Lisa Goetz

Lisa Goetz is a real estate agent, freelance journalist and media consultant from Charlottesville, Virginia. Lisa contributes to numerous websites including TurboTax USA, TurboTax Canada, ReMax, Office Depot, Bridgepoint Education and the Houston Chronicle. As a real estate agent for 17 years, Lisa provides invaluable advice on everything from saving up for that dream home to working with real estate agents. Previously, Lisa was an editor with Lexis Nexis and a health economics researcher at the Center for Health Economics and Policy in San Antonio, Texas.

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  1. Banking

    Can a checking account affect your credit score?

    Find out if having a checking account can have a negative impact on your credit report. Generally, it doesn't, but there ...
  2. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Do balance transfers hurt your credit?

    The extent of the hit to your credit score depends on credit utilization.
  3. Career / Compensation

    How reliable are Glassdoor salaries?

    Find out whether Glassdoor salary information is accurate. The website offers users an opportunity to enter salary information ...
  4. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How long does it take a check to clear?

    It usually takes two days for a check to clear, but in some cases it may take longer. Discover how banks treat large deposits ...
  5. Budgeting & Savings

    Top 10 Most Expensive Cities in the U.S.

    New York City tops the list of most expensive cities in the U.S., and five of them are located in California.
  6. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How do mortgage lenders check and verify bank statements?

    Find out how mortgage companies verify your bank statements for mortgage approval. The lender sends a form to your bank requesting ...
  7. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How is the minimum payment on a credit card calculated?

    Even when minimum payments are low, consumers should still aim to pay off credit card balances every month.
  8. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Can student loans be used to pay rent?

    In most cases, loans can be used for housing costs, but students should still plan to have some cash on hand.
  9. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Improve Your Chances of Being Approved for a Mortgage

    Homebuyers should think like lenders and fix their credit profiles before applying for a home loan.
  10. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    What's the Difference Between FHA and Conventional Loans?

    Conventional mortgages require higher credit scores than FHA mortgages.
  11. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    6 Countries with Virtually Free College Tuition

    Some countries in Europe, such as Norway, Finland and Slovenia, provide free university education for all students.
  12. Company Insights

    Top 7 Companies Owned by Louis Vuitton (LVMUY)

    Find out about the top companies owned by LVMH, usually referred to as Louis Vuitton. Top LVMH companies include Marc Jacobs ...
  13. Career / Compensation

    Sheryl Sandberg's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg's success story including her early life and education and career path to top female ...
  14. Buzz & Trending

    The Cost of Buying a McDonald's Franchise (MCD)

    Setting up a new McDonald’s franchise can cost the owner up to $2.2 million to get the restaurants up and running, but it ...
  15. Real Estate

    Mortgage Application: Comparing Brick & Mortar vs. Online

    Learn the differences between applying for a mortgage from a brick-and-mortar lender and an online lender. Find out about ...
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