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Year Mortgage Comparison

15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgage – Comparison, Pros & Cons

There is no shortage of decisions to be made when applying for a new mortgage loan. You have to select a lender and decide...
6 Tips Home Mortgage Loan Approval

6 Tips to Get Approved for a Home Mortgage Loan

Some people don't know the first thing about getting a mortgage loan. They hear reports of dropping interest rates and lower home prices and...
Defaulting Student Loans Help

What Happens If You Default on Federal Student Loans – Tips...

Defaulting on any form of student loan, whether private or federal, is a nightmare. But when it happens with federal loans, Uncle Sam is...
Pay Off Car Loan Early

How to Pay Off Your Car Loan Early

Like most everyone, I hate debt, and the thought of paying off a car loan for a number of years has always left a bad...
Private Mortgage Insurance

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) – How to Avoid Paying...

If you look at your monthly mortgage statement and see a line for "PMI," you're paying for private mortgage insurance. It probably costs you...
Should Not Lend Money Friends Family

10 Reasons Why You Should NOT Lend Money to Friends &...

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be." These famous words came from Polonius, Shakespeare's chief counselor to King Claudius in Hamlet. As Polonius gives some fatherly advice...
Balloon Payment Mortgage

What Is a Balloon Payment Mortgage?

Mortgages come in many different varieties and if your situation is unusual, you may be best served by an unusual type of mortgage. One of...
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Filing Rules

What Is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – Filing Rules & Information

Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy can stop creditor harassment, runaway interest rates and fees, and can provide you with a structured plan for paying...
Buying Car Cash

6 Reasons to Buy a Car with Cash and Avoid Car...

Do Americans love their cars too much? Even as a car lover myself, I would argue yes. There is no other explanation for our...
Tax Refund Anticipation Loan Rals

Why You Should Stay Far Away From Tax Refund Anticipation Loans...

In recent years, all kinds of industries have jumped on the IRS tax refund bandwagon.  More than half of Americans are issued refunds after...
Upside Down Car Crash

How to Get Out of an Upside Down Car Loan With...

In the housing industry, it's called "negative equity." In the automotive industry it's called being "upside down." In both cases, it means the same...
Paying Back School Loans

How to Defer Your Student Loans – 5 Options to Extend...

When I was in college, every semester I received a check from the federal government for text books and living expenses (read: beer). I...