10 States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

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10 States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

10 States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates

Foreclosure activity in the U.S. declined 9.39% from February 2014 to February 2015, with one in every 1,295 housing units in some stage of foreclosure last month. That’s the lowest the national foreclosure rate has been since July 2006, according to RealtyTrac’s monthly report on the foreclosure market. The analysis looks at how many homes… Read More

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

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3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Breach

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer serving patients in Washington and Alaska, announced Tuesday it was the target of a cyberattack that accessed millions of customers’ personal, financial and medical information. An investigation reportedly discovered the attack began May 5, 2014. According to its website, Premera Blue Cross serves 1.8 million people in the U.S., though… Read More

Florida: The #1 State for Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Florida: The #1 State for Identity Theft

Florida: The #1 State for Identity Theft

Consumers filed nearly 2.6 million complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and other consumer groups in 2014, and identity theft was the most common kind, making up 13% of complaints, according to the annual Consumer Sentinel Network report. Identity theft is a national issue — the 332,646 identity theft complaints made 2014 the year with… Read More

Can Living Near a Starbucks Boost Your Home’s Value?

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Can Living Near a Starbucks Boost Your Home’s Value?

Can Living Near a Starbucks Boost Your Home’s Value?

The next time you’re looking for a home, consider scanning the neighborhood for a Starbucks location. While you’re at it, look around at the local business scene and look into public transportation options nearby — these things may have a significant impact on your future property value. Real estate site Zillow analyzed the relationship between… Read More

What’s America’s Favorite Insurance Company?

Personal Finance

What’s America’s Favorite Insurance Company?

What’s America’s Favorite Insurance Company?

Insurance providers often interact with consumers while they’re dealing with high-stress situations — recovering from accidents, natural disasters or other significant losses — so making those encounters positive experiences can be a challenge. USAA excels in this area, according to the recently released 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings. The ratings, from consumer research and experience firm… Read More

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