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Clayton Closson

Clayton loves writing and does it every day. He also loves money and although he doesn’t have tons of it, thinks about it every day. He’s worn many hats, including PR guy, web developer, soldier, director of content, and senior social media strategy program lead. Put it all together and you get a guy who writes about money, VA loans, food, and just about everything a Quicken Loans client could ever care about. He loves feedback, so give him some, please.

Real Estate Investors Can Defer Taxes with a 1031 Exchange

Paying taxes on capital gains for property transactions has always been a hindrance to those involved in real estate investment. Why should investors pay taxes on profit from real estate transactions if they’re putting the profit right back into some other real estate transaction? The answer: They shouldn’t.

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Just a Few Days Left to Get Healthy for National Nutrition Month

Just a quick reminder that you still have a week to celebrate March 2014 as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month®.

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The Easiest and Most Fun Way to Fill Out Your College Bracket According to Buzzfeed - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

The Easiest and Most Fun Way to Fill Out Your College Bracket According to Buzzfeed

This is really cool. One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Our friends at Buzzfeed have created a tool that makes it incredibly easy to pick a full bracket in the 2014 men’s college basketball tournament. All you have to do is pick a few traits that you may have and voila! You have a bracket.

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First-Time Home Buyer Q&A: How Much Work History is Needed to Qualify for a Mortgage?

What length of employment history is required to qualify for a mortgage? Mike Berris, a director of mortgage banking who specializes in purchase mortgages, gave some advice. Read on to find out more!

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College Basketball Tournament Bracket Hacks

Learn how to pick like a pro and dominate your office pool! Pick a perfect bracket, win a billion dollars!

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Saving for Retirement and College at the Same Time

I’m saving for both retirement and college – my two-year-old daughter’s college. Right about the time she’d be putting her cute little hand out for some college money, I’ll be getting ready to retire. Here’s how I’m saving for two very different goals at the same time.

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First-Time Home Buyer Q&A Google Hangout: How Long Does It Take to Find a Dream Home?

During our recent Google Hangout for first-time home buyers, this question came up: “How long does it take to find a dream home?” That’s a great question. I’m not sure if I’m even in my dream home, but I’m pretty darn close.

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Home Buying 101: First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide

The beautifully-designed guide takes you through the entire home buying process, from beginning to end, and includes all kinds of great info such as a first-time home buyer glossary, some quizzes to help test your knowledge, and even some common abbreviations used in the real estate industry.

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First-Time Home Buyer Q&A: Buying a Home with Bad or Bruised Credit

There was a lot of great information for first-time home buyers in our recent First-Time Home Buyer Q&A Google Hangout. One of my favorite discussions was about buying a home with bad or bruised credit. It’s a situation that’s all too familiar for many first-time home buyers for a variety of reasons.

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Let Quicken Loans Help You Save Your Money: New Commercial Debuts!

We’ll go to great lengths to help you keep Benjamins, Lincolns and Washingtons in your pocket. See how it all went down in this informative and entertaining video. And when you’re done watching, visit our mortgage calculator page to see how Quicken Loans can help you save! Whether you’re refinancing or buying a new place, some of our favorite loans include the 30-year fixed, the YOURgage, the VA loan and the FHA loan.

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