Whom Can You Trust to Sell You a Home? Finding a Great Buyer’s Agent

You’ve seen the “For Sale” signs and you’re anxious to buy a home. But, how do you navigate all the various kinds of home loans and figure out how much house you can really afford? Plus, how will find out the inside scoop on each home and how to submi … [Read more...]

How To Take Advantage of Rising Interest Rates

As the economy recovers, interest rates will start to increase. To many, rising interest rates are a bad thing because they lead to higher rates on mortgages, auto loans, and credit cards. Although it's true that higher rates can hurt, rising … [Read more...]

Lower Your Rent: How to Get More Bang for Your Rental Buck

If you’re just coming out of college or moving out on your own for the first time, you may be looking to rent an apartment rather than buy a home. And that's A-OK. Unless you have been investing in well-performing mutual funds since your fifth b … [Read more...]

Home Loans: The Good, the So-So, and the Stupid

Time may be up on the home buyer tax credits, but you may hear “it’s still a great time to buy a home”. Why? Because interest rates on home loans are low and, most likely, have nowhere to go but up. Smug home owners love to extol the virtues of buy … [Read more...]

Beware Time Suck

Every day, I have a plan to come home from work and get in two or three solid hours studying for my CPA exam. I always leave work with good intentions. I tell myself that I will head straight home, fire up my laptop, avoid any unnecessary internet … [Read more...]

Should You Borrow Money to Invest for Retirement?

Two Yale Professors want you to borrow money to invest in the stock market. Economists Ian Ayres and Barry Nalebuff first pitched the idea in a 2005 Forbes column called Mortgage Your Retirement. Their philosophy is this: Young people should take … [Read more...]

The Real Cost of an iPhone

I want an iPhone. The bug took a few years later to bite me than many others, but it did. I have played with countless iPhones and tested lots of cool apps. But oddly enough, it was actually the iPad that did it. I was playing with one yesterday and … [Read more...]

Five Strong Stocks for Beginning Investors

So, you've made the decision to start investing, but you just aren't sure what stocks to buy. Building a portfolio can seem like a complicated process, especially when you're just starting out. And that's a good thing, because it's important to get … [Read more...]

A Simple Spreadsheet for Tracking Shared Expenses

Do you share monthly expenses with a roommate or significant other but pay for them from separate bank accounts? For better or worse, that’s how my wife and I have been splitting up our monthly expenses since we got hitched last August. We have a j … [Read more...]

Avoid These Simple Tax Return Mistakes

If you're hurriedly trying to finish up your tax returns, it’s easy to make a number of simple mistakes as you’re trying to meet the due date. When it comes to completing complex tax forms, many of us are more worried about whether we claimed our d … [Read more...]