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0 Your Biggest Asset [Special] September 9, 2002

"Two-thirds of Americans own their homes, and for most of us, that home will be the largest percentage of our lifetime net worth -- and the largest debt we ever take on. With every media outlet screaming 'housing bubble,' we take notice." -- Is Real Estate Safe, by Tom Jacobs

Its price can't be tracked on a weekly, daily, or hourly basis. It doesn't have P/E or get any kind of analyst coverage. Yet your home -- if you own it -- is probably the biggest asset in your personal portfolio. Home may be where the heart is, but it's also where a lot of your net worth resides. Though we don't necessarily like to consider homes as investments -- since they're purchased for many other reasons than capital appreciation -- there is a large financial element to being part of the landed gentry.

But just as there are many dollars involved, so are there many quandaries. How do you get the most moxie from your mortgage? Should you refinance, and how? What are the tax advantages of being a homeowner? How can you use the equity in your home? How do you maintain the upkeep of your castle?

Have no fear, Fool. We've compiled the best of our abode-related articles, and packaged it nice and pretty for you. (Consider it a house-warming gift.)

Start of by see what's in our Home Center. There, you'll find articles covering the following topics:

From there, see if any of these compilations interest you:

Commentary on home ownership
Is Real Estate Safe?
The House Is Down Again?!

Buying a Home
Rent or Buy a Home?
What Price to Offer for a House
Worksheets and Calculators
Be Smart About Home Inspections
Buy a House, Pay Lots of Fees
The Homebuyer Bill of Rights

Home ownership and taxes
Tax Benefits of Buying a Home
Save Taxes on Home Sales
Your Home, Home Office, and Taxes

Mortgage madness
60-Second Guide to Optimizing Your Mortgage
When to Shop for a Mortgage
Fixed- or Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?
Saving Money on a Mortgage
Finding Mortgage Lenders
Money-Saving Mortgage Advice
Paying off the Mortgage Early (Part 1 and Part 2)

Discussion boards
Buying or Selling a Home
Building/Maintaining a Home

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