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7 pieces of homebuying advice you can’t afford to ignore

Heed this advice and you'll avoid some expensive mistakes in the homebuying process.
How much is renters insurance? Probably cheaper than you think. (The author is not pictured.)

I pay less than $15 a month for renters insurance, but the peace of mind is worth so much more

How much renters insurance costs depends on the amount of coverage you want and where you live. Most people pay between $15 and $20 a month.

I bought a $1 million life insurance policy, and if I could do it again I might buy even more

Life insurance costs usually go up as you age, but getting a policy earlier in life can lock in a lower monthly rate for the length of your coverage.
Cheryl Lock and her husband, Chris, in front of their home in Denver, Colorado.

I bought a house after years of renting in expensive cities, and I’m convinced it was the right move for 3 reasons

Until buying a house, they'd spent most of their adult lives paying high rents for small apartments in expensive US cities.

I’m a financial planner — here’s what I tell my 30-something clients who are debating moving out of the city

Moving out of the city may seem like a good way to reduce your expenses, but living in the suburbs isn't necessarily cheaper.

How much you need for a down payment on a home in America’s 20 biggest cities

How much you need to save for a down payment depends on the price of the house. Here's how much that is right now in 20 different cities.
Millennials aren't saving much cash for a down payment on a home.

Millennials might say they want to buy a house, but too many aren’t doing anything about it

About 31% of millennials who expect to own a home aren't currently saving for one. Millennial homebuyers are increasingly relying on larger mortgages.
The best place to save a down payment is somewhere you can access it when you need it.

The best place to save money for a down payment on a house, according to a financial planner

The best place to save a down payment for a home isn't always where it grows the fastest — it's where the money will be available when you need it.
It's not easy to pay off a mortgage early, but it can be worth it. The author is not pictured.

I decided to pay off my mortgage by age 40, and I’m convinced it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done

Paying off my mortgage is one of the best things I've ever done for my finances — and my sanity.
Taylor Swift is selling this Beverly Hills home for $2.85 million.

Taylor Swift owns at least $84 million in real estate across four states — and she’s not even 30

Taylor Swift is a real estate mogul. She currently owns more than $84 million of real estate across eight properties in four different states, according to property values estimated by Trulia. This map shows where all her homes are and how much each is worth.