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Mortgage help for debt-saddled grads

Pat Mertz Esswein, <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i>, and Associate Editor •
Kiplinger
Couple showing a house key in house

Today’s college grads leave school with an average of $34,000 in student-loan debt. That mound of debt is delaying homeownership among millennials. Parents and grandparents who cosigned private student loans or took out Parent PLUS loans may also be burdened. Now, mortgage giant Fannie Mae has launched loan-underwriting changes that will lighten the load. When

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The debt-free move

Chris Sirico •
The Simple Dollar

No matter how you slice it, moving is expensive. The American Moving and Storage Association estimates that the average in-state move cost around $2,300 (and that number increases to $4,300 for a state-to-state move.) But with careful budgeting, research, and a little elbow grease, it’s possible to execute a move without racking up tons of

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5 ways to protect your home from summer storms

Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger

  Update your home inventory. This is one of the most important ways to make a homeowners claim go smoothly. Smartphones make it easy to gather the information (many insurers have home inventory apps, or go to KnowYourStuff.org). “Take pictures of your rooms, closets, attic, and your backyard,” says John Doak, Oklahoma insurance commissioner. Open

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How retirees can use their home’s wealth as an emergency fund

<i>Kiplinger's Retirement Report</i>, Editor, and Rachel L. Sheedy •
Kiplinger

With more baby boomers moving into retirement every day, the wealth locked up in their homes seems ripe for the picking. And a relatively new way to put that wealth to work–the standby reverse mortgage strategy–is garnering increasing attention. Some researchers say the strategy can increase the longevity of a retiree’s portfolio by opening the

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How to reduce your property tax bill

Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger

Start by making sure you’re taking advantage of all the property tax breaks available to you. Many jurisdictions will exclude a portion of a home’s value from property taxes if you’re a senior or a veteran, or if you’re disabled. In Florida, all homeowners are eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $50,000; those

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