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These 5 offer mistakes could cost you the house

Making the right offer on a house is considered the most important step in the house buying process. Here are 5 avoidable mistakes as a first-time homebuyer.

4 financial steps to consider before you start a family

Thinking about starting a family? Here are some important steps that you should consider when financially prepping for you and your family's future.

How much you should spend on an engagement ring, according to millennial women

Is buying an engagement ring worth going into debt over? 10 millennial women share their stories and the cost of their engagement rings.

Get help saving for college

Family and friends contributions made easy. Flexible investing options. Tax advantages.

Time to take away the financial keys?

Here are 7 ways adult children can partner as their parents age.

'I bought a New York apartment on a librarian's salary'

Purchasing an apartment seems close to impossible for most renters. Here's a woman's story on how she saved and bought an apartment on a limited salary.

More millennials are signing prenups before getting married

The fear of divorce constitutes one of the many reasons why millennials are signing prenups before getting married. Discover why prenups may not be a bad idea after all.

Real estate agents answer: What makes a winning offer?

How do you make a winning offer and stand out from the crowd when purchasing your first home? Real estate agents share their best advice and break down real estate concepts for first-time homebuyers.

3 signs you're not ready to buy a home

Home ownership may seem like the best way to get 1 step ahead with your finances, but that's not always the case. Read here to learn the 3 signs you're not ready to buy a home.

6 bidding tips for first-time home buyers

Congrats! You are officially in the market for your first home. Understanding the fluctuating real estate market can be tough. Here are 6 bidding tips that can come in handy for all first-time home buyers.

9 expenses to pack in your moving budget

Preparing for moving costs can help alleviate emotional and financial strain. Consider these less obvious expenses.

Here's how to buy a house when you have student loan debt

You have student debt? You can still buy a house. Here are 8 ways to maximize your chance of buying your dream home even with student debt.

7 simple tips for moving on a budget

Don't let the stress of moving get you down. Here are 7 simple tips to make your move budget-friendly and stress free.

Are graduate programs worth the cost?

Are you thinking of a getting a graduate degree? Learn whether the finances associated with graduate programs are worth the cost.

How to survive unpaid maternity leave

Maternity leave is a wonderful and necessary benefit, but it can be financially draining. Learn how you can financially prepare for maternity leave.

Your top mortgage questions answered

Mortgages can be confusing, especially if you are buying a house for the first time. This article answers basic mortgage questions to help educate you on the fundamentals of home loans.

5 steps to take before shopping for your first home

Are you shopping for a new home? This article outlines 5 steps to take before you start shopping for a new home to help you throughout the home buying process.

5 ways to save thousands on your first home purchase

Are you in the process of buying your first home? This article outlines how you could save thousands of dollars during the home buying process.

How buying a house saved my family $11,470 in just 1 year

It may sound counterintuitive, but you could actually save money by buying a house. Learn how you can save money by breaking the rent cycle.

5 tax moves to make now if you just got (or are getting) divorced

If you are divorced or are getting divorced, these tax planning tips may help save you money and better prepare your personal finances for divorce.

More millennials are getting prenups—here's why you might consider one too

Prenuptial agreements may seem taboo, but more and more millennials are getting prenups when marrying. Learn how prenups can protect your personal finances.

7 steps to take before buying your first home

Are you thinking about buying your first home? These 7 steps will help you prepare for one of the biggest purchases of your life and land you your dream home.

How to get the best deal on your new car loan (based on your credit)

Looking to get the best deal on your car loan? Your credit may be able to help you get a reasonable automobile loan without breaking your bank.

How to get approved for your first mortgage

Getting approval on your first mortgage can be tricky. Learn how to get approved for a mortgage, as well as strategies to help you get the best mortgage rate.

How to financially prepare for a new baby

Are you expecting a new baby into your family? Learn how to financially prepare for a new baby so that you can be ready when the baby arrives.

Popping the question? 10 do's and don'ts of engagement ring shopping

Are you engagement ring shopping? Before you buy your loved one the perfect engagement ring, read these 10 rules on engagement ring shopping.

