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Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?

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

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7 Questions to Ask Before Moving Out of State

Whether you want a change of jobs or a change of scenery, moving across the country is not a step to be taken lightly.

How to Sell Your Home in a Seller's Market

Even in a hot market, smart sellers will work every advantage to get the maximum value out of a sale.

6 Things You Can Negotiate When Buying a Home

Buying a house is a big deal -- and almost all of it is negotiable. Here's what else you can haggle over besides price.

You Got an Eviction Notice. Now What?

An eviction notice taped to the door is every renter's nightmare. Find out your options if the worst should happen.

8 Things You Should Never Hide From Your Landlord

Renting a place to live? After you sign that lease, you'll need to provide full disclosure on certain things.

9 Warning Signs You Can't Afford That New House

If that new house puts the squeeze on your savings, your dream home can quickly become a nightmare. Here's how to tell if it's really too much.

4 Worst Reasons to Buy a House

You should buy a home because you want to — not because these myths make you believe it's a good idea.

6 Ways to Make Your Home Into an Investment

Homes can be money traps. But by treating your house like an investment, you can earn money instead of losing it.

5 Questions to Ask Before Applying for a HELOC

A HELOC offers a flexible way to tap your home equity. Just be sure to answer a few questions before applying.

3 Easy Ways to Invest in Real Estate (Without Buying Real Estate)

Investing in real estate can be lucrative — and a lot of hard work. With these investment strategies, you can enjoy the profits without owning property.

6 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Property Manager

Property managers can help you profit from rental property. Before you sign up, make sure you know what you're getting for their share of the profit.

4 Smartest Ways to Use a Home-Equity Loan

If you have the home equity to spare, you can borrow against it. Just be sure you're using the loan for something smart.

How to Sell Your House Despite Your Messy Kids

Kids make a mess. You can still make a quick home sale despite the disarray.

5 Best Neighborhood Features for New Families

You're hunting for the perfect home for your growing family. The house isn't the only key feature; pay attention to the neighborhood, too.

17 Ways Your House Can Earn a Paycheck

Looking for a unique way to pad your bottom line? Put your house to work earning extra income.

5 Unexpected Costs of Living in a Tiny House

Tiny homes can save you a ton of money on a mortgage — but some of their hidden expenses aren't quite so tiny.

7 Reasons You Need to Downsize

If your house is eating up too much of your time, energy, and cash, it may be time to find smaller digs.

9 Things Sellers Should Watch Out for During Escrow

You've got a buyer for your home — now you just need to make it through escrow.

Why You Should Ask for a CLUE Report Before Buying a Home

Wouldn't it be nice if you knew about a home's repeat problems before you bought it? There's a way; it's called a CLUE report.

6 Tips to Sell Your Condo Fast

If you're thinking of selling your condo, now is a great time. Use these strategies to make the process quick and painless.