Can a Bad Debt Get You Deported?

Managing Debt

Can a Bad Debt Get You Deported?

Can a Bad Debt Get You Deported?

Can your unpaid debts get you deported or barred from entering the U.S.? Our reader, who goes by the screen name “Chica,” says she came to the U.S. with her mother-in-law, who received treatment for cancer in the U.S. As is typical in these situations, there were two sets of bills: one from the physicians... Read More

The States With the Lowest Homeowner Costs

Mortgages

The States With the Lowest Homeowner Costs

The States With the Lowest Homeowner Costs

Many Americans dream of owning a home, but affordability can be a challenge. Not only does a consumer’s ability to buy a home depend on credit scores, interest rates and home prices, but location also plays a huge part. Following the housing crisis, lawmakers made it a requirement for lenders to verify a mortgage applicant’s... Read More

What Veterans Need to Know About Getting a Home Loan

Mortgages

What Veterans Need to Know About Getting a Home Loan

What Veterans Need to Know About Getting a Home Loan

Veterans Affairs-backed mortgages are booming, and more important than ever, in today’s strict lending climate. If you even think you might be eligible for this benefit, it’s worth doing a little research to determine your eligibility. Even if you aren’t personally eligible, you probably know someone who is and who can therefore benefit from this... Read More

Can You ‘Reclaim Your Name’?

Identity Theft

Can You ‘Reclaim Your Name’?

Can You ‘Reclaim Your Name’?

Feel like you’ve lost control of your identity and personal information? The “Reclaim Your Name” initiative aims to win control back for you. Reclaim Your Name is the brainchild of FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, who ventured into the belly of the Beast on Monday — AdAge.com — to make a case for more consumer control... Read More

How a Young College Grad Handles Money

Personal Finance

How a Young College Grad Handles Money

How a Young College Grad Handles Money

Mike: Alice, so you are a young person who told me you were interested in talking to me about money! Tell me about yourself. Alice: Sure, I am 20. I’m a creative writer (copywriter) for two medium-market radio stations owned by the same company (though I also write for three other radio stations also owned... Read More

Mortgage Mistake: Don’t Lie About Your Income

Mortgages

Mortgage Mistake: Don’t Lie About Your Income

Mortgage Mistake: Don’t Lie About Your Income

A lot has changed in the mortgage market during the past few years. Home prices have improved, sales have gotten more competitive — even mortgage fraud has taken a different route. Mortgage application fraud risk is down 5.6% year over year in the second quarter of 2013, according to the most recent CoreLogic MarketPulse, a... Read More

Is Your Credit Score a Trick or a Treat?

Credit Score

Is Your Credit Score a Trick or a Treat?

Is Your Credit Score a Trick or a Treat?

When you were a kid on Halloween, you ran from house to house, filling your Halloween bag with candy. And then when you got home, it felt like a free-for-all buffet of sugar when you dumped your haul on the living room floor to get a closer look. Your candy could be triaged into the... Read More

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