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Home Renovation and Improvement
If you own your home, it's likely to be your biggest investment. So how do you determine whether or not to invest more?


Improvements Versus Repairs

The financial distinction can be important and often overlooked.


Renovate or Move? It's Complicated

Deciding whether to renovate your existing home or buy a new one involves more than purely financial considerations.


Energy Efficiency: Is it Worth it?

The financial benefits of energy efficient upgrades can vary greatly.


Which Renovations Are Worth It?

From a financial point of view, the answers can be surprising.


How to Fund Renovations

From mortgage refinancing to government loan programs, home owners have a variety of financing choices.


Tax Benefits and Home Renovations

From tax deductible interest expenses to tax credits for energy efficient upgrades, a reduced tax bill can take some of the bite out of renovation expenses.


The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Renovating

Five things to avoid when starting a project - and what to do instead.

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How to Negotiate

Getting the best price for a car or a fair salary increase doesn't have to be unpleasant - if you know the basics.

Introduction to How to Negotiate

An introduction to the art of negotiation and all of its practical applications such as strategies to employ when you negotiate for your next car, house or compensation package.

How to Negotiate the Best Price on a Car

What you need to know before walking onto your next car lot or showroom.

How to Negotiate the Price of a House

How to negotiate the best price possible before buying your next home.

The Art of Salary Negotiation

How you can negotiate your way to more equitable compensation -- and an elevated standard of living. 

When it Comes to Negotiation, Here's the Scoop

The basics of negotiation for anything.

Challenge of the Week: Negotiate a Better Deal

A hands on challenge to get you practicing your negotiation skills.