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+

Personal Finance

Low Cost Ways to Exercise

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If you’re trying to make good on your New Year’s resolution to exercise, but can’t justify those high-priced gym memberships, you should check out these bank account-friendly workouts: 1. Run...

Household Savings

Saving Money in the Garden

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In the ongoing quest to operate a home on a budget it is also necessary to apply those efforts to goods and services for your home’s yard and garden areas....

Household Savings

How to Become a Do-It-Yourselfer

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The more things you are able to do on your own, the more independent you will be. This is especially true in terms of financial independence. Although tackling some jobs...

Real Estate

Low Inventory Could Lead to Rise in Home Prices

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A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates that shortages in the U.S. housing inventory will lead to stronger price gains, but fewer home sales. According to...

Personal Finance

Changing the Way You Shop

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It is possible to save money on items that are essential and on those that are not. What gets many people into trouble is impulse buying, even with necessary things...

Living

Spring Cleaning Checklist

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It’s that time of year again! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing and your home is in desperate need of a good Spring cleaning! So unless you hire...

Mortgage

How Bankruptcy Affects a Reverse Mortgage

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Filing for bankruptcy is an experience millions of homeowners have to face. In 2012 alone, there were 1,221,091 bankruptcy filings. There were about 13.4 percent more in 2011. Unfortunately, bankruptcy...

Mortgage

HOAs Turn the Tables and Foreclose on Banks

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Don’t get mad, get even! In the Sunshine State, which was hard hit by the 2008 mortgage crisis, many homeowners are taking that philosophy to heart. Considering that within the...

Living

Home Design Trends for 2013

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As we steam ahead into 2013, a great way to spend the ho-hum winter months is by investigating where home design is headed this year. For homeowners, staying on top...

Real Estate

Santa Ana, CA Real Estate Update

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Like much of the Golden State, home sales in the Greater Santa Ana area have been heating up in recent months! That is certainly good news for anxious sellers, and...

Real Estate

Long Beach, CA Real Estate Update

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As California’s 7th largest city, Long Beach is home to more than 462,000 residents. A diverse economy and a favorable position as the nation’s second busiest seaport ensures that real...

Living

Some Housing Related Charities & Ways to Contribute

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During the season of giving, thousands of Americans choose to volunteer by helping those in need. Along with the usual holiday toy, food and clothing drives, there are other ways...

Mortgage

Home Owner Equity Up By $760 Billion

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Lately, it seems we’ve been hearing a lot about homeowners struggling with their equity. With millions of owners underwater on their mortgages, the government even implemented a specialized refinancing program...

Real Estate

US Census Releases its First Mobile App

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The US Census Bureau moves further into the digital realm, with the release of  its first mobile application. Called America’s Economy, the app is designed to provide up-to-date statistics from...

Real Estate

Could your next house be built by a robot?

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Through the astounding developments of robotic engineering, we may soon be seeing homes built almost completely by machine. And, as if that weren’t amazing enough, these machines can knock out...

Real Estate

Could Rising Home Prices Hurt the Housing Recovery?

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Many signs indicate that the housing industry has entered a recovery phase, inspiring new confidence among both lenders and home owners and rejuvenating the US economy as a whole. However,...