COVID-19’s Impact on Spending Behavior: The Numbers Reflect Drastic Changes to our Lives

The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably changed nearly every aspect of our daily lives, which is reflected in how we spend and manage our money. In May, we surveyed adults across America about the impact of the pandemic on their personal finances. Even if they felt prepared pre-pandemic, people reported significant negative impact to their finances and many also noted pushing off major life... Continue reading

Our Guide to Mortgage Relief Programs and Refinancing During COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic is creating unique challenges for us all. While we can get through it together, for many of us, shelter-in-place orders have led to mass layoffs and serious financial struggles. If that applies to you, there are ways to get help. Both the federal government and private lenders are providing mortgage relief programs to get you through this trying time. The pandemic has also... Continue reading

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage? 6 Questions to Ask First

In June of 2019, mortgage rates across the U.S. fell to a three-year low, dropping to a 3.73 percent average. Considering that mortgage rates in 2018 averaged out at 4.55 percent, this has caused real estate professionals, mortgage brokers, and the general public to sit up and take notice. Naturally, many homeowners are wondering if now may be a good time to refinance. What Is Refinancing? A... Continue reading

Loan Comparison: What to Look for in Your Next Loan

Getting the best loan for your needs means understanding all the terms before signing on the dotted line. This includes knowing the difference between a secured and unsecured loan, as well as how interest rates, fees and loan periods can affect the monthly payment.  Continue reading

How Much Money Do You Need To Buy A House?

You’ve been diligently saving, and that savings account you’ve amassed looks pretty healthy. Now you’re ready to take the plunge and buy your own home. But have you considered all the items you’re going to need cash for between now and closing the deal? Are you sure you have enough?   Earnest Money Deposit   Earnest money is pretty much what it sounds like — cash placed on the table at the... Continue reading
Loan Comparison: What to Look for When Buying Your First House

Loan Comparison: What to Look for When Buying Your First House

Date: February 2, 2017 Home loans might seem intimidating to new borrowers because they require more than just pinning down the interest rate or determining what your monthly payment will be. However, choosing a home loan is really just a matter of knowing what you’re paying for and comparing what each lender is willing to offer. Then you can determine who’s offering you the best deal. Continue reading

Save or Pay Down Debt

Should you be putting money in savings or investments at the same time you're paying off a loan? That's one of the most frequently-asked questions we get, and the answer isn't always obvious. Even if you have run up a balance on a high-rate credit card, you may hear a nagging voice in your head urging you to keep plowing money into savings for retirement, college for the kids or a new home. The... Continue reading

You Are Not Your Setbacks: How to Recover From a Troubled Financial Past

Life is unpredictable. Financial setbacks can befall anyone, but with hard work, planning and discipline, recovery is possible and often achieved. Along the way to recovery, you might develop different attitudes and goals -- ones that lead to happiness and fulfillment in unexpected ways. A Budget Is Your Buddy   Your first step to financial recovery should be to take stock of your situation and... Continue reading

How to Handle Debt

How much debt is too much? It depends. That's not the answer you wanted, perhaps, but it's the only sensible one: It depends on how easily you can repay the money and what you borrowed it for in the first place. The stories below will help you realize whether you've taken on too much debt and, if so, how to get it under control. If you're too far in over your head, we also explain the basics of... Continue reading

Tricks to Win the Fight Against Debt

No matter how you acquired the debt, you can't go back and change the past. But, you can implement a plan to win the debt reduction war and start spending your money the way you want, rather than scraping by to pay off your old creditors. It may be a long fight, but with a plan you can start by winning the small battles that will help you turn the tide and declare your financial freedom. Know... Continue reading

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