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$8,000 First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit
Details of the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers from the 2009 stimulus package
2010 Year End Tax Tips
New 2010 tax breaks may save you money come April 15
5 Tips For Conducting A Background Check...
Keep these tips in mind when conducting background checks on potential employees
5 Tips For Improving Your Credit Score
Understand how your credit score works along with 5 great tips for improving your credit score
5 Ways To Save On Car Insurance
Here are a few ways you can save on your car insurance policy.
6 Steps To Create An HOA Board Resolution
Create, write and approve a new HOA board resolution using these six steps
6 Steps To Create And Manage a Budget
Learn how to create a budget in six easy steps to help you reach your financial goals.
6 Tips To Sell Your Home in a Down Market
Six great tips on selling your home in a down market
66 Ways To Save Money
Tips on everything from airline fares to prescription drugs
7 Steps To Manage Your Money When You Have Kids
Adding a bundle of joy to the family makes actively managing your finances even more important. Follow these seven steps to hel
Acetaminophen and Liver Injury: Q & A
Acetaminophen is the generic name of a drug found in many common brand name products such as Tylenol, Vicodin and Percocet
Affordable Solar Options For Your Home
Want to capture solar power for your home without breaking the bank? Here are five options
Affordable health insurance: How to save on your health-care costs
Health-care costs continue to rise, but there are things you can do to help make your health insurance more affordable
Affordable vacations: How to travel on the cheap
Tips for how to save on everything from transportation to hotels to airfare
Alternate Sources Of Financing For Your Small Business
Where to go for a small business loan when the big banks say no
Ask Before You Alter
Information for homeowners altering their property within deed restriction guidelines; sample forms available
Avoiding Foreclosure Rescue Scams
These fraudulent foreclosure rescue companies offer vague promises, but will actually lie and cheat to get your business.
Be A Green HOA
Learn how to make your homeowners association community more environmentally friendly
Bullying Prevention Program
Description of bullying behavior and its effects and the Olweus program for containing it.
Buying A Gift Card? Here's What You Need To Know
Learn what you need to know about buying a gift card.
Car Rental Fees You Can Avoid
Renting a car can be costly, but you can trim your bill by avoiding these extra fees
Catch Up On Your Retirement Savings
It’s been one financial blow after another for many Americans over the past few years, and you may find your retirement savings
Changes to Bankruptcy Law
Under the new law, those who have the ability to do so may be required to pay back part of their debt.
Child Care - Day Care
There are various tools and checklists that can help you choose quality child care.
Choosing a School: Explore Your Options
Understanding all of your options for choosing the best school for your child.
Choosing a School: First Steps
Describes the three basic steps involved in choosing a new school for your child.....
Choosing a School: How to Evaluate
How to better evaluate the school that best fits your child and family’s needs.
Civil Remedies for Gang-Related Harm
Using small claims and landlord-tenant courts to deal with gang issues.
Clear The Clutter: Organze Your Financial Records...
Learn how to organize your financial documents and clear your paperwork clutter
Co-Sign A Loan: What You Need to Know
Co-signing a loan can be a great gift for a friend or relative. Iit comes with very serious risks as well. Here’s what to know.
Creating A Disaster Supplies Kit
How to prepare a disaster supply kit for your home, office, and car.
Debt Relief: How to guide to get help
There’s no easy way to get out of debt, but following these six steps can help you find better manage your money and find debt r
Diagnose And Fix A Wet Basement
Learn how to determine the source of the water and keep it out of your house.
Ditch Your Cable T.V. For These Cheaper Alternatives
? It is possible to cut the cable cord and still get most of the programming you love for less than what you currently pay
Do You Need Gap Car Insurance?
If you are leasing a vehicle or have little equity in your car then gap car insurance could potentially save you thousands of do
Do You Need Long Term Care Insurance?
Long-term care insurance can help cover the cost of non-medical care if you find that you can no longer take care of yourself.
Do You Need Medicare Part D Insurance?
Learn more about Medicare Part D and whether you should enroll.
