Brian McIlwain

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The Yosemite most people never see: 10 dazzling hikes

YOSEMITE — Gazing at the spectacular scenery surrounding Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir, I can’t help but marvel. Nature has endowed Tuolumne …

5 Painful Lessons People Learned Selling Their Home

Selling a home <i>should</i> be a joyous process—where you show off your digs to enamored buyers who shower you with offers that far surpass what you paid …

Learn How to Be a Successful Part-Time Real Estate Agent

Learn About Being a Part-Time Real Estate Agent<p>The Pros and Cons<p>Updated July 03, 2017<p>A Less Stressful Financial Prospect<p>Keeping another job with a …

Are You A First-Time Home Buyer? Be Aware Of These Mortgage Programs

If you are shopping for a mortgage, you have probably seen all sorts of offers and advertisements aimed at first-time home buyers and wondered if these are really as good as they sound. In some cases, “first-time” programs are little more than attention-getting marketing messages from lenders, …

Real Estate

Buying a Home in 2017? Don't Forget This 1 Important Step

The homebuying process can be a long one, with many things that need to be done along the way. And while it's not mandatory, obtaining a mortgage pre-approval can make your experience much smoother. Here's what a mortgage pre-approval is, why it's important, and how to tell the difference between a …

Personal Finance

If you're planning to buy a house this year, here's how the Trump administration could affect you

Trump moved to immediately suspend a fee reduction for Federal Housing Administration loans. The Obama administration authorized the fee reduction on January 9.<p>Essentially, the suspension of the FHA rate cut stopped a reduction in mortgage insurance premiums for FHA-backed loans, although the cuts …

5 tips for buying your first home

For many people, the dream of owning a home might become a reality next year, especially with signs pointing to a homebuyer’s market in …

Down Payment Help: 6 Places Homebuyers Can Go

Looking to buy a home in the near future? If you don't have massive savings lying around just waiting to be used on a down payment, the home-buying …

9 Mortgage Myths That'll Cost You if You Aren't Careful

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Buying a home is probably the single most expensive purchase a person will make during his or her lifetime. Homeownership is often viewed as a sign of success in America, and according to recently released third-quarter data from the Census Bureau, the homeownership rate …

Personal Finance

The best and the worst seasons to sell your home

What time of year is most advantageous for sellers to put their home on the market?<p>Redfin analyzed more than 7 million home sales over the past four years and divided the data into seasons, according to when the homes were first listed. We evaluated which season was best for listing a home …

Real Estate

8 Essential Apps for the Hiker

Going off the grid can always be a liberating experience. Hiking, trail running or camping, living at the pace of nature — these are downright …

Apps

Sign Up for a Personal Finance Newsletter

Who doesn't want more money in their inbox?<p>This is the Day 11 challenge in the #MONEY30, a month-long bootcamp for personal finance novices. You can …

He hiked the Grand Canyon in a day, on the lookout for blisters and ooh-aah views

Hiking the Grand Canyon was not on my bucket list. A marathon, yes. Bike 200 miles in a day, yes. Ironman triathlon, absolutely. But for some reason, a mere day hike, even in one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders, was never on my radar. I'd been to the Grand Canyon several times as a …

Hiking

Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: why women are investment naturals

Warren Buffett is like the Don Bradman of investing – he is arguably the best ever long-term investor. To say that he invests like a girl is somewhat …

10 Best Dividend Stocks to Own for Safe Retirement Income

Hunting for the best dividend stocks for retirement is not easy, you can find 20 of them in this Conservative Retirees dividend portfolio. Record low …

12 books every investor should read

There are countless varieties of investments from stocks, bonds, options, real estate, commodities, peer-to-peer lending and many more. In contrast with committing money to an insured bank savings account, investing typically involves trading additional risk for the opportunity for greater …

5 North Carolina Day Hikes You Should Do

by Kristin Wood February 26, 2016 1 Comment<p>Hiking in North Carolina Rocks!<p>So often people think of the west as a hiking mecca. When really, some of …

The 3 Best Dividend Stocks for Beginning Investors

Whether you're young and just getting started investing, or have put it off for years, dividend stocks can be a fantastic way to build your portfolio. Whether they are the focus of your investing, or simply part of a bigger strategy, dividend stocks can make a huge difference in how well -- or how …

Investing

12 Hiking & Adventure Books Worth Reading

by Austin Campbell February 10, 2016 24 Comments<p>These Books Will Inspire You to Put Them Down and Get Outside<p>At CloudLine, the only thing we like …

Hiking Safety Tips

How to Stay Safe While Hiking in the Wilderness<p>Hiking is a favorite pastime among survivalists and outdoorsman. There’s nothing quite like spending …

Hiking

Trail of the Week: Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop, North Carolina

Photo: Max Willner<i>Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project, a crowd-sourced collaboration by and</i> …

Hiking

The 10 Best Hikes in the Smokies

From the smoke-shrouded summit of LeConte and the open-armed expanses of Andrews Bald, down into the laurel laden hollows of Porters Creek and the …

8 truly epic national park hiking trails

Our national parks are home to some of the biggest mountains, grandest views, and best trails in the country. Here are eight truly epic national park …

Hiking

Kick off the new year with a First Day Hike in your state

While it's tempting to spend the first day of the new year getting in some quality time with a hangover, there's a better option: Taking a free hike …

Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health

Do not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression.<p>Previous research has shown that just a 50-minute walk in nature can improve your mood, …

Mental Health

SNL mocks Hillary Clinton's BlackBerry selfie video-making skills

Technically Incorrect: With Hillary Clinton expected to announce her candidacy for president Sunday watch her shoot a very personal video -- in vertical, naturally.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When you stand for president because the …

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