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Short sales seem to be the hot topic in real estate these days. But as a homeowner with mortgage debt who is considering all the options, is short selling a home the right decision? more...

- - Real Estate

Money matters have been known to cause strain and even lead to breakups. Then why do couples spend so little time discussing and planning their finances? Never mind pondering the answer to that question when you can be whipping your financial plans into shape with these insightful tips for newlyweds. more...

- - Personal Finance

Discussing finances with aging parents can be fraught with misunderstandings. After all, what parent is ready to face turning over their finances to her children? Before you navigate this potentially delicate situation, consider these ways to approach it and what you can do to ensure your parents are financially healthy and secure into their golden years. more...

- - Personal Finance

As a small business owner, establishing the right retirement plan for your company can help ensure a comfortable future for your family, diversify investments, cut your tax bill, and even attract good employees. Find out more about the three most popular retirement plans for small business owners to help you decide the best one for your firm. more...

- - Business Accounting

Your small business has a big impact on your personal finances, and so both should be viewed together. But many busy small business owners fail to take action on their personal finances. Find out some of the most often overlooked steps that are necessary to have success in both—from managing risks to integrating personal planning. more...

- - Personal Finance

If you want a good shot at putting your kids through college, enjoying your retirement and avoiding being a burden to your loved ones, you need a comprehensive financial plan. But in the post–Bernie Madoff era, whom can you trust? Wharton School Professor Kent Smetters gives you the top three questions that you should ask a financial advisor to make sure you are getting advice that fits your best interests. more...

- - Personal Finance

Let's face it, the rising cost of gas and changes to the economy have made us all feel the squeeze. But for those of you who are feeling more like you're in an economic vice grip, it may come as a relief to find out there are options. So, is bankruptcy one of your best options? more...

- - Bankruptcy

The only way you can succeed as an entrepreneur is with a phd, according to Steve Bloom, a mortgage expert who has lived through many cyclical ups and downs in the real estate market before the current recession. Phd does not, when it comes to startups, refer to Doctor of Philosophy, but something entirely different—and you don’t necessarily learn it in school. To prove it, Bloom cites the cases of entrepreneurs who defied the odds and have thrived in the dog days of 2009. more...

- - Business Accounting

Got an attic or basement full of treasure? Wondering if that collection you inherited from Aunt Mildred is worth thousands or just a bunch of creepy old dolls? Check out these 5 tips to help you figure out whether you’re sitting on a treasure chest or a trash bin. more...

- - Personal Finance

After months of searching, you've found it: your dream house. Its winding drive leads to the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You see yourself cozying up by the fireplace on cold, winter nights and taking in the first breath of spring as you open the French doors to a gorgeous view. The roof, plumbing and electricity are brand new. Too good to be true? Maybe. Did you ask about ghosts? more...

- - Home & Leisure