Should You Buy a House or a Condo?

Finally! After months—or even years—of saving, you’ve got your 3, 5, or 20% down payment ready to go. It’s time to start earning some equity! Over the past several weeks you’ve bookmarked every real estate site and scoured every blog on the hunt for the best mortgage rates. “Location, location, location” has become your answer […]

19 Moving Hacks You Need to Know

“Hooray! I get to disassemble and/or pack Every. Single. Thing. I own, and then do it all in reverse days or weeks later in a strange, new location!” Said no one. Ever. There’s no getting around that moving adds a lot of stress to an already major life event, but take the following tips to […]

The Pros and Cons of Refinancing to a 15-Year Home Loan

As a homeowner, you must have done the math at some point: “Let’s see, I paid X dollars for my house, but by the time I pay off the loan it’ll actually cost me… add the 7… carry the 2… multiply by 30… Wow. That’s a lot more dollars. And if you haven’t done the math here it […]

A Quick Guide to Budgeting for a Remodel

You just offered up a hefty down-payment on your home loan—and probably another smaller-but-still-hefty-ish amount on the closing costs—and your disposable income is at an all-time low. So what do you do when your new home’s porch needs attention, the kitchen is a bit cramped, and the main bath is from an era when shag […]

How to Budget for Your Move

Unfortunately, even the best home loans in the world don’t come with complementary moving included. Even worse, “moving” is not simply a case of 1) buy boxes, 2) hire movers, and 3) drive to your new home. There may be things you need to buy at your new home, things you have to pay for along […]

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