Can Debt Collectors Repossess My Car?

Managing Debt

Can Debt Collectors Repossess My Car?

Can Debt Collectors Repossess My Car?

If you’re like many of us, you need your car to get to work or school, carpool kids or grandkids, or to do your shopping. But what happens if you are getting calls from debt collectors who you can’t pay? Can a debt collector take your car? Our reader, Marbella, who lives in California, says a collection… Read More

5 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

Credit Cards

5 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

5 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

You can have a whirlwind vacation without having to move from hotel to hotel. In fact, on a cruise your hotel room moves along with you. But besides having a more hassle-free vibe, there are many rewards credit cards that offer cruisers ways to save money on their voyages and earn extra rewards on the money… Read More

4 Tips for Living Without Credit Cards

Personal Finance

4 Tips for Living Without Credit Cards

4 Tips for Living Without Credit Cards

Credit cards can be good financial tools for the responsible consumer. In this day and age they can also feel absolutely essential since some stores, vendors and even airlines require plastic (though you can use a debit card too). But credit card spending can also lead to debt if not done responsibly. Switching to a cash-only… Read More

4 Tips for Selling Your Home Without a Realtor

Mortgages

4 Tips for Selling Your Home Without a Realtor

4 Tips for Selling Your Home Without a Realtor

Buying a home is the biggest financial investment most people experience. When you are ready to sell your property, your first instinct is likely to search for a real estate agent, but while a real estate agent can help in many ways, this isn’t always necessary. You can sell your home without an agent. If… Read More

16 Ways to Get Bigger Social Security Checks

Personal Finance

16 Ways to Get Bigger Social Security Checks

16 Ways to Get Bigger Social Security Checks

If you have focused all your retirement planning energy on your 401(k), you may be missing a key piece of the puzzle: Social Security. You can influence your eventual payout from this safe, dull old-age safety net to a surprising degree by making some adjustments and changes in your planning. 1. Work More Years You must work at least… Read More

Will My Fiancée’s Bankruptcy Hurt Me?

Managing Debt

Will My Fiancée’s Bankruptcy Hurt Me?

Will My Fiancée’s Bankruptcy Hurt Me?

Q. I’m getting married this summer. My finances have always been solid. My fiancée, though, declared bankruptcy four years ago. She seems to be on track, I think, but I’m not sure how her money will impact mine when we do marry? What do I need to know? A. Congratulations on your marriage, and for… Read More

The 6 Worst Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make

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The 6 Worst Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make

The 6 Worst Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make

Is your house your castle or an albatross? Your answer might depend a lot on your mortgage. Getting an affordable property at a great rate can make you feel as if life couldn’t be any sweeter. But ask anyone who bought a house with a mortgage they didn’t understand and couldn’t afford, and they will likely… Read More

The Unexpected Ways Refinancing Can Save You Money

Mortgages

The Unexpected Ways Refinancing Can Save You Money

The Unexpected Ways Refinancing Can Save You Money

Refinancing your home can help lower your monthly mortgage payments or get your home paid off faster – if executed properly. Refinancing won’t eliminate your debt, but it can restructure your debt to better suit your needs. If you are considering getting started on the process, it’s important to think about both the immediate and… Read More

10 Cities With Skyrocketing Rent

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10 Cities With Skyrocketing Rent

10 Cities With Skyrocketing Rent

Sorry, Silicon Valley — rent in San Francisco is still on the rise. Zillow’s Rent Index, which looks at median rents in the nation’s hottest markets, has San Francisco and San Jose at the top of its list for largest year-over-year increase. As unwelcome as that news may be for people in the Bay Area,… Read More

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