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Trump’s Plan to Eliminate the State and Local Tax Deduction – Explained
Apr 28, 2017

President Trump’s proposed plan to eliminate the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes has residents of high-tax states worried – and rightly so. Residents of high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey have a lot to lose if the state and local tax (SALT) deduction disappears. Let’s take a closer look. Read More...

Mortgage
All About VA Form 26-1817
Apr 28, 2017

You might think that VA loans are only available to veterans and current military members. But many surviving spouses may also apply for a VA loan. Are you an unmarried surviving spouse of someone in the service? If so, you’ll need VA Form 26-1817, Request for Determination of Loan Guaranty Eligibility – Unmarried Surviving Spouses. Submitting this form is one of the first steps toward getting a VA loan. Read More...

Mortgage
The Top 10 Cities for Working Parents in 2017
Apr 27, 2017

When it comes to paid family leave, the United States is behind the curve. The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world without a paid parental leave policy for new parents in place at the national level. And according to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 12% of private sector workers had access to paid family leave through their jobs in 2015. Since most parents in America are working parents, these are startling statistics. Read More...

Mortgage
Understanding VA Mortgage Insurance
Apr 26, 2017

Do you still need to pay for mortgage insurance if you get a VA loan? The short answer is no. There is no monthly mortgage insurance with VA loans. Unlike regular loans, which require mortgage insurance if you put less than 20% down, VA loans do not add this cost to your monthly mortgage bill. However, there is a VA funding fee that serves a similar purpose. 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…

Auto
How Much Does Adding a Teenager Increase Your Insurance?

Feb 03, 2017 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

Dec 20, 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 Best Cities for Women in Tech in 2017
Apr 10, 2017

The fight for equal rights for working women remains an uphill battle. That’s one reason why about 3 million people around the world recently participated in women’s marches and thousands took part in demonstrations on International Women’s Day. An analysis from the Center of American Progress estimated that A Day Without a Woman could have cost the U.S. GDP $21 billion if every woman who worked outside the house went on strike. Read More...

Credit Cards
The Biggest Credit Card Complaints in America
Apr 14, 2017

Credit card complaints can be difficult to address. Sometimes credit card companies are hard to reach or it’s not clear who you should be complaining to. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, the federal government set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help protect consumers. The CFPB government agency helps consumers address complaints they have with banks, credit unions, credit card companies, payday lenders and other financial companies. Read More...

Mortgage
The Best Cities to Be a Homeowner
Mar 23, 2017

Home is where the heart is, so the saying goes. For homeowners, their home is also where they probably invested a large chunk of their money. In some places homeownership has proved to be a worthwhile investment, as the home values skyrocket. But in other places, depressed home values and high property taxes may have made owning a home less worth it.  Read More...

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Personal Finance
SmartAsset Talks to Patrice Washington of Real Money Answers (Video)
Apr 11, 2017

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...

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