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Sep 4, 2013 5:50PM on Smart SpendingBy Marilyn Lewis

Researchers wondered what the real-estate crisis has done to those of us who haven't lost our homes. Here's what they learned.

Sep 3, 2013 12:18PM on Smart SpendingBy Credit.com

Would-be borrowers with thin credit histories can sometimes get a boost from nontraditional creditors -- like cellphone carriers, utilities and, yes, video streaming services.

Aug 14, 2013 6:21PM on Smart SpendingBy Marilyn Lewis

Once shunned and villainized, adjustable-rate mortgages are now being embraced by some buyers and refinancers. Is it worth the risk?

Aug 14, 2013 12:27PM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Smart Spending editor

Young adults no longer expect to buy their first house right away. First they need good credit, a hefty downpayment and a stable job.

Aug 13, 2013 11:18AM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

Welcome to the one insurance policy you can't shop for, don't benefit from, but will have to pay if you don't have a big enough down payment.

Aug 7, 2013 5:15PM on Smart SpendingBy Marilyn Lewis

After getting burned in the housing market or watching things go wrong for others, many families are deciding that renting offers the life they want at a price they can afford.

Jul 24, 2013 1:37PM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but there are smart ways to think through whether downsizing to a smaller home in retirement is a smart financial move for you.

Jul 23, 2013 8:00PM on Smart SpendingBy Marilyn Lewis

If you're behind on payments -- even underwater -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, may want to give you a no-document mortgage modification.

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