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Making sense of annual percentage rates and interest rates.
The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Solar Panels
From evaluating your roof to installation and maintenance, EnergyBillCruncher has you covered.
Learning Center: Interest and APR—What's the Difference?
You see two rates when you shop for a loan, and we explain why.
How Public Records Give You an Edge in Homebuying
Dig up data on the seller, street, and neighborhood to inform your home search and your buying decisions.
COVID-19: Timing Right for Mortgage Refi
Low and volatile rates are drawing many refinancers to the market right now.
The Secret to Comparing Solar Quotes
You can use this handy three-point checklist to look over competing solar offers.
Learning Center: Pros and Cons of 15- and 30-Year Mortgages
No one has a crystal ball to see 15 years ahead, much less 30, but if you can swing a higher payment, a shorter term will save you a lot of money.
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Is Blockchain Pointing Its Gaze at the Background Check Industry?
With the new tech on the cusp of taking over, background reports may start looking a tad bit different.
7 Common Mortgage Myths Debunked
Don’t be swayed by misinformation when it comes to a home loan. Get the facts straight before beginning the search for your dream home.
What's the Federal Solar Tax Credit?
And how will it change over the years?
Return of the Cash-Out Refi
The current cash-out refi boom looks a lot different from last time. Here’s why.
Are You Vaccinated? The Answer Could Start Showing Up on Background Reports
Companies could potentially look to background checks for proof of vaccination.
VA Home Loan
Buying a Home With a VA Loan
No down payments and good rates are just two of the excellent mortgage benefits for military members.
Impressive Solar Ground Frameworks
Reimagine solar installations by getting off the roof.
Learning Center: Popular Loan Products at a Glance
Learn about the major choices because one kind of mortgage is the best fit for you.
Did You Just Swipe Right on a “Roach”?
Here's how to defend yourself from the disturbing online hookup trend known only as "Roaching"...
5 Common Uses for a Personal Loan
Here's a taste of what you can use loan money for.
5 Incentives to Solar Up
Concrete financial incentives that any homeowner thinking of solar power needs to know about.
Learning Center: Mortgage Myths Debunked
Some of what you have heard about home loans simply isn't true.
Is He Cheating? Know Once and for All
Don't be in the dark any longer.
6 DIY Weekend Home Projects
Results in a weekend from these do-it-yourself home life improvers.
Solar Success Story: The Neumanns
Blackout? What Blackout?
A couple's first 100 days with a cutting-edge solar system.
Buying a Home
How Much Should You Save for a Down Payment?
We all know money talks. Here's what your down payment says to lenders.
Find Hidden Social Media Profiles
Put on your sleuthing cap and deploy these 5 tried-and-true tricks.
How Much for a Down Payment?
Money talks. What does your down payment say?
The Main Benefits of Solar Power
From aggressive incentives to curbing greenhouse gases, there are so many advantages to installing solar panels onto your home.
3 Good Uses of a Cash-Out Refi
A cash-out refi can supercharge your mortgage with a new low interest rate and line your pockets too, but this is not mad money.
Protect Your Information Online Like the Security Experts Do
Cyber crime is at an all-time high, and background checks might be the only answer.
7 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
Things you need to know before starting the search for your dream home.
Buying vs. Leasing Solar Panels
Which is right for you?
Buying a Home
Solid Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
7 pieces of proven advice for tackling this milestone event.
Seller Beware: Your Online Ad Draws Scammers
We are instinctively cautious when purchasing from strangers, but scammers also pretend to be buyers. Learn to spot them.
11 Mortgage Terms You Should Know
Head into the homebuying process well informed.
Solar Power Battery Basics
What can a battery do for your solar energy system, and is it worth the cost?
News & Views
Reversing 6-Year Shrink, Homes Get Bigger
New single-family homes are growing again, but how are we using the extra space?
The Telltale Signs You Married a Bigamist
You never really know who you just tied the knot with.
5 Simple Ways to Save for a Down Payment
Thinking about buying a home? Put money aside for a down payment with help from these tips.
4 Drawbacks to Leasing (and Why People Still Do)
In the long term, the benefits of buying are tough to beat.
Experts Agree: Before You Refinance, Master Your Credit
This one simple trick can save you thousands each year off your mortgage payments.
Shut It Down: How You Can Seal Your Court Records
These are the steps jurisdictions generally require before a judge might agree to seal, or even destroy, your records.
What Is PMI and Can I Avoid It?
PMI is the drawback of buying a home for a low down payment, but equity earns your way out.
The Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning Solar Panels
Got debris buildup? Read how to wash your panels without damaging them.
News & Views
Criminals Are Hijacking Mortgage Closings
Beware! Scammers hiding inside compromised email accounts can steal your down payment.
