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My husband’s parents co-signed on my home loan—now my brother-in-law lives there below the market rate
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My husband’s parents co-signed on my home loan—now my brother-in-law lives there below the market rate

Dear Moneyist, My husband has a very close relationship with his parents and they have been kind enough to help us over the years when financing...

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Where to buy your toys now that Toys ‘R’ Us is gone
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Where to buy your toys now that Toys ‘R’ Us is gone

Toys “R” Us is officially closed, but kids will still want toys — and there are plenty more stores looking to offer their products. Companies in...

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How to make the best of all that credit-card junk mail and this canned rosé comes with its own hashtag
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How to make the best of all that credit-card junk mail and this canned rosé comes with its own hashtag

Happy Thursday, MarketWatchers! Here are your top personal finance stories of the day. Personal Finance One country is catching up with the U.S. as...

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How I got my landlord to lower my rent—and save me $2,400 over the next year
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How I got my landlord to lower my rent—and save me $2,400 over the next year

Finding an affordable apartment is an agonizing and unavoidable experience every New York transplant must go through, and I’m no different. Since...

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This is how a janitor, a librarian, or a teacher can amass millions
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This is how a janitor, a librarian, or a teacher can amass millions

With the right habits, anyone can become a millionaire, not just hotshot bankers, corporate CEOs and tech geniuses. There are plenty of unassuming...

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The rise of online banks and how Facebook and Google trick consumers into giving up privacy
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The rise of online banks and how Facebook and Google trick consumers into giving up privacy

Happy Thursday, MarketWatchers! Hope you are having a wonderful week. Don’t forget to check out today’s top personal finance stories. Thursday’s...

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We’re probably at peak housing. Here’s what that means.
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We’re probably at peak housing. Here’s what that means.

In May, sales of previously-owned homes slumped, the. The National Association of Realtors, which tracks those sales, pointed to the same culprit...

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Does cheap food at Walmart really help families?
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Does cheap food at Walmart really help families?

Walmart WMT, +1.95% has long been criticized for its adverse impact on and, but new research indicates that the retail giant does benefit low...

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Why high real-estate prices could unify Americans
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Why high real-estate prices could unify Americans

It’s hard to argue there are deep divisions between the so-called red and blue states in the U.S., but one thing seems to be bringing the country...

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My sister lent my father the down payment for his home and put her name on the mortgage — then he refinanced
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My sister lent my father the down payment for his home and put her name on the mortgage — then he refinanced

Dear Moneyist, My sister lent our father the down payment to buy his home in Florida. Both their names were on the mortgage. After three years he...

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White House advances housing finance reform proposal
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White House advances housing finance reform proposal

The Trump administration on Thursday released a proposal for the role of the government in housing finance, setting out a list of principles that...

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To free Fannie and Freddie, their regulator may bypass do-nothing Congress
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To free Fannie and Freddie, their regulator may bypass do-nothing Congress

Is a Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac endgame finally in sight? For years, the two mortgage finance giants at the heart of the 2008 housing crisis have...

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Boomers vs. millennials vs. Gen X: Who had it worse?
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Boomers vs. millennials vs. Gen X: Who had it worse?

It’s time to settle the debate on millennials once and for all. Where one person might call millennials entitled, another might say they were dealt...

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Existing-home sales sink as tight supply smothers market
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Existing-home sales sink as tight supply smothers market

The numbers: Existing-home sales ran at a seasonally-adjusted annual 5.43 million rate in May, down 0.4% from April, the. The median forecast among...

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This is why young professionals are choosing to live in tiny homes
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This is why young professionals are choosing to live in tiny homes

Millennials get a bad rap. While the internet is busy circulating speculative articles about how the millennial generation is killing off napkins...

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Paint your front door this color and boost your home’s selling price by $6,200
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Paint your front door this color and boost your home’s selling price by $6,200

When it comes to paint color, homeowners may have reason to go back to black. Houses with front doors in shades of black — from charcoal to jet —...

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The state of the nation’s housing: stagnant, unequal, far too expensive
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The state of the nation’s housing: stagnant, unequal, far too expensive

Housing in America may be a microcosm of the nation itself: a bit less dynamic, far more costly and uncomfortably more unequal than we’d like. That...

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Save yourself time and money by traveling like a minimalist
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Save yourself time and money by traveling like a minimalist

This is reprinted by permission from. If you’re looking to save money on a vacation, you could spend hours researching and budgeting every minute...

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These U.S. places will pay you just for living there
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These U.S. places will pay you just for living there

It’s no secret that where we choose to live can have a big impact on our finances, from the job opportunities we can access to the cost of living....

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I asked my son to buy a condo unit with me as an investment — now I want my money
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I asked my son to buy a condo unit with me as an investment — now I want my money

Dear Moneyist, Due to the rising house market in 2013, I encouraged my son to buy a condo unit in Charlestown, a part of Boston, while it was still...

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The case for moving to a retirement community
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The case for moving to a retirement community

About 5% of American elderly now live in senior living communities. Florida’s The Villages is the country’s fastest-growing and largest retirement...

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Want a good deal on a home? Follow the tourists to these sunny locales
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Want a good deal on a home? Follow the tourists to these sunny locales

While home values skyrocket nationwide, housing markets in some of the country’s most popular vacation destinations have been slower to take off....

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Freddie Mac to help unemployed mortgage borrowers in high-need areas get a job
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Freddie Mac to help unemployed mortgage borrowers in high-need areas get a job

Mortgage financier Freddie Mac on Thursday announced a program to help unemployed homeowners find a job, part of the federally required initiative...

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10 cities where people are most financially secure (only 4 are on the West Coast)
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10 cities where people are most financially secure (only 4 are on the West Coast)

If you live in Honolulu or Virginia Beach, you’re probably doing better than someone living in Santa Ana, Calif., Detroit or Miami. A new ranking...

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Americans’ home equity is surging — and evolving
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Americans’ home equity is surging — and evolving

Home equity is surging, while options in an increasingly competitive housing market are being choked off, leading to some big shifts in the way...

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One millennial’s journey from college to $5,000 a month in disposable income
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One millennial’s journey from college to $5,000 a month in disposable income

RockSteady2323 isn’t even 30 years old, but he seems to be ticking all the boxes. He’s got a wife, a high-paying tech job and a Southern California...

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My brother wants to leave our sister his house, but disapproves of her church
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My brother wants to leave our sister his house, but disapproves of her church

Dear Moneyist, My brother is getting on in years and has started to think about how he wants his assets distributed upon his death. But there is an...

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This explodes the myth that American men don’t like to shop
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This explodes the myth that American men don’t like to shop

When they’re shopping online, men seem to have deeper pockets than women. Among online shoppers, 38% of men have bought an item online that costs ...

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How homeowners win and lose under the new tax law
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How homeowners win and lose under the new tax law

Home values are surging in many areas, and rents are going up too. These factors make buying a home seem more attractive than ever. As a bonus, the...

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5 improvements to boost your home’s value
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5 improvements to boost your home’s value

This is reprinted by permission from. Some factors that determine what a house is worth are out of your control, like its location and the...

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