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  • Couple Mortgage

    Why You Might Not Want Your Spouse on Your Mortgage

    Mortgages Personal Finance 

    Couples may be inclined to buy a new home together — and, if necessary, apply for a home loan — but new data suggest you ought to think twice before saying “I do” to joint mortgages. In fact, according to a note from the Federal Reserve, some borrowers could have saved a lot of money in interest if they’d applied solo. “Specifically, we find that nearly 10% of prime borrowers who applied for their loans jointly could have lowered their mortgage interest rate at […]

  • iPhone Privacy

    Privacy vs. Security: Where Should We Draw the Encrypted Line in the Sand?

    Data Security Privacy 

    The recent Game of Phones between the FBI and Apple underscored an area in our jurisprudence that is screaming for more clarity. If there is a tipping point when the protection of consumer privacy should yield to the needs of a criminal investigation, where is it? Few will dispute the obvious cases where the Constitutional rights of a citizen are disrupted by a judge who knows (or at least has access to) the legal precedents […]

  • Tax return

    10 Ways You’re Filing Your Taxes Wrong

    Personal Finance 

    Good news: You made it through winter and spring is finally here. Bad news: Your taxes are due! Fortunately, the most common mistakes made on tax returns are fairly easy to avoid. Why should you care? These common mistakes often mean you’re paying more taxes than necessary or, even worse, you’re under-reporting your income and setting yourself up for interest and penalties on unpaid taxes. Here are the top tax mistakes you make when filing […]

  • Affordable Housing

    The U.S. Cities That Are About to Become Unaffordable

    Mortgages Personal Finance 

    When you hear affordable cities, there are four that should be familiar to you now: Cincinnati, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Omaha. But here’s a list of U.S. cities that are rapidly becoming less affordable: Cincinnati, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Omaha. In other words, the secret is out. The good news is, many of these places are still affordable — for now. The bad news is that time might be running out. Data crunchers at RealtyTrac have supplied Credit.com with information on […]

  • Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves

    Swiped Gets a Top Spot on 800ceoread Best Seller List

    Identity Theft 

    Adam Levin’s book Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves was #4 on 800ceoread’s March 2016 Business Book Bestsellers. To find out more about Swiped, click here.

  • Will the Obama Administration Side With Debt Collectors?

    Column Blog 

    With the Supreme Court in flux, the highest authority in U.S. law has punted a landmark case over to the executive branch, effectively asking it to decide whether debt collectors can charge interest rates so high they’re deemed illegal in some states. In Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC., a debt collection company purchased the plaintiff’s charged-off debt, but the plaintiff resided in New York state where the usury limit is 25% annually. The complaint was […]

  • Homeowners

    6 Things You Need to Investigate Before You Buy a House

    Mortgages Personal Finance 

    If you’re in the market to buy a house, you already know you need a real estate agent, a mortgage lender, a down payment and, well, a house to buy. While finding the right house can be a tough but exciting challenge, it can also be full of heartbreak. You might find a beautiful home, but, surprise, it needs a lot of expensive work you didn’t initially see — a new roof, a new furnace or a tall fence since […]

  • Tax return

    5 Things You Can Do Now to Get a Tax Refund Next Year

    Personal Finance 

    If you aren’t getting a tax refund this year, it might be a good idea to sit down now and figure out what adjustments you can make to ensure you do get one next year. Here are five things you can consider to help make that happen. 1. Adjust Your Withholdings If you’re truly looking to get a payout come April, you may want to adjust your withholdings with your employer so you pay more […]

  • Housing wealth

    Can’t Find an Affordable Home to Buy? Here’s Why

    Personal Finance Money 

    If you’ve been searching for a new home, whether to buy your first or “trade up” into a larger or fancier home, chances are you’re having a hard time finding suitable options. That’s because availability of starter (median price $154,156) and trade-up (median price $267,845) homes on the market has decreased over the past four years all across the country, according to a new quarterly report on the supply and affordability of homes. The Trulia Inventory and […]

  • Fraud

    A Tax Fraud Survival Guide

    Personal Finance 

    Despite tales of highly sophisticated, fluid-fingered cyber ninjas working tirelessly to penetrate heretofore impenetrable, firewalled, super secure databases, many identity thieves actually have a pretty easy job getting what they need to make a killing. The number of people out there with tight personal cyber security is fairly limited — those who only go online via virtual private networks (VPNs) and communicate solely via encrypted email and messaging apps. They aren’t so easy for the […]

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