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A Great Real Estate Team With These Key Players Will Help You Hit Your Next Deal Out of the Park
Jul 29

A Great Real Estate Team With These Key Players Will Help You Hit Your Next Deal Out of the Park

When it comes to real estate, ignorance is not bliss. The last sentence you ever want to hear yourself say after signing a deal is, “I should have known that.” That’s why you need to assemble the best experts possible for your real estate team. Your crack team can even help you hit a few

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5 Ways to Put Financial Goals Into Action So You’re Not Always Strapped for Cash
Jul 28

5 Ways to Put Financial Goals Into Action So You’re Not Always Strapped for Cash

Just about anyone you ask will most likely admit to having financial goals. After all, everyone wants to have a good handle on their finances, and even those who are financially secure often feel as if there is more they can be doing in order to push their financial stability in a forward direction. What

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Carefully Track Hidden Home Purchase Costs So You’re Not Suprised Later

Carefully Track Hidden Home Purchase Costs So You’re Not Suprised Later

A new survey shows 94 percent of prospective home buyers believe they’re going to be making a good investment, according to a poll conducted for Discover Home Loans. A large majority of these soon-to-be buyers are confident in their ability to secure an affordable loan and obtain the type of property they want while most

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Why Opting for Smaller Monthly Student Loan Payments Is Always a Smart Idea

Why Opting for Smaller Monthly Student Loan Payments Is Always a Smart Idea

For most college graduates, earning a degree comes at a high price. The average cost of attending a public, four-year college for the 2013-14 school year was about $18,391 ($31,701 if you attend an out-of-state school), according to the College Board. Now that most college students have graduated comes the hard part: finding a job

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How to Ensure Your Family Will Inherit Your Property So Uncle Sam Stays Out of Their Pockets
Jul 27

How to Ensure Your Family Will Inherit Your Property So Uncle Sam Stays Out of Their Pockets

Want to make sure that after you’re gone your family inherits your property without having to deal with red tape, probate lawyers or the government? Most people find that establishing a revocable living trust allows them to better control the distribution of their estate and shelter it from all of those inconveniences. And such a

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How Wealthy Executives Still Remain Untouched by the Great Recession and Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Jul 26

How Wealthy Executives Still Remain Untouched by the Great Recession and Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank

On the same day as the four-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank bill — signed into law to make U.S. banks more stable and better capitalized — it was announced that CIT Group had purchased OneWest Bank for $3.4 billion. The two headliners in the deal were none other than John Paulson, who once infamously collected

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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 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 investment

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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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