In the News
Global Cyber Criminals Are Getting Caught by Background Checks
Atlanta fraudster may have been stopped in his tracks by a background report.
Negotiate a 2.79% Mortgage Rate Like This
It didn't happen overnight, but research and tenacity got them a dream rate.
The Impact Solar Panels Have on the Environment
Learn about three major benefits.
How to Speed Up Your Refi
Avoid having to wait several weeks for your lower payment to start by removing hurdles in the process.
In the News
The Colorado Elections Clerk Who Stole All the Info
Investigators turn to background reports to stop hackers in their tracks.
3 Tips to Strengthen and Protect Your Credit Score
Work towards a high credit score so you can secure low interest rates on your mortgage.
How Strong Net Metering Benefits You
All about the incentive system and technology that monetizes your home's solar energy output.
Buying a Home
Saving for a Down Payment: 5 Straightforward Tips
The money represents your instant equity in the new home, and with this advice you can save more.
Here's What Google Knows About You
If you printed out the personal details Google collects on the average person, the papers would stack as high as the Eiffel Tower.
4 Ways to Build Quick Equity
Tried and true strategies for optimizing the investment in your home in a relatively short time.
Solar Panels: Fact vs. Fiction
Let's get to the truth about renewable energy.
Buying a Home
Hot Features You Should Look for in a New Home
Trends change; these are the feaures people want in new homes today.
In the News
She Opened Her Husband’s Laptop Only to Discover His Shocking Betrayal
Shocked and appalled, her next steps were not what you might expect.
3 Reasons to Go Solar in Your First Home
Ensure you get the most out of your first home by installing solar panels.
Where Solar Is Soaring and Why
These 10 states set the examples to follow coast to coast.
Buying a Home
Silver Linings Playbook: Why Higher Rates Are Actually Good for Homebuyers
It’s counterintuitive, sure. It also just so happens to be true.
How to Remove Your Personal Information From the Internet
Read our step-by-step guide to reducing your online footprint.
Sell Faster With This Home Staging Advice From the Experts
From first impressions to lasting appeal, smart staging makes your home stand out.
Panel Tech: the Breakthroughs
Technological leaps in solar energy systems then, now, and in the future.
News & Views
Higher Rates, Lower Prices. The Housing Market Course Correction Is Here.
As sellers scramble, buyers suddenly find themselves in the catbird seat.
Why You Should Background-Search Yourself, and How
To potential employers, creditors, landlords, and strangers, your records are your reputation.
The 7 Most In-Demand Home Features
Whether you're looking to buy or need some home improvement ideas, this list of the most in-demand house features can help.
Solar Panel Payback Period
How long will it take to break even?
Buying a Home
How You Can Avoid Paying PMI
Putting 20% down is the surefire way to avoid PMI, but here are three other ways.
Beware Friends Reading Posts: The Scary Social Media Loophole
If you think that restricting your account only to friends makes your social media interactions private, think again.
VA Mortgage Refinance
VA Rate Reduction Refinance
Hello, my name is IRRRL: The faster, easier way that military members and families can refinance their VA loan and lock in lower rates.
The Rising Cost of Electricity
The lowdown on residential rates.
More Good Uses for a Cash-Out Refi (and One Bad Use)
The cash from a cash-out refinance can put you on stable footing to make smart moves with your money.
4 Tips for Finding Long-Lost Family
When you're ready to reunite with a loved one, use these proven tips.
Easily Improve Your Financial Health With These 5 Tips
Evaluate your financial health and get tips for ways to better prepare for your future.
Large-Scale Solar Projects on the Rise in 2020
The dependability and the cost-effectiveness of solar power shine in a year of much uncertainty.
Refi Breakeven Point: How to Calculate Yours
A mortgage refinance takes money in the form of closing costs, so when does the saving start?
Credit Scores and Committed Relationships: Your Love Match
The surprising link between lasting relationships and matching credit scores.
3 Good Reasons for a Cash-Out Refinance
Homeowners do a cash-out refinance so they can turn some of the equity they've built up in their home into cash.
The Solar Panel Bump to Home Values
Energy bills down, home value up. We shine a light on the solar win-win.
Refi or Personal Loan to Vanquish Credit Card Debt?
Two popular strategies for escaping credit card debt are to refinance a mortgage or take out a personal loan.
The Free Tax Prep Service You Already Pay for But Probably Never Heard Of
70% of Americans could prepare their federal tax return easily online for free, if only they knew about the IRS Free File.
Mortgage Prequalification vs. Preapproval
Learn the differences between the two so you don't miss out on your dream home.
