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Ten Ways to Maintain the Value of Your Car

by Kevin Mercadante July 14, 2014

A lot of car owners become concerned with the value of their cars only when it comes time to sell them. But cars don’t lose value overnight, unless of course they undergo an accident. The value of your car can be maintained – or lost – over the many years that you own it. How [...]

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Does it Make Sense for You to Remodel Your Home?

by Miranda Marquit June 13, 2014

My parents just finished remodeling their kitchen. They changed the layout, and installed new cabinets, countertops, and flooring. The result is a much more open kitchen, and one that looks updated and modern. This has been part of an ongoing effort to upgrade their home. In recent years they have installed energy efficient windows, remodeled [...]

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Can You Afford Where You Live?

by Miranda Marquit May 7, 2014

Recently, I saw an article on CNN Money that looks at the stories of six people priced out of their housing markets. Many of these folks are looking in urban areas on the coasts. As you might imagine, it’s hard for many of them to find affordable homes to buy in these areas. As I [...]

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Five Situations Where Renting Makes More Sense Than Owning a Home

by Kevin Mercadante March 19, 2014

I think we can generally agree that for most people, owning a home is better than renting, especially from a financial standpoint. But are there times when renting makes more sense that owning a home? I think there are – and here are at least five of them. When You Move a Frequently If you [...]

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Will You Leave an Inheritance for Your Children?

by Miranda Marquit February 19, 2014

A recent article on CNN Money says that American retirees expect to leave an average of $177,000 in inheritance for their heirs. Other than wondering how much millionaires and billionaires are skewing this average (seriously, I don’t know anyone who’s going to wind up with $177,000 from their parents or grandparents), I’m wondering whether or [...]

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Beyond the Money: What Else to Think About During Divorce

by Miranda Marquit February 12, 2014

In the last few months, several of my acquaintances announced that they are breaking up. In many cases, this break up is taking the form of divorce. When it comes to divorce, there are a lot of money issues to deal with, from who is responsible for what debt and how the assets should be [...]

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Say “No” to the 40 Year Mortgage

by Kevin Mercadante January 27, 2014

As a way to increase mortgage affordability, mortgage lenders are beginning to resurrect the 40 year mortgage. Not that it was ever that popular during the housing boom of the early 2000’s, but it is now seen as a way to enable more borrowers to qualify for mortgages, and in higher loan amounts. But no [...]

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