Location should be your first consideration when purchasing a new home. And your second. And your third. The reasoning behind this advice is simple: In some locations, homes are desirable. In other areas, they are not. Desirable homes receive a higher demand from potential home buyers, which means you should be able to sell your property quickly. And since high demand pushes up prices, you should also be able to sell it at a good price... Read More
More First-Time Buyers Enter the Market
After a slow two months, existing-home sales saw impressive gains in September. Total existing-home sales reached 5.47 million, up 0.6 percent from a year ago. Sales haven't set this high of a pace since June, when existing-home sales reached 5.57 million. What's more, every region of the country saw an increase in closings. And one segment of the market in particular is driving the increase in sales: first-time buyers. This group accounted for 34 percent... Read More
Five Debt Mistakes to Avoid
Some people are so far in debt they describe themselves as "swimming in debt." If you—or someone you know—are "in over your head," here are five things to avoid when dealing with overwhelming debt:
Always pay more than the minimum payment. Credit card companies love customers who only pay the least amount possible. By handling credit card debt in this way... Read More
Have a Healthy Holiday Season
Stressed about the holidays? Maybe experience has taught you something viral is in store, and not the kind that propels unknown artists to stardom. Avoid illnesses that often accompany the holidays by adopting a few easy habits.
A rested body is one of the best ways to boost your immunity according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which found people who slept at least eight hours every night were three times less likely to catch the common cold. Easier said than done if you're... Read More
Five Headache-Free Holiday Hosting Tips
There's a reason the holidays are called the most wonderful time of the year. It's an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones over delicious food and shared traditions. But playing hostess can sometimes feel more like a burden rather than a blessing. This year, keep your holiday gathering fun, not frantic, with these headache-free holiday hosting tips.
Put time on your side.
Start your dinner prep as soon as possible to make room for any last-minute surprises, like forgetting an ingredient or unexpected guests. Developing a checklist and assigning manageable to-do's each day will help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. For example, once the invitations have been extended, plan the menu, and gather recipes... Read More