Credit, Loans & Mortgages

  1. 4 Steps to Attaining a Mortgage

    It starts with knowing your choices as well as your price range. We show you how to get there.
  2. Is Crowdfunding Your Student Loans an Option for You?

    More grads are trying to crowdfund student loans at sites such as GoFundMe. Does it work?
  3. Mortgage Choice: Quicken Loans Vs. Your Local Bank

    Online mortgage lender Quicken Loans has become known for its convenience and customer service. But brick-and-mortar banks ...
  4. 7 Ways to Use a Strong Credit Score During Retirement

    Find out why it is important to maintain a good credit in retirement. Learn seven reasons not to leave your credit score ...
  5. Can the New Reverse Mortgage Boost Retirement Income?

    A reverse mortgage is a financial tool that can increase the chances of a successful retirement, if used properly. Here's ...
  6. BillGuard (Prosper Daily) vs. LifeLock: Do They Make Credit Cards Safer?

    If you’re looking for identity-theft protection, it’s been BillGuard vs. LifeLock. So which of these two apps is best for ...
  7. Homeowner's Insurance Guide: A Beginner's Overview

    Everything new homeowners need to know about insurance to protect their residence.
  8. 5 Things to Remember About Your Credit Status

    Your credit history is a key financial diary of your life. Here are five things to consider when making sure your credit ...
  9. Housing Affordability Is Slipping in 20 Markets

    With housing affordability slipping in many areas across the nation, first-time buyers are struggling to find a home that ...
  10. Using Your Savings on a Mortgage Down Payment

    There are numerous low-down-payment mortgage options out there, but sometimes it makes sense to build up your savings so ...
  11. Is My Credit Score Good Enough for a Mortgage?

    Your score is critical in determining not only whether you'll secure a loan for a home, but also what interest rate you will ...
  12. Top 5 Podcasts for Home Buyers

    Buying a home can be confusing - here are 5 podcasts to offer some advice along the way.
  13. NVR Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (NVR)

    Explore NVR Mortgage, and learn why a combination lender-builder mortgage company might be a good choice for financing a ...
  14. Mortgage Applications Rise by 5.5%

    Mortgage applications rose by 5.5%, as homeowners brace for rising inflation and interest rates.
  15. Is It Safe to Apply for a Mortgage Online?

    Applying for a mortgage online is convenient, but there are things to watch out for to make sure you're not scammed.
  16. Getting a Mortgage in Your 50s

    The financial considerations are different when you take out a mortgage in your 50s. Here's what you need to review as you ...
  17. 6 Questions to Ask Before You Refinance

    Refinancing your mortgage can be a quick way to save on payments, but it's not for everyone.
  18. Mortgage Fraud: Understanding and Avoiding It

    Mortgage fraud is dangerous, learn how to detect it.
  19. How to Find Mortgage Lenders That Use VantageScore

    Understand the difference between VantageScore and FICO, and learn how to locate a mortgage lender that uses VantageScore ...
  20. HUD vs. FHA Loans: What’s the Difference?

    Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably to refer to "government loans" for would-be home buyers. But here's the distinction.
  21. FHA Loans: An Option for Manufactured Homes, Too

    FHA loans are often a good alternative for those who have trouble obtaining a conventional mortgage, although you do have ...
  22. How does the loan-to-value ratio affect my mortgage payments?

    Understand what the loan to value ratio is, how the ratio is calculated and learn how it has an impact on your mortgage payments ...
  23. Do FHA loans require escrow accounts?

    Here's why FHA mortgages require escrow accounts for property taxes, homeowners insurance and mortgage insurance premiums ...
  24. Subprime Lending: Helping Hand or Underhanded?

