3 Things You Can Do to Snag a Lower Mortgage Rate:

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Mortgage rates are sitting near historic lows, which means if you sign up for a home loan today, you might spend less money on interest than you normally would. Here’s how to lock in as low a rate as possible on a home loan. Have a high credit score -Your credit score speaks to how reliable … Continued

4 Questions to Ask Before Filing for Bankruptcy

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It is important that you ask the right questions prior to filing bankruptcy. Below are important questions you should ask when considering whether to file. SHOULD I FILE BANKRUPTCY? Only you can answer this common question. While an attorney can explain the pros and cons of filing a bankruptcy and tell you which way they … Continued

Dealing with Credit Card Debt during Covid 19

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Over 110 million Americans have credit card debt with past due balances. As if Covid19 has not been stressful enough, the weight of this extra debt with either a loss in income or an uncertainty about future income can be overwhelming. While bankruptcy can help with that by potentially wiping it out, here are some … Continued

Why Financial Literacy is so Important

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Financial literacy is having an adequate level of knowledge about personal finance (such as saving, budgeting, credit management, investing, taxes, insurance and more) so that you can make informed and effective decisions with your money. Being financially literate means that you have a grasp of the fundamentals of smart spending and saving decisions and that … Continued

Can My Unpaid Back Taxes Result in a Lien On My Car?

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You betcha! The IRS and the State Tax Division has the right to confiscate your right, title and interest in any asset you own, including your car. That does not mean they will seize your vehicle and sell it, although they do have the right to do that. The IRS and the State Division of … Continued

How to Fix a Mistake on Your Credit Report

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A Consumer Reports study found that many consumer credit reports contain inaccuracies. This can lead to problems with loans and higher interest rates. If you find a problem with yours, what should you do? First, file a dispute with each credit bureau Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. Go straight to the credit bureau, not to your … Continued

HOW TO CREATE A COLLEGE BUDGET

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It is that time of year when kids are heading off to college and seniors are thinking about college. Here are some helpful tips to plan for the future Think About your Expenses: When creating a budget, think about the following costs: Tuition and school fees. The average cost of tuition and school-mandatory fees is … Continued

10 HABITS THAT DRIVE YOUR FINANCIAL GROWTH

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Unless you’re in the small percentile of people who are have received a large inheritance or trust fund or won the lottery, you need to build your wealth from scratch. And, that’s not the easiest of goals. Between stagnating wages, growing debt, and a considerable increase in the cost of living, this seems futile. However, if you … Continued

What Is a Federal Tax Lien?

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Filing federal tax forms is one of those annual events that most people view as a hassle and not everyone can afford the taxes they owe, particularly in the era of the Covid pandemic. In fact, the back taxes owed by US taxpayers exceeds $130 billion dollars. Collecting on the back taxes is part of … Continued

The Worst Estate Plan – No Plan at All

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The first step in creating a proper plan is to thoroughly understand the potential consequences of going without one. In the event of your death or incapacity, not having a plan could be incredibly traumatic and costly for your family, who will be left to deal with the mess you’ve left behind. While each estate … Continued

How Does My Marital Status affect my Estate Plan

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1) Do I need to update my estate plan when I get married? Marriage not only changes your relationship status, it changes your legal status. Regardless of whether it’s your first marriage or fifth, you must take the proper steps to ensure your plan properly reflects your current wishes and needs. Mapping out a plan … Continued