mortgages

Yes, You Need Home Title Insurance — Here's Why

Home title insurance is one more fee in the closing costs pile. Do you really need it?

Why Your Credit Score Matters in Retirement

Just because you've left the working world behind, doesn't mean you can leave the credit world behind. Here's how to keep your credit score golden, too.

FICO or FAKO: Are Free Credit Scores From Credit Cards the Real Thing?

Your credit card provider might offer your credit score —for free! — every month. Here's what you need to know about that complimentary number.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Can a Paint Job Help an Old House Pass a Re-Fi Appraisal?

After two not-so-successful attempts at a mortgage re-fi, Max is ready with a plan. Will the third time be the charm?

7 Last-Minute Ways to Cut Your 2016 Tax Bill

Tick tock, the year's almost up! Before 2017 comes ringing in, make sure you check off these last-minute ways to cut your '16 tax bill.

Home Reverse Mortgaged? Here's How to Sell It

Reverse mortgages are growing in demand as the population ages. This means more of these homes will be hitting the market, too.

5 Financial Moves Now That You'll Regret When You Retire

Retirement may seem like a distant dot on the horizon, but if you make these costly money moves today, you'll really regret it later.

Rent Your Home or Buy? Here's How to Decide

Rent versus buy is an age-old housing conundrum. Make the decision easy with some math that's easy to figure.

Watch Out for These 5 Last Minute Home Buying Costs

First time homebuyers can be left scrambling to cover these last-minute costs. Don't get blindsided on your way to your new home!

Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?

Owning your home outright is a huge achievement. Weigh these options first, though, before tackling your mortgage early.

Everybody's Wrong About How Much House You Can Afford

Owning too much house often leads to your house owning you. Avoid becoming house poor with a radical approach to housing costs.

3 Sources of Fast Cash Besides Your 401K

Life is full of tough decisions. Like, whether it's better to tap your retirement savings or home equity when you need cash.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: How to Decide When to Sell Your House

Max is facing one of the biggest decisions in her budget challenge yet — should she sell her house? The decision is amusingly complex.

4 Ways to Buy a House Without a Mortgage

No mortgage? No problem. You can still purchase the home of your dreams.

How to House Hunt Without Leaving Your Couch

Find the perfect new home right from the comfort of your couch. Isn't technology wonderful?

5 Negotiation Tricks That’ll Win a Home Bidding War

With slimmer pickings in the housing market, bidding wars abound. Don't let your dream home get swept out from under you with these negotiation tricks.

5 Times You Shouldn't Refinance Your Mortgage

Thinking of refinancing your mortgage? Hang on — usually a refinance is the right choice, but not always.

Refinance These 4 Common Debts Before Year Ends

Get the jump on your New Year's debt resolution. Refinance these four loans by December 31st!

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.