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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

The Benefits of Buying a Smaller Home

Bigger is better when buying a home, right? While many people still believe this to be true, there are others who have come to realize that the “small house revolution” has a lot to offer.Here are some of the biggest benefits of buying a smaller home:1. Save on the cost. Generally speaking, the smaller the home the less it will cost. This is not to say that all small homes are cheap, but you definitely have...
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How to Save on the Cost of Home Repairs

If you own a home, you know that things can and will go wrong from time to time. From a broken furnace to a clogged pipe (and that is just the start), you never know when something will come up.While there is nothing more important than taking on home repairs in a timely manner, many people find that they don’t have the money to do so. No matter who you are or how much money you...
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Financial Benefits of Buying a Vacation Home

If you dream of one day owning a vacation home, you know that it will have an impact on your finances. While some people look at this and wonder how they will ever afford to make the purchase, others realize that it can be financially beneficial in a number of ways.While there is no denying the costs associated with buying a vacation home, you must also come to the conclusion that there are a few advantages...
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Three Updates to make before Listing your Home

It may not make sense to update your home before listing it for sale, however, there are many benefits of doing so. Most importantly, it will increase the value of the property, which means you can demand a higher price.There are updates worth making as well as those that are nothing more than a waste of time (and money).Here are three updates to consider, ranging from “simple” to “challenging.”1. Fresh paint. Even if you don’t have...
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Benefits of Renting out of College

As a new college graduate, the world is at your fingertips. It will not be long before you are taking your first step into the working world, realizing that your future is bright.One of the biggest questions you have to answer is where you are going to live. While some college graduates stay at home for a few years, saving money and searching for the perfect job, others are ready to get a place of their...
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Simple Tips to Save on the Cost of Groceries

Many people overcomplicate the process of saving on the cost of groceries. They continue to overpay, despite the fact that a few basic changes to their approach could help them keep more money in their pocket.Here are three simple tips you can implement on your next trip to the grocery store:1. Get extreme with your couponing. It does not matter if you search your local paper or the internet, the more coupons you get your hands...
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Budget-Friendly Landscaping Tips

First impressions matter, especially when it comes to your home. Curb appeal--or lack thereof--significantly impacts property value. Investing in a nicely designed landscape can increase your home’s overall value by up to 20 percent. But, like many home improvement projects, landscaping expenses can easily get out of control. Below are a handful of tips that can help you stay within your budget and get the best return on your landscape investment.Plan your work and work your...
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The Benefits of Hiring a Contractor, Despite the Cost

Do you have a project around your home that requires professional assistance? Before you contact a contractor and pull out your checkbook, the thought of doing it yourself may cross your mind.While some projects are perfect for you, the homeowner, others will require the attention of a professional contractor. Despite the fact that this will cost you more money, you are getting a lot of bang for your buck.Here are three benefits of hiring a contractor,...
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Save on Furniture by Purchasing Online

Are you interested in buying new furniture for your home? Have you come up short when shopping locally?While there is nothing wrong with shopping for furniture at local stores, there may come a time when you realize that you are unable to locate the right piece at the right price.In the past, buying furniture online was scary. You never knew what you were getting, how it would arrive, and whether it would look right in your...
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Home Location: Pay Now, Benefit Later

Location, location, location. When buying a home, there is nothing more important than the area in which it is located. Some people make a purchase based on the school district. Others do so after reviewing crime statistics. And then there are groups that choose a home based on its walking distance to destinations such as restaurants.No matter who you are, when buying a home you need to consider the location. Not only will this benefit you...
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