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Real Property Tax Liens: There’s Money to Be Made, But Is It Right for You?

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A few days ago on the radio, a pitchman proclaimed that people could make big bucks by buying property tax liens. Just call the 800 number for your free tax lien kit, attend the live training event where you’ll receive a $20 Visa gift card and you’re on your way!

But not so fast! What is a property tax lien and is it a...

Yes, You Can Buy a Home While Paying Off Student Loan Debt—but Should You?

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By now, you have probably heard of the student loan crisis. Millions of Americans emerge from higher education weighed down by thousands (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of dollars of debt. Perhaps you are one of these people.

Being in debt can change the way you look at finances. American Student Assistance found that 55 percent of respondents cited student loan debt as a primary reason to delay homeownership. The National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist Lawrence Yun agreed that the combination of student loan debt and rising home and rent prices has left many young Americans feeling incapable of entering the housing market.

Despite this, there are plenty of...

Four Tips to Flip the Switch to a More Beautiful Home

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(StatePoint) The average home has 45 light sockets which means you probably have more light bulbs than just about any home product, and yet the lighting aisle can still be a daunting place. With the right knowledge, you can save money, protect the environment and bring the best features of your home to life.

Here are four quick tips to get you started:

• Opt for LED. By 2020, half of all residential sockets will have converted to LEDs, which is good news, as LEDs can last over 10 years and use up to 85 percent less energy than the traditional lighting you may use today. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, wattages and color temperatures, they are becoming increasingly affordable...

Home Equities: Easy Come, Easy Go

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A decade ago, when home values were soaring and real estate was booming, many homeowners took advantage by taking cash out from the equity in their home. Typically, the loan was structured as a Home Equity Line of Credit (aka “HELOC”), which functions very much like a typical consumer credit card. Specifically, a homeowner will pay minimum payments on only the loan portion that is being borrowed, and would not necessarily be obligated to pay any principal back. Additionally, the interest rates on these HELOC’s were extremely aggressive, often with very low teaser rates, and the payment was further discounted due to the interest-only features.

In fact, many banks ‘threw in’ a...

How to Prep Your Home for Sale

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When you are so focused on your move and quite possibly grieving the idea of moving, it can be tough to look at your current home and prep for that sale. Deciding to sell your home is a big deal. You are closing one chapter of your life and literally shutting the door on it—or at least you will after some lucky buyer meets your sales price—but that time isn’t here quite yet. You still have to prep for the sale of your existing house.

To get the best return on your investment, here is a list of tips to prep your home for a sale.

Make Repairs

The first thing you need to do is make repairs. If you have been living in a home for a while, you likely have an entire list of chores...
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