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How to Get a Higher Appraisal

By Pat Mertz Esswein, Associate Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Most homeowners overestimate their home’s market value when they apply to refinance. Even if home prices where you live have bottomed out or are rising, one sale of a comparable property at a higher valuation does not a trend make, and your home’s valuation may be weighed down […]

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5 Outrageously Expensive Gift Ideas

By Karla Bowsher, MoneyTalksNews.com OK, OK. We admit: Without an outrageously large discretionary income, we probably wouldn’t buy these gifts either. But we did enjoy window-shopping for them – and think you will too… 1. The original 1966 Batmobile: “multimillions” A truly one-of-a-kind gift option for the new year, this iconic car from the live-action Batman […]

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Gifts That Seem Expensive… But Really Aren’t

  By: Lindsay Sakraida, dealnews Features Director During the holidays, it’s natural to want to give the world to those we love; after all, nothing is too good for our parents, siblings, spouses, and dear friends. But a smart shopper never financially overextends himself at the holidays. So how exactly can you impress your giftee […]

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6 Things to Consider During Open Enrollment for 2013

  By Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance I know that open enrollment is the time to make decisions about my group health coverage, but my employer is also offering to let me buy other kinds of insurance and sign up for other benefits that include some tax breaks. Should I consider these deals? […]

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Dirty Money Spends Faster

By Roger Dooley, Forbes Here’s one from the odd-but-true department: we are more likely to spend old, soiled money faster than crisp, new notes. You might object that this makes no sense at all – twenty dollars is twenty dollars, right? If fact, new research from Canadian scientists show that we are more likely to […]

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