7 Things Homebuyers Hate

As a home seller, you have way too much competition to let little items sabotage a sale. These seven problems are among the biggest homebuyer turnoffs, and most of them are easy to fix without spending a lot of money. ... Continue Reading »

Housing Recovery Lags in Judicial Foreclosure States

By Karen Mracek Believe it or not: The housing market is recovering in most states. Home price indexes for 38 states ended 2011 above their early-year lows. And while prices aren't yet up to prerecession levels, 30 states had more than two quarters of growth under their belts by the end of 2011, according to data from... Continue Reading »

Spring Cleaning: Essential Tips for Homeowners

By Pat Mertz Esswein, Kiplinger's Personal Finance As you go about your annual spring-cleaning ritual, take a few additional steps to save money on energy bills this summer, improve your home's appearance and ward off big-ticket repairs later. Here are 18 things for you (or the handyman) to tackle now to help prepare... Continue Reading »

10 Worst Cities for Singles

By Caitlin Dewey Landing on our list of worst cities for singles doesn't necessarily make a city a bad place to live. Far from it. Many of these cities are great for couples, families or retirees, and many offer enviable amenities, from warm weather to low living costs. What these cities don't offer are deep pools of... Continue Reading »

12 Best Cities for High Paying Jobs (SLIDESHOW)

By Caitlin Dewey Getting hired in today's tough job market is hard. Landing a position that pays well is even harder. The secret to a successful search for employment that comes with a fat paycheck lies in looking for work in the right places. That's why we crunched the numbers to identify 12 of the best cities for... Continue Reading »

7 Tips for Snowbirds Before Flying the Coop

By Kimberly Lankford Q. We're retired, and this is the first year that we plan to spend the winter in Florida, leaving our home in New Jersey unoccupied. Are there any special steps we should take before we leave? Here are several special banking and insurance moves that can help snowbirds protect their finances and... Continue Reading »

Is the Housing Bottom Finally in Sight?

By Jerome Idaszak Housing prices will stop sinking next spring. But recovery will be a gradual process -- too slow to help the economy much next year. Look for prices, which have fallen an average of 31 percent since 2006, to drop an additional 2 percent or so in the early months of 2012 and then recover that lost ground... Continue Reading »

10 Great Cities for Young People

For twenty-somethings, finding the right place to live can be a challenge. The best cities need to offer a combination of employment opportunities and social activities, of course, but they also need to be affordable. After all, the typical college graduate with up to three years of work experience makes $41,900, and that... Continue Reading »

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Refinancing

Mortgage rates are at record lows and should stay that way as long as economic reports continue to be disappointing, according to Bankrate.com, which tracks mortgage rates weekly. However, if you've been thinking about refinancing, you should act quickly. If mortgage rates rebound, they could do so fast, according to... Continue Reading »

6 Good Reasons to Buy a Home Now

1. Prices have nearly hit bottom. In most areas, most of the excess has finally been wrung out of the market. But if you're buying a first home or looking to trade up, there's no need to rush. Although prices may fall some more -- blame foreclosures still working their way through the system and tighter credit -- they... Continue Reading »

Does Your Insurance Cover Hurricanes and Earthquakes?

People up and down the East Coast are thinking about earthquake coverage, after a 5.8 earthquake rattled the Mid Atlantic states on August 23. Bill Howard, an independent insurance agent in Alexandria, Va., just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., has been getting calls for the past two days from clients who... Continue Reading »

Home Insurance Rates Rise Even as Property Values Sink

In a year that's been rife with tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, premiums for homeowners insurance are on the rise. And forecasts are calling for a hurricane season that will be more active than usual. Insurers may try to boost rates by as much as 20 percent in areas where storms hit hardest. Don't look for a break... Continue Reading »

Homeowners Insurance 101: What You Need to Know

Q: We are about to settle on our first home, and we don't know the first thing about buying homeowners insurance. How do we get started, and what do we need to know? Kimberly Lankford: Congratulations on buying your first home! Start by getting a price quote from the company that handles your auto insurance -- you... Continue Reading »

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