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By Maggie Tomasek
When we asked folks to tell us about their best money moves as part of our Smartest Financial Decision Contest, many of the 4,000-plus entrants shared stories about their homes. Whether it’s how to save for a new home, refinance a mortgage or make other smart real estate maneuvers, we can learn a lot from these money mavens.
Read on for some of their best tips for all stages of homeownership:
Maggie Tomasek is the PR and Social Media Specialist at Alliant. She began her career as a journalist for newspapers in Utica, N.Y., Des Moines and Cincinnati before moving to Chicago in 2009. Maggie is a six-time Chicago Marathon finisher and a lifelong creative writer with a passion for comedy. Her mom instilled in her a great sense of fiscal responsibility, and her big sister told her to throw that responsibility out the window every once in a while in the name of life experience. So far, that combination of financial advice has worked out pretty well for her.