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Hidden Bank Fees to Look Out For

Fees can eat away at your money if you don't keep on top of your banks enforced regulations. U.S. consumers paid $15 billion in overdraft fees in 2016, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here are a few bank fees you can look out for…

How Federal Rate Increases Affect Credit Cards and Loans

If you've ever noticed a rise in interest rates in the news or saw your credit card bill get a little higher, there's one federal agency that you can look to: the Federal Reserve Board.When the Fed raises interest rates, most borrowers with car and hom…

The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Expert insights are painting a bright future for housing when the economy bounces back – and it will.
We may be facing challenging economic times today, but the housing market is poised to help the economy recover, not drag it down.

Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying

Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying | Simplifying The MarketAs our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we feel the effects of the coronavirus? How deep will the impact go? The human toll may forever change families, but the economic impact will rebound with a […]

Smart Thermostats: Top 4 Expert Picks

Programmable thermostats let you set the temperature in your home and have the thermostat change it based on the time of day. What makes them ‘smart' is that they can learn from your behaviors, let you control the climate remotely, show you energy cons…

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year

The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year | Simplifying The MarketThe last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy as businesses and consumers work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The rapid spread of the virus has been compared to prior pandemics and outbreaks not seen in many years. It […]

The Economic Impact of Buying a Home

The Economic Impact of Buying a Home | Simplifying The MarketWe’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved in a real estate transaction are changing to […]

5 Reminders to Keep In Your Wallet

Your purse or wallet can be more than just a place to pull your money out of so you can spend it. It can also store a few things to remind you to use less money, or at least use it well.Here are five things to keep in your wallet that can help you use …

The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice

The Best Advice Does Not Mean Perfect Advice | Simplifying The MarketThe angst caused by the coronavirus has most people on edge regarding both their health and financial situations. It’s at times like these when we want exact information about anything we’re doing – even the correct protocol for grocery shopping. That information brings knowledge, and this gives us a sense of relief and comfort. If […]

5 Ideas for Creating an Upscale Game Room

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Setting Up Your Surround Sound Speakers

When you move into a new house, there are numerous things you'll want to do early on to get your house in live-in shape, and one thing you should think about early is setting up the surround sound system in your new home.Techies love this sort of stuff…

Buying a Home? Budget for These Expenses

There's more to buying a home than your mortgage.When planning for your purchase, be sure to budget for: Homeowners insurance Home maintenance Property taxes, and UtilitiesWhen it comes to homeowners insurance, get quotes from more than one provider. T…

What You Can Do to Keep Your Dream of Homeownership Moving Forward [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Don’t put your homeownership plans on hold just because you’re stuck inside.
There are several things you can do right now to keep your home search moving forward.
Connect with an agent, learn about resource programs for things like…

What to Do If a Bank Offers You Credit Card Protection

A common phone call that new credit cardholders get from their bank is an offer for credit card add-on products, such as protection against fraud and identity theft. Payment protection is another service offered regularly, providing a monthly payment t…

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You

Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You | Simplifying The MarketThere’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well. Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone – from the main street media to a lone blogger – has realized that bad news sells. […]