The drop from 2000 to 2010 was the largest since the Great Depression. The gap between whites and blacks widened, wiping out 40 years of progress in housing equality.
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis at MSN Money.
Figures newly released from the 2010 Census show that homeownership in the U.S. fell to 65.1% in 2010, The Associated Press reports. A headline in the Washington Post calls homeownership a "fading American dream."
Together with new data showing fitful progress in rates of missed mortgage payments, foreclosures and home loan modifications, the overall picture is one of a housing market locked in a serious and stubborn stall.
Renting a car is simple and cheap. But those counter employees sure make it tough to decline the up-sells and upgrades. Here's why you should.
This post is from Jason Steele at partner site Money Talks News.
My uncle called me from the Denver airport recently. He was about to rent a compact car for his trip to Vail, and the staff at the rental car company insisted that such a car would have trouble driving in the mountains.
A new program could let you earn some money when you're not using your vehicle.
This post comes from Des Toups at partner site CarInsurance.com.
Car sharing has always been a hippie version of car rental. You pay your money and you get access to a newish econobox, only it’s located in your neighborhood, not at the airport, and you’re not locked into that whole-day rental thing when all you want to do is load up at Costco.
Now, General Motors is helping to make car-sharing even more nutty and crunchy.
The state's annual Permanent Fund Dividend payments are out. Individuals will use their $1,174 checks for things like sled dogs and overdue mortgages.
Seems like a pretty sweet deal, getting a check every year just for living there. That is, unless you're paying $7 a gallon for gas.
Managing your fiscal affairs can seem like a daunting task, but some hard work can make you more self-sufficient.
This post comes from Stephen D. Simpson, CFA, at partner site Investopedia.
Any way you slice it, there is big money in running money -- there are trillions of dollars out there in pension funds, mutual funds and individual investor accounts. The financial services industry is a multi-billion dollar enterprise predicated on helping people do what they cannot (or do not wish to) do for themselves.
The question is how much of this is really necessary: Are you better off paying a professional to run or advise you how to run your money, or can you go it alone? Said more bluntly: Are you smarter than your financial adviser? If not, can you learn to be?
Make the right decisions over time and you'll likely be just fine no matter how much you earn.
This post comes from Len Penzo at partner site Len Penzo dot Com.
Earlier this summer my teenage son revealed to me and the Honeybee that he has a girlfriend. Yes, it's his first one.
And as every guy who has ever dared to play the game of love knows, courting the fairer sex requires a suitor to spend a little cash on his girl now and then. At least it does for those who want to get to second base.
Now that my son has a girlfriend, I've noticed that he is still spending his money as fast as he earns it. Just not on her.
Thirty-year rates drop to a record low of 3.94%. But will consumers be able to take advantage?
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis at MSN Money.
Mortgage rates broke the historic 4% barrier this week. The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate home loan fell to 3.94% with an average 0.8 point paid, according to Freddie Mac's Weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. (One point is 1% of the loan amount.)
That's the lowest rate Freddie has recorded. "Freddie Mac says the rates are the lowest since its survey began in 1971, and academic research suggests that rates for 30-year mortgages were as low as 4% -- but not any lower -- under a loan program for war veterans in the mid-1940s," says The Wall Street Journal.
You want to stay on top of developments in your occupation and your interests, so why not make a little money while you're doing it.
This post comes from Ben Edwards at partner blog Wise Bread.
Getting paid to learn is a good way to keep your career skills sharp, and it may be the key to keeping your competitive edge in the future.
Penelope Trunk earns her living by keeping her finger on the pulse of the workplace, and not long ago she let slip the secret to competing with up-and-coming Generation Z --lifelong learning. Trunk's advice is to start focusing on your own lifelong learning now, so you won't be stuck leaning on your cane when Gen Z bursts through the office doors.
But with a busy job and life's obligations, how do you find time to be continually learning? The good news is you don't have to go back to school or take classes to expand your skill set. Here are six things you can do to constantly be learning new skills while you make money.
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