Energy Saving Tips
Going Green Saves Green: a Cost-Effective Way to Live
A green household is more efficient and less expensive in these many ways.
5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Financial Health
These tips will help you evaluate your finances and prepare for the future.
Is Your Divorce Public Record?
The realities of (and alternatives to) your divorce records being open to public view.
Reverse Mortgage Pros and Cons
The controversial loan product does have sensible uses and lets homeowners enjoy the equity they have built up without selling.
Energy Saving Tips
Tips That Help You Get the Most out of Your Solar Panels
We help you maximize use and savings.
Buying a Home
People Share the Bad Real Estate Advice They've Heard
What dubious tips have led some people astray in buying or selling a home? Hear the worst real estate advice going around.
Do Dating Apps Even Try to Verify Their Users' Backgrounds?
What the big services in the dating scene do to discourage abuse and how you can protect yourself.
A Personal Loan Can Lift You Out of Credit Card Debt, Raise Your Credit Score
A personal loan is the flexible financial tool that lets you consolidate and pay down debts sensibly.
Water and Power: How Rain and Clouds Affect Solar Energy Generation
How much does inclement weather affect solar energy production, and does it mean we need to have battery backup?
How Often Can You Refinance Your Home?
Watch for these four signs to know when another home refinance might be worthwhile.
Practice Safe Dating: Have You Done a Background Search on the Person You're About to Meet?
Catfish, cheater, axe murderer, felon—who could you be dating?
Cash for Whatever: Check Out Personal Loans
Personalized terms and lower interest than most credit cards make personal loans a viable method of getting cash fast.
Is a Grid-Tied Solar Panel System Right for You?
The pros, cons, and potential savings.
Equity & Value
Four Proven Ways to Build Home Equity Quickly
Owning more and owing less is the heart of home equity, and here are proven ways to tilt the seesaw in your favor faster.
A Comprehensive Guide to a Background Check
What you need to know about a background check
4 Good Uses for a Personal Loan—and 1 Bad Use
From debt consolidation to home improvement, you can put a personal loan to smart use.
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Solar Installer
These tips can help you choose a solar company.
Equity & Value
Make Your Home Renovations Come True With Cash-Out Refinancing
Cash-out refinancing could be your chance to complete your home renovation checklist.
Could a Background Check Hurt Your Job Search?
Some employers will look beyond your resume, but there are rules for what they can see about you and how they use it.
The Secret to Getting the Best Interest Rate
Do this to get a low interest rate so you can save thousands over the life of a loan.
What's the Future of Energy?
Which energy sources are set to dominate the industry?
When Can I Refinance My Home?
Discover the best time to refinance your home and the perks of doing it.
Don't Make These 4 Common Mistakes of First-Time Homebuyers
As record low interest rates battle with record low inventory, you can benefit by learning what first-time buyers wish they'd done differently.
Markets Are Moving Away From Fossil Fuels
You're probably divesting from fossil fuels without knowing it as markets shed carbon companies in favor of clean tech.
Buying a Home
Mortgage Broker, Mortgage Banker, or Loan Officer? What's the Right Call?
The differences can be subtle but crucial. Here’s what you need to know.
Here's Why Your Debt-to-Income Ratio Is So Important
A low DTI paves the way for a competitive mortgage.
Clean Energy Jobs Pay Better
Jobs in clean energy pay much more than average and, after the pandemic, are likely to recover quicker than fossil fuel jobs.
Buying a Home
Identifying a Property With Better Short-Term Rental Potential
How to pick a winning vacation rental and what to do if yours isn't generating the income you expected.
2 More Good Reasons for a Cash-Out Refinance—and 1 Terrible Reason
Convert equity to cash with a timely cash-out refinance, but if you don't have a sensible plan for the money you're better off leaving it in the home.
Oil Companies Blend Renewable Energy Into the Mix
Profit and predictability drive a growing investment by Big Oil in solar, wind, and other green resources.
Buying a Home
Can You Increase Your Preapproval Amount?
When the right homes always seem just out of reach, here’s how to get preapproved for a bigger mortgage.
The True Cost of Late Mortgage Payments
Learn about the cost and impact of missing a mortgage installment.
Should You Buy a Home With Solar Panels?
What you need to know about buying a house with a renewable energy system.
How Home Buying Is Different Right Now
With interest rates that previous generations could only dream of and a low housing supply, the market is red-hot despite the chill over the rest of the economy.
Continued Strong, Growing Support for Renewable Energy, With a Generation Gap
Most Americans favor expanding our renewable energy sources, with the under-40 set most keen, surveys show.
Mortgage Process Checklist
Ready to buy a house? Follow these 10 easy steps to secure your dream home.
