Four affordable improvements to make to your home now

Now’s a perfect time of year to create a plan for how you can tweak and hack your home to be a happier place. Here are a few inexpensive suggestions: 1. Paint like a scientist. Studies show that painting rooms colors that are consistent with their purpose actually makes a home’s residents happier than they …

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Using rent payments to rebuild your credit

Using rent payments to rebuild your credit Q: How can I set up a lease-to-own on a three-unit property and have it count on my credit report? A: I’m delighted that you asked this question, for several reasons. There are many, many folks out there who are trying to recover their finances and their credit …

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Four steps to buying a house in 2012

Q: I am on a mission to buy a home. I’ve wanted to own a home my entire life, and thought I would miss the opportunity to buy while the market was down, because I had no real savings when the market crashed. I think I’m ready, though, and prices still seem low. What should …

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4 factors to consider before buying a home

It’s tax time, so those who don’t own homes are seriously thinking about whether they should. And those who do are busy trying to collect up and cash in all of their deductions. To boot, the real estate market is in year six (!) of what those who can’t agree on a precise economic term …

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