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4 of the Fastest Ways to Go Broke in Retirement

Retirement should be for relaxing. But if you keep up these four habits, you'll spend your golden years broke.

4 Surprising Things Lenders Check Besides Your Credit Score

It's no secret your credit score is important. But when it comes to getting a home loan, it's not the only determining factor.

5 Alternative Housing Options You Can Afford

You don't have to live in a van by the river to cut your housing costs dramatically — instead, consider some nontraditional abodes, like these.

12 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Decide to Retire

The hard work of a 9-to-5 may be over with retirement, but another kind of hard work begins — maintaining a comfortable lifestyle. These money moves will help.

9 Sneaky Home Money Pits That Sap Your Savings

Household money pits aren't always obvious. Beware these sneaky money sinks hiding right under your nose.

What Happens to Your Debt After You Die?

Add debt to the short list of life's certainties (alongside death and taxes). Since you can't take it with you, where does it go?

5 Things You Need to Know When Renting-to-Own a Home

Rent-to-own can be a lifeline for those with poor credit. Before snagging the keys to your soon-to-be dream home, brush up on what you need to know.

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Second Home in Retirement

A vacation home is a lifetime dream. For retirees, living the dream comes with an extra dose of reality.

The 7 Most Important Financial Moments of Your Life

These turning points in your life bring critical money matters to the table. Are you ready?

5 Reasons You Shouldn't Buy a House (Yet)

You dream of kissing the renters' life goodbye, but not so fast. You might not be ready to be a homeowner just yet.

5 Homebuying Questions You're Embarrassed to Ask

New homeownership comes with more new terms and phrases than one can keep up with. Don't be embarrassed to ask these questions!

15 Personal Finance Calculators Everyone Should Use

Personal finance is best handled with numbers — accurate numbers. These great online calculators have you covered, no math skills required.

The Only 5 Rules of Home Buying You Need to Know

Buying a home can be seem scary — and complicated. But if you keep these basics in mind, you'll soon have the home of your dreams.

Everything You Need to Know About Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

The names Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae probably ring a bell, especially if you've applied for a mortgage lately — but who or what, are they, exactly?

6 Reasons You Should Still Go to the Bank

Sure, many of us manage our money online or on our smartphones these days, but it's still smart to pop into your local bank once-in-awhile.

Everything a First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Buy a House

Buying a home for the first time can be super stressful. Get your finances move-in ready before you start your hunt, and it'll go easier than you expect.

You've Defaulted on Your Loan. Now What?

If late loan payments have snowballed into default, don't panic. It's time to dust yourself off and get back on track.

The Fed Raised Rates — Then Something Weird Happened

The Fed raised its benchmark rate last December and — almost nothing changed? Now, just why, exactly?

Here's What Happens to a Mortgage in a Divorce

Divorce is messy. And step one is figuring out how to split ways with your biggest shared asset; your home.

5 Things Lenders Look For in a Loan Application

Ready to make a house a home? Get a leg up on a mortgage application by knowing what lenders are looking for.