Energy Saving Tips
5 Energy-Saving Tips for the Holidays
Combat a rise in energy expenses while spending time with your loved ones.
Act Now to Avoid the Adverse Market Refinance Fee
Thinking of refinancing? Do so before a new fee goes into effect.
Energy Saving Tips
Use These 6 Household Appliances Smarter for Lower Energy Bills
Many people are more familiar with the settings on their smartphone than their household appliances, but smarter use of your appliances will lower your energy bills.
The Home Equity Boost From Going Solar
The verified boost in home value is great enough to offset the installation cost of solar panels.
With 1.5 Gigawatts of Big Installed Solar, Southeast Outpaces California for Third Year
America installed 4.5 GW of utility-scale solar in 2019, bringing the country's cumulative capacity to 29 GW.
Cosigners and Mortgages: What Borrowers Need to Know
A mortgage cosigner could mean better terms and interest rates for the primary borrower, but how is the cosigner affected?
Remarkably, Solar Stayed Strong in Rocky 2020
How solar energy managed to thrive in a tumultuous year full of challenges.
6 Negotiating Tips for Winning When You Buy a Home
We are in a seller's market, but you can still get ahead of the competition with this expert advice.
4 Surprising Ways Las Vegas Leans Green
Conservation makes fiscal sense in the Entertainment Capital of the World, but it's important that guests still feel dazzled and pampered.
Mortgage Prepayment: The Surprising Savings of $100 Extra
Paying down your loan principal with a little extra each month saves you big money in interest and builds equity quicker.
So We've Reached Grid Parity. What's Ahead?
Now that cities can build solar fields for no more money than coal plants, advances will accelerate.
How Often Can You Refinance Your Mortgage?
Learn more about refinancing so that you can take advantage of falling interest rates.
Covid-19 Hastened Peak Oil, If It Isn't Already Here: Experts
The pandemic set oil production back two years while investments in alternative energy grew, leading some forecasters to predict an earlier arrival of peak oil.
5 Signs You're Ready To Buy Your First Home
Your go-to checklist for homebuying.
Tech Heavyweights Pledge Green Futures
This decade, the world's most valuable companies (all of them American) will be putting their money where their mouth is.
What You Should Know About Making Rental Income With Your Home
Making money off extra living space in your home is definitely worth considering, but don't go in blind.
How Many Hours of Sunlight Do Solar Panels Need?
And how to calculate those peak hours.
Refinancing a Mortgage When You Have Bad Credit
Everyone deserves refinancing options. Do you know yours?
Solar Panel Inspection and Permit Process
What to expect when the time comes to go solar.
Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You? Q&A
For certain people a reverse mortgage is a worthwhile loan product, but how do you know if you're one of them?
How Much Solar Would It Take to Replace Your Energy Bill?
A simplified look at how powerful a solar energy system your house would need for you to replace your energy bill.
Refinancing vs. Loan Modification
Refinancing isn't the only way to get new mortgage terms!
Reap the Benefits of Off-Grid Living Without Going Hermit
As scientists increase their understanding of how nature benefits humans, we've learned how to bring the goodness to where we already live.
Your Guide To Common Mortgage Options
Learn about three mortgage options that are popular among first-time buyers.
Energy Prices to Rise 5% by Next Year While Solar Gets Cheaper
Rate trends strengthen home solar's value proposition.
Advantages of Buying in a New Neighborhood
New construction has the appeal of freshness but costs more.
Debunked: Why People Think Solar Won't Work Where They Live
Harnessing the sun's power is possible in a surprisingly wide variety of locations and weather.
5 Things You Shouldn't Do After Applying for a Mortgage
Ready to close? Steer clear of these common pitfalls.
Energy Saving Tips
The 3 Biggest Energy Hogs in a Typical Home and What You Can Do About It
Electricity is America's number one power source, so where is most of the juice going in your home?
What's Coming If You Buy or Refi in 2021
Low rates and decelerating home prices are two pieces of good news for anyone who wants to buy a home in the new year.
Replacing Your Roof? Why Not Go Solar As Well?
Combining both jobs can save you serious cash.
Paying Closing Costs Now vs. Rolling Them Into a Home Loan
Should you pay closing costs out of pocket or finance them with the loan?
How Green Energy Is Facing the Challenges
Popular and pollution-free energy resources need to scale up and spread out, as the green energy industry well knows.
Your Guide to Adjustable-Rate Mortgages
Get to know this popular loan option!
Several U.S. Solar Companies Want Trump's Tariffs to Stay
If we want to transition to clean Energy by 2035, this is the way.
How Long Does It Take to Refinance a Mortgage?
Here's how soon you could have a refinanced mortgage contract in hand.
