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Renting in Chicago
Aug 24, 2016

Preparing to move to Chicago? Although it’s known as the “Second City,” Chicago is currently the third largest city in the United States. Renters make up a large percentage of the population and if you’re planning to become one of them, it’s best to know what’s in store for you before you get there. Check out our guide to what people encounter while renting in Chicago. Read More...

Investing
Top 4 Excuses Millennials Use to Avoid Investing
Aug 24, 2016

Jumping into the investing game in your 20s can pay off big time by the time you’re ready to cut your losses and retire. Unfortunately, many millennials opt out of building a portfolio. So why are 20- and 30-somethings steering clear of the market despite the potential payoff? Here are four common excuses millennials are using to get out of investing. Read More...

Mortgage
The States with the Most 2016 Olympic Medals
Aug 24, 2016

The Summer Olympics. It’s that event that comes every four years and enthralls Americans with dancing horses, synchronized swimmers and whatever that sport is which takes place in the velodrome. This version of the summer Olympics, Rio 2016, was certainly a successful one for American athletes. Katie Ledecky became a household name and Michael Phelps finished the final lap on his illustrious swimming career. Americans “won” the Rio 2016 Olympics with medals in 121 total events.  Read More...

Mortgage
What Makes a Buyer’s Market?
Aug 23, 2016

You’ve probably heard the phrases “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market” but do you know the difference between the two? In a buyer’s market, there is plenty of housing inventory on the market and low competition for each listing. That means prices are lower and buyers can get better deals. Here’s what you should know about buyer’s markets.  Read More...

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Student Loans
Countries with Free College

Aug 31, 2015 The rising cost of tuition and fees at US colleges has rendered college unaffordable for many families. The average US college student now…

Personal Finance
How Much Does Adding a Teenager Increase Your Insurance?

Aug 12, 2015 Most teenagers dream about the day the get their driver’s license and are able to take their first car out for a spin by themselves. For…

Mortgage
5 Reasons Why Your First Home Should be an Investment Property

Apr 01, 2016 If you’re young and you're looking to purchase a new home to live in, maybe you should consider turning your first home into an investment…

Mortgage
Top 10 Best Cities to Be a Real Estate Agent

Oct 21, 2015 Across the country, real estate markets are much healthier than they were a few short years ago, when a housing bubble precipitated a much…

Personal Loans
How to Write a Personal Loan Agreement

Jan 28, 2016 Negotiating a loan with a friend or family member can be a great alternative to high-interest forms of consumer credit. Formalizing that…

Data Articles and Studies

Mortgage
The Happiest Places in America – 2016 Edition
May 27, 2016

Though the U.S. doesn’t rank as the happiest country in the world (that honor goes to Denmark) Americans report high levels of life satisfaction. The U.S. ranked 13th in a recent World Happiness Report that looked at 156 countries. But how do individual counties within the U.S. stack up in the happiness stakes? Let’s take a look. Read More...

Mortgage
The Best Cities for Women in Tech
May 25, 2016

Women in the U.S. tech industry have long faced major disparities in both employment and pay. Last year, SmartAsset’s analysis of Census Bureau data found that women hold less than 26% of tech jobs in the U.S. and on average earn just 85% of what men in those positions earn. We further found that in many top tech cities, the numbers are worse. In San Francisco, for example, just 21% of tech workers were women. Read More...

Mortgage
The Income Needed to Pay Rent in the Largest U.S. Cities
May 25, 2016

Big-city living comes with quite a few perks. Grocery stores and shopping centers are often in walking distance and there are usually plenty of restaurants, bars and activities close by. But when you live in a city with a high cost of living, you have less purchasing power. You might spend a lot more on housing, food and healthcare than you would if you lived somewhere else. Read More...

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Personal Finance
SmartAsset Talks to Patrice Washington of Real Money Answers (Video)
Mar 05, 2015

Patrice Washington says she is an accidental personal finance blogger. Regardless, it’s a role she seems born to play, and one she’s certainly making the most of! Patrice is now much more than a personal finance blogger, she is a personal finance educator, author and advocate. You can see, hear and read Patrice pretty much everywhere from the Steve Harvey TV and radio show to her own books on personal finance. We caught up with Patrice in New Orleans for this edition of SmartAsset Talks. Read More...