November 25, 2020

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 2.84%

U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week. They remain at historically low levels, now around a percentage point below a year ago.
November 17, 2020
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Millennial Money: Financial advice that rarely fits all

When I hear financial advice that shames people, I cringe.
November 16, 2020

Ex-Harvard coach, father charged in $1.5M admissions scam

The former fencing coach at Harvard and a wealthy Maryland businessman were arrested Monday on accusations that the coach took $1.5 million in bribes in exchange for helping the businessman get his two sons into the Ivy League school as recruited fencers.
November 15, 2020

Biden's beach hideaway has political sun shining on Rehoboth

This resort town known for Atlantic waves that are sometimes surfable, fresh-cut French fries and a 1-mile wooden boardwalk that dates to the 1870s has long prided itself on being the "Nation's Summer Capital."
November 11, 2020

California voters reject revamp to property tax system

California voters rejected a proposal to partially dismantle the state's 42-year-old cap on property taxes, a move that would have have raised taxes for many businesses in a pandemic-hobbled economy.
November 5, 2020

Homebuyers' down payments rise as US home prices climb

Even with mortgage rates hovering near all-time lows, rising home prices are putting more pressure on buyers to come up with a bigger down payment.
November 5, 2020

US long-term mortgage rates flat to lower; 30-year at 2.78%

U.S. long-term mortgage rates were flat to lower this week, as the key 30-year rate fell to a new all-time low for the 12th time this year.
November 5, 2020

Is it safe to stay in hotels during the pandemic?

Is it safe to stay in hotels during the pandemic?In a recent travel update, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes it clear:…
Home & Garden
November 22, 2019

Should you install heat cables to prevent ice dams?

Heat cable has a dubious reputation in the ice dam prevention world. It's a topic few understand in-depth, both in terms of functionality and installation.
Home & Garden
November 20, 2019

Frost-free faucets are now required in Minnesota

Frost-proof faucets are now required by the Minnesota State Plumbing Code, which says "A listed self-draining frost-proof hose bibb shall be used."