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Air frying is a great way to cook wings because it produces crispy, golden-brown skin without deep frying. Here are some steps to follow for the best results: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Pat dry your wings with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. This will help the skin get c...
04/17/2023
Have you been saving up to buy a home this year? If so, you know there are a variety of expenses involved – from your down payment to closing costs. But there’s good news – your tax refund can help you achieve your goals by paying for some of these expenses.SmartAsset estimates the average Americ...
04/12/2023
  Building equity: When you pay rent, you're essentially paying for someone else's investment in the property. When you buy a home, you invest in your property and build equity with every payment you make. Purchasing a home can be a smart financial move since property values generally increase ov...
04/08/2023
We’re still in a sellers’ market. And if you’re looking to buy a home, that means you’re likely facing some unique challenges, like difficulty finding a home and volatile mortgage rates. But keep in mind, there are some benefits to being a buyer in today’s market that give you good reason to stic...
04/08/2023
There have been a lot of shifts in the housing market recently. Mortgage rates rose dramatically last year, impacting many people’s ability to buy a home. And after several years of rapid price appreciation, home prices finally peaked last summer. These changes led to a rise in headlines saying p...
04/08/2023
No matter how the housing market changes, there are some things about owning a home that never change—like the personal benefits it can provide. When you own your home, you likely feel a sense of attachment because of the comfort it gives and also because it’s a space that’s truly yours.Over the ...
04/05/2023
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has been bouncing between 6% and 7% this year. If you’ve been on the fence about whether to buy a home or not, it’s helpful to know exactly how a 1%, or even a 0.5%, mortgage rate shift affects your purchasing power.The chart below helps show the general relationsh...
04/04/2023
Wondering if you should sell your house this year? As you make your decision, think about what’s motivating you to consider moving. A recent survey from realtor.com asked why homeowners are thinking about selling their houses this year. Here are the top two reasons (see graphic below):Let’s break...
04/04/2023
Harvard: 5 Financial Reasons to Buy a HomeEric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate. This year he released a new paper on homeownership...
03/31/2023
Even though activity in the housing market has slowed from the frenzy we saw over a year ago, today’s low supply of homes for sale is still a sellers’ market. But what does that really mean? And why are conditions today so good if you want to list your house?It starts with the number of homes ava...
03/31/2023