Disgraced Governor Cuomo Blocks HOAs From Restricting Solar
Measure may be his last bill signing.
3 Big Money Mistakes to Avoid in 2021
Get your financial health back on track!
Level Up to As Much Solar As Suits You
Solar offers levels of participation (all of them rewarding) to match any homeowner's commitment.
Mortgage Refinance Checklist #1: Your Goals
The first step in your refinance journey is deciding what you hope to achieve.
Going Solar Might Get Much Cheaper
New bill introduced in Congress could make it happen.
How to Boost Your Home's Appraisal Value When Refinancing
Three low-cost upgrades to tackle this weekend.
Easy DIY Under-$200 Home Security Kit
7 straightforward items (including 1 freebie!) to secure your home affordably.
More Q&A to Decide Whether a Reverse Mortgage Is Right for You
You've got more question about reverse mortgages, and we've got the answers.
Previously Hesitant Homeowners Are Now Going Solar in Droves
As energy costs rise, solar keeps getting cheaper.
Cash-Out Refinance vs. Home Equity Loan
Which route is right for your cash needs?
Why the Value Proposition of Solar Keeps Improving
Marvel at all the ways solar keeps getting more affordable compared to the only real alternative people have, the grid.
3 Things Homeowners Wish They'd Known About Refinancing
When focusing on lowering their monthly payment, some refi customers lose sight of these other effects of a mortgage refinance.
California Sued Over Bogus Solar Rule
The California Solar and Storage Association is fighting back.
5 Fantastic Cash-Out Refinance Home Improvement Projects
High ROI upgrades to tackle with your influx of cash.
Is Minnesota Poised to Take Over the Solar Industry?
Minnesota’s Iron Range is planning an enormous solar panel manufacturing facility.
Things to Consider Before You Try House Flipping
Learn the best advice from experienced house flippers because it's not as easy as it looks on TV.
The Most Effective Winter Energy Tip Just Got a Lot More Important
One home improvement brings you a 117% ROI and could save you hundreds this winter.
9 Easy Ways to Save Money During COVID-19
Employed or not, here's how to get the most bang for your buck!
Solar Success Story: The Urban Farmer
Energy independence and the environment were important incentives, but the biggest was the write-off.
Mortgage Refinance Checklist #2: Does It Make Financial Sense?
Sometimes fees and penalties mean that you barely break even with a refi, so you definitely want the numbers on your side before getting started.
When It Comes to Solar Rebates & Tax Credits, Every State Is Different
We break it all down for you here.
Cash-Out Refinance Eligibility Requirements
Cash-out refi options at a glance. Which do you qualify for?
Fierce Competition Benefits Solar Customers, Keeps Industry Tense
Neighborhood solar companies succeed because they offer what the public wants.
All Points Bulletin: What Are Points When It Comes to Mortgages?
What are buying points and discount points? Is refinancing different from purchasing? You have questions, so we get right to the point.
Two California Senators Just Changed the Solar Game With This New Bill
Less expensive solar panels and slashed energy bills promise to make this solar bill wildly popular.
Is Refinancing Worth the Effort for Just a 1% Lower Rate?
As rates drop, here's what to consider before you make the most popular mortgage move.
Energy Efficiency Makes Way for Enhanced Quality of Life
Energy conservation and health are intertwined.
The Pros and Cons of Popular Mortgage Payment Options
Personal check? Online payment service? Credit card? What's the best way to pay installments?
Winter-Prepping Your Home Solar Energy System
Preparing your solar power system for the cold season mainly involves battery maintenance because the panels are already winter-tough.
More Things People Wish They'd Known About Refinancing
Continued: By focusing on lowering their payment, some refi customers lose sight of these other effects of a mortgage refinance.
Dragonscales and Power Flowers: the Evolving Shape of Solar
Efficiency meets beauty in the latest, most intriguing solar capture designs.
3 Important Money-Management Lessons to Teach Your Kids
How to set your children up for financial success.
Smart Electric Panels Are Coming to Solar Homeowners
Here’s what that means for you.
Don't Lose 10% of Your Home's Value: Spring Maintenance Checklist
Spring is the ideal season to retain or renew your home's value through these mostly DIY-friendly tasks.
Solar Panels vs. Natural Disasters
How do renewable energy systems fare when confronted by Mother Nature?
Don't Believe These 3 Popular Money Myths
Doing so could cost you big!
Is 2022 the Year of Going Off-Grid With Solar?
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make it happen.
Mortgage Interest Rates Over Time
6-year data that helps you make smart money moves.
Energy Saving Tips
4 Little Projects to Cut Energy Costs Throughout the House
Green guru shares money-saving tips from basement to attic.
