Average Home Price Rises to $213,000

Mortgages

Average Home Price Rises to $213,000

Average Home Price Rises to $213,000

Consumers who are interested in wading back into the housing market once again — either as buyers or sellers — may have noticed that prices in their area are generally on the rise. This was true on a national level once again in March. The average home price nationwide rose in March to a total of approximately $213,000, according to the latest Home Price Index... Read More

How to Get a Car Loan

Auto Loans

How to Get a Car Loan

How to Get a Car Loan

I bought my first car from my parents. It had lots of miles and no frills — not even air conditioning — but the price was right and they sold it to me cheaply enough that I could pay cash. My second car, though, was a gray Mustang convertible I found in the classifieds (no... Read More

7 Tips That Could Save Your Summer Vacation

Personal Finance

7 Tips That Could Save Your Summer Vacation

7 Tips That Could Save Your Summer Vacation

As summer approaches, Americans start gearing up for their vacation season. But even if you already have all of your reservations made, there are still several steps you must take to ensure a smooth summer vacation. 1. Double-check all flight times. Airlines change their flight schedules all of the time, but often fail to notify... Read More

A Tentative Step in the Right Direction on Student Loans

Students

A Tentative Step in the Right Direction on Student Loans

A Tentative Step in the Right Direction on Student Loans

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) recently introduced the Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act, a piece of legislation that calls for the refinancing of all higher-rate Federal Direct and Federal Family Education (FFEL) student loans at 4% interest. She estimates that her plan will assist nine out of 10 students who borrowed under the various federal education... Read More

Medical Debt Gets New Focus in Congress

Managing Debt

Medical Debt Gets New Focus in Congress

Medical Debt Gets New Focus in Congress

There has been a lot of focus from lawmakers in recent months on the ways in which medical debts can severely impact consumers’ finances for years. Now, more are moving to do something to help these Americans who typically had no way of planning for these massive balances. A new bipartisan bill, known as the Accuracy in... Read More

Credit Report Mistakes Linger for Many Consumers

Credit Score

Credit Report Mistakes Linger for Many Consumers

Credit Report Mistakes Linger for Many Consumers

Most Americans may know just how important their credit standing is, but many may not know if they’re being negatively impacted by credit report mistakes. Today, 23 percent of consumers say they have discovered problems on their credit reports at some point in their lives, according to a new survey from the online legal resource... Read More

Young Borrowers Worried About Debt Loads, Savings

Managing Debt

Young Borrowers Worried About Debt Loads, Savings

Young Borrowers Worried About Debt Loads, Savings

The recent economic downturn caused millions of consumers across the country to reconsider how they deal with credit and debt, and this may be particularly true of the young borrowers who gained their financial freedom when the crisis was at its height. Today, millennials generally consider debt to be their biggest financial concern, with 54 percent... Read More

Georgia Resort Hit By Massive Data Breach

Identity Theft

Georgia Resort Hit By Massive Data Breach

Georgia Resort Hit By Massive Data Breach

Millions of businesses both large and small are now at significantly greater risk for massive data breaches that can expose large numbers of consumers to the threat of identity theft, and this threat recently became all too real for a resort in Georgia. Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, recently discovered that it had been... Read More

This Week in Credit News: Better Credit Cards

Personal Finance

This Week in Credit News: Better Credit Cards

This Week in Credit News: Better Credit Cards

The biggest credit news this week is all about credit cards, focusing on how you can get your hands on better ones. The Best Business Credit Cards With No Annual Fee Our latest installment of our Best Credit Cards in America series, credit card guru Jason Steele uses a unique ranking system to pick the... Read More

New Tech Could Mean Trouble for Prepaid Debit Cards

Credit Cards

New Tech Could Mean Trouble for Prepaid Debit Cards

New Tech Could Mean Trouble for Prepaid Debit Cards

These days, millions of consumers across the country rely on prepaid debit cards as a means of handling their finances because they find traditional bank accounts to be too expensive. However, with coming technology changes for the card industry, those people might have more difficulty in obtaining these accounts at low costs. Within the next... Read More

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