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Jan 14, 2019
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Whether you are buying your first home, moving up to your dream home, or looking to get some retirement income from your house, you can apply right here and get offers from several lenders. By shopping carefully you can save big bucks in up front fees and in your monthly payment.
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Jan 9, 2019
How to Dodge a Market Dip That Threatens Your Retirement
By Tara Siegel Bernard
You’ve heard it before: When the markets become erratic, or seem poised for a prolonged downturn, the best thing you can do is nothing at all.

But if you’re on the cusp of retirement — or, perhaps worse, newly retired — a turbulent stock market can make you feel particularly vulnerable.

While there’s some validity to those feelings, it’s more productive to redirect any panic into prudence, which will help ensure your money lasts longer.

For older people invested in stocks, the performance of the market in the early years of your retirement can have a lasting effect on your portfolio, which will remain a dynamic entity for perhaps three more decades. If you have to start selling investments when they are worth less, you’ll have to to sell more shares to get the cash you need — and the repercussions build on themselves.

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Jan 9, 2019
How 'frugal minimalism' helped this woman pay off her mortgage in five years
Julie Compton
Kim Lee, the personal finance maven behind “Free to Family,” a YouTube channel with over 41,000 subscribers, says she paid off her quaint four-bedroom house in Arizona in five years through a way of life she calls “frugal minimalism.”

Lee says it’s possible to find an affordable home and to pay off your mortgage if you focus on being intentional with your money. Here’s how she says she did it. More info...

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