Miranda Marquit

Miranda is a freelance journalist specializing in financial topics. Her work appears on numerous web sites, including on her blog Planting Money Seeds.

How a Refinance Can Help Your Monthly Cash Flow

Refinance Mortgage Cash Flow

Chances are that your house payment makes up a big chunk of your monthly expenses. If you find yourself looking for a little extra cash flow each month, one of the solutions is to refinance your home. You could save anywhere between $100 and $500 per month, depending on your current interest rate, your new interest rate, and other factors. Read More

Costs of Homeownership: More Than Your Mortgage

Costs of Homeownership

When trying to decide if you can afford to buy a home, it’s common to focus on the mortgage and interest. However, the costs of homeownership are often greater than you think. Many first-time homebuyers who carefully consider what they can afford are surprised when they begin adding up what they’re really paying for their homes. Read More

5 Items that Might Not Be Covered in Your Homeowners Policy

Homeowners Insurance Policy

Insurance is designed to help us protect our assets. One of the biggest assets you are likely to ever have is your home. Buying homeowners insurance is a must. What happens if your home is damaged? Chances are that you couldn’t pay for repairs out of your pocket. Insurance covers those costs, as long as you have paid your premiums. Read More

What to Do if You Can’t Make your Mortgage Payment

Can't Afford Mortgage Payment

No matter how responsible you are financially, sometimes life just happens. You might end up with a medical emergency, or lose your job. When that happens, you might find it difficult to make your mortgage payment. This is a stressful time, and the finances of the situation can make it even more stressful. If you can’t make your mortgage payment, though, it’s important to take action to reduce the chances of losing your home. Read More

How to Take Your New Housing Payment for a Test Drive

Mortgage Payment Test Drive

Looking for a new place? Will it cost a little more than what you’re paying now? Chances are that you need to take your new payment for a test drive, especially if you’re a first time home buyer. Even if you look at your financial situation, and you think that — on paper — you’ll be able to handle a bigger monthly payment, the truth is that the reality of a higher payment is usually more complicated. Read More

What You Need to Know About Being a Landlord

Landlord Tips

One way to make money in real estate is to be a landlord. If you own a home that you aren’t ready to sell, you can rent it out to someone else, and they can pay the mortgage on the property until you are ready to sell. It’s also possible to buy multi-unit housing, from duplexes and fourplexes to apartment buildings with several units. Read More

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