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Should I buy a home or keep renting?

The 5 key questions to ask yourself about this major decision.

How much house can I afford?

Consider these guidelines to help determine your budget.

How much should you spend on a car? Here's how to find out

Follow these steps to avoid buying a car that's out of your budget.

Is a home really a good investment? Here's what you need to know

Is a home an investment or expense? The reality is that both answers are correct.

Paying for your home improvements

Sellers, here's how you prepare for your home inspection

These are a few key things you should do before your home is inspected so you can make the best possible impression.

Buying a home with less than 20% down

Yes, it's possible–here's what you should know.

Here's what a new car costs the average American

Here's how much a new car really costs these days, and budget-friendly alternatives.

Traveling to attend a wedding? 4 ways to make it more affordable

Costs can add up quickly when you’re traveling for a wedding. Here are a few ways to make it easier on the wallet.

How to calculate the (real) cost of buying a home

Here's how you can determine what you'll pay up front and ongoing, to help you avoid unexpected surprises.

When is the best time to sell your home? 4 factors to consider

There's no right answer, but here's how to figure out what's best for you.

What you need to know about rate shopping

Also known as: comparing different rates from lenders when you're buying a car or house.

6 tips for traveling when money is tight

Here's how you can take a vacation, within your budget.

Owning a home costs the average American $13,153 a year—and that's not including a mortgage

Know what you're committing to before you buy a home.

Protect your ID and documents on vacation

What would you do if you lost your passport while traveling abroad?

5 questions to ask yourself when buying your first car

If you’re looking to buy your first car, you might end up getting in over your head.

4 steps to determine how much house you can (really) afford

Buying a house is exciting and stressful and there are infinite factors to consider such as, home affordability. These 4 steps may help with your big decision.

3 hacks I use to save money on travel

Setting aside money in your personal budget is great, but sometimes it takes a little more strategy. Here are three smart ways to help make traveling more affordable.

How to protect your credit when buying a new car

Unless you can pay for a new car in cash, you’ll need to get financing to make the purchase. Learn how to help protect your credit when buying a car here.

How much does it cost to own a car?

The numbers tend to pile up pretty quickly, but many people don't really consider the full cost when buying a car. Learn tips on owning a car here.

4 signs a starter home is right for you

Jumping into homeownership as a first time home buyer is exciting! Read over the signs that can help you decide if you're ready for a starter home.

Financial considerations for the future: buying a house

Are there reasons to put off buying a home even if it’s something you want? Here are a few things you should consider when thinking about being a homeowner.

A cheat sheet for first-time home buyers in today's tight market

Potential first-time buyers have been forced to compromise when making their homeownership dreams a reality. Read more about first-time home buying here.

5 factors that determine if you'll be approved for a mortgage

Thinking about buying the home of your dreams? Consider these key financial factors before applying for a mortgage loan.

Why shopping around for your mortgage makes a huge difference

Are you looking at buying a home? Learn about the importance of shopping around for a mortgage when searching for your future home.

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.

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.

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.

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