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Millennials Are Seeking Prenups—and It Might Just Be Worth Considering

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5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Because home prices are expected to continue to slowly rise in many parts of the country, it makes sense that most homeowners would desire to stay put rather than upsize to a new house. Although the grass might look a little greener elsewhere, it’s possible to add value to your current home—even if you’re on a budget.

So,whether you have the cash saved up for home investment, or you are looking to borrow for your next home project, consider these five budget-friendly enhancements:

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15 Top States Where Professionals with Student Debt Own Homes

Many SoFi members choose to invest in themselves as homeowners while still paying down student debt. It’s a natural extension of the way they invested in themselves as professionals with top-flight educations and advanced degrees. Now, some of the hottest real estate markets in the nation are drawing them. From MBAs in Illinois and computer scientists in Oregon to lawyers in Texas, SoFi members are becoming homeowners just about everywhere you look.

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7 Effective Ways to Navigate Major Life Milestones—Financially and Otherwise

There’s everyday finances, and then there’s the big hurdles—changing careers, starting your own practice, having a baby, or buying your first house. For major life milestones like these, you’ll need a plan, so big events not only go over smoothly, but impact your wallet in ways you can anticipate.

As a financial wellness expert, I often counsel people experiencing major life transitions. Although most who come to me know they have to adjust their financial lives accordingly, they either don’t know how, or are using strategies that don’t work for these situations.

The good news is, I’ve got a seven-step plan to help anyone steer a course to success through any major life milestone. Walk through this, and you’ll be in a much better spot to enjoy accomplishments and avoid financial stress along the way.

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How to choose a new neighborhood when home buying

How to Tell If You’ve Outgrown Your Neighborhood—and Where to Go Next

There comes a turning point in every renter’s life, where that neighborhood you loved when you moved in just doesn’t feel right anymore. It happens—sometimes the community surrounding your home changes, and isn’t quite as sweet as when you first moved in. But more often than not, as life goes on, careers advance, families grow, and finances improve, it’s less about the neighborhood transforming, and more about your own priorities shifting for what you want out of an area.

While you may have once reveled in the fact that your neighborhood boasted plenty of hotspots just outside your front door, you may now yearn for a quieter, more family-focused locale so that you can start your own. Better yet, as your career has blossomed—along with your salary—it may be time to upgrade to a larger place with more of your “wish-list” items in an area, where you’ll be surrounded by up-and-comers just like you. After all, home buying isn’t just about falling in love with a house, securing a mortgage, and making that square footage your own; it’s also about finding the perfect neighborhood that works for you today and tomorrow.

If it’s time to assess whether you’ve outgrown your neighborhood, here are the questions to ask yourself:

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5 Ways Friends Influence Your Success, According to Science

There’s no doubt that your squad makes your life better. Your friends pick you up when you’re down, celebrate your milestone moments, and hang out with you just because you rock in between. But beyond providing awesome support—and lots of laughs—several studies reveal that your friends can also influence your financial achievements, career performance and opportunities, and general life success.

Here are five ways, according to science, that your friends can help you get more out of work and life:

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