Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. How to Refinance a VA Loan: Step-by-Step Guide

    How do you refinance a VA loan? In some cases it’s much easier than with a conventional loan. We explain.
  2. 10 Tips to Boost Credit Scores for Advisors and Clients

    Properly managing credit scores can help get new loans and save a lot of money in the process.
  3. The Interest Rates: APR, APY And EAR

    When most people shop for financial products, all they focus on is the listed interest rate. Human eyes instinctively dismiss ...
  4. How to Build Your Credit Score to 850

    Use these tips to increase your credit score and your ability to get low interest rates on loans.
  5. 5 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Mortgage Broker

    Applying for a mortgage can be a strenuous process. Here are five things to avoid doing when meeting with your mortgage broker. ...
  6. Watch Out for "Junk" Mortgage Fees

    So many fees are tacked onto a mortgage, that it's easy to pay more than you have to.
  7. Can the Banking Industry Defend Itself Against Alternative Lending?

    If it learns to embrace fintech like its non-bank competitors have done.
  8. Mortgage

    A debt instrument, secured by the collateral of specified real estate property, that the borrower is obliged to pay back ...
  9. 4 Risky Moves People Are Making to Buy a Home

    A new study from Owners.com suggests that Americans may be willing to make some risky moves to buy a home in 2017. Here are ...
  10. 9 Gentrifying Neighborhoods in the Bay Area

    There are a number of gentrifying neighborhoods in the Bay Area, which is home to some of the highest rents and home prices ...
  11. 5 Things Debt Collectors Are Forbidden To Do

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. Know what's illegal.
  12. Should You Let Turbo Tax Share Your Data?

    Should you let TurboTax share your data? Possible reward: great deals on student loan refinancing. But there are issues.
  13. Loan-To-Value Ratio - LTV Ratio

    A lending risk assessment ratio that financial institutions and others lenders examine before approving a mortgage.
  14. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  15. Student Debt: Women Owe More

    A new research study shows that women carry more student loan debt than men.
  16. A Good Credit Score: Why Do You Need It?

    Your credit score can affect your ability to borrow money, buy a house or even get a job.
  17. How to Build Excellent Credit and Improve Your Credit Score

    There are several things you can do to protect and improve your credit score.
  18. Lien

    The legal right of a creditor to sell the collateral property of a debtor who fails to meet the obligations of a loan contract. ...
  19. Should I Pay Down a Mortgage or Invest the Money?

    Does it make sense to pay down a mortgage or invest that money instead?
  20. Collateral

    Property or other assets that a borrower offers a lender to secure a loan. If the borrower stops making the promised loan ...
  21. Which is better, a fixed or variable rate loan?

    A variable interest rate loan is a loan in which the interest rate charged on the outstanding balance varies as market interest ...
  22. Healthier Credit Scores Point to Bullish Economy

    Credit scores indicate that consumers may be back on their feet after the Great Recession.
  23. How to Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud

    Credit card fraud is sharply up. Learn the worst types and how to protect yourself.
  24. Should You Buy or Build a Home?

    You're ready for a new house. Should you buy it or build it? Here's how to think through the pros and cons, whether it's ...
  25. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Don't make these common blunders on your way to buying a new home.
  26. Buying a Home: Cash Vs. Mortgage

    If you have the funds, should you buy your home with all cash? Here's how to decide which option – cash or mortgage – makes ...
  27. Timeless Financial Planning Lessons That Still Make Sense

    These financial planning oldies but goodies still carry some weight.
  28. Why Buying Starter Home Now Is a Bad Idea

    Buying a starter home now may not be the best investment with slow-growing equity and added costs.
  29. The Mortgage-Backed Security Market Faces Major Tumoil (MBB, VMBS)

    The Fed is expected to begin selling off its $1.75 trillion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.
  30. Should You Buy a House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities. ...
  31. Mortgage Discrimination: What to Watch For (WFC,BAC,JPM)

    Mortgage discrimination, even via major banks, still exists. How to recognize its signs.
  32. How to Start Saving for a House

    If you're serious about saving to buy a house, be willing to cut down or cut out unnecessary expenses. It can be done with ...
  33. What is the 1003 mortgage application form?

    Learn about the 1003 mortgage application form, what information it requires and why this form is the industry standard for ...
  34. Affirm, Inc.

    Affirm’s initial product is a lending solution that can be used to pay for purchases at a variety of online or bricks and ...
  35. How to Consolidate Credit Card Debt and Pay It Off

    When you look at the numbers, debt seems to have become an American way of life.
  36. Mortgage Options for Underwater Homeowners

    Find out what options are available when your mortgage is greater than the value of your home.
  37. 3 Money-Saving Cruise Ship Tips

    Many cruise costs are fixed, but it's the little extras that will put a big dent in your pocketbook.
  38. Outfox the Debt Collector's Hounds

    Dealing with a collection agency is scary if you don't know your rights. We help you take back the power.
  39. How a LendingTree Mortgage Works

    Learn how LendingTree works, and understand the process of using the service to obtain competing quotes from several mortgage ...
  40. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loan

    PACE loans offer an alternative to traditional financing for property owners who want to make energy efficient improvements. ...
  41. Life Insurance Premium Financing: Worth the Risk?

    Life insurance premium financing lets high net worth individuals buy costly insurance without liquidating assets.
  42. 40-Year Mortgages: Do They Exist?

    Is there such a thing as a 40-year mortgage? Would you want one?
  43. 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 ...
  44. Top U.S. Housing Market Indicators

    A quick overview of the top economic indicators to track the housing market in the U.S.
  45. APR and APY: Why Your Bank Hopes You Can't Tell The Difference

    Banks use these rates to entice borrowers and investors. Find out what you're really getting.
  46. P2P Mortgage Loans - A Growing Trend

    Read all about the the pros and cons of this trend in of peer-to-peer lending.
  47. Annual Percentage Rate - APR

    The annual rate that is charged for borrowing (or made by investing), expressed as a single percentage number that represents ...
  48. Reverse Mortgages: The Problems and the Alternatives

    Reverse mortgages have many pitfalls, but there are alternatives to help fund your retirement.
  49. Can I Pay Off Student Loans with My 529 Plan?

    Not yet. A bill that would let people use 529 plans to pay off student loans is working its way through Congress.
  50. Test Your Money Personality

    Find out which of the five profiles fits your style, and how this will affect your future.
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