Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. What's the Difference Between FHA and Conventional Loans?

    Conventional mortgages require higher credit scores than FHA mortgages.
  2. 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.
  3. Does inflation favor lenders or borrowers?

    Find out under what circumstances inflation benefits borrowers more than lenders and in which situations inflation can be ...
  4. Student Loan Refinancing: The Pros and Cons

    To refinance your student loan or not? Here are the top pros and cons to consider.
  5. Should I pay my mortgage with my credit card to earn credit card rewards?

    Paying a large, recurring bill with a credit card certainly sounds like a smart way to maximize the points, cash back or ...
  6. 6 Countries with Virtually Free College Tuition

    Some countries in Europe, such as Norway, Finland and Slovenia, provide free university education for all students.
  7. Hot Employee Benefit: Student Loan Repayment

    More and more companies are getting on board, offering student loan repayment benefits.
  8. Are Mortgages Available for Mobile Homes?

    You can get a loan for a mobile home, but it may not be a mortgage. These are the choices for funding manufactured housing.
  9. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need to Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  10. Why You Should Improve Your Credit and How to Do It

    With credit playing a big role in many financial decisions, it is important to maintain good credit.
  11. How the Lowes Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (LOW)

    Understand how the Lowe's credit card works, which customers benefit the most, its terms and conditions, and what alternatives ...
  12. 7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Remodel a Kitchen

    Tackle the priciest parts first – the cabinets and counters – and use our other ideas to slash your costs on a kitchen remodel.
  13. Real Estate Loans Are Part of Your Larger Financial Plan

    It is important to treat mortgage decisions based on an understanding of the benefits and risks.
  14. The Best Ways to Eliminate Student Loans

    You went to college and got the degree. Now it’s a matter of paying off that debt. Here's how.
  15. What is the difference between overdraft and cash credit?

    The primary differences between overdraft and cash credit lie in how they are secured and whether the money is lent out of ...
  16. Understanding the Time Value of Money

    Find out why time really is money by learning to calculate present and future value.
  17. How a Divorce Could Impact Your Credit Score

    How does divorce affect your credit score? It depends.
  18. Buying a House? Here Are 6 Things You Need to Do

    Here are six things you need to do when preparing to purchase a home.
  19. Student Loan Forgiveness

    Under certain circumstances, federally backed student loans — such as Direct Subsidized Loans and Federal Perkins Loans — ...
  20. Reverse Mortgage

    A type of mortgage in which a homeowner can borrow money against the value of his or her home. No repayment of the mortgage ...
  21. 5 Ways the Interest Rate Hike Could Affect You

    From mortgages to student loans, the Federal Reserve interest rate hike may affect you in ways you don’t expect.
  22. Buying a Foreclosed Home

    Finding and buying foreclosed homes is a lot easier than it used to be. But there's still a lot to navigate.
  23. Which is better, a fixed or variable rate loan?

    Interest on variable interest rate loans vary as market interest rates change. Interest on fixed interest rate loans will ...
  24. 5 Reasons Not to Borrow From Your Retirement Plan

    Your retirement plan should never be the first place to turn for a loan. Here's why.
  25. The 8 Best U.S. Cities for Millennials

    For Millennials who want a tech- and start-up-friendly locale, these urban centers fill the bill, but they may need roommates ...
  26. Options for When You Can No Longer Afford Your Car

    If you have more car than you can afford, here are four ways to deal with this "debt on wheels."
  27. Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which Is Better?

    Be strategic about the card you choose.
  28. Credit Repair: How to Improve Your Credit Score

    There is no quick fix for a bad credit score, but there are several strategies you can take to improve your credit rating ...
  29. Luxury Homes in 2017: A Buyer's Market

    Now – while the buyer's market lasts and before interest rates rise again – may be the ideal time to buy a luxury home.
  30. Chase Sapphire Card Perks Costing the Company Millions (JPM)

    The catch: You need to get a mortgage. The previous Chase Sapphire Reserve offer cost JPM $200-$300 million.
  31. The Complete Guide to Buying a Used Car

    Everything you need to know to buy a reliable used car for a good price.
  32. 3 Mortgage Hacks to Help Pay Off Your Student Debt

    Fannie Mae’s new program of easier cash-out mortgage refinances can lower student debt. Here’s how it all works.
  33. What is the difference between compounding interest and simple interest?

    Simple interest is calculated by multiplying the principal amount by the interest rate and the number of periods in a loan. ...
  34. The Fall of the Market in the Fall of 2008

    How did America's strong economy tumble so quickly? Find out here.
  35. Sometimes It Pays to Borrow from Your 401(k)

    401(k) loans have been demonized, but they're often the most beneficial source of cash.
  36. Principal

    Most often the amount borrowed on a loan, or put into an investment, but also the face value of a bond, the owner of a private ...
  37. Pros and Cons of Buying a House on a Main Road

    Although you might assume that most people would want to avoid buying a house on a main road, there are actually pros to ...
  38. 3 Tips for Getting a Mortgage After a Divorce

    Take care of these three things first before purchasing a new home after a divorce.
  39. Reform of Freddie & Fannie: Trouble Ahead

    The U.S. Treasury is mulling a plan to remove its $258 billion backstop for the GSE mortgage giants, which could roil the ...
  40. 6 Things Surviving Spouses Should Know About a VA Mortgage

    Surviving spouses are often eligible for the same VA mortgage benefits as the deceased veteran. But not everybody qualifies. ...
  41. Credit Union

    A credit union is a member-owned financial co-operative. These institutions are created and operated by members and profits ...
  42. How Long Should It Take to Save for a Down Payment?

    As housing prices and the cost of living rise, it can take longer to sock away the means to make a big purchase.
  43. Why Credit Karma Is Free and How It Makes Money

    Credit scores originally were built for lenders, but Credit Karma makes the system work for consumers, too – while making ...
  44. You Can Now File the FAFSA Starting Oct. 1

    New rules to simplify the FAFSA application process let you apply for college financial aid three months earlier and use ...
  45. Credit Card Default Rate Hits 4-Year High

    The default rate on bank credit cards has risen for the fifth consecutive year.
  46. To Lend or Not to Lend: That Is the Question

    When lending money to a family member, set up an agreement to protect your money and relationship.
  47. Credit Score Calculations Will Leverage Past Behavior with Trended Data.

    New credit scoring guidelines at VantageScore that incorporate trended data may impact your credit score in a big way.
  48. Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite vs. Platinum vs. Sapphire Reserve

    The brand-new U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite credit card targets Platinum and Sapphire Reserve. Which is best?
  49. The Nation’s Healthiest and Unhealthiest Housing Markets

    Nobody can dispute that the housing market has come back, but the recovery has been uneven. Here are the healthiest and unhealthiest ...
  50. What Americans Didn’t Learn from the Last Financial Crisis

    Americans may finally feel better about the economy, but too many are unprepared for the possibility of another financial ...
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