Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4%

Mortgages

Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4%

Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4%

People thought it wouldn’t happen this year, but it did: Average 30-year fixed mortgage rates dipped below 4% last week, hitting their lowest level in 2014, Freddie Mac said in a news release. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.97% last week, down from 4.12% the week prior and 4.28% the same time last year. That… Read More

Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

Managing Debt

Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

In 2005, our reader who goes by the screen name “frustrated in California” stopped paying on one of his credit cards. Now, nearly 10 years later, a collection agency is suing him and claims he made a payment of $200 in October 2010. He wrote: I know I did not make any payment, and under pressure, (the… Read More

13 Retailers Where You Can Use Apple Pay Today

Credit Cards

13 Retailers Where You Can Use Apple Pay Today

13 Retailers Where You Can Use Apple Pay Today

Apple Pay is now available to some iPhone and iPad users, with Monday marking the start of Apple’s new mobile payment system many have dubbed “the credit card killer.” CEO Tim Cook announced the program launch at a company event Oct. 16, about a month after unveiling the newest iPhones and the Apple Watch. The… Read More

How to Make Your Home Stand Out on the Market

Mortgages

How to Make Your Home Stand Out on the Market

How to Make Your Home Stand Out on the Market

If you are looking to buy a home, it’s nice to have a lot of options. During a buyer’s market, there are more homes for sale than people to buy them. This puts buyers somewhat in control of the negotiation. And it means as the seller, you have to do something to stand out to… Read More

How I Paid Off $50K of Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Managing Debt

How I Paid Off $50K of Debt in Less Than 3 Years

How I Paid Off $50K of Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Graduating from college debt-free feels really good. When Ja’Net Adams got her degree from South Carolina State in 2003, she was one of those fortunate students who started her adult life without debt, and things went along really well for her. She got married. They bought a house. They bought a new car. They had their… Read More

8 Secrets to Making a Budget You Can Actually Live With

Personal Finance

8 Secrets to Making a Budget You Can Actually Live With

8 Secrets to Making a Budget You Can Actually Live With

Some people refer to budgets as a “money diet.” That’s an unfortunate choice of words given the negative connotations associated with dieting: reduced options, deprivation, maybe even pain. That’s not to say that diets aren’t important. And just as with budgeting, you feel optimistic: I will eat better, exercise more, lose weight and be able to… Read More

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