3 Ways You Can Speed Up Your Mortgage Refi
Due to the soaring popularity of refinancing, the process can drag, but here are ways to accelerate it.
Can You Add a Battery to Your Existing Solar Energy System?
Everything you need to know about adding a battery after the fact.
Discount Points vs. More Money Down: The Best Use of Your Cash
Common sense says to put as much money down on a home as you can afford, but the power of discount points is undeniable.
Will Biden’s Plan Really Cut 30% Off the Cost of Solar?
The White House claims Build Back Better will do just that.
The Relationship Between Equity and Refinancing
What happens to your hard-earned equity when you replace your mortgage contract?
Revealed: World's Biggest Solar Battery
Record-breaking storage technology extends the viability of utility-scale solar after dark.
Experts Urge People to Switch to 15-Year Fixed, and Here's Why
Combine a shorter term with one of today's low refi rates and you get a double dose of savings.
Senator's New Bill Means Big Solar Incentives, But Will It Pass?
Homeowners clamoring for more solar incentives may get their wish.
Tax Deductions and Your Mortgage Refinance
Refinanced in 2020? Here's what you need to know about tax deductions!
Same-Day Permitting Launches Home Solar Into Warp Speed
Solar Access Act to reduce permit wait times to a matter of hours.
Mortgage Refinance Checklist #3: The Documents You Need
The paperwork you need and where to get the documents for a faster and more informed refinance.
Solar Panels vs. Other Home Improvement Projects
Tackle big-ROI upgrades.
Spring Clean Your Finances in 5 Easy Steps
It's time for a fresh financial start!
Solar Success Story: A Home in the Woods
Follow the straightforward installation of an 18-panel rooftop solar energy system that paid for itself in five years.
Homeowners Can Save 20% on Energy Bills With This Appliance Makeover
When your home needs new appliances, remember that one label means energy efficiency, quality assurance, and claims verified by third-party testing.
2022 Is the Final Year to Claim Your 26% Solar Tax Credit
Homeowners who don’t go solar this year are set to miss out big-time.
50-Year Historic Low Interest Rates As a Result of Fed’s Stimulus Program
How to secure a historically low interest rate. Pay off your mortgage fast!
Customization Makes Going Solar Easier Than Ever
Systems can be tailored to most any home, and you can mix and match options to your liking.
Homeowners Are Frantic to Secure Insanely Low Refinance Rates
The Federal Reserve slashed its rate to near zero; that's great news for homeowners!
Green Clean: Let's Tackle the Kitchen
Safe, natural, and economical cleaning tips for the heart of your home.
Easily Calculate Your Net Worth
Calculate your net worth to see if your finances are on track.
Biden Extends Solar Tariffs, but There's a Catch
When it comes to President Biden’s solar tariff extension, the devil is in the details.
How to Calculate the Breakeven Point of a Refi
Getting the ball rolling on a mortgage refinance takes money in the form of closing costs, so how long does the ball have to roll before the savings kick in?
Energy Saving Tips
How to Reduce Peak Demand Charges on Electricity Bills
Four things you can do today to lower your bill.
5 Signs It's Time to Refinance Your Mortgage
Do any of these situations apply to you?
Integrated Solar: a Look at Leading-Edge Tech
When it comes to advances in green tech and design, there are always new ideas under the sun.
So You Want to Be a Landlord? How to Run a Credit Check on a Prospective Tenant
The legal way to screen out unreliable tenants and turn extra rooms into extra income.
The Lifespan of Solar Batteries
Is storing excess energy right for you?
3 Home Remodeling Facts No One Likes to Talk About
Are you prepared for what's to come?
America's Biggest Urban Solar Farm to Cap a Landfill
On top of a former landfill the nation's largest urban solar farm is about to rise.
Why Switching Your ARM to Fixed-Rate Is More Important Than Ever
Lock in a low interest rate today before the inevitable climb.
Homeowners Going Solar This Summer Are in for a Pleasant Surprise
With more government rebates and incentives than ever before, solar homeowners have reason to celebrate.
7 Home Renovations That Can Hurt Your Home's Value
Are you helping or hurting your bottom line?
Green Energy Breaks World Record in 2022 per International Energy Agency
Despite supply chain issues, solar comes out on top once again.
This Happens to Your House If You Die Without a Will
To your spouse, to your kids, or to the (gulp) state—where does your house go if you leave no will?
When Is the Best Time to Go Solar?
If you are considering renewable energy, read this first!
When Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?
Believe it or not, mortgage prepayment isn't for every borrower.
3 Unexpected Benefits of Energy Efficiency
Conservation's far-reaching perks!
What Usually Causes a Home to Fail Inspection?
