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I read an interesting article a while back which quoted Randi Zuckerberg, a prominent entrepreneur and former Facebook director of marketing development (also sibling to Mark Zuckerberg – founder of Facebook) who tried to identify the most important priorities of a successful business executive. Ms. Zuckerberg challenged...

Downsizing, Rent Versus Own and Relocating

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Should We Downsize Now That Our Kids Have Moved out of Our House?

This is a dilemma that many homeowners are faced with today—what to do and where to go. After years of being part of a community and forming great friendships, they are facing a stressful dilemma. Give it all up and move to another town or state, or stay in the neighborhood and buy a smaller house.

We all assume that our kids will live near us, but many of our children are getting jobs in other cities or countries. It may be time to think of your personal objectives and what direction best suits you.

The expenses of owning a large home can often be daunting, especially if the taxes are high. You may be carrying more...

FICO Scores—Boost & Repair Made Simple (Kinda)

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Part 2 of the Credit Score series

Repairing damaged credit is a bit like trying to lose weight: You need to put in time and effort. There really is no quick way to fix a credit score. As a matter of fact, out of all of the ways to repair or improve credit, quick-fix attempts may just backfire. Manage your credit responsibly over time, and you may see an improvement in your credit score. If by some chance you run into credit bumps, follow the suggestions below to try and jack up your credit scores.

Three things to do right now, in order of importance:

Review your credit report—Request a free copy of your credit report and review for errors. What kind of errors? Late payments...

What to Keep in Mind When Updating Home Flooring

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(StatePoint) Updating your home flooring? From durability to style to color, there are many things to consider -- and you’ll want to be sure these elements match your family’s lifestyle.

Here are five great questions to ask yourself before you begin the remodel process.

• How do you want the space to feel?

Do you want the room to feel calming, fun, classic, dramatic or rustic? When you start to play with adjectives, you may realize you already have a direction in mind.

For a calm look, choose a floor color that is tonal with your wall color. Or if you’re dreaming of a dramatic hotel look, try something deep and rich to contrast with your walls and give an elegant base to your...

How Low Inventory Affects First-Time Home Buyers

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As the spring home-buying season begins, many first-time home buyers are finding the market more competitive than expected, necessitating early financial preparation.

As Trulia reported, the number of starter or trade-up homes on the market has decreased over the last four years as home sale prices have increased throughout the country. In its housing inventory report for the first quarter of 2016, Trulia found starter-home inventory dropped the most in the West and the South, while the affordability of starter homes decreased the most in California.

Fewer trade-up homes are becoming available as many first-time home buyers are not able to afford moving on to a bigger or more valuable...

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