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Buying a Home

An overview of the home-buying process, from saving for a down payment to closing the deal.

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Buying a Home Introduction

Some pros and cons of buying a home, including a comparison with renting.
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Buying vs. Renting a Home

Factors to consider when making an informed "buy" or "rent" decision.
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Planning for Your Home Purchase

Before you buy a home, determine how much consumer debt is reasonable for you and what upfront costs you will have for your home purchase.
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Understanding Down Payments

A large down payment isn't always needed to buy a home, but let's take a look at how down payments can affect your total mortgage costs.
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Understanding Mortgages

The parts of a mortgage and common mortgage loan options.
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Should You Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage?

When you're pre-approved, you'll have a better idea of your costs and options.
Family looking in a house with a realtor.

How Real Estate Agents Work

A look at the role your agent will play in the home buying process.
A couple with a Realtor looking at houses.

Assembling a Home Buying Team

Having the right people on your side can help you make the best possible buying decisions.
Couple looking at a house.

Making an Offer and Closing the Deal

Crossing the finish line of the home buying process – submitting an offer, negotiating, and dealing with closing costs.
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Financial Basics

Learn the basics of managing money, including financial health, budgeting, managing credit, plus more.

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Financial Health   

The concept of financial health is the foundation of any financial plan.
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Introduction to Budgeting   

Why budgeting is important, no matter how much money you earn.
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Credit vs. Debit Cards   

Credit and debit cards each have pros and cons. When should you use each?
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Credit Reports and Scores   

Credit reports and scores determine the rates you pay when borrowing and can affect your ability to get certain jobs.
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Managing Accounts   

Account management strategies for checking and savings.
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Building Credit   

Understanding the decisions and behaviors that can lead to improved credit scores.
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Identity Theft   

Understanding ID theft and how to prevent it.
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Financial Planning

What you need to know to start making a long-term financial plan, from getting married to planning for retirement.

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Medical Care Planning

How to make sure your wishes are followed in a medical crisis.
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Financial Planning

Learning the "how" and "why" of short, medium, and long-term financial planning.
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Estate Planning

Wills, trusts, and other end of life issues.
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Creating a Will

A will is the cornerstone of the legal framework of an estate plan, and everyone should have one.
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Powers of Attorney

Everyone faces the possibility of temporary or permanent incapacitation. Make sure your wishes are followed.
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Talking About Money

A look at some of the financial considerations of getting married.
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Planning for the Unexpected

Planning for unexpected events, including accidents, death, and even the possibility of divorce, are all part of a responsible marriage.


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