Do You Need Term Life Insurance?
If a permanent life insurance policy is beyond your financial reach, a term life insurance policy may be a viable alternative
Do You Qualify for an FHA Loan?
What is an FHA loan, and who qualifies for one?
Do you owe taxes on your home sale?
Chances are good that you wont owe any taxes when you sell your primary residence thanks to the 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act
Eco-Friendly Home Flooring Options
Flooring for your home now comes in many options that are both beautiful and environmentally responsible.
Egg Safety
Egg-associated illness caused by Salmonella is a serious public health problem.
Emergency Planning Checklists
Checklist planning help for all types of emergencies
Energy Efficient FHA Mortgages
Describes the Energy Efficient Mortgage Program established by FHA
Establishing A Contracting Policy For Your HOA
Your HOA should have a policy in place for vendor contracts; find out what should be included.
Establishing A Successful Dog Park In Your Community
How a dog park can enhance your community and steps for creating one.
Estate Planning: Should You Create A Trust?
Trusts help define how and when you want your assets distributed after your death and can often reduce your estate taxes and the
Estate Planning: Why You Need A Will
A last will and testament tells the world how you want your assets distributed after your death—and can provide you with a voice
Estate planning: Tax Planning For Your Estate
Careful estate planning now can help reduce the amount of taxes your estate pays to the government upon your death—providing mor
Evaluating Anti-Gang Efforts
How to evaluate the efficacy of an anti-gang program.
FHA Loan Requirements Are Changing
FHA reform is changing the rules for securing an FHA-insured mortgage loan, but FHA loans still provide the best opportunity...
FHA Refinance Loan Options and Guidelines
FHA refinance loan programs are available to those who have a current fha loan and those that don't.
FHA Streamline Refinance
The FHA streamline refiance program makes it easy and quick to refinance your home and lower your monthly mortgage payments.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Regulations covering the U.S. Family Medical Leave Act or FMLA
Financial Records: What To Save And What To Shred
Learn how long you need to keep your financial documents.
Fire Safety In Your HOA Community
Fires can start anywhere at any time Help keep your homeowners and community safe with regular fire education and preventive ac
First Time Home Buyer Financial Assistance
A description of the unique financing opportunities only available to first time home buyers.
First-Time Home Buyers: What To Do Before You Begin To Look
Here are a few tips of how to be better prepared for the home-buying process.
First-Time Home Buyers: What To Do Before You Look
Here are a few tips of how to be better prepared for the home-buying process
Five Ways to Lower your Medicare Costs
Take advantage of programs that can help you lower your Medicare costs.
Floods
How to be prepared for a flood and also what to do during and after a flood.
For Sale By Owner: How To Sell Your Own Home
Learn how to go through the “for sale by owner” process—it’s not as hard as you may think.
Foreclosed Homes Mean Big Discounts
Foreclosed houses are selling for about 15 to 20 percent less than comparable homes in the same neighborhood.
Get Out Of Debt!
Six steps to help you eliminate debt for good
Get Rid Of Old Debts: Know Your Rights!
By law, debt collectors cannot sue you to repay a time-barred debt
HAFA provides new short sale and deed-in-lieu options
The HAFA program provides financial incentives and provides options for short sale or deed-in-lieu.
HOA Governing Documents
Your homeowners association has a number of governing documents. Learn what they do and which take precedent.
Help Your Kids Stay Safe Online
Protect your children by teaching them how to stay safe and secure online.
Holiday Decorations And HOAS
Does your homeowners association have a policy on holiday decorations? Should it?
Home Fire Safety
Staying safe before, during, and after a house fire
Home Loan and Mortgage Guide
Neighborhood Link has compiled articles to help you with buyng a home, mortgage programs, home loans, and foreclosure.
Home Maintenance Checklist: Keep your home in good health!
Keep this home maintenance checklist handy to maintain your home’s value and to provide a comfortable and safe living environmen
Homeowners Insurance: Twelve Ways To Save
Twelve ways to save on homeowners insurance.
