Where to Move Now: Best Real Estate Markets

Most financially savvy people consider home ownership a necessary step in building wealth. After all, wise real estate investing could bring big returns. BiggerPockets.com compiled a list of the best real estate markets for buying single- and multi-family homes in 2015. Whether you buy a property as your primary residence or as an investment to rent out, consider this data before making your move. Continue reading

How to Stay Productive During Holiday Travel

Traveling during the holiday season is stressful enough. Add to that meeting a work deadline at the same time and you've got a recipe for disaster. Travel doesn't have to mean wasted work time, but it does take some preparation to stay connected, organized, powered and protected. See how to maximize your time on the jetway and beyond with these productive tips. Continue reading

Best Personal Finance Software for Mac

When it comes to computer types, a line was drawn in the sand of public perception long ago. If you're doing business, you need a PC. When you're being creative, get a Mac. But in reality, this line blurred a long time ago. Applications for both computers are equally capable. Doing personal finances on a Mac doesn't mean you have to compromise. Here's what to look for in the best software to suit... Continue reading

Last Minute Tax Deductions

During the winter season, the April tax deadline can seem a long way off. Keep in mind you'll be reporting the previous tax year, which ends while you're sipping Champagne and humming "Auld Lang Syne." Addressing a few issues before you ring in the New Year can save you substantially at tax time. Continue reading

How to File Your Own Taxes

A big myth about filing your own tax return is that the process is too complex for anyone other than an expert to handle. Although there's no question that the U.S. tax code is extensive and very specific, the reality is that most taxpayers have simple tax situations and the Internal Revenue Service provides updated instructions annually. With some care and planning, you can file your own taxes... Continue reading

Know Before You Owe: The New Loan Estimate Mortgage Form

Good news for prospective homeowners, the process for getting a mortgage has become a little easier… at least the paperwork has. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, has removed four forms from the process and replaced them with two new ones. Not only are the new forms more straightforward, but they also make it easier to compare mortgage estimates with the final offer. Continue reading

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