Tips and how-tos

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What Does Consumer Financial Protection Agency Would Mean for you? – mint.com

It sounds like a great idea to provide more protection to the consumers. Especially after what happened in mortgage industry these recent years. But do we need a new government agency (CFPA) to get into what seemingly mostly about personal responsibilities and decision making?


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How to expose unscrupulous realty agents – marketwatch.com

Like others, real estate industry has players who are lack of professionalism and sometimes unethical. Educated buyers have a better chance to understand and identify these behaviors that work against them.
This article provides some homework that a buyer can do before hiring a agent.


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Expert gets it wrong on home-buyer tax credit – marketwatch.com

Debunk some myths of home-buyer's tax credit.


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Consumer resource and tips from Ripoff Report – ripoffreport.com

Always a good resource from RepoffReport.com for protecting your identity, avoiding scams and some other tips.


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Protect yourself from ID theft, a great guide on credit freeze and thaw – clarkhoward.com

Do you know you can seal your credit by "freezing" it? If you lost your critical financial information or worried about being a ID theft victim, this temporary measurement can give you a peace of mind. It does cost some money to freeze and unfreeze it, but for most of the people the cost is unsubstantial.
The article is from my consumer advocate hero, Clark Howard.


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College 529 prepaid tuition plans at risk – bankrate.com

While many 529 college savings plan investors know all too well that their investments can decline in value, 529 prepaid tuition plan holders may not be aware that their plans may be in trouble, too.


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Top 8 House-Hunting Mistakes - Yahoo! Real Estate – realestate.yahoo.com

Some practical advices for home owner want-to-bes.


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The Facts About Bottled Water – pixlmonster.com

Bottled water IS convenient sometimes. But at what cost? And how does it compare with tap water? This info-graphic tells the story.


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High-yield home improvements: looking to boost the market value of your home? The word is kitchens pay off; pools don't. Here's why – findarticles.com

Some improvements are not going to boost the value of your home.


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The 10 must-have features in today's new homes - MarketWatch – marketwatch.com

As people turn frugal and homes become smaller, these highly functional features that are sought after by a lot of homeowners.


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The mistake that plunged my credit score 200 points - Life Inc. – lifeinc.today.com

Co-signing for someone may look like a good deed, but the consequence can be detrimental if they don't keep up with their obligation to pay.

It's never a good thing to co-sign for someone unless you are very rich and can afford to pay their debt obligation if they fail to do so.


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7 places you should be checking around your home - MSN Real Estate – realestate.msn.com

By identifying the problems earlier, you will save a lot of money avoiding spending it on major repairs.


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Cut your taxes without itemizing – finance.yahoo.com

Some good tax tips for the tax filing season.


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Where to Get Free Annual Credit Report? – ftc.gov

The only place to get your free credit report.


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Should You Invest in Real Estate? -AllBusiness.com – allbusiness.com

Real estate investing basics.