Stories That Pay Off: Help! I drained my savings and am spiraling into panic.

One reader writes in for advice on what to do when you've just depleted your savings account on a big purchase.

The lifetime cost of rent is still rising — here’s how you can save on housing in the meantime

Generation Z will pay a record high $226,000 in rental costs while trying to save up for a home.

Why the market for first-time home buyers is getting tougher — and where to look if you’re buying

People are very confident that their home values are going to go up — a sign we may be moving ever farther from a buyer's market to a seller's market.

Homeownership is actually getting more affordable — if you can get over the anxiety of buying

If you're thinking about purchasing a home, here's what to consider first, both financially and psychologically.

Why homes, rent and college are so much more expensive than they were in the 1960s

On the bright side? At least beer has gotten cheaper.

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How to “hack” your way to mortgage-free housing

Learn how to house-hack like a pro with the help of a real estate agent.

Fed interest rate hike: Who should care — and 5 more answers on how higher rates affect your money

The Federal Reserve just made it harder to find the best mortgage and credit card rates — but getting a higher-paying savings account should be easier if you know where to look.
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Crowdfunding your way to homeownership

Is real estate the next frontier of the crowdfunding craze?

Money and love: Are you “normal”? Here’s how most people handle financial hurdles in relationships.

Love and money don't always mix. Here's what most people think about splitting the check, the rent and other financial responsibilities.

How long does it take to buy a house? Here’s how much time and money you need to become a homeowner.

How many dollars and years do you really need to buy a home? Here's what to expect, depending what you want and can truly afford.

This is how to save for the future — and how much money you really need

A rich retirement requires the subtle art of investing in your future self, no matter whether you're busy, in debt, an overachiever or all of the above. Here's how to save enough money.

How a perfect credit score can improve your life — and the only 3 things you need to know to get it

Your big dreams — like snagging your ideal job, home, car or apartment — depend on your credit score and history. Knowing three low-stress principles can help you build perfect credit from scratch.

How to buy a house or apartment: 10 foolproof steps to get your dream home on a budget

Yes, you can get your dream home and still save money. Here are the smartest ways to close on a house or apartment you love — without totally blowing your budget.

The 17 biggest money lessons of 2017 to end up richer and wiser — and ready for 2018

As 2017 turns into 2018, here are the most important financial and career lessons of the last year to take with you into a smarter, richer, happier, better future.

Need stress relief? 3 simple steps to feel better about life and happier at work every day

Here's how to start feeling better every day — and stop taking work stress home with you — by better blocking out your time.

Marie Kondo: Why a tidier life is a richer — and happier — one

Marie Kondo, author of 'Spark Joy' and 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,' explains how a tidy, orderly life is a more successful one, in an exclusive interview with 'Mic.'
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The unforeseen costs of buying a home

A well-informed homebuyer is a confident homebuyer.
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Making home possible: Creative ways to conquer the down payment

Saving a large sum of money isn’t easy. Let’s make it simpler.

Save money on pets: These 5 affordable animals are among the cheapest you can adopt

Want to save money on pets? Here's what to do, whether you must have a dog or cat — or you're open to cheaper animals.
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What to tell a real estate agent when buying your first home

Buying your first home? Recent first-time homeowners share their personal stories and how to utilize a real estate agent the right way.

How choice paralysis can stop you from getting rich — and 5 ways to change that

Overwhelmed by choices? Here are five ways to overcome option overload.

Labor Day 2017 sneak up on you? 5 inspired ideas for last-minute holiday plans on a budget.

Labor Day sales are just one of many great options for making the most of the three-day weekend. These inspired ideas maximize fun — and minimize cost.
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Is it time to buy your first home?

After a decade of apartment life, a Pittsburgh couple purchased their first property in the city.

The 7 top places to own a home in America — if you’re not rich

Even as income inequality is on the rise, housing inequality — the gap between how likely it is for low and high-income groups to own homes — appears to be shrinking.

Housing hacks to save money and make smart choices — whether you rent or might want to buy a home

Is it better to rent or buy a home? How do you get a great deal on a rental apartment — or otherwise save money on housing? Here's how to make the best choices possible.

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How a 19th-century butcher shop became a home

A Chicago couple uses historic tax credits to purchase and rehab a former butchery into a house, art gallery and rental.

Scientists created a robot that will iron your clothes for you

Shut up and take my money.

Obsessed with real estate? You can enter this contest to win $1 million from Zillow.

Zillow is offering $1 million for anyone who can help make its algorithm more predictive.

Women are more likely to do invisible housework, study shows

Women are more likely to do "mental housework," like making to-do lists and scheduling appointments.