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Dan Rafter

Dan Rafter is the managing editor of Law Bulletin Magazine and the editor of the Midwest Real Estate News. Dan has written for publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Consumers Digest, and BusinessWeek Online.

Latest articles by Dan Rafter

Here's the Difference Between a Federal and Non-Federal Credit Union

You're thinking about joining a credit union. You've noticed some credit unions are federal, and some are state-chartered. What's the difference?

Are You Ruining Your Retirement by Spoiling Your Kids?

You'd do anything for your kids — but you shouldn't derail your retirement to loan them money.

How to Sell a Home Without a Traditional Agent

Real estate agents take a hefty commission from your home sale. Want to avoid that financial hit? You can sell your home without a traditional agent.

What to Do if You've Signed Up for a Terrible Loan or Credit Card

Sometimes a loan or credit card doesn't work out to your favor. Is there any way out?

5 Mortgage Details You Should Know Before You Sign

Buying a new home is exciting, but before you sign your name on the dotted line, you need to ask — and answer — a few key questions about your loan.

6 Signs You're Making All the Right Money Moves

Ever wonder if you're on the financial straight and narrow? If these signs all point to you, you are!

5 Monthly Bills That Vary Based on Your Credit Behavior

Your credit score carries a lot of weight in your financial life. It can even impact your monthly bills.

Why You Need to Know the Difference Between Secured and Unsecured Debts

You have secured debt, and you have unsecured debt. Do you know the difference? It's time to learn.

How Long Does it Take Break Even With a Home ReFi?

Refinancing your mortgage can be a sound financial move. But how do you figure out when you'll break even? Let's crunch numbers.

Is Dollar Cost Averaging the Right Strategy for You?

Want to invest a lump sum while cutting down risk? Dollar cost averaging may be your move.

Here's How Debt Settlement Can Make Your Debt Worse

Debt settlement companies make a pretty convincing pitch, but beware: They just might leave you worse off.

5 Reasons a Home Sale Could Fall Through

Your house is on the market, and you finally got an offer. Done deal, right? Not so fast...

6 Questions to Ask Before Taking Out Student Loans

College isn't cheap and a student loan may seem inescapable. Make sure you've checked out all your options before you sign.

4 Myths About Divorce and Money, Debunked

Divorce is complicated and expensive. Dispel these money myths so you'll be better prepared to go your separate ways.

Stop Believing These 5 Home Refinance Myths

A home refi can help your overall financial health. Don't let these myths keep you from applying.

Stop Thinking of Your House as an Investment

Your home may be where your heart is, but it's not an investment.

6 Ways You Can Cut Costs Right Before You Retire

With retirement right around the corner, it's more important than ever to start cutting your daily living costs. You'll thank yourself later.

4 Home-Buying Habits We Can Learn From Millennials

Millennials are late to the homebuying game, but they're bringing some valuable lessons we all can learn from.

5 Types of Overspenders — Which One Are You?

There are different types of chronic overspenders. Which one are you?

5 Times Buying a Home With Cash Is Bad for Your Budget

If you have enough cash to buy a house, that's great! It still doesn't mean it's always the smartest financial move.