Taylor earned her degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in business management from Brigham Young University.
A glitch in Wells Fargo’s proprietary mortgage underwriting software led to hundreds of home foreclosures. An SEC filing disclosed in August revealed that a Wells Fargo “calculation error” unfairly barred 625 homeowners from mortgage modification. “We determined that an automated calculation error may have affected the decision on whether or not to offer or approve... Read More
Owning a home was once a time-honored life milestone. Buying real estate was simply what you did as an adult in America, and for many people home ownership was the ultimate indicator of life success and social status. But, times have changed. Today, less people are buying houses. According to Fannie Mae, a mere 24... Read More
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is notoriously difficult. With over 100 questions about detailed family financial history, it has consistently low completion rates. In fact, only three out of five high school seniors complete the application and one out of seven students eligible for financial aid, who enroll in college, do not... Read More
Ah, budgeting. Perhaps the concept is new to you or maybe you’ve tried in the past but weren’t as successful as you’d hoped you’d be. In any case, budgeting is not easy — but it is extremely important. It is best to think about budgeting as a marathon, not a sprint. And doing it successfully... Read More
Millennials get a bad rep. While the internet is busy circulating speculative articles about how the millennial generation is killing off napkins and fabric softener, members of that generation are just trying to scrounge enough money to keep up with increasing housing costs. Tiny homes offer an exciting living option somewhere between renting and buying... Read More
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect on January 3. As part of the new legislation, all of the tax brackets have changed. For most Americans, the changes will offer some tax relief. However, the majority of the impact of the new legislation will be on businesses. Both single filers and couples... Read More
The potential changes that were proposed in an early version of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act had many U.S. taxpayers concerned and confused about what the implications might be. Taxpayers feared they would lose all sorts of deductions as result of the new tax laws and that, ultimately, the changes would result in... Read More
If you’re among the nearly one-third of Americans dealing with bad credit, then you may have simply accepted that you aren’t going to be able to qualify for various types of loans. But while it is increasingly difficult to qualify for loans the lower your credit score dips, it’s not altogether impossible. Even for those... Read More
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