Foreclosures Up in January, Expected to Grow

Mortgages

Foreclosures Up in January, Expected to Grow

Foreclosures Up in January, Expected to Grow

The number of homes that were foreclosed nationwide in the month of January rose slightly from December’s totals, but was still considerably lower than those seen in the same month last year. The number of foreclosures filed nationwide—including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—increased 3 percent to a total of 210,941 properties in January,… Read More

New Card on the Block: PenFed Platinum Rewards Card

Credit Cards

New Card on the Block: PenFed Platinum Rewards Card

New Card on the Block: PenFed Platinum Rewards Card

One thing I’ve always liked about PenFed credit cards is that the benefits usually far outweigh the costs. This latest addition to their lineup is no exception. This card is the replacement for the PenFed Visa Platinum Cash Rewards Card, which was my pick for first runner-up for the Best Cash Back Credit Card in… Read More

The Big Payoff: No More Credit Card Debt

Managing Debt

The Big Payoff: No More Credit Card Debt

The Big Payoff: No More Credit Card Debt

What a difference a week can make. I have no credit card debt—seriously, I am at ZERO!!! It has been many years. It feels good and I just want to yell to the world that I have no credit card debt.  I received my federal tax refund and paid off my remaining card.  More exciting… Read More

Wrongful Foreclosure Settlement for Military Members

Mortgages

Wrongful Foreclosure Settlement for Military Members

Wrongful Foreclosure Settlement for Military Members

The U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder recently reached a substantial settlement that will provide significant compensation for servicemembers who were wrongfully foreclosed upon by mortgage lenders. Similar to the agreement reached between the nation’s five largest mortgage lenders and 49 states’ attorneys general, the agreement will grant financial compensation to servicemembers… Read More

5 Simple Steps for Choosing the Right Credit Card

Credit Cards

5 Simple Steps for Choosing the Right Credit Card

5 Simple Steps for Choosing the Right Credit Card

There are a few things in life where having too many choices is fun. Ice cream comes to mind. Really, Ben & Jerry’s can come out with a new flavor every day and it won’t bother me one bit. But for the “less fun” things in life, having too many choices is just plain overwhelming… Read More

Proposed Law Would Crack Down on Oklahoma Debt Collectors

Personal Finance

Proposed Law Would Crack Down on Oklahoma Debt Collectors

Proposed Law Would Crack Down on Oklahoma Debt Collectors

For people upset about unfair or deceptive debt collectors, Oklahoma State Senator Gary Stanislawski believes he has a solution. Stanislawski recently introduced a bill that would clamp down on collectors, forcing the companies to do more to prove that they have the right to collect the amounts they claim. The bill would also ban the… Read More

Valve: Online Gamers’ Data Hacked

Identity Theft

Valve: Online Gamers’ Data Hacked

Valve: Online Gamers’ Data Hacked

It’s been a bad ten months for online gamers who value their credit cards. First, last April, came news of a huge data breach at Sony, which exposed up to 77 million people to identity theft and credit card fraud. Then, in November, online game distributor Valve announced that its popular Steam service had been… Read More

When Debt Can Be Good for You

Managing Debt

When Debt Can Be Good for You

When Debt Can Be Good for You

The idea might make some shudder: Debt can be good? Believe it or not, it is actually good to have certain types of debt in your financial portfolio, assuming you are comfortable with owing money. Why? Because it is through debt that you can acquire assets such as housing, automobiles and other types of property…. Read More

Unfairly Foreclosed On? Feds Give More Time to Fight

Mortgages

Unfairly Foreclosed On? Feds Give More Time to Fight

Unfairly Foreclosed On? Feds Give More Time to Fight

Do you believe that your bank or mortgage servicer erroneously foreclose on you? If so, now you have another three months to do something about it. Federal regulators announced on Wednesday that homeowners have until July 31 to request an independent review of their foreclosures. The previous deadline was April 30. “The deadline extension provides… Read More

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