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Category: Housing

Does Your State Have Programs to Help Veterans Buy and Repair Homes?

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs famously has programs to assist veterans with homeownership, both to purchase and maintain one. While this is an invaluable resource to many, some veterans simply don’t like dealing with the VA. If they want those loans and grants, however, they often think they don’t have a choice. Depending on where they live, they may have another choice – or more than one choice in many areas, actually. More than half of the states have their own programs that offer loans and grants to veterans seeking homeownership. Some even have programs to help...

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Do Maintenance on These 8 Items in Your Home to Avoid Costly Replacements

Having a place of your own requires you to do housework, whether you want to or not. Regardless of if you live in a house, apartment, condo, townhome or even a mobile home, there are certain items in your home that you NEED to have regular maintenance conducted. If you don’t maintain these certain items, you could be looking at spending THOUSANDS of dollars by replacing them. So, don’t stress out your bank account. Get these items what they need now before it’s too late! Air Conditioning Unit Did you know hundredths of an inch of dust or dirt...

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Does Airbnb Hurt Cities More than It Helps?

If you haven’t heard of Airbnb, then we’ll try to introduce it as straightforwardly as possible. It’s this service where hosts rent out parts of (or all of) their homes to travelers, like a hotel but cheaper, or like a bed-and-breakfast but more personal, or like a hostel but nicer. It’s objectively amazing and terrible all at the same time. If you’re thinking about using Airbnb, whether you want to stay at one or rent out your own place, then you ought to know the downsides of it as well as the upsides. Is it bad because the hosts...

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What Does Good Debt Look Like?

If you go through your whole life without being officially, legally in debt, then you will have either gotten extremely lucky or you will have been overly cautious to your own detriment. They say money makes the world go ‘round and fortune favors the bold. Combine those two statements and you might get the idea that to live your best life, you may have to voluntarily go into debt and gamble on yourself. But we aren’t here to tell you to stop thinking debt itself is bad and it’s really some wonderful game to play. No, no, no –...

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Can Getting Rid of Your Lawn Save You Money?

We could have eased into this article with a nice, but unnecessary, introduction that talked in circles about nature and homeownership before finally zoning in on lawns and gardening. But instead, let’s address the burning question head-on. Why on Earth would anybody get rid of their grass? Really, that question answers itself: it’s because we’re on Earth. It turns out maintaining a lawn is actually murder on the environment. But the fact an entire continent is doing this kind-of-sort-of makes the problem enormously worse. A lot of it is about water consumption, but not entirely. There are also the...

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