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Your home should be a relaxing, comfortable respite for every member of your family — even the furry ones. But most homes aren’t built with the comfort of pets in mind. Want to help your furry friend feel just as cozy at home as you are? Consider making these pet-friendly changes: Give them their own...
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According to author and co-founder of AE Wealth Management David Bach, "buying a home is the escalator to wealth in America." Homeownership can also help you retire early, the self-made millionaire tells CNBC Make It. That is, if you pay your mortgage off. "I can tell you, having been a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley,...
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Determining how much home you can afford takes some number crunching. Sure, you should look at the listing price — but that’s only one part of the equation. In reality, there are dozens of other expenses you’ll face as a homeowner. So what should you consider when budgeting for a home purchase? These expenses are...
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Shopping for a house is stressful. You’re trying to find the best home, in the best area, for the best price. Making your budget match your wish list is overwhelming, but take heart. It’s not about finding the perfect house; it’s about finding a house you can make into a safe, comfortable home that isn’t...
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One of the rights US citizens have is to bequeath their property to others. The right of inheritance applies to all property, including even properties with mortgages attached to them. For those inheriting a mortgaged property, though, a number of questions and concerns invariably pop up, including whether the mortgage can be assumed. Additionally, people...
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By Jill Chodorov Kaminsky April 11 If you’re planning to take a loan out on your 401(k) to purchase a home, you better check with your employer first. Your employer’s rules on borrowing from your retirement funds might be tougher than those of the Internal Revenue Service. In a recent transaction, my buyer client learned...
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Credit scores are easier to access than ever, but according to a new NerdWallet survey, 11% of Americans have never checked theirs. Harris Poll and NerdWallet surveyed more than 2,000 Americans about their knowledge of bad credit and credit scores. We found widespread misconceptions about credit scores and the factors that influence them. We also...
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Planning to remodel your home? Great idea and good luck to you! Think you can do whatever you want to your house? Not so fast, my friend. Home remodeling is governed by your local laws. Fall afoul of them and you’ll be in big trouble. (Worst-case scenario: Someone might get hurt on your property. Really...
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If you can’t move, renovate. Fast-rising home prices and a record-low number of homes for sale have a lot of homeowners choosing to stay put — and put in a new bathroom or update the kitchen. Higher home values also mean they have more cash to take out of their homes. With mortgage rates so...
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Kelsey Ramirez 2017 is now officially over and 2018 has begun. As the year comes into full swing, many experts continue to give their predictions for the housing market during the new year. American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance Co-director Edward Pinto gave four points he expects to see from the housing...
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