Top Tips for New Homeowners to Manage Utilities Expenses

Top Tips for New Homeowners to Manage Utilities Expenses

You dreamed for years of owning your own home, and now you’ve finally done it. You saved the down payment and qualified for a mortgage with terms you can handle. But if you move in right before the deepest cold of winter or the peak of summer, you might be in for a surprise. Utilities cost a lot more for a house than for an apartment. Here are some ways to cut back on energy bills. Continue reading

Budgeting Tools For Managing A Property Management Business

Getting into property management can be a complicated business. But you can make the work a lot easier with the right tools, says financial expert Sean Stein Smith, CPA, member of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission and CGMA of Bergenfield, New Jersey. Continue reading
Personal Finance Strategies: Buying Your First Home

Personal Finance Strategies: Buying Your First Home

Preparing to buy your first home is exciting, and while you’ll need to give some serious thought to making the leap from renter to owner, that initial planning pays off big time when it comes to your financial health. When you’re planning to buy your first home, use these tips to maintain your finances after closing the deal. Continue reading
Roadmap to Buying a Home [Infographic]

Roadmap to Buying a Home [Infographic]

Roadmap to Buying a Home: Buying the home you've always dreamed of doesn't happen with a snap of your fingers. There are several steps on the path to finding oyur perfect home - do you know the roadmap? Continue reading
Rent or Own your Home [Infographic]

Rent or Own: Find Your Perfect Type of Home [Infographic]

Should you rent or own? Start by comparing the pros and cons. Understanding both options can help put you on the path toward discovering the best type of home for you. Continue reading
How Much House Can You Afford To Buy?

How Much House Can You Afford?

Owning a home is part of the American dream – a place of your own where you can raise your kids and your grandchildren can come to visit. Part of that dream might be reaching for the stars to buy the biggest and the best, but your income and budget might make that hard to do. So how much house can you afford? Here are a number of methods that can help you figure it out. Continue reading
Renting Vs Buying: A Regional Guide

Renting vs Buying: A Regional Guide [Infographic]

Buying a house is almost always cheaper than renting. In the U.S., owning is 35% cheaper than renting after seven years, based on a 30-year mortgage with 20% down. Continue reading
What is the real cost of buying a home in America?

The Real Cost of Buying a Home in America [Infographic]

Expereinced homeowners know that the cost of buying a house goes far beyond the list price. Before applying for a mortggage, take a look at the hidden costs we've identified. Continue reading

Buying a House: A Checklist

A Budgeting Checklist for Buying Your First Home When the time comes to buy your first house, there's a lot to think about. Will you plant rose bushes or an apple tree? Should the living room have a red or blue accent wall? Do you really want to hold on to that couch? However, before you can have the fun of landscaping and decorating your first home, you need to figure out how to pay for it.... Continue reading

Real Estate & Personal Finance: Will I Save Money if I Buy a Short-Sale Home?

Why Lenders Agree to Short Sales By definition, a short sale means that the lender isn’t going to get back all the money it loaned for the property's original purchase, because the home is no longer worth that much. If the lender fronted Joe Homebuyer $300,000 to purchase the property and then the economy hit a rough patch, Joe might still owe $275,000 while the home's fair market value has... Continue reading

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