Personal Finance and Home Buying Education

6 Money Conversations to Have Before You Get Married

6 Money Conversations to Have Before You Get Married

By Aly Yale / March 11, 2022
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Getting married ties more than your lives together. It also binds your finances — and that can be a challenge if you don’t have some open, honest, and candid conversations about money early on. It’s true: According to a survey…

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4 Ways to Cut Costs as Inflation Rises

4 Ways to Cut Costs as Inflation Rises

By Aly Yale / March 9, 2022
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You’ve probably heard by now that inflation is up — way up. In fact, it’s actually at its highest point in four decades. As a consumer, this means one thing: Higher prices. Prices on groceries and consumer goods are higher.…

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National Credit Education Month: 5 Tips on How to Build Your Credit Score From Scratch

National Credit Education Month: 5 Tips on How to Build Your Credit Score From Scratch

By Tara Mastroeni / March 2, 2022
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If you don’t have much experience with credit, the idea of learning how to build up a credit score from scratch can seem intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. By following a few simple tips, you can…

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2020 Home Tax Deductions and What New Homeowners Need to Know

Tax Deductions New Homeowners Need to Know

By Aly Yale / January 10, 2022
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Homeownership comes with some serious benefits. It can protect you from inflation, help you build wealth, and come tax season? It can even qualify you for valuable deductions and credits. If you’re new to homeownership, or you just sold your…

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Paying Off Debt? 4 Tips to Help You Make More Progress

Paying Off Debt? 5 Tips to Help You Make More Progress

By Tara Mastroeni / March 22, 2021
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Paying off debt is never easy, but it can be done. Plus, the feeling of relief when you’ve finally paid down your balances is like no other. With that in mind, if you are serious about getting your finances under…

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26 Real Estate and Mortgage Terms from A – Z

26 Real Estate and Mortgage Terms from A – Z

By Aly Yale / January 27, 2021
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The home buying process is filled with all kinds of jargon and industry-specific real estate and mortgage terms. You’ll encounter acronyms like “APR,” “DTI,” and “LTV,” and new phrases like “escrow account” and “fixed-rate” can add confusion, too. Need help…

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Tips for Teaching Your Teenager About Managing Money and Personal Finance

Tips for Teaching Your Teenager About Managing Money and Personal Finance

By Aly Yale / September 21, 2020
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Your teen might learn how to solve linear equations in high school math, but personal finance? Probably not.  That’s on your shoulders, and unless you’re a certified financial planner or another kind of financial pro, it probably seems pretty intimidating. …

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escrow and the role it plays in the home buying process

Escrow and the Role It Plays in the Home Buying Process

By Tara Mastroeni / May 7, 2020
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If you’re buying a home, you’ve probably heard your real estate agent mention the term “escrow.” However, you may be wondering, “What is escrow — and what role does it play in the home buying process?” In that case, you’re…

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Student in cap and gown after graduating

8 Ways Parents Can Pay for College

By Aly Yale / February 12, 2020
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Let’s face it: college is expensive. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, four years at a public university clocks in at just under $69,000, while at a private school, it edges upward of $178,000 by the time graduation…

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Freddie and Fannie Who?! 13 Mortgage Terms You’ve Heard and May Not Understand

By Aly Yale / January 8, 2020
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The mortgage process can be pretty overwhelming — especially if it’s your first time around the block. In fact, according to a recent study from credit bureau TransUnion, a whopping 34% of first-time homebuyers aren’t familiar with a single mortgage…

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