An energy-efficient home can bring you comfort and cost savings. The first step to improving your home’s energy efficiency is insulating your walls and other areas prone to losing heat. Today, new-construction homes have plenty of insulation and other energy-efficient features. But this wasn’t always the case. Older homes may have little or no insulation,
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While most people buy a house under their own name, there are those who choose to purchase real estate with a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Buying a house under an LLC is something you might consider if you want to limit your liability exposure, conceal your identity as a homeowner or separate your business and
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After years of studying to begin a career as a medical professional, you’d think getting a mortgage would be a breeze. Unfortunately, many doctors come out of medical school with a significant amount of debt and a more modest income than seasoned physicians.  This large debt-to-income (DTI) ratio can make it harder for doctors looking
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Have you been thinking about going solar? You’ve seen the commercials and are excited by the prospect of joining the renewable energy revolution, lowering your electric bills and doing your part to save the environment. But you can’t greenlight the purchase yet because you don’t know whether to lease or buy solar panels. It’s a
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Like many Americans, U.S. military veterans and active duty service members may want to purchase an investment property. After all, real estate has proven to be one of the most lucrative investment opportunities.  As an added bonus, service members and veterans get access to VA loans, which often come with more favorable terms and fewer
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This may not be a universal anxiety, but most of us don’t like to think or talk about dying. It can be an undeniably uncomfortable topic. So we’re going to focus on our legacies. For some of us, there is comfort in knowing we can leave behind property for our children or relatives to use
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Between cash back, credit card points and travel miles, customer rewards have become a popular way to save money and drive business. If you’ve racked up rewards points you’re ready to spend, you might be wondering if you need to declare them on your taxes. Generally, you won’t be required to pay taxes on credit
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If you’re thinking about generating rental income by purchasing an investment property, you’re probably wondering how much money you need for the down payment. Though the process of buying an investment property shares some similarities with buying a primary residence or second home, it’s important to understand the differences – like the down payment requirement.
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A home appraisal is a comprehensive evaluation of a home’s value that takes into account the living condition of the home, any improvements made and comparable homes in the area. It lets potential buyers and their mortgage lenders know if they may be paying too much for a home. If they are, the lender may
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It’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Investing in an individual retirement account (IRA) is a great way to save for the future. However, there are limits to how much you can contribute to these accounts each year. Keep reading to learn more about how IRA contribution limits work. 2022 Roth IRA Contribution
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Navient – which was a spinoff from Sallie Mae – is a student loan service provider for private and Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) student loan borrowers. The company was recently involved in several lawsuits, including a multistate lawsuit with 39 attorneys general. As a result of the settlement they reached, several changes have
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