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Personal Finance

Personal Finance

Can a home warranty save you money?

Before talking about the pros, cons and potential money savings a home warranty can offer, it’s a good idea to know what a home warranty actually is.

A home warranty is a contract (usually a one-year term) that helps cover the cost for the repair or replacement of many home systems and appliances. There’s quite a variety of home warranties available today, which is why researching different companies and learning about what they offer is an important part of the home warranty selection process.

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Personal Finance

Certificates of Deposit offer higher yields and greater safety. Is that a good thing?

Certificates of deposits (CDs) are investments, sold by banks that are typically bought with cash an investor won’t need for a long period of time. Why? The money must remain invested for the full investment period (referred to as the “term” of the CD) in order for the bank to pay a slightly higher interest rate than what would have been earned if the money was kept in a money market or checking account. This is the “higher yield” feature of a CD.

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Financing & Loans, Personal Finance

HARP Refinancing – What is it and can it help you?

HARP – Home Affordable Refinance Program.

The acronym helps us remember what the letters stand for, but what is HARP and why was it created? HARP was developed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency in an effort to help homeowners, with little or no equity in their homes, refinance their mortgage. That means, if you owe as much – or more – than your home is worth, you may be eligible for a HARP refinance.

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FICO Scores & Credit Reports, Personal Finance

How difficult is it to improve your credit score? It might be easier than you think.

Yes, it’s true – improving your credit score might be easier than you think. That’s not saying it will be faster than you think, just easier, based on specific actions you can take over time.

If your FICO® Score is lower than you’d like, you’re most likely aware that it took time to get it down to that number. Maybe you maxed out some credit cards… missed a few payments on a mortgage or auto loan… applied for too much credit in a very short timeframe. Whatever circumstances occurred to lower your FICO® Score happened over a period of time and the same holds true when taking steps to improve your credit score. It will take awhile to get your FICO® Score to where you want it to be, but the actions required to get it there are reasonably simple.

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Financing & Loans, Personal Finance

5 Tax advantages of owning a home… #5 will make your day!

Whether you currently own a home or are just thinking about purchasing one, there are a number of tax advantages you’ll probably want to know about. These advantages are sometimes hidden within paperwork and difficult to find (without the help of an expensive accountant) or often overlooked by those of us who are not industry professionals. So we’re putting an end to the mystery by listing 5 of the most common (and money-saving) tax breaks of homeownership.

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