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Secrets of a Great Neighborhood Revealed

OK. It’s not really complicated or a secret: Great neighbors make great neighborhoods. For instance, my friend Lynne lives on a block where neighbors celebrate holidays, discuss books, cook meals, and even vacation together. On back-to-school day each autumn, someone always throws a grateful parents’ brunch. Lynne lives in a Read More

5 Steps to Owning a Home Again After Foreclosure

Foreclosure is just a one-time event–with discipline and perseverance, you can get a mortgage and become a homeowner again. It won’t be easy to obtain a mortgage after foreclosure. But with enough time, discipline, and desire, you can own your own home again. Here’s what you need to do: 1. Read More

When to Use Home Equity and When Not To

With home prices rising in most areas of the country, a lot of us are building home equity again. And when equity builds, it’s tempting to tap it. Used wisely, home equity can send your kids to college or launch a business. But there’s a real risk to using home equity loans — they Read More

Should You Move or Improve?

Whether to move or improve is a harder question to answer than it was a few years ago, but a few cost-benefit calculations can help you make the right decision. What do you do when your family outgrows your house, or when the quirks of the place you once found Read More