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A house is possible, even if you have student debt

Student loan debts may be at all-time highs, but Americans aren't letting that stop them from buying a home. In fact, a recent report shows that 27 percent of all homebuyers have student loan debt. And first-time buyers? A whopping 40 percent have student loans....Read More

4 Ideas to Teach Your Children About Finances

There's no doubt that teaching your child smart money management habits is vital to their long-term success. But amid all the soccer games, PTA meetings and lunch-packing, the school year can get busy -- making summer the perfect time to start teaching them about money. Here are some great ways to help your child understand finances:...Read More

Which improvement projects pay off?

There's no doubt that home improvement projects can add significant value to your home, but not all upgrades are a worthwhile investment. While some projects will basically pay for themselves, others won't even get close -- coming in at a loss....Read More

Pros & cons of paying off a mortgage early

Your mortgage may come with a 15- or 30-year term attached to it, but that doesn't mean you have to wait that long to pay it off. In fact, if you have the funds or the will to make it happen, you can pay off your mortgage much sooner than that....Read More

What happens during a home inspection?

The homebuying process looks something like this: Get preapproved for a mortgage, find your dream home and win the bidding war. But before you can move those boxes in and start enjoying your new property, you have one more major step to take: the home inspection....Read More

Budgeting for a future home purchase

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....Read More

7 things to ask your agent

So you found your dream home. You're ready to put down an offer, pack your things and make that place your own. It's natural to be excited about finding a great property, but don't submit that bid just yet....Read More

Your final walk-through to-do list

You put a lot of effort into finding the right house, and now that your closing is just days away, you're finally ready to start calling your new place home. Before this can happen, however, you should do a final walk-through of the property....Read More

3 Reasons Your Home Insurance May Need an Update

When was the last time you thought about your home insurance? If you're like most people, you probably haven't revisited your policy since you first bought it. It's an oversight, though, that can cost you. Here are three scenarios that should prompt an insurance review....Read More