Will Taking a New Job Hurt My Homebuying Chances?

Mortgages

Will Taking a New Job Hurt My Homebuying Chances?

Will Taking a New Job Hurt My Homebuying Chances?

A reader asked us recently how much impact an unanticipated job change could have on his ability to get a mortgage.  “I found a better job,” he wrote. “How does this affect the loan?” We asked Scott Sheldon, a senior loan officer in Sonoma, Calif., and a Credit.com contributor, and he said the answer could… Read More

What Exactly Is a Pension?

Personal Finance

What Exactly Is a Pension?

What Exactly Is a Pension?

Pensions and retirement aren’t just for old people to worry about. Whether you are starting your first job or counting down the last few days in your office, understanding retirement account options can be the difference between the future you want and years of regret. The first step is getting a grasp on your needs… Read More

4 Credit Cards That Give Back

Credit Cards

4 Credit Cards That Give Back

4 Credit Cards That Give Back

Rewards credit cards are incredibly popular due to the points, miles or cash back offered to cardholders. But ultimately, there is another type of compensation that some people will find even more rewarding: a donation to a cause they believe in. There are three ways that cardholders can use their credit card to donate money directly to a… Read More

The New Program Designed for Low-Income Homebuyers

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The New Program Designed for Low-Income Homebuyers

The New Program Designed for Low-Income Homebuyers

Government-sponsored mortgage giant Fannie Mae is starting a new home loan program for low-income borrowers called HomeReady, with the goal of improving creditworthy consumers’ access to affordable mortgages through low down-payment requirements, homeownership education and other specialized underwriting criteria. The HomeReady program will be available to borrowers in areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau… Read More

11 Myths About Student Loan Forgiveness

Students

11 Myths About Student Loan Forgiveness

11 Myths About Student Loan Forgiveness

If you have more student loan debt than you can handle, or if you’ve been paying and paying (and paying) and can’t make headway, chances are you’ve wondered about student loan forgiveness. As you look into your options, keep in mind that everything you read (or hear — even from your student loan servicer) may not be accurate…. Read More

I’ve Been a Bridesmaid 4 Times. Here’s the Real Cost

Personal Finance

I’ve Been a Bridesmaid 4 Times. Here’s the Real Cost

I’ve Been a Bridesmaid 4 Times. Here’s the Real Cost

When I set out to compare the costs of “bridesmaiding” to the costs of “groomsmanning,” I assumed that bridesmaids would spend more on appearances for the ceremony, while groomsmen would spend more on the bachelor party. Anecdotally at least, I was proven to be half right. But in an endeavor like a wedding, are the… Read More

4 Ways Getting a Mortgage Just Got Easier

Mortgages

4 Ways Getting a Mortgage Just Got Easier

4 Ways Getting a Mortgage Just Got Easier

The challenges consumers have faced in recent years in procuring a mortgage may be coming to an end. Here are four major changes that could make it easier for you to get a mortgage. 1. Your Landlord Experience for Investment Properties Until recently, in order to qualify for conventional loan financing for an investment property,… Read More

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