When a sale falls through after a home inspection, it's often because the buyer's expectations didn't match reality.
Don't Install Solar Before Reading This
These expert tips are considered absolute musts.
The 3 Best and 3 Worst Ways to Use Your Home Equity
Protect your hard-earned investment!
Biden Announces Two-Year Pause on Solar Panel Tariffs
Experts agree solar could be the key to offsetting inflation.
The Risks and Rewards of Locking In Your Mortgage Rate
Locking in a low rate seems like a simple decision, but is there a catch?
Energy Saving Tips
5 Ways to Naturally Cool Your Home in Summer
Beat the heat without breaking the bank.
Does Unemployment Affect Your Credit Score?
How unemployment can't–and can–affect your credit score.
Off-Grid Living Reality Check
Total independence is a lofty goal, but some dependencies are worth every penny.
5 Household Expenses You Cut Right Now, Easily
Because you can think of better uses for your hard-earned money.
7 Surprising Facts About Solar Energy
Is a renewable energy system right for your home?
2021 Mortgage Interest Rate Forecast
The low-rate window is coming to a close!
Solar Outshines Nuclear for First Time in U.S. History
Wind provides the assist for renewables to blow by legacy power systems.
5 Mortgage Refinance Tips That Save Time and Money
What all borrowers need to know.
Could You Possibly Live a Carbon-Negative Lifestyle?
As if living carbon-neutral weren't challenge enough, could you (or anyone) actually live carbon-negative?
What You Need to Know About Your Mortgage Rate-Shopping Window
It's all about your FICO score!
What to Expect for Installation
Every year, solar panel installation gets simpler and faster, but it still requires the expertise of an electrician who has solar installation training.
How to Compare Mortgage Loan Estimates
Interest rate is not the only detail to focus on when comparing home loans.
Lights, Camera, Traction: Latest in Solar-Powered Security
Innovative security tools draw power from the sun for cordless, hassle-free protection around your home.
Is Now Still a Good Time to Refinance a Mortgage?
What borrowers need to know.
6 Things You Can Stop Paying for Without Giving Anything Up
Money-saving tips that just happen to be clean and green too.
What a Smart Cash-Out Refi Looks Like
3 features of a cash-out refinance that indicate you are making a wise move.
How to Avoid Solar Scams
What to watch for when you upgrade your home to affordable solar energy.
The Unglamorous Truth About Home Improvement Return on Investment
Don't expect a wow factor from the project with the best ROI.
Here’s How to Take Advantage of the Federal Government's Solar Tax Credits, Solar Rebates, and Solar Incentives
Learn more about how solar energy is more accessible and affordable to Americans than ever before.
7 Tips for Securing Your Home Before Vacation
Many of us can't wait to travel again, but before we head out, we should take measures to keep bad guys from getting in.
Your Guide to $0 Down Solar Panel Installations and “Free” Solar Panels
Learn more about $0 down solar panels and the myth behind “free” solar panels.
This Summer's Hot Patio Trends
Your home has two sides: Enjoy the outside this summer with our inspiring ideas.
3 Solar Panel Trends for 2023
Where is the renewable energy market headed?
Will Closing a Credit Card Help You Qualify for a Refinance or Mortgage?
Don't do this before applying for a mortgage or refinance.
RV and Skoolie Owners Are Hitting the Road Using Solar Energy Panels
Glamping has officially become more independent with solar energy panels.
Home Maintenance This Summer
The long summer days give you ample time to tackle these four tasks and get back to the fun.
5 Simple Ways You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Today
Combat climate change with these easy and eco-friendly tips.
Mortgage Rates Set to Skyrocket in 2022?
What does the future hold for refi rates?
Everything You Need To Know About Bifacial Solar Panels
Get a better understanding of how bifacial solar panels work and if they’re right for you
What's the Deal With Those "We Buy Ugly Houses" Signs?
Predatory flippers have expanded their hunting grounds, but ugliness is in the eye of the beholder.
Your Guide to Solar Tankless Water Heaters
See how solar, tankless water heaters are a game-changer for solar panel homeowners
A Cash-Out Refi Can Make People Love Their Home Again
Features and upgrades so enticing in a new home can be added to an existing home and paid for with equity.
I Can Rent Out THAT?! Make Bonus Money From Space and Things You're Not Using
Thanks to our always-connected economy, something of value that you aren't using at the moment could bring you fast cash.
Sweat Equity? No Sweat!
Leverage your home improvement skills into big bucks.
How One Man Started a Real Estate Empire Without a Dollar to His Name
And you can too...
When to Review Your Homeowners Insurance Policy
5 reasons it might be time to review your coverage.