5 things I'll do differently next time I buy a house

Buying a house is a financial milestone. Learn about these 5 things that an experienced home buyer would do differently in buying a house in today's real estate market.

15 costs you'll encounter when you buy your first house

Buying a home includes more expenses than a down payment and a mortgage. Learn about these 15 costs you will encounter when buying your first home.

How much house can you really afford?

As an aspiring homeowner, there are some things you should know before you start touring houses. Find out how much house you can truly afford.

Mortgage preapproval: Step #1 in a house hunt

There are many steps in the house buying process, but one always comes first. Learn about the importance of mortgage preapproval so that you can close on your dream home.

5 things I learned from buying my first home

Are you buying your first house? Learn what this homebuyer discovered buying a house for the first time to get a better understanding of home buying basics.

Why cash is the best gift you can give this wedding season

Cash gifting at weddings may be the best gift you can give. Learn more about gifting cash, and why the gift of liquid cash can be so helpful for newlyweds.

How to merge finances with your new spouse

Newlyweds often face financial confusion about how to merge their finances. This article demystifies how to merge your finances with your new life partner.

7 first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

Are you a first-time homebuyer? This article outlines 7 common financial mistakes that first-time homebuyers make that you should avoid.

What you need to know if you want to buy a house in the next 5 years

Are you thinking of moving into a new home? Learn whether buying a home or renting a home makes the most sense for your personal finance.

I'm worried I'll never be able to afford kids

Financially, having children is a huge responsibility to undertake. Learn how you can save money to financially prepare yourself to have children.

Is it cheaper to rent or buy a home?

Are you thinking of moving into a new home? Learn whether buying a home or renting a home makes the most sense for your personal finance.

Best financial moves for new moms to make

New moms have a lot to plan for, including their finances. Learn what financial steps new moms should take to help them with financial planning goals.

Want to buy a home? Beware: It's a seller's market

Are you planning on buying a home? In today's seller's market, the home buying process favors those selling the house, not buying the house. Learn more about home buying strategies in today's seller's market here

Can you afford to live alone? Here's how much it really costs to move out

Can you afford to live alone? Read here to better understand the financial implications of living alone, and how it can impact your personal finances.

The wedding dilemma: old, new, borrowed, and now you're blue

Budgeting when it comes to your wedding can be difficult. Learn how you can still have your dream wedding while sticking to your budget.

7 steps needed to buy a home

Buying a home? Learn about these 7 steps that can guide you through the home buying process to help you land the home of your dreams.

How much does a 1% difference in your mortgage rate matter?

Mortgages are massive financial undertakings. Learn how a 1% difference on your mortgage rate can affect your personal finance in the long run.

How to offset the effect of a car loan on your credit

Your car loan can effect your credit score. Learn how you can offset the effect of your car loan on your credit score to maintain good credit.

7 tips for getting the most out of your mortgage

Mortgages can be complex and intimidating. Get your mortgage questions answered by learning about these 7 mortgage tips.

7 easy ways to save on your honeymoon

Saving money while traveling is never easy, but saving money on your honeymoon can be particularly hard. Learn how to save money while enjoying your honeymoon here.

Read this before you get a mortgage

Before you get a mortgage, be sure to read over these mortgage questions which may answer some of your home loan questions.

What kind of wedding gifts should you expect?

Weddings are an incredibly exciting time in one’s life. At the end of the day, what financial help or gifts you get at your wedding can help you get on your feet and establish financial independence. Learn what you can expect to receive from your wedding

How to buy a gorgeous wedding dress for less

Buying your wedding dress on a budget doesn't mean you have to pass up the dress of your dreams. Learn how to budget for your wedding here.

8 steps to buying your first car

Buying your first car can be a confusing process. Use these 8 tips to help guide you through the car buying process.

13 kid expenses that are not worth the money

Raising a child is expensive, however there are some areas in raising your child where you can save money. Learn where you can save in raising your kid today.

7 good reasons you might not want to buy a house

Buying a home is a major milestone in your life, however there may be reason to wait to buy your first house. Learn why you should potentially reconsider buying a home here.

Should you get a home loan over the Internet?

Are you thinking of buying a new house? Online home loans have pros and cons. Learn about online home loans here before you commit to one.

