Graduation is the theme all around my neighborhood. It is a time of excitement and big dreams. Unfortunately in most cases, personal financial sense is not a taught at college. Once out of college, going from living broke to a big paycheck every month can easily encourage lifestyle inflation and a downward spiral of bad financial [...]
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Do you think it’s a good idea to get away from fossil fuels for our energy needs? If so, you’d be one of millions. Fact is, we are totally dependent on energy for our daily lives, especially electricity. (You can’t read this post without electric power, for example.)
Where Does Power Come From?
Most electricity, by far, [...]
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Most veterans say that some of the more confusing aspects of qualifying for a VA loan are the occupancy requirements. This usually stems from when a service member gets their PCS orders and has to move. Will they be able to rent the house? Will they be [...]
This article is by staff writer Richard Barrington.
They say real estate is all about location, location, location, but I think it may be even more specific than that. The condition of the real estate market can vary from house to house.
The backdrop for this topic is a series of stories about the recovery of the [...]
This article is by staff writer William Cowie.
Summer is winding down and so you’re sitting on the patio catching up with your friends. Mark and Sally just came back from their timeshare vacation on Maui, and they’re breathless as they recount all the fun things they did.
That night, you and your significant other wind down [...]
This guest post is from William Cowie, who has contributed to Get Rich Slowly and other personal finance blogs. He also blogs about investing and offers a free Investing Basics course on Bite the Bullet Investing.
Everywhere you look, the story’s the same: the value of your house is going up. The National Association of Realtors [...]
While cleaning out some old bookmarks, I ran across a link to one of Ron Lieber’s articles on home buying from back in 2009. In it, he discusses seven rules for first-time homebuyers. And even though the article is a few years old, it’s still relevant.
Start with the basics
For starters, put 20% down on your [...]
I wasn’t exactly born yesterday. But among the misty watercolor memories clouding my brain pan, I retain a clear memory of the kind of homes that many middle-class people lived in way back in my 1960s-era childhood.
They often were very small. Three tiny bedrooms, a phonebooth sized bathroom, a kitchen just larger than a card [...]
As with so many other things, the world of real estate tends to move in cycles. For proof, just look at the markets for single-family homes and apartments.
It wasn’t that many years ago that every American was buying a home. If you didn’t own a home, people demanded to know why. What were you waiting [...]
This is a guest post from Sarah Gilbert.
The story of one mortgage
I got my mortgage statement in the mail a few weeks ago. I bought my Portland, Oregon home 10 years ago on a busy street in an up-and-coming neighborhood with what I thought was a super-low interest rate: 5.25%. It was a five-year ARM, [...]
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