Investing in a college education? 5 tips for maximizing your ROI

Whether you’re finishing your bachelor’s degree, getting your master’s degree or a professional certificate, or going to college for the first time, furthering your education is an expensive investment. But, like any other investment, you can earn a lot more …

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3 tips to get a lower interest rate

Want a lower interest rate, late payment fee forgiveness or a higher credit limit? Just ask for it. Nearly nine out of 10 credit cardholders who asked their credit card companies to waive a late payment fee were successful, and …

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4 Ways You Can Go Green and Save Money

Want to go green and save money? Remodeling your home with a few key features could improve its energy efficiency and increase its value over time. In fact, homeowners who choose to take on green remodeling projects can lower their …

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How You Can Save $1 Million

Americans are living healthier and longer lives. The average life expectancy is now 79—that’s plenty of time to save more than a million dollars. The upshot is that you need to start securing an income for the 10, 20 or …

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How FICO 9 could improve your credit score (if lenders actually use it)

Recently, FICO introduced a new scoring model that could potentially make a big impact on housing—if mortgage lenders ever use it. The FICO 9 score would limit the impact of paid medical collections on a consumer’s credit score, potentially lifting …

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3 Tips for Selling Your House This Fall

We’re officially entering the fall selling season, the best season for real estate after spring. As kids head back to school, parents can turn their attention to buying before the new semester starts in January. Fall is the sweet spot …

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What Part of My Inheritance Is Taxable?

It’s one of Benjamin Franklin’s most famous quotes: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Of course most people aren’t so certain about those taxes, particularly when it comes to taxes surrounding death …

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4 tips for buying an investment home near campus

Would you buy a place to live for your kids in college? Would you make the purchase while your kids were in middle school? Apparently some overeager parents are buying their college-bound kids apartments near some top ivy schools, long …

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Are Real Estate Bidding Wars Heating Up Again?

More and more homebuyers need to be prepared for bidding wars in today’s real estate market. When they arise, people can end up paying much more than the original listing price. Real estate bidding wars are often the result of …

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3 ways to take advantage of low interest rates

Mortgage rates have found their way down to the lowest point of the year. Last week, they hit 4.10 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) and 3.23 percent for a 15-year. Last year at this time, they were 4.58 …

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