So you’ve just applied for a new apartment, but the leasing office tells you that you’ll be needing a cosigner in order to sign your lease and move in. Why is this happening? Let’s explore the ins and outs of having a cosigner. What is a Cosigner? A cosigner is a person who has agreed... Read More
For most of us, foreclosure seems like an abstraction –– like the Boogie Man, or Tooth Fairy. And yet, foreclosure is a reality that many American families deal with every single day. With a rapidly changing economy and the uncertainty of guaranteed employment or good health, foreclosure can creep up on you at the most... Read More
If you’re a parent old or new, you may have heard of, or even already contribute to, a 529 savings plan. For those who have never heard of this, the 529 savings plan was started in the 1990s to help parents begin to save for an increasingly expensive higher education for their children. Currently, not... Read More
The term “alternative medicine” is very broad, encompassing a range of practices, products, and passions. And, therein lies the problem. Some have been in use for centuries — yoga, acupuncture, meditation, herbal remedies — while others involve concepts and technology only recently developed. National and international laws regarding what qualifies as “healthcare” and who is... Read More
Benjamin Franklin once said nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Whether it’s income, sales, property or any other type, taxes are a part of our daily lives. And yet, how much do you actually know about the money you pay to Uncle Sam or why you even do it in... Read More
It’s almost tax season again! Before you file, it might be a good idea to do some research about the changes that we can expect to see from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If you itemize and plan to continue doing so, it’s worth your time to find out what has changed. While your... Read More
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