Homeowners insurance: What you need to know
Learn more about homeowners insurance and what you need to know to best insure your home, your possessions and your finances
How Can My Community Prevent Child Abuse?
Tips to educate individuals and communities about how to prevent child abuse and neglect.
How To Avoid Foreclosure
HUD Guide on how to avoid foreclosure.
How To Buy A Foreclosed House
Buying a foreclosed home takes patience, persistence and planning, but can result in big savings
How To Buy A Short Sale Property
You’ll need time and the right temperament to purchase a short sale property, but you could save thousands if you do
How To Challenge Your Property Assessment
See ho you can appeal the assessed value of your home which may help lower your taxes.
How To Choose The Right Financial Advisor
but how do you find the right advisor for your financial goals? Learn what to look for to choose the advisor right for you and
How To Collect Delinquent HOA Dues and Fees
Learn simple, effective and low-cost ways to collect past-due homeowners association fees.
How To Communicate An HOA Special Assessment
Communication is key
How To Establish A Business Network
Learn how to network effectively to advance your professional life.
How To Get A Refund On Your Airfare
get a refund if your airline ticket drops in price, and how to find a cheap fare to begin with.
How To Get A Small Business Loan
Learn who offers small business loans and how to get one
How To Improve Your Finances
Six steps to help you achieve your financial goals
How To Increase Your Social Security Benefits
Learn what you and your family can do to get the most from your Social Security benefits
How To Save For A Down Payment...
Seven steps to help you save for that down payment.
How To Save On Closing Costs
Many are shocked when they learn how much they owe to close on their mortgage. But there are ways to save before you sign on th
How To Save for College With A 529 Plan
Learn what a 529 plan is and how it may benefit you and your child.
How To Select The Right HOA Management Company
Four tips to help you select the right firm for your community
How To Survive Holiday Travel
Learn how to reduce your stress and be prepared for traveling this holiday season.
How to Buy and Rent a Vacation Home
What you should consider before purchasing, the tax implications of owning a vacation rental home and how to rent it.
How to Run A Background Check
Information can be found online for free or for a small cost when running a background check
How to sell your vacation timeshare
Selling your vacation timeshare can be a difficult task. But it can be done if you’re willing to follow the four “be’s”
IRS Audit: What To Expect And How To Survive
Learn what to expect and what you will need to do to survive an IRS audit.
Investing for beginners: The basics of how to invest your money
Investing doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are the basics of investing for beginners
Jobs in the Current Economic Market
You will most likely get your new job through networking, not through replying to an ad from the newspaper or online.
Keeping Your HOA Safe
Take these simple steps to help keep your homeowners association community safe and secure
Lightning Safety
On average, only floods kill more people. Lightning makes every single thunderstorm a potential killer.
Loan Modification: Is it Right For You?
What is loan modification? How is it different than refinancing a mortgage and what does it take to qualify.
Managing Your Aging Parents Finances
Learn how to find, understand and manage your parents finances.
Medicare Supplement Changes for 2010
Two new options have been added to Medicare Supplement plans while four have been eliminated. Offerings of some current plans h
Migraine Headaches
Migraine is three times more common in women than in men.
Mortgage Fraud: How to Protect Yourself!
Don’t become the victim of mortgage fraud. Learn about common mortgage scams and steps you can take to protect yourself.
Neighborhood Watch - How to Start One!
How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Program in Your Neighborhood
Neighborhood Watch - What Is It?
An Overview of the Neighborhood Watch Program
November is National Adoption Month
Adoption is a lifelong, life-changing journey for all members of the adoption triad.
Obama Loan Modification Plan Explained
Details of the loan modification plan that reduces your mortgage payments and allows you stay in your home.
Obama Mortgage Rescue Plan FAQ
Details on the Obama Mortgage Refinance and Loan Modifcation Plan-Who qualifies and how to get it.
Own a home in a community association? Use this tax break!
take advantage of this often overlooked benefit.
