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The Domino Effect: What's Stunting Student Debtors Now?

Loan-laden grads can't catch a break. Research finds they must earn *this* much more than their debt-free peers to get a mortgage.

Try Before You Buy: I Took a Mortgage Test Run

Before buying her first home, Stephanie simulated the cost of homeownership for three months. Here's why she decided not to buy.

Scared Out of Selling: The New Fear Gripping Homeowners

In some big U.S. cities, people are afraid to sell their homes—even for a stellar price. What's behind the collective hesitation?

Why Buy? The Rise of Auto Leases

Attracted by low payments, consumers are opting to rent new wheels in record numbers. But is it really cheaper in the long run?

401(k) Loans: What You Should Know

Whether you're tempted to pay down debt or buy a home, a CFP® explains whether you should consider using your 401(k) for funds.

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7 Top Mortgage-Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

A home is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make. Be sure not to trip over these mortgage-shopping pitfalls.

8 Debt Collection Mistakes Not to Make

Getting calls from collection agencies? Learn what your rights are and what you shouldn't do.

8 Top Home-Selling Mistakes People Often Make

Want to get as much money as you can for your house? Skip these missteps.

Checklists

I Want to Fill Out My FAFSA to Get Student Aid

Think of the FAFSA as your golden ticket to educational opportunity—it's key for you to apply for grants, scholarships and federal loans to help pay for college or graduate school.

I Want to Get a Mortgage

You're ready to buy a home. Find out exactly what steps you need to take to get a mortgage.

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