Get Your Credit Score Ready for Homebuying Season - BankRate.com

Get Your Credit Score Ready for Homebuying Season
Jeanine Skowronski/Valley News (West Lebanon, NH) via Bankrate.com

12 April 2015

Getting ready to buy a home this spring? Make sure there aren’t any cracks in your credit. A good credit score is essential when it comes to securing a mortgage.

 

New rule may make it tougher to get reverse mortgage - Macon (GA) Telegraph

New rule may make it tougher to get reverse mortgage
Linda Morris/The Telegraph (Central Georgia)

12 April 2015

Getting a reverse mortgage may sound like the answer to a homeowner’s financial issues. Instead of the homeowner paying the lender every month as in a conventional mortgage, in a reverse mortgage, the lender sends a monthly check to the home­owner.
 

Dane County home buyer education classes see drop in participation - Wisconsin State Journal

Dane County home buyer education classes see drop in participation
Karen Rivedal/Wisconsin State  Journal

27 March 2015

Attendance at local first-time homebuyer education classes declined significantly last year, with nearly 25 percent fewer people participating, or 22 percent fewer households, compared with 2013 attendance, according to an annual report for the Home Buyers Round Table of Dane County, which largely pays for the program.
 

Mercer and GreenPath Financial Wellness to Hold Second Annual Family Financial Wellness Fair - Mercer U News (Georgia)

Mercer and GreenPath Financial Wellness to Hold Second Annual Family Financial Wellness Fair
Kyle Sears/Mercer University (Macon, GA)

31 March 2015

MACON – Mercer University's student chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA) and GreenPath Financial Wellness will hold the second annual Family Financial Wellness Fair April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the University Center on Mercer's Macon campus.
 

Tips to Put that Tax Refund to Good Use - Upscale Magazine

Tax Time! Put that Refund to Good Use
Sheryl Nance-Nash/Upscale Magazine

26 March 2015

It can seem like Christmas when that tax refund comes rolling in. You’re hyped and daydreaming about what to do with that wad of cash, which is often nearly $3,000. Do you do you, do good or do foolish—blow it? There are a lot of options. The experts weigh in with some of their ideas for the right way to go.
 

What Americans Are Doing with Their Gas Pump Savings - The Street

What Americans Are Doing With Their Savings From the Gas Pump
Brian O'Connell/The Street

26 March 2015

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Gas prices remain low, recently hitting an average $2.43 per gallon that gives consumers an extra $1.09 per gallon compared with a year ago at this time. What are they doing with all that extra cash? The answer seems clear: paying off debt.

Although Tempted To Go On Vacation, Most Americans Will Spend Their Tax Refund On This - Main Street

Although Tempted To Go On Vacation, Most Americans Will Spend Their Tax Refund On This
Juliette Fairley/Main Street (plus 12 other US newspapers)

13 March 2015

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) — Aimee Bennett and her husband are committed to never carrying a credit card balance and maintaining an emergency fund. “We are fortunate in that we have all the financial basics covered,” the Castle Rock, Colo. business communications firm owner told MainStreet.

