How I Sold My Car on My Own

Auto Loans

How I Sold My Car on My Own

How I Sold My Car on My Own

I’m not a car person. For many years, I dreamed about going carless, but it only recently became a practical option. It was so nice to think about a life without making car insurance payments, finding a parking spot, dealing with vehicle maintenance and all the other ways cars annoy me, so I was extremely… Read More

Can You Be Denied an Apartment Because of Bad Credit?

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Can You Be Denied an Apartment Because of Bad Credit?

Can You Be Denied an Apartment Because of Bad Credit?

The most well-known consequence of having bad credit is trouble getting loans or credit cards, but a low credit score can also make it difficult to find a place to live. Landlords, especially large property-management companies, will likely check your credit report before approving your lease, and there are plenty of negative items that landlords… Read More

The Top Foreclosure States in America

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The Top Foreclosure States in America

The Top Foreclosure States in America

For a brief moment this year, Florida was not the state with the highest foreclosure rate. Maryland relieved Florida of that dubious honor in October after foreclosure activity in the state surged, but a 31.1% decline in Maryland foreclosures from October to November was enough to push Florida back to the top, despite declines in that… Read More

The Most Car-Hungry States in America

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The Most Car-Hungry States in America

The Most Car-Hungry States in America

People in Wyoming really like cars. Or trucks. Or whatever it is they’re getting when they take out auto loans. Because even though Wyoming is the least populated state (including the District of Columbia), its residents take out the most auto loans in the country, proportionate to its population. In the third quarter, consumers took… Read More

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

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The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

The list of states whose residents carry the most credit card debt hasn’t changed much in the last few years — Alaskan credit card holders consistently carry the highest average balances, and most of the 10 states with high debt are along the East Coast. America’s average credit card debt per person has gone up recently,… Read More

Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

Credit 101

Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

Wealth is pretty subjective: Average wage-earners can go through life debt-free and have money to spare upon retirement, while millionaires have been known to mismanage their finances and end up bankrupt. The figures on your paycheck carry you only so far, because business partners, employers and lenders won’t care how much money you make if… Read More

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