New appliances cut energy costs
Monday, June 29, 2015

New home appliances can cut energy costs

By MARCIE GEFFNER

One way homeowners can live better and save money on energy costs is to purchase new, energy-efficient appliances. A new refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer to replace inefficient, older models that waste water, natural gas or electricity can be a smart investment.

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home prices back to high
Friday, June 26, 2015

Home prices nearing peak records; NAR says it's 'not a bubble'

By JERAMY GORDON

Home prices have officially rebounded to their pre-recession levels and are nearing record highs and at least one economist says it’s not a bubble this time around. The median price of a home sold in May of this year was $228,700 – the highest level in seven years, National Association of Realtors reported.

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YourCreditScore
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What your credit score says about you

By JERAMY GORDON

A credit score says a lot about how someone manages their finances. It also says a lot about who they are as a person. More and more landlords and employers are looking at credit scores to determine how well a potential tenant or employee will work out, and in some states a bad score can affect a person’s ability to buy auto or home insurance.

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interest rates on the rise
Monday, June 22, 2015

Home loan rates are rising. Is it time to worry?

By PETER MILLER

Mortgage rates have been at historic lows for quite some time, but in recent weeks we’ve seen them begin to creep up again. This has spurred many who might have been holding back to finally make a definitive home-buying decision.

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Banks vs Nonbanks
Friday, June 19, 2015

Study finds big shift from banks to nonbank lenders

By SUSAN BELKNAPP

Harvard’s School of Government released a study this month analyzing the recent shift in borrowing from banks to nonbank lenders in the U. S. mortgage market. It focused on the reemergence of non-depository lenders, also known as nonbank lenders, and the role they are playing in the current residential mortgage market.

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Wedding Planning
Friday, June 19, 2015

9 ways to slash the high cost of a wedding

By PETER MILLER

Multimillion-dollar weddings for celebrities like George Clooney ($13 million) or Kim Kardashian and Kanye West ($12 million) are fun to see in the news, but what about the rest of us who want to plan a first-class wedding but don’t have that kind of cash to spare?

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Low Cost Travel
Monday, June 15, 2015

How one middle-class couple was able to travel for nearly 2 years

By PETER MILLER

When it comes to vacationing it’s hard to imagine doing it better than Amanda and Brian Kaderavek, world travelers well before age 30. Forget about a week here or a week there, when the Kaderaveks vacation they’re gone for months at a time – and they save money at every step.

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Buying-renting
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Buyers who lost homes in the housing crisis can come back, but will they?

By SUSAN BELKNAPP

It's incredible to think the fated summer of 2008 was almost seven years ago – the dark days that foreshadowed the impending devastation just ahead.

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Family graduation
Monday, June 8, 2015

Parents and teens agree significantly on college – and paying for it

By JERAMY GORDON

When was the last time a teenager agreed with their parents on anything? It’s almost a matter of principle that teens take the opposite approach of their parents on almost everything. Everything except when it comes to attending and paying for college, that is.

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