6 financial mistakes people make when applying for a mortgage

Review these tips to help with the home-buying process.

The easiest ways for brides to save money on their big day

Saving money on weddings doesn't mean you have to skimp on the bride's big day. Read here to learn how you can save on your wedding.

3 ways to stop spending on your baby and save for college

Saving for college is important, but spending on your new baby is tempting. Read here to learn how you can balance spending on your baby with saving for their college education.

4 reasons your budget may change each month

Budgeting is a useful tool to ensure that your personal finances stay on track, but how often should budgets change? Read here to learn more about budgeting.

9 things you should consider before moving in together

Moving in with your significant other comes with a lot of added responsibilities. Learn about dealing with your personal finances upon moving in with your loved one.

Can you afford a mortgage?

Are you thinking of buying a house? This article can help you determine if you can afford a mortgage, and also help you to better understand the financial planning it requires to take out a mortgage.

These mortgage tips should be etched in stone

Mortgages are complicated, and last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. This article outlines mortgage tips to help you get the lowest mortgage rate and keep track of your personal finances with a mortgage payment.

11 secrets to refinancing your student loans

Refinancing your student loans can be confusing. If you are thinking about refinancing your student loans, this article provides financial tips on helping you get approved.

An HGTV star's advice on home buying when you can't afford it

Have you wanted to buy a home that you don't think you can afford? This HGTV star can give you home buying advice to help you afford your dream home.

6 simple steps to figure out how much house you can afford

Are you looking to buy a house? This article explains the steps it takes to create a home buying budget to help you figure out how much house you can afford.

Preparing financially for a baby

Follow these tips to baby-proof your budget.

Rent or buy? We can help

Trying to decide which works best for your budget? Let us run the numbers for you.

New home? How much can you really afford?

Before you attend a single open house or read a single real estate ad, let us help you create a realistic price range.

How to decide whether to rent or buy your home

Deciding when to rent or buy a house is often a very difficult decision. This article seeks to demystify the dilemma most home owners face: should I rent or buy a house?

Up, up, and away! Saving for a vacation

Are you planning on taking a vacation in the future? Here are some financial tips on why you should start saving for that vacation sooner rather than later.

New parents: save money with these 5 tips

New parents, here are some money saving tips for you. Read here to learn about how you can improve your financial planning by saving.

5 ways to save a down payment for your first home

Saving for a down payment on a home can seem insurmountable. Read here for tips on how you can save for a down payment to buy your first home.

House hunters: Better leave some time for the hunt

Buying a house can take a lot of time. Here are some tips on how to plan ahead to make sure that your home buying time frame fits your needs.

A guide to renting your first grown-up apartment

Your first apartment where your name is on the lease and you pay the rent is a total game changer. Read this article to guide you through the process.

Buy vs. lease?
Which one is right for you?

Figuring out whether to buy or lease a car is not as complicated as you might think. Check out this infographic and learn which option might be best for you.

Getting married

Getting divorced

Divorces are stressful, both emotionally and financially. Learn what you need to know to prepare.

Having a baby

Bringing a baby into the world means change all around. Learn about the financial ones here.

4 hidden costs of selling your home

Selling a home can be a stressful and surprisingly expensive process. Some costs can be unexpected. Let's go over four of them.

Five financial tips for newlyweds

When the two of you tie the knot, you're tying a financial knot too. Learn how to manage finances after marriage.

When a dream house becomes a money pit

Any buyer knows that a dream home can become a nightmare. But most people don't expect it to happen to them.

Money decisions for couples

You share life and love with your spouse or partner, but are you detached from money matters? Here's why and how to find more balance in your financial decision-making.

Split Decisions: Buy a home or rent

Jean Chatzky can help you decide whether you should buy or rent your next home. Watch the video. (2:17)

Are you really ready to buy a house?

Owning a home allows you the ability to build equity. But before you take the leap, ask yourself these questions.

How to deal with higher rent

You're in love with your apartment, but what do you do when they increase the rent?

Tying the financial knot

Take a look at our checklist for tips on how to merge your finances efficiently when you get married.
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Five financial tips for newlyweds

Split Decisions - Buy a home or rent


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