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Take Steps to Tackle Your Personal Debts

Most American families carry debt, whether it’s the $10,000 in credit card debt or the $60,000 in student loans, but at some point, the amount of debt can grow until it becomes unmanageable. It is possible to get out of debt quickly, but it requires

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Successful Negotiation Strategies for Buying Real Estate

From Type A personalities to diplomatic types, each of us has a personal negotiating style, however style is not the same as strategy. Your negotiating strategy will be based on your real financial capabilities, the current real estate market, the seller’s requirements and the property

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Smart Investment Ideas for College Students

When it comes to investing, whether it be stocks, bonds or real estate, time is money. The more time you give your money to grow, the better chance you have at earning profits which, when reinvested, compound to build you a bigger portfolio. College students

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Seasonal Trends in Real Estate

Are you a snowbird looking for a vacation home in warmer climates or a cabin close to your favorite ski resort? A first-time homebuyer looking for a quick sale at bottom prices? Or a seasoned real estate investor looking for your next rental property? Spring

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Saving For Retirement When You’re Self Employed

We usually talk about the importance of saving for retirement by taking advantage of employee pensions, employer-matching, getting a personal IRA and maximizing your tax deductible contributions. But what if you are self-employed? Is the self-employed freelancer or business owner a lost cause when it

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Saving for a Vacation

Did you skip going on a vacation last year because money seemed too tight? Does it seems as if saving for a vacation is out of reach? If so, it is time to make some changes to your spending and savings habits so you can

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Routine and Preventative Maintenance for First-Time Homeowners

Are you a first-time homeowner? Have you recently closed your first mortgage? If so, you’re probably feeling equal parts of excitement and anxiety about making this important step toward financial well-being. Now that you’ve purchased this huge responsibility, it will be helpful to know how

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Rollover Your Retirement Funds

Perhaps you have changed jobs. Maybe your old 401 k isn’t reaching its potential or it’s overly invested in one company. If you find another job with a company offering a 401 k or similar plan, just roll the money over into the new plan

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Retirement Planning for the Long Lives of Women

Historically, there has been a gender gap in retirement planning due to unequal wages, informal services and interruptions in careers, but according to a recent study, women are beginning to close the gap in retirement plan account balances and savings rates on their male counterparts.

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Retirement Adventures: Living Abroad

A number of senior baby boomers with a sense of adventure after years of workplace stability are expanding their search for the perfect place to settle down in retirement to destinations outside of the United States. According to the Social Security Administration, more than 346,000

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Refinancing Your Loan

Mortgage refinancing gives homeowners the opportunity to reduce the overall amount interest owed or monthly payments. If interest rates have fallen, the home has been remodeled, your credit score has improved or are interested in switching your loan type, then you may be considering refinancing

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Reduce Your Home Energy Expenses

Are your current water and power bills blowing your budget? Looking for some easy ways to cut your monthly expenses? Interested in ”going green” and cutting your personal carbon footprint? Here are a few simple strategies can help you reduce your home energy consumption, limit

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