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What Happened to the American Dream?

That the middle class is being squeezed is a popular sentiment nationwide. Deciphering whether or not this sentiment holds true, however, may be a secondary concern. According to analysts, the prevalence of this perspective alone has severely limited market growth ...

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Are You Like Most Home Sellers?

The top reason sellers gave for selling their homes was that the homes were too small. Nearly 90 percent of sellers hired a real estate professional. Only eight percent of homes sold in 2015 were for-sale-by-owner. That is the lowest share ever recorded ...

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Are You Like Other Home Buyers?

If you're like most homebuyers, you're not taking any chances. You want to own a home, but you've struggled to save for a down-payment. You waited until you were 31 years of age to buy a home, and plan to stay there at least 10 years. ...

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How to Buy a Home Without a Killer Credit Score

By Jaymi Naciri Good news on the credit front as homebuyers are hitting record-high scores. Here are a few options that might still allow you to buy a house with bad credit. FHA loans First-time buyers often turn to loans from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) because of their looser requirements - down payments of just 3.5 percent and lower credit scores than what's required for many conventional lo ...

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Your Year-End Financial Checklist

Update your W-2, benefits and estate plan if necessary. While you're updating your insurance and investment needs for big life eventsrelated to family, property or marital status, see if your tax withholding and employee health coverage and investments need review. ...

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