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Knowing These Key Points Will Help You Avoid Capital Gains Tax When Selling Real Estate
Jul 25

Knowing These Key Points Will Help You Avoid Capital Gains Tax When Selling Real Estate

Paying taxes isn’t fun, but there are strategies you can employ to cut your tax bill. If you’re trying to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the sale of your home, your financial planner might have clued you in on a few tips to help you avoid paying big taxes. But when it comes to a piece of

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How Amortized Fixed-Rate Loans Help Keep Your Final Mortgage Payment In Sight

How Amortized Fixed-Rate Loans Help Keep Your Final Mortgage Payment In Sight

Amortization, the word, stems from the Latin “mort,” meaning death. In real estate speak, it literally means to “kill a loan” over a defined period of time. This deadly fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) instrument is actually a good disciplinary tool for consumers who prefer predictability when it comes to their financial lives. Although conservative by design

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3 Regrettable Banking Mistakes That You’ll Make As a New Graduate
Jul 24

3 Regrettable Banking Mistakes That You’ll Make As a New Graduate

New college graduates entering the “real world” face a lot of questions. Where to look for work? How to cope with looming student loan payments? Whether to move back home or not? Once you’ve graduated from college, you have consider these questions and many more. Especially important for young adults — making the right financial moves to set you

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Why You’ll Make These Mistakes Before Retirement If You’re Not Paying Attention

Why You’ll Make These Mistakes Before Retirement If You’re Not Paying Attention

Retiring early is something that appeals to almost everyone. As you begin aging, there’s comfort in knowing that your finances are in order and that you’ll likely be able to stop working before the official retirement age. Unfortunately, that’s just not realistic for most Americans. However, there are a number of things you can do in order to improve your chances of being

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3 Personal Finance Apps Just As Worthwhile As Mint
Jul 23

3 Personal Finance Apps Just As Worthwhile As Mint

Mint, a budgeting and spend-tracking tool, allows consumers to sign up and within minutes, have their accounts securely connected,  and spending patterns broken down in easy-to-understand charts. However, does that really encapsulate the public’s general needs in the realm of money management? We’ve already picked three other apps that deserve to stand alongside Mint in the personal

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How to Keep Water Damage from Springing a Leak in Your Home Budget

How to Keep Water Damage from Springing a Leak in Your Home Budget

Ah, kids, you gotta love ‘em. Right before pushing off on your family vacation, your daughter Samantha bolts out of the family SUV to run to the bathroom. You’ve waited the whole year for your precious two weeks of me-time, so what’s a couple more minutes’ delay. Your vacation races by. It couldn’t have gone

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5 Reasons You’ve Got the Wrong Mindset About Personal Wealth and Struggle With Money

5 Reasons You’ve Got the Wrong Mindset About Personal Wealth and Struggle With Money

Personal wealth is one of those things that everyone has a different opinion about. Some find wealth to be something that doesn’t necessarily matter too much and is adjunct to other aspects of life, while others live and breathe for their money. While a healthy attitude may likely fall somewhere in between these two extremes, there’s

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Real Estate Market Values Rise: ‘Anything Under $3 Million Is On Fire’
Jul 22

Real Estate Market Values Rise: ‘Anything Under $3 Million Is On Fire’

As the saying goes, all real estate is local. Prices could be going through the roof in one region of the country and sinking through the floorboards in another. For savvy buyers and sellers, movement in either direction creates profit-making opportunities. So, to get a better sense of how individual markets are performing, MyBankTracker recently

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Making Extra Student Loan Payments Won’t Help Pay Down Your Debt, Thanks to This Sneaky Trick

Making Extra Student Loan Payments Won’t Help Pay Down Your Debt, Thanks to This Sneaky Trick

According to the Institute for College Access & Success’ Project on Student Debt, seven out of 10 college seniors graduate school with debt. No one knows better than young jobseekers that paying off students loans is a major priority. So imagine your surprise when you discover that the extra loan payments you have been sending to your loan servicer aren’t helping pay your debt

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How to Milk Your Next Home Inspection to Make Every Square Inch Count

How to Milk Your Next Home Inspection to Make Every Square Inch Count

“Who you gonna call?” In the 1980s, if you feared ghosts were stalking your house, you called Ghostbusters. Today, the refrain means something far different. If you fear that the picture-perfect house you’ve got your eye on to buy might be haunted by defects — faulty construction, improper electrical wiring, inefficient insulation, a suspect roof,

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