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Rebecca Lake

Home Buying, Retirement and Investing Expert

Rebecca Lake is a retirement, investing and estate planning expert who has been writing about personal finance for a decade. Her expertise in the finance niche also extends to home buying, credit cards, banking and small business. She's worked directly with several major financial and insurance brands, including Citibank, Discover and AIG and her writing has appeared online at U.S. News and World Report, CreditCards.com and Investopedia. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and she also attended Charleston Southern University as a graduate student. Originally from central Virginia, she now lives on the North Carolina coast along with her two children.

Posts by Rebecca Lake:

by Rebecca Lake Aug 05, 2016

Pokémon Go has sparked a craze among gamers around the world and businesses are capitalizing on its popularity in a big way. It’s become the ultimate free marketing tool for retailers and restaurant owners, but there’s another way it’s being put to use – selling homes. If you’ve got a house on the market that you’re trying to unload, augmented reality may help you get rid of it. Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 04, 2016

A recent report from the National Association of Realtors shows that, instead of settling down in urban areas young homebuyers are increasingly scooping up properties in the suburbs. For millennials who are plotting a future home purchase, it can be tough to decide whether to move to the suburbs or the city. If you’re trying to decide where to buy a house, here’s what to consider. Read more

by Rebecca Lake May 18, 2018

Buying a second home – either as a vacation getaway or a rental property – is a lot like purchasing a primary residence. For example, you’ll need to make sure your new home has the right amount of insurance coverage in case disaster strikes. But there are unique risks involved with insuring a second home. Here’s what you need to know about finding the right insurance policy. Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 03, 2016

If most of your investments are tied up in bonds or stocks, becoming a venture capitalist is one way to diversify your investment portfolio. But jumping into it isn’t something any investor should do… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 23, 2019

An emergency fund can go a long way in keeping you from running out of cash when you lose your job or you’re forced to cover the cost of an emergency expense. Once you retire, you may think that you… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 04, 2016

If you’re trying to sell your home as quickly as possible, replacing old windows with more energy-efficient ones or transforming your cramped bathroom could raise the value of your property. There… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 03, 2016

Incorporating real estate into your portfolio could be a good idea if you want some insulation against market volatility. Thanks to the turmoil created by Brexit, UK real estate prices have fallen… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 06, 2019

Creating a solid asset base requires a commitment to making sound financial decisions. If you’ve been investing diligently, the last thing you probably want to do is lose that wealth. You might think… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 12, 2017

If you want to buy a house, it’s important to have a good credit score. But new underwriting rules from Fannie Mae are throwing some would-be buyers a curve ball. Instead of just looking at your… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jun 11, 2018

There are lots of reasons why you might consider buying a home overseas. Perhaps you’ve found the ultimate vacation spot and you want a permanent place to park your stuff. Or maybe the idea of… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 16, 2018

Retirement is supposed to be a time when you can sit back and relax. But for some seniors, their golden years aren’t as bright as they anticipated. According to a recent report from the Employee… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 06, 2019

Many high-net-worth investors turn to experts when they need financial advice. And while many of them trust their advisors to help them build and maintain their wealth, there are plenty of things… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 03, 2016

If you’re ready to sell your home, you’re going to have to do a bit more than put up a listing and recruit an agent. In order to attract buyers, you might need to give your house a face lift. Hiring… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 03, 2016

Buying a home is a big financial step for anyone and especially for 20-somethings who are still paying off student loans or trying to find their footing in the workforce. That doesn’t mean, however,… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Feb 10, 2017

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union led to some financial shock waves around the globe. In the U.S., it’s had a positive impact on mortgage refinance rates, which have fallen to near-record… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jun 06, 2018

Closing is the final step in the home-buying process and once you’ve signed your name on all of the required documents, your dream property will finally be yours. If you’ve been searching for a home… Read more

by Rebecca Lake May 18, 2018

Making on-time mortgage payments is a must if you want to stay on your lender’s good side. But many first-time buyers don’t realize that you have a certain amount of wiggle room in which to pay.… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 18, 2016

If you’re in your 20s, your net worth might be the last thing on your mind. But it’s never too early to start creating long-term wealth. Many twenty-somethings are financially challenged, but it’s… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 23, 2019

Flipping houses can be fun and profitable if you can earn back the money you’ve invested and them some. Any time you’re trying to flip a property, there are bound to be some bumps along the way. One… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 13, 2016

When you’re ready to sell your home, you’ll need to decide whether you’re going to hire a real estate agent or list the home yourself. Flying solo has its advantages because it means you’ll get to… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 12, 2016

There’s nothing like signing off on the sale of a home when you’re ready to move on to another property. Your excitement may start to fade a little, however, when tax season rolls around and you have… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 11, 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are just a few weeks away and athletes from all over the world are gearing up and preparing to compete in their respective events. In honor of the Summer Games, we’ve… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jun 19, 2018

If you’re ready to buy a home, you may be on the fence about whether to choose an existing property or build something from scratch. Going the new construction route has its perks – it’s move-in… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 08, 2016

If you think your rent is too high, you’re not alone. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, just over 21 million Americans are spending more than 30% of their… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 05, 2018

The housing market has made some significant strides over the last several years and home sales have been on a steady climb in most locations. That’s encouraging if you’re planning to sell but it… Read more