    These loans can spell disaster for borrowers, but that doesn't mean they should be condemned.
  25. USAA Mortgage Review: What You Need to Know

    Learn about USAA's history in the financial services sector, as well as the mortgage products it offers and what customers ...
  26. An Introduction to the FHA 203(k) Loan

    If you're looking at a fixer-upper, the Federal Housing Administration rehab loan may be the mortgage for you.
  27. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites Without PMI

    Discover three mortgage calculator websites that do not require you to factor private mortgage insurance (PMI) into your ...
  28. Chase vs. Wells Fargo: Which Is Best for High-Net-Worth Accounts? (JPM, WFC)

    Compare private banking services offered by Chase and Wells Fargo to high-net-worth individuals, and decide which bank provides ...
  29. Should I Combine Two Mortgages Into One?

    Consolidating your loans or mortgage may make sense for you, especially when interest rates are low. Here's what you should ...
  30. Commercial Real Estate Faces Strong Headwinds

    The good times may be coming to an end for the U.S. commercial real estate market as mortgage defaults rise and interest ...
  31. Increase in Defaults in Online Loans Has Industry Concerned

    Loans secured through online lenders are defaulting at an alarming rate, prompting speculation about a bubble.
  32. Medical Credit Cards: 4 Important Rules to Know

    A medical credit card can look like an easy way to pay for dental work or cosmetic surgery, but it comes with serious risks.
  33. Financial Issues for Foreign Nationals Working in U.S.

    There are a host of issues that foreign nationals face in the U.S. regarding taxation, credit and estate planning. Here are ...
  34. How the Housing Market Reacts to a New President

    As the markets move, so do mortgage rates. Both will be watched closely as we move into 2017.
  35. 4 Financial Recommendations for Millennials

    Explore four basic financial recommendations for Millennials. Find out why systematic savings, debt reduction and financial ...
  36. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites for Canadian Residents

    Here's an overview of the key features of Canadian mortgages, and a few of the best online mortgage calculators for Canadian ...
  37. The Best "Buy to Let" Mortgage Calculator Websites

    Understand the features of a buy-to-let mortgage in the United Kingdom, and discover some of the best buy-to-let mortgage ...
  38. Is Lending Tree Fairly Valued? (TREE)

    A sharp rise in LendingTree’s stock over the last week has caused its P/E ratio to rise—is it now too expensive?
  39. 4 Crucial Money Hacks to Save Money Fast

    Want to stop the drain on your bank account? These money and personal finance hacks will go right to work to save you cash.
  40. Is it a good idea to add a reverse mortgage to your retirement strategy?

    A reverse mortgage can be a great way to increase retirement income. Does it work for everyone? What happens after a homeowner ...
  41. 6 FAFSA Errors You Can Easily Avoid

    Follow this tip sheet to ensure you don't make these common FAFSA errors and that you get the financial aid your family deserves.
  42. What Are Contactless Cards and How Safe Are They?

    Tired of the time it takes to pay with a chip-enabled credit card? Contactless cards are a fast, easy answer, provided you ...
  43. Mortgage Calculator

    Calculate your monthly mortgage payment using the Investopedia's free calculator.
  44. 4 Tips for Getting Approved for a Bank Loan

    There’s no secret trick to getting approved for a bank loan, but there are some things you can do to put your best foot forward ...
  45. How to Calculate the Costs of Buying a New Home

    Here's a look at many of the costs that come with buying a home.
  46. Personal Loans vs. Car Loans: How They Differ

    How to tell whether a personal loan or a car loan is better for you.
  47. Calculating How Much You Should Spend to Buy a Home

    Here is part one of a step-by-step process you can use to calculate just how much home you can afford.
  48. The 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets Right Now

    If you can be flexible about where you live, a dream home may be within reach in one of these most affordable housing markets.
  49. LendingTree Disappoints with Low Sales Growth (TREE)

    Poor revenues and lower guidance are hurting LendingTree, despite hopes that soaring mortgage demand would help the firm.
  50. Financial Inclusion

    The pursuit of making financial services accessible at affordable costs to all individuals and businesses, irrespective of ...
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