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10 ways to use the sun at home

Going green isn't a trend that's going to fade anytime soon- it's a lifestyle that's here to stay. Utilizing renewable energy resources like the sun is an easy way to add a little more green to your life. For example, did you know that you can make a solar oven out of a pizza box? Check out more green tips from Groovy Green Livin below!... Read More >



Thirty Steps to Financial Wellness

Did you know that April the official National Financial Literacy Month? No matter what month of the year, it's crucial to work on these 30 steps throughout the year that Money Management International provides on FinancialLiteracyMonth.com to put you on the path to financial wellness.... Read More >



3 Things to Never Do With Your Down Payment

Depending on what type of loan program you choose, your down payment could be anywhere from zero percent to three and half percent or more. It's important that no matter what your down payment is, you know where to keep it. Though it might be obvious you shouldn't spend your down payment on a shiny car or new furniture, you might not have thought about these three things you should never do with your down payment from Credit.com.... Read More >



Digital Upgrades That Can Help You Sell Your Home

It may be no surprise that giving your home some fresh curb appeal and a new coat of paint will help sell your home faster, but did you think about digital upgrades? In a world where technology is evolving faster than we can keep up with, it's important to install some of the latest smart features in your home before you sell it. Daniel Goldstein from Marketwatch gives the inside scoop on the latest smart home features that could help move your home off the market in 2016.... Read More >



Beyond Credit Scores: 7 Factors That Affect a Loan Application

When deciding the best path you should take in your journey to homeownership, we take into account multiple factors other than just credit scores. Qualifying for a loan does not come down to one magic number, but instead multiple numbers that are unique to each buyer's financial profile. Maryalene LaPonsie from U.S. News dives deeper into 7 other factors that affect a loan application.... Read More >



The best time to list a home for sale

When’s the best time to put your home on the market? Depending on which part of the country you live in, there are several factors that could influence how long your home will be listed before it sells, and how much buyers will pay. This article from Builder highlights new data from Zillow that pinpoints the best home selling time frames for several cities around the U.S.... Read More >



5 Big Mistakes Millennials Make With Credit Cards

You walk into a bank for the very first time hoping to be approved for a credit card. Ten minutes later you walk out with a preferred card with a $1,000 limit. The excitement of being a new cardholder stays with you as you swipe left and right for what ever you want...until next month rolls around and you forget about your due date. Don't be that Millennial who makes these five big credit card mistakes U.S. News warns you about!... Read More >



Some Auto Insurance Premiums Penalize Home Renters, Study Finds

Not many people think that homeownership, credit scores, and auto insurance go hand in hand, but a new study from the Consumer Federation of America proves otherwise. One of the major benefits of being a homeowner with a high credit score means lower auto insurance premiums. Read more about this study below!... Read More >



Buying a home while still paying student loans

A Millennial from Atlanta who's still paying off his student loan asks CNN Money for advice on buying a home. Zach Cain asks, "I am currently renting and feel like I may be throwing my money down the drain when I could be building equity. Should I consider a low down payment option or put off buying a home until I can afford the recommend 20% down payment?" See what CNN Money's Kathryn Vasel response is to his down payment question below!... Read More >



Breaking Down Your Credit Score Infographic

Breaking down your credit score and learning about how it's calculated doesn't have to be a headache. This simple infographic made by MGIC will help all of you visual learners out there understand how the credit score world works minus the headache. You might learn more than a few credit score facts you didn't know along the way too!... Read More >



2016's Best and Worst States to Retire

What does your retirement look like? Do you see yourself relaxing on a Florida beach or curled up by a fire in a log cabin in North Carolina? Whatever it may look like, you'll want to check out this article from WalletHub to see if your ideal state makes the best or worst place to retire.... Read More >



How 3 Millennials Drastically Improved Their Credit Scores in Under a Year

Most Millennials haven't quite mastered the credit score game yet, but they're well on their way to figuring it out. This article from Nerd Wallet highlights three Millennials who successfully managed to improve their credit scores within a few months. They share tips that all generations can learn from - not just the Millennials.... Read More >



5 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score in 2016

In 2016 we welcome a new chapter in our lives with our New Year's resolutions. Our resolution may be to work... Read More >



Is New Construction For You?

Choosing between buying an existing home versus new construction can be a little overwhelming. This article from Realtor.com offers some tips and tricks when considering buying new home construction.... Read More >



What's more important to non-car commuters: Living or working near transit?

Owning or renting a home near a transit station may not have much impact on whether a person commutes via their car or some form of non-car transportation, but closer proximity of their work location to a transit station increases the likelihood that they won’t be driving their own car to work. Those are the findings of a recent study from researchers at the University of Denver, as reported in this CityLab article from Eric Jaffe.... Read More >