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5 things to know: 5-10-12

By Kim Fulscher · Bankrate.com
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Posted: 8 am ET

It's a pretty gNARly day, dude! Home prices in about one-half of surveyed U.S. markets increased, according to a National Association of Realtors, or NAR, report. Was your hometown a home-price winner or a loser?

1. Buyers: Cheap houses abound here. Sellers: The hot markets are here.

2. You'll have to stretch more than your stomach to have a baby. They're expensive! Here's how to stretch your budget for one of those little stinkers.

3. See what we mean with the expensive kids? Here's the tab one celebrity hopes to get in child support: $46,000 a month!

4. Mortgage rates are still flirting with 4 percent -- and still acting coy. This week, the 30-year fixed took another plunge into never-before-touched territory.

5. Need cash, but want to stay above-board? (We all do.) Here are some legal ways to score quick money.

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