Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. How Much Mortgage Can You Afford?

    Here's how to determine what you should be borrowing to finance your home.
  2. The Best Ways to Help Kids Pay Off College Loans

    Set ground rules and be strategic about how you help pay off college loans.
  3. Do FHA Loans Have Prepayment Penalties?

    Learn whether FHA loans have prepayment penalties, and find out the rules governing interest charges when prepaying your ...
  4. Are Student Loans Amortized?

    Student loans typically get paid back over time on a fixed payment, or amortized, schedule.
  5. Got a Good Mortgage Rate? Lock It Up!

    Rising rates mean rising profits for lenders, providing incentive to increase rates whenever possible.
  6. Score a Cheap Mortgage, Here’s How

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  7. The Dangers of a Reverse Mortgage

    In many circumstances, a reverse mortgage can be a risk to your financial security. Here are six dangers you should consider ...
  8. 9 Things to Know Before You Refinance Your Mortgage

    Whether or not a mortgage refinance is right for you depends more on individual circumstances than this week's mortgage interest ...
  9. Mortgage Pre-Approval: Understanding the Process

    Understand the mortgage pre-approval process and why getting a pre-approved mortgage is important for would-be homeowners. ...
  10. Fixing the Credit Gap for Black-Owned Companies

    Black-owned companies face greater obstacles when seeking capital, says a recent Census Bureau study. What to do.
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  12. How Many Mortgage Lenders Should You Apply to? (FICO)

    Applying to multiple mortgage lenders can get you a better deal, but it comes with a few drawbacks.
  13. When (And When Not) to Refinance Your Mortgage

    There are both good and bad reasons to refinance. Learn more about both here.
  14. Are You Ready to Buy a House?

    There are a number of factors, aside from cost, that you should think about before buying a new house.
  15. Finding the Best Mortgage Rates in 2017

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates for 2017 can all be done online.
  16. Do mortgage lenders use FICO 8? (EFX, TRU)

    As more lenders employ the FICO 8 credit-scoring system, borrowers should be aware of how this may affect them..
  17. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Understand five specific mistakes to avoid when buying a new home.
  18. 6 Things Foreign Buyers of U.S. Real Estate Need to Know

    Rising home prices and a strong dollar are making it tough for foreign buyers of U.S. real estate to pay cash. What to expect ...
  19. What Are the Different Types of Reverse Mortgages?

    Discover the three different types of reverse mortgages available to homeowners aged 62 and older.
  20. Seniors: Before You Co-sign That Student Loan

    If that loan isn't paid back, you could be on the line for the whole amount, plus penalties.
  21. 7 Bad Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

    When low mortgage rates are everywhere, it might seem like a good time to refinance. Make sure you are doing it for the right ...
  22. FICO 5 vs. FICO 8: What Are the Differences ?

    Find out why you have more than one FICO credit score.
  23. SoFi, Inc.

    SoFi is a nontraditional financial services firm that offers student loans and refinancing programs.
  24. Student Debt Solutions for Medical Professionals

    Here's how residents and young physicians can tackle their debt load while saving.
  25. Buying a House on a Single Income

    Thanks to low-down-payment programs, buying a house on a single income is possible even if you’re not wealthy. Here’s what ...
  26. Why Mortgage Applications Just Dropped 12%

    Mortgage applications took a steep dive at the end of 2016. Is a housing slowdown coming?
  27. What Is a Social Credit Score and How Can it Be Used?

    Chinese authorities have proposed a social credit system based on troves of data.
  28. Chase About to Halve Sapphire Reserve Card Bonus (JPM)

    Act immediately if you still want that fat bonus for opening a Chase Sapphire Reserve card.
  29. Trump’s Student Loan Repayment Plan: Could It Help You?

    Donald Trump’s student loan repayment plan is still just an idea, but if it shapes up as promised, it could save you money.
  30. What is Foreclosure Investing?

    Foreclosure investing, despite the promises of late-night television infomercials, is not for the inexperienced.
  31. Best Credit Card Processing Solutions for Small Businesses

    Seeking credit card processing options that don't force you to grapple with interchange fees or discount rates? These four ...
  32. Should You Retire With a Mortgage or Pay it Off?

    Here's why it makes sense to pay off your mortgage before you retire.
  33. 5 New Barriers to Getting a Mortgage

    New lending requirements have made it much tougher to get approved, and some common situations that may not have presented ...
  34. Should You Trust Upstart to Be Your Loan Provider?

    If you decide to take on debt to achieve a goal, Upstart is a peer-to-peer lending company that receives high praise from ...
  35. Financial New Year's Resolutions You Can Keep

    Start the year off right by evaluating your financial health and setting impactful and achievable goals.
  36. Retiring With a Mortgage? Here's How to Save Money

    A monthly mortgage payment can be hard to handle in retirement if you're not ready.
  37. Is There Any Time I Would Want to Have a Zero-principal Mortgage?

    As a general rule, entering a zero principal mortgage, or what is commonly referred to as an "interest-only mortgage", is ...
  38. Here's What You Need to Know About PSLF

    These are the loans that are eligible (or not) for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
  39. Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

    Home equity can be a viable financing alternative, but it depends on how you spend the funds.
  40. Requirements to Obtain a Jumbo Mortgage

    Understand what a jumbo mortgage is and what it is used to purchase. Learn about the key requirements needed to obtain a ...
  41. Is 2017 the Year to Invest in a Rental Property?

    The rental housing forecast looks positive for 2017, and for some would-be real estate investors it may be the right time ...
  42. Who Rules the Jumbo Mortgage Lending Market?

    The jumbo mortgage market appears to be booming this year, despite the few economic hurdles everyone's battling. Here's who ...
  43. Do FHA loans have private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

    Find out when your PMI is no longer necessary and when your lender can continue to require PMI.
  44. Will Students Left With Debt Benefit Under Trump?

    Donald Trump proposed some significant changes to student loans during his campaign.
  45. Does the FHA provide construction loans?

    Learn how you can save with FHA-insured construction and rehabilitation mortgages that allow you to finance construction ...
  46. 3 Reasons Why Jumbo Mortgages Are for High Earners

    Find out what a jumbo mortgage is, and learn why jumbo mortgages are most well-suited for high-income wage earners.
  47. How Income and Financial Debts Affect Happiness

    The happiness that comes with increased income is often negated by increased debt.
  48. 5 Mortgage Loans You Didn't Know About

    These lesser known mortgage loans are often overlooked by potential home buyers.
  49. 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 ...
  50. Home-Equity Loan

    A consumer loan secured by a second mortgage, allowing home owners to borrow against their equity in the home.
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