Owner Financing: How To Reduce Your Risk
Offering owner financing for the sale of your home can be a scary proposition, but there are ways to reduce your risk
Pet Insurance: Do You Need It?
Learn more about pet insurance to see if it’s right for your furry friend
Pets and Asthma
The most effective method to control animal allergens in the home is to not allow animals in the home.
Pick The Medicare Part D Plan That's Right For You!
Tips and considerations for picking the Medicare Part D plan that will meet your prescription drug insurance needs
Prepare Your Family For An Emergency...
Learn what steps you can take to prepare yourself, your family and your home for an emergency situation.
Prepare for Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
Tips for preparing for winter storms and cold in your home and car
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Learn the causes and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and the simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family
Pros And Cons Of Owner Financing
advantages and disadvantages of an owner-financing arrangement for both the home seller and potential buyer.
Protect Your Child From Identity Theft
Learn how to keep your childs identity safe
Protect Your Home's Value From The Foreclosure Next Door
Here are four things you can do to help prevent your neighbor’s foreclosure from hurting your home
Purchasing Individual Health Insurance: What you need to know
Learn more to find a plan that fits your health-care needs
Qualify Your HOA For FHA Loans
Homeowners in your association will expect its board to monitor and maintain good standing on the FHA-approved list for condomin
Rabid Animals In Your Neighborhood
Although people usually associate rabies with dogs, rabies today is more likely to be found in cats.
Removing Mold, Mildew Or Musty Odors From Your Home
How to remove mold, mildew, and musty odors from your home.
Resources For Seniors
Find available benefits, housing facilities and services for seniors
Retirement Planning: How much do I need to save?
This article provides general estimates to help you determine how much you need to save for retirement
Retirement Planning: Investment Options
This article provides information on the most common investment options for your retirement savings.
Retirement Planning: Start the process
Retirement: estimate how much you need to save, provide tips on how to save, and help you choose your investment strategies.
Retirement Planning: Tips for saving
This article provides tips on how to save for retirement.
Retirement Savings: Is a Roth IRA conversion right for you?
Learn more about the Roth IRA conversion changes and how they might benefit your retirement savings.
Retirement savings: What is a 401(k) plan?
How does a 401(k) work? What are the benefits of having a 401(k) plan? Should it be part of your retirement plan?
Retirement savings: What is an IRA?
How does an IRA retirement plan work? What are the benefits of having an IRA? Learn more about IRAs
Reverse mortgage: the pros and cons
Learn what you should take into consideration before taking out a reverse mortgage.
Save Money with a Foreclosed R.E.O. - Real Estate Owned Property
Buying a property owned by a bank, known as real estate owned, or R.E.O., has distinct benefits.
Save On Homeowners Insurance: What Not To Do
These six items will increase your homeowners insurance rates.
Saving and Managing Your Money During a Recession
Great tips on how to save and manage your money during hard times.
Secondhand Smoke and Asthma
Many of the health effects of secondhand smoke, including asthma, are most clearly seen in children.
Selling Your Condo? Here's What Buyers Want...
How to make your condo standout for sale.
Selling Your Home: Find The Right Real Estate Agent
These five steps will help you find the best realtor to sell your home
Selling Your Home? Try These Creative Strategies
Here are five creative strategies to help your home go from “for sale” to “sold.”
Selling Your Home? Be Sure To Disclose...
By law you must disclose certain problems with your home when selling
Set Goals For Your HOA!
Now is the time to set goals for your homeowners association
Should An Annuity Be Part Of Your Retirement
Find out if an annuity should be part of your retirement savings strategy.
Should You Buy A Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless water heaters can provide energy and cost savings. Find out if one is right for your home
Should You Consider Owner Financing?
How to determine if owner financing is for you.
Should You Hire An HOA Management Firm?
Questions your board should ask before choosing whether to hire a professional HOA manager
Should You Invest In An ETF?
Learn if ETFs are right for your investment portfolio
Should Your HOA Allow Rentals?
The pros and cons of allowing rentals in your homeowners association.
