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The Mortgage Professor: Do You Have a Simple Interest Mortgage?

(MCT)—QUESTION: I recently discovered that the second mortgage I have had for nine years was simple interest, which explains why I have made barely a dent in paying down the balance. ...


Student Debt Holds Back Many Would-Be Home Buyers

(MCT)—Sarah Luna wants to buy a home in up-and-coming northeast Los Angeles before it’s too late. ...


The Thrifty Traveler: Certain Travel Luxuries are Worth the Splurge

(MCT)—It’s a rare traveler who doesn’t strive to save money, but choosing certain expenditures in place of others can sometimes mean the difference between the vacation memory of a lifetime and an afternoon of complete and total aggravation. Waiting in line to ...


Can Cyber Insurance Pay Off for Your Business?

Cyber insurance shouldn't be foreign to small business owners, and it can potentially keep your homefront secure. ...


Top 10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Spring after Severe Winter

As much of the United States recovers from one of the harshest winters in recent history, it is important to inspect your home for damage and plan for home maintenance, repair and remodeling projects. Winter weather can be particularly damaging to a ...


5 Signs That You’re Ready to Buy a First Home

(MCT)—Buying your first home takes stamina, desire and commitment not only to navigate the complicated and time-consuming purchase process, but also to learn the ropes of being a responsible homeowner. ...


Getting Started: The Key to Building Wealth? Start Slowly, Author Says

(MCT)—What’s the best way for young investors to build wealth for retirement? Ignore your human instincts, says a new e-book targeted at 20- and 30-somethings. ...


Great Spaces: Kristen Wiig Laughs Off SoHo Listing

Funny girl Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids,” “Anchorman 2”) recently let go of her SoHo “mini-loft.” The New York City space includes two bedrooms and one bathroom spanning over 1,400 square feet. Considering the itty-bitty living spaces typically found throughout the Big ...


New Homes Are Less Expensive to Maintain

April is new homes month. And one of the virtues of a newly constructed home is the savings that come from reduced energy and maintenance expenses. ...


5 Legal Tips If You’re Fighting over an Estate

Even if there's a will in place, families may still end up fighting over an estate after a loved one passes. ...


Balancing Act: The Secret Weapon behind Work-Life Balance

(MCT)—We all struggle for work life balance, but most of us don’t realize that sometimes the path toward achieving might be something so simple. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can a Home Meet Both Short and Long-Term Needs?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Vik Raghavan, the CEO of GrayRoost. ...


Hot Property: Back on after Short Hiatus

(MCT)--Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, popped their Bel-Air home back on the market at $12.995 million after a hiatus of more than a month. ...


Living Smart: Moving

(MCT)—If there’s a move in your future and you want to hire help with all or part of it, here are suggestions to unpack and stow away, offered by highly rated movers and satisfied customers: ...


Hot Property: Pink Lists Sherman Oaks Home…Again

(MCT)—Pink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $3.499 million. ...


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