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Rebecca Lake

Home Buying, Retirement and Investing Expert

Rebecca Lake has been writing about the nuts and bolts of personal finance for nearly a decade. She is an expert in investing, retirement and home buying topics. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Business Insider, CBS News, U.S. News & World Report and Investopedia. As a homeschooling mom of two, she's always looking for ways to make the most of every dollar.

Posts by Rebecca Lake:

by Rebecca Lake Jun 25, 2018

When it comes to buying and selling real estate, there are certain situations where it helps to have a qualified legal professional on your side. If you’re looking to get into real estate investing, attempting to purchase a short sale or foreclosure, or having unexpected complications with a simple transaction, it may be time to hire a real estate attorney. Before you sign on the dotted line, consider asking these five questions to make sure your prospective attorney has the skills and qualifications you need. Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 09, 2018

Property values are on the rebound and for many homeowners, the bump in home equity has made the possibility of refinancing a reality. Refinancing your mortgage at a lower rate can save you thousands of dollars in the long run and the increase in equity can also mean a big payoff if you ever decide to sell. Spending a few dollars on some basic home improvement projects can make your home more appealing to prospective buyers and maximize your value when it’s time to refinance. Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jun 19, 2018

Summer is winding down and millions of students across the country are headed off to college for the first time. If you haven’t done it already, opening a student bank account should be the at the top of your freshman financial to-do list. Understanding the basics of how these student accounts work can help you make the best choice when it comes to deciding where to put your money. Read more

by Rebecca Lake Mar 14, 2018

Unless you can tell the future, it’s impossible to predict when a financial disaster may strike. A car accident, sudden illness or damage to your home can all wreak havoc on your bank account unless… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Mar 14, 2018

For many young adults, heading off to college means a new level of freedom but it also brings with it a new set of responsibilities. While it may not seem that important, the choices you make when it… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 22, 2014

The cost of higher education has been a hot topic in recent months. Headlines about congressional squabbles regarding student loan interest rates, and reports of student loan debt topping $1 trillion… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 23, 2014

For many freshly-minted grads struggling to find their footing in a tough job market, the arrival of their first student loan bill is a harsh reality check. Just as student loan debt is approaching… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 22, 2014

A college degree is crucial to success in today’s job market, but the rising costs of earning a diploma is making it harder for young Americans today. Scholarships, grants and student loans can ease… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Mar 14, 2018

With the average yearly cost of attendance approaching $20,000 for public colleges and universities and $40,000 for private schools, more students than ever are financing their education. As a result… Read more