Posts by: Anna Platz

Anna Platz is an Editor at ForTheBestRate.com, a leading mortgage rate research website, as well as the Lead Contributor to GoodCentsSavings.com, a blog about budgeting and personal finance. Anna is immersed in the world of real estate, mortgage, and home financing and is here to provide valuable resources for homeowners and soon-to-be-homeowners on buying and selling real estate, researching a mortgage broker or lender, and securing a home loan. Check back often for news, updates, and remember that you can find today's current mortgage rates at ForTheBestRate.com. My Google Profile+

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Hot Vacation Home Markets

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The vacation home market is red hot again, and we have the rebounding economy and aging baby boomers mostly to thank for it. According to a recent survey by the...

Mortgage

Ready to Downsize? Don’t Discount Mobile Homes

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Let’s be honest. Mobile homes have gotten a bad rap in the past. If the word “trailer” conjures up mental images of a flimsy, unkempt box-on-wheels, it’s time for a...

Living

3 Unique American Food Towns

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3. Traverse City, Michigan Livability.com hails this Midwestern town as the number one place for “foodies to flex their tastebuds.” Known as the Cherry Capital of the World, this resort...

Real Estate

Average Home Sizes on the Rise & Other Recent News

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National mortgage company, American Financial Resources, recently published information on the the growing size of the typical American home. Pulling from statistics and reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and...

Real Estate

Wilmington NC Home Prices Increase

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If you live in the beautiful coastal Carolina city of Wilmington, you may be interested to know that home prices in “The Port City” have gotten a much-needed boost. According...

Living

10 Cheap, Quick, and Easy Kitchen Makeovers

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If home is where the heart is, then the kitchen is where you’re most likely to find it! Since kitchens serve as the hub of activity for many households, they...

Entertainment

A Few Free Ways to Enjoy Spring

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With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, you might be feeling that urge to get out of the house and play! Even grown ups want to be...

Household Savings

Vegetable Gardening on a Budget

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Planting a summer vegetable garden is a rewarding project that gives back ten-fold. It’s a great way to improve your diet and get a little exercise in the process. If...

Household Savings

Low Cost Health Food

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The obesity crisis in America not only drains the health care system, it also prevents millions of individuals from experiencing the highest quality of life possible. A Gallup poll in...

Personal Finance

Ways to Force Yourself to Save Money

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Saving money doesn’t come easily to a lot of people. It’s one thing to open a savings account, but it’s another thing entirely to have the discipline to contribute to...

Mortgage

What would it be like without the FHA?

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The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA for short, is a government agency that was created as part of the National Housing Act of 1934. Its purpose was to stimulate homeownership...

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Low Cost Entertaining Ideas

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Looking for a way to entertain friends or family that won’t break the bank? Here are some simple solutions to throwing a great bash without spending too much cash! 1....

Personal Finance

Smart Ways to Drop that C-Note

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In days gone by, having a $100 bill in your pocket meant something. The prospects for how to indulge just one piece of folding money with Mr. Franklin’s picture on...