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Home & Auto

How Escrow Accounts Work

When you purchase a home with the help of a lender, the lender will likely set up an escrow account…
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Home & Auto

FHA Mortgage Basics

FHA mortgages are a popular option for first-time home buyers to consider. These loans offer attractive terms, including the ability…
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Home & Auto

Qualifying for a Mortgage

Qualifying for a mortgage loan today is no easy task. However, it is also far from an impossible one. Mortgage…
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Home & Auto

Understanding Mortgages

Most people will need a mortgage to finance the purchase of a home. A mortgage works much like any other…
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Children

Smart Spending

Even if you are a smart spender, your kids will not necessarily pick up this habit unless you make it…
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Budgeting

Starting a Budget

Starting a Budget You know you need a budget. Your household is spending money faster than it is coming in,…
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Budgeting

The Zero-Based Budgeting Method

Getting your finances under control is nearly impossible without using some method of budgeting. Although you may shy away from…
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Adulting 101

Five Surprise Travel Expenses That Can Break a Budget

Even the most experienced traveler can run into unexpected expenses. To help you prepare for smooth travels, here are five…
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Estate Planning

A Death in the Family

One of the most emotionally vulnerable times in your life is also one of the times when you’ll need to…
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