Should Your HOA Invest Its Reserves?
Investments should be made with the proper authority, help and caution.
Should you refinance your home mortgage?
Learn if you qualify to refinance your home loan, and whether or not refinancing might benefit you.
Should you rent or sell your home?
Whether you sell your home or rent it out depends on any number of factors
Small Business Loan Checklist
Be prepared to apply for a small business loan by using this checklist
So You Lost Your Job?
Looking for a job in today’s market is much more than a looking at the classified ads over breakfast. Learn what to do!
Special considerations when excluding home sale gain from taxes
Homeowners who realize a gain (profit) from the sale of their home may qualify to exclude part or all of that gain from their in
Staging Your Home For Sale: Room By Room
Learn how to stage each room of your home to show off its best features and create an environment where buyers can see themselve
Staging Your Home For Sale: Top Five Tips
Learn the top five things to do when staging your home for sale.
Taking Off With Frequent Flyer Miles
Learn how to accumulate frequent flyer miles and when to cash in for that free flight
The 2009 Stimulus Package Explained
All the details on the 2009 Stimulus package and how to get your piece of the pie.
The Adoption Home Study Process
The adoption home study process is conducted to help you decide whether adoption is right for your family.
The Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan (HASP)
Two groups of people would benefit directly from the President’s plan.
The National Do Not Call Registry List
Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently.
The Top 10 Fastest Growing States
Utah is the nation's fastest-growing state according to the latest census data.
The Value of Home Maintenance
With proper maintenance your home will not only provide a pleasant and safe living environment but will also help keep small fix
Tips For First Time Homeowners
Follow these tips to help ensure your new home remains your dream home
Tips For The Home-Buying Process
Keep these tips in mind as you begin to look for your new home.
Tips To Choose The Right Accountant
he right accountant can help save you money and act as a trusted financial advisor
Tips To Manage Your Money When You're Married
Follow these tips to help keep your finances as harmonious as your marriage
Top 10 States Receiving Government Earmarks
In fiscal year 2008, there were 11,524 earmarks totaling $16,501,833,000
Using Grocery Coupons Effectively to Save Money
Learning how to use coupons effectively can save your family hundreds of dollars each year.
What Is A Deed-In-Lieu?
If you are at the point of being willing to give up your home, but want to avoid foreclosure read this article
What Is A Short Sale?
In a short sale, the owner of a home and their mortgage lender agree to sell the home at a discounted price.
What Is The Alternate Minimum Tax (AMT)?
Find out if you need to pay under this separate tax system
What Is The Passport Card?
The passport card is less expensive and more portable than the traditional passport book,
What Medicare Doesn't Cover
Learn what Medicare does and doesnt cover and how you can fill in the gaps of service.
What are Dust Mites?
Common house dust may contain asthma triggers. When you are treating your house for dust mites, try these simple steps.
What are the FHA Loan Requirements?
The FHA makes it easy to secure a home loan. The FHA Loan Requirements are described in detail in this article.
What is Binge Drinking?
binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above.
What is Foreclosure?
If you are facing the possibility of foreclosure, there are two important questions that you need to ask yourself.
What is a Credit Score?
Your credit score is usually based on 5 criteria.
What is a Reverse Mortgage?
A reverse mortgage is a loan that allows you to convert some of the equity in your home into cash.
What is an Adoption Home Study?
As prospective adoptive parents, you must complete a home study before adopting.
Why Is My Basement Damp?
Causes and solutions for damp basements
Why You Need Long Term Disability Insurance
One in five American workers will become disabled for an average of 2.5 years. Learn how to protect your income with long-term
Why You Need a Personal Health Record
Storing and tracking your medical records online can help save you time, money and possible health complications by taking an ac
Winter Readiness
Homeowner Tips for preparing for Winter.
Year End Tax Tips To Save You Money!
Don’t pay more in taxes than you need to. Learn how a few simple steps could help save you money on April 15.
Your HOA Board Needs Directors and Officers Insurance!
If your homeowners association
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