Advantages of Buying in an Older Neighborhood
A more walkable life in a place with character and trees can be yours when you buy an older home.
Refinance Rates Freefall After Government Eliminates Universally Hated Fee
Refi fee costing homeowners thousands at closing is no more.
Stop Wasting Money Buying Rental Car Coverage Twice
Insurance by your credit card, even if there's a flat fee, is bound to be cheaper than what's offered by the rental car company.
Are You Sitting on Refinance Gold?
A housing market downturn is great news for refinancing homeowners.
Shape Up Your Finances Prior to a Refi or Mortgage
Follow this 4-step financial fitness program so lenders will see you at your best.
Cash Out Refinances Are Suddenly All the Rage
Historically low rates are driving more and more homeowners to tap into their home equity.
One Brilliant Way a Cash-Out Refi Can Pay the Mortage
Boss-level home improvement: Build a tiny house on your property, and the renter pays your mortgage.
Homeowners Find Themselves Sitting on a Fortune
The time to cash out is right now.
Money Right, Sleep Tight: 5 Tips to Destress Your Finances
Many people lose sleep worrying about money, while others practice these five strategies.
Need Mortgage Refi Advice but Not Sure Where to Turn? Try Warren Buffett!
Buffett chimes in on mortgage refi boom with words of wisdom.
12 Retro Household Savings Tips
Which of these vintage money-saving hacks around the house will you share first?
Breaking Down Fixed Rate Refinances by the Years
The only answer to a volatile market is picking the right term.
Have You Ever Gotten Bad Real Estate Advice?
People share their top picks for the worst real estate advice out there.
The Federal Government Just Made Refinancing Way Easier
New programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac set to change the mortgage refi game.
Beware the Mortgage Closing Scam
Criminals hijack the closing process to steal down payments, crushing people's dream of homeownership.
Ready to Refinance? Here's How to Get the Lowest Rate Possible
Unlock the key to your credit score and save big.
Homes Are Growing Bigger Again
Reversing a 6-year trend, new single-family homes get bigger, so how are we using the extra space?
2022: The Year of the Cash-Out Refi
Home equity is booming, interest rates are dropping, and homeowners are laughing all the way to the bank.
3 Pleasant Side Effects of Your Home's Increased Value
How your finances change when you suddenly own a lot more home than before.
Is This the Last Time We'll See Mortgage Rates Dip?
Why refinancing right now might be the only move to make.
Watch for These 3 Things When Shopping for a Refi
Comparing offers is most effective when you know what might be hiding in the details.
Turn Your Cash-Out Refi Into Riches With This One Simple Trick
Mortgage experts agree: 2022 is the year to cash-out refi into stock gold.
Here Are the Best VA Refi Options for 2022
We break it all down here.
Do This If You Have 3+ Years Left on Your ARM
In a time of low rates, refinancing can put homeowners into a more comfortable, predictable fixed-rate mortgage.
How a "No Closing Costs" Refinance Really Works
Though you may have the option to sweep closing costs out of sight, don't push them out of mind.
Home Sales Are Up, But What Does That Mean for Mortgage Rates?
With spring just around the corner, new homeowners wonder if rates under 3% are still out there.
Rising Mortgage Rates Are Actually Good for Buyers—Fact or Fiction?
Believe it or not, this is looking like a cold hard fact.
Summer Home Improvement Projects: Bang for the Buck
Plans we have been dreaming up all winter now have the time and sunlight to be realized, but think small and smart so you don’t miss out on the season’s fun.
Mortgage Rates and Listing Prices Just Dropped at the Same Time
Now's the time to strike for both homebuyers and refinancers alike.
Boom or Bust? The Time to Cash Out on Home Equity Is Now
Turn your record-high home value into a lifelong fortune with these tips from our experts.
Finally Enough Cash
Surging home values draw more to the cash-out refinance.
Economists Predict the Buyers Market Will Reach All 50 States by Month’s End
As housing prices tumble from coast to coast, the time to negotiate is now.
Figure Your DTI in 3 Easy Steps
You should know your DTI when you shop for a loan just like you know your size when you shop for shoes.
15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgage: Making the Choice
No one has a crystal ball to see 15 years ahead, much less 30, but if your income is strong and stable, a larger monthly payment will get you to the finish line sooner.
Wondering What a Bathroom Renovation Costs?
A cash-out refinance could be the key to covering the whole thing.
Choosing the Right Loan Product
So many options are out there, but one loan product is the best fit for you.
Mortgage Refi vs. Personal Loan to Escape Credit Card Debt
What are the pros and cons of these two popular debt consolidation strategies?
The Only Times You Should Close a Credit Card (and How to Do It Right)
Close a credit card only for a good reason, and do it this way.