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50 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

You don't have to be rich to live the good life.<p>You don’t have to wait until you’re raking in the big bucks to live the rich life. Instagram-worthy …

Personal Finance

11 (Free) Easy Ways to Quickly Increase Your Credit Score

Here's how to significantly increase your credit score within one or two months--all without spending a dime.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining the</i> …

Personal Finance

9 Easy Home Improvements That Add Thousands to Your Listing

Everyone wants to get the maximum dollar for their home when it's time to sell. But not everyone wants to get swamped by a giant renovation project …

How the Big Bank Mortgage Settlements Help Homeowners

J.P. Morgan, Citigroup and Bank of America are still distributing aid to borrowers and neighborhoods affected by the housing crisis<p>Billions of dollars from bank settlements are going to homeowners–but the path to get it into their hands can be complicated. & Co., and are still distributing aid to …

Home Ownership

Here's 4 reasons US home-ownership rates are so low

In the last quarter of 2004, before the housing bubble popped and the Great Recession reared its head, 69.2 percent of American homes were owner-occupied. But for roughly the last year, the homeownership rate has failed to crack 64 percent, and at one point rivaled a low last seen in the 1960s.<p>Low …

Housing vouchers can help families buy homes, not just rent

While the affordable housing crisis in the Washington region sometimes seems to be intractable, local governments and nonprofit agencies are working to find sustainable solutions for low- and moderate-income families.<p>Among the lesser-known programs available are housing vouchers — resources to …

Buy-to-let landlords in seven out of ten UK towns are heading for a debt nightmare by 2020 - if interest rates rise as little as 2.5%. The worst town for landlords will be Salisbury - where they

Hey, Homeowners! These Little-Known Tax Deductions Can Save You Thousands

You probably already know that owning a home comes with some sweet tax benefits, like the mortgage-interest and property-tax deductions. But did you know there's a whole list of other homeowner-related tax breaks that you might be leaving on the table?<p>We're not talking chump change, either. …

Home Price Growth Picked Up in December, Case-Shiller Says

Home prices rose 4.2% in December, capping an overall strong year for home-price growth driven by an improving economy and limited inventory of homes for sale.<p>The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, covering the entire nation, rose 5.4% in the 12 months ended in December, greater than a 5.2% …

A deadly combination of 2 things has wiped out $3 trillion from stocks

In fact, Francisco Blanch and his commodities research team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch pointed out in a note Friday morning that "joint meltdown" in these two areas had wiped out $3 trillion (£2.1 trillion) in energy and financials' equity-market value.<p>Putting a number on it shows just how …

There’s more than ‘foreign buyer bogeymen’ driving up Vancouver, Toronto home prices: BMO

Bank of Montreal has jumped into the debate over house prices, saying there’s much more at play in Canada’s two hottest markets than just foreign buyers.<p>“It’s easy to blame the foreign buyer bogeymen for the home price gains in Vancouver and Toronto,” BMO Nesbitt Burns senior economist Robert …

Do Help to Buy schemes work for joint buyers?'

<i>I have never owned property before and plan to buy a house jointly with my partner, who is already a home owner as an individual. Will I still be able to use the Help to Buy Isa to receive a government bonus, and will we still qualify for a Help to Buy equity loan?</i><p><b>MH, via email</b><p>Numerous readers have …

7 common pieces of financial advice you should probably ignore

Despite the fact that financial experts have your best interest at heart when espousing advice, the truth is, everyone's situation is different, and advice that works well for one person won't necessarily do the same for another.<p>With that in mind, the following are seven pieces of financial advice …

Property prices rise across the country as demand outstrips supply

Private rents grew 2.5pc in the year to December, with London up 3.9pc<p>House prices jumped 6.4pc last year, but the number of transactions fell as a shortgage of homes on the market pushed property values higher.<p>The average price of a house in England and Wales increased to £188,270 in the year to …

Be a Smarter Home Buyer by Avoiding These 12 House Hunter Cliches

HGTV is like brain candy for anyone who's thinking about buying a house, and no show is as riveting at this stage of life as <i>House Hunters</i>. Too bad …

All the Hidden, Unexpected Costs of Buying a Home

Your home is probably the most expensive thing you’ll ever own, and that expense goes beyond the closing price. There’s the cost of the house, but …