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Owning a Home

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    3 House-hunting Tradeoffs That Affect Your Budget

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    What to know to make the most of your home buying budget

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    Infographic: Avoid These Common Budget Mistakes

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    Decoding the Home Buying Process

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    Is Now the Time to Buy?

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    The 3-Letter Word that Can Transform Your Finances

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5 Renos That Up Your Home's Value ... And 5 That Don't

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A list of 5 renovations you should do to your home, and 5 that you should avoid. Read More

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6 Home DIYs That You Can Do in a Single Weekend

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Here are six ways to freshen up your home’s exterior for $200 or less. Read More

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6 Home-Buying Deal Breakers and How to Troubleshoot Them

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Here are six of the most common home-buying deal breakers worth double-checking before you make a bid. Read More

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Home Buying on a Budget? 7 Telling Signs of an Up-and-Coming Neighborhood

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So once you’ve landed on a home that hues to your determined budget, how do you also ensure it’s situated in an area that will offer more than just affordability—but will actually grow with you? Read More

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The Sacrifices Couples Make in the Name of Homeownership

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After months of wedding-planning stress, a relaxing honeymoon can be just what the doctor ordered for weary newlyweds. Yet 60% couples would give it all up if it meant they could afford a house down payment. Read More

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Second Homes With Friends: What to Know Before You Buy With a Buddy

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Have you been fantasizing about that bungalow on the beach—even though you don’t have the cash or time to manage a second property? It could be time to phone a friend. Read More

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The Top 10 Things to Know for a Move

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Whether you plan to move next month or next year, make sure you’ve got your boxes in a row. Here are the 10 things to know for any move: Read More

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8 Top Home-Selling Mistakes People Often Make

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We’ve rounded up the dos and don’ts that will help you collect thousands (if not hundreds of thousands!) for your place. Read More

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House Cleaning and Staging: 5 Tricks to Sell a House Fast

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Selling your home, but not sure what fluffing and polishing you should do? Well, you’re in luck. It’s easy to tap into nationwide real estate wisdom. Read More

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Infographic: Understand and Improve Your Credit Score

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Your credit score is a key indicator of your financial health.

Find out how to keep on top of your credit score, also known as a FICO score, and how to improve it to ensure your access to credit and better interest rates. Read More

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How Much Home Improvement Should You Do?

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When considering renovations, which should you tackle first, and how do you know if you have enough money in the coffers to tackle it? Read More

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Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Foreclosure

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Following a foreclosure, the path back to homeownership may be shorter than you think. Here are tips to improve your credit and get back into a home sooner. Read More

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Cold Air Leaks

About 30 percent of the cold air that leaks into your home comes through holes where pipes, vents, or electrical conduits run. Fill holes with an insulating foam sealant or caulk.