Realtor in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Financial journalist. Professional TV dinner zapper, with dreams of being resurrected as a food critic.

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Personal finance reporter for U.S. News & World Report.

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Coworkers Can Help You Succeed on the Job — To nail that big promotion, you might want to get to know your colleagues better. Studies show that workplace friendships not only can increase job satisfaction and decrease stress, but can also boost productivity and job commitment. "Top employees don't produce results in a vacuum," says Marie McIntyre, author of Secrets to Winning at Office Politics.

Free Mobile Apps for Cheap Summer Travel — Next " 1 of 15 Özgür Donmaz/iStockphoto If you're sweating just planning your summer vacation, chill out: Your smartphone can make traveling a breeze with mobile apps designed to save you money. Robert Firpo-Cappiello, executive editor of Budget Travel, says there's an app for every stage of a vacation.

What Home Sellers Should Start Doing Now — In part one of our Spring Real Estate Guide, we told you what to do if you want to buy a home this year. In today's part two we've got tips for sellers. Stay tuned for part three, with advice for those who want to say put and add value with home improvements.

Why It Pays to Be Friends With Your Boss — Buddying up with the boss can pay off, literally. In a study of executives done at Georgetown University, nine in 10 acknowledged that favoritism occurs in larger organizations, and 23% of them said they had personally practiced favoritism in making promotion decisions.

What Home Buyers Should Start Doing Now — Home equity is up and interest rates are still low. Foreclosures are down-and so are bidding wars. For the first time in years, the boom-and-bust housing market may be finding its sweet spot, with good deals for buyers and sellers. Is it time to jump in?

10 Life Hacks That Will Make You Richer — Picking up new skills as an adult can be tricky, especially when your energy and free time is precious. But prowess in different areas is not all created equal. Investing in certain abilities can get you big rewards for relatively little effort.

The 5 Best Jobs You've Never Heard Of — Good news, job seekers: employment opportunities look bright in 2015. Staffing levels are expected to rise 19%, according to ManpowerGroup's annual Employment Outlook Survey. Robust hiring gains are forecast for the "usual suspects," says's vice president Tim Low-namely retail, healthcare, and technology.

How to Compete for an Out-of-Town Job — Three out of four hiring managers recently surveyed by Challenger Gray & Christmas reported a shortage of local talent. So theo­ret­ically you could have better luck finding the job of your dreams if you're willing and able to move. Problem is, many companies are hesitant to hire out-of-towners because of concerns over relocation, money, and local knowledge.

How to Ace Any Type of Meeting and Win the Job — Planning your next big career move? Get ­going. Job openings climbed to 4.7 million in June, the highest level since 2001, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And in a recent survey by Challenger Gray ­& Christmas, 77% of hiring managers re­ported trouble filling slots because of a talent shortage.

Tweet Yourself to a New Job — Twitter can help you position yourself as someone to watch, both in your company in and in your field. P.S. It's easier than you think. If you want to shine in a competitive workforce, take to Twitter. Nearly 95% of recruiters surveyed by software firm Jobvite used or planned to use social media to find and vet candidates last year.
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