The States With the Highest Homeowner Costs

Mortgages

The States With the Highest Homeowner Costs

The States With the Highest Homeowner Costs

Owning a home involves more than just mortgage payments — there’s insurance, taxes, other bills, and all sorts of things that drive up the cost of homeownership. Consumers can take several steps toward making a new home more affordable, like building strong credit histories and raising their credit scores. Credit reports without late payments, high... Read More

How to Manage a Digital Life after Death

Identity Theft

How to Manage a Digital Life after Death

How to Manage a Digital Life after Death

It’s a tangled Web we leave when it comes to managing digital assets after death. Email, blogs, financial accounts, Internet properties, files and social networks live on after we’re no longer physically here — and without the passwords, family and loved ones can be shut out from important information at a difficult time. Identity thieves... Read More

Haunted By Bad Credit? 5 Ways to Fight Back

Managing Debt

Haunted By Bad Credit? 5 Ways to Fight Back

Haunted By Bad Credit? 5 Ways to Fight Back

Zombie debts that just won’t die. Judgments that haunt you for years, or decades even. Tax liens that block you from buying a home or financing a car. Medical debts that seem to come at you from all sides. Student loans that follow you to the grave. While these scenarios may sound as overblown as... Read More

Strategies to Get the Best Customer Service

Personal Finance

Strategies to Get the Best Customer Service

Strategies to Get the Best Customer Service

There are dozens of strategies consumers employ to get what they want out of companies’ customer service, and public complaining on social media has gotten quite popular recently. But raging on social media is not the most effective way to use customer service; at least, customers are more satisfied when they use phone calls, chat... Read More

Children of Fallen Military Find Help for College

Students

Children of Fallen Military Find Help for College

Children of Fallen Military Find Help for College

Diana Muralles-Garcia expected her husband home for the Fourth of July in 2005. He was finishing his second tour in Afghanistan — he had already served three in Iraq — with the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, fulfilling a dream of studying medicine by working as an Army medic. He was coming to surprise... Read More

A Student Loan Sweepstakes: Can You Win?

Students

A Student Loan Sweepstakes: Can You Win?

A Student Loan Sweepstakes: Can You Win?

Here’s something people don’t often say: There’s cause for excitement among student loan borrowers. Through Nov. 25, Sallie Mae is conducting a sweepstakes for borrowers who have made six or more on-time loan payments. Such borrowers can enter “It Pays to Repay” on the loan servicer’s Facebook account for a chance to receive as much... Read More

Another Place You Could Become an Identity Theft Victim: Court

Identity Theft

Another Place You Could Become an Identity Theft Victim: Court

Another Place You Could Become an Identity Theft Victim: Court

A former county court clerk in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded guilty to identity theft Monday, saying she used her work computer to steal people’s personal information while she worked at the traffic and misdemeanor division in the Broward County courthouse. Porscha Kyles, 25, sold the information, including drivers’ names, birthdates and Social Security numbers, to... Read More

How Upcoming Mortgage Changes Could Affect You

Mortgages

How Upcoming Mortgage Changes Could Affect You

How Upcoming Mortgage Changes Could Affect You

Recently, there had been speculation among real estate and financial professionals that conforming mortgage loan limits would be lowered, meaning homebuyers may have less borrowing power. And in fact, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Edward DeMarco announced on Oct. 24 there would likely be a decrease in mortgage limits, but not until... Read More

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