade, U.S. household debt has increased by 11%. The average household with any kind of debt owes $132,529, and total debt owed...
Posted On 16 Dec 2016

Commercial Real Estate: From Towers of Gold to Pillars of Salt

Mix together mortar and lime with pressed hay and you too can construct a Tower of Gold, or at least the illusion of one. If you have any doubts, pop on over to Seville, yes, the one in Spain, and have a look at the original Torre de Oro. Particularly entrancing is the visio...
Posted On 12 Dec 2016

Investing for Beginners: How to Invest in Real Estate

Investing in real estate is a popular strategy to grow your wealth. Adding real estate investments to your investment portfolio can add diversification and help protect your wealth from the volatility of the stock market. Check out these real estate investing tips for beginners...
Posted On 07 Dec 2016

12 Expert Tips To Pay Down Your Mortgage In 10 Years Or Less

Purchasing a home is a dream for pretty much everyone. But, taking on that massive debt can prevent you from retiring earlier, sending the kids to college, or taking that dream vacation. Like any other debt, if you’re able to get rid of your mortgage as soon as possible, the...
Posted On 05 Dec 2016