Home Ownership

What's Your Home's Price Tag Right Now?

Housing finance options and information

As the housing market appears to be bouncing back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What's my residence worth now? There's actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner at USAA. He says your home has three, potentially very different, price tags based on its: Ma... more

Tips for Owning a Home and Building Wealth

Almost any servicemember can afford to own a home with proper preparation. Develop a savings plan to build up money for a down payment at purchase, for moving expenses, and for post-purchase emergency expenditures such as needed home repairs. Remember, the larger your down payment, the lower your home loan payment. MilitarySaves.org can help you... more

Mortgage Relief for Servicemembers

A new program was unveiled in June 2012 that could help tens of thousands of veterans and servicemembers who are struggling with underwater homes. The program expands the national mortgage settlement that the government previously reached with some of the largest banks, and it steps up enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). ... more

What Homeowners Insurance Does Not Cover


A homeowners insurance policy offers basic protection from the most common disasters. But because it's built with the average American household in mind, your policy might not account for some risks associated with your location or cover all your possessions. Floods Flood insurance is mandatory when you have a mortgage on a home in a high-risk... more

How to Stay on Budget with a Home Renovation

Home maintenance

So you've got your home and your mortgage and then one day you look around and realize you want to renovate but you don't have much to spend. What to do?  I'm a total newbie to home renovation, but having spent a fair amount of time watching HGTV, I get the basic gist of the process. You have a dumpy room, you gather the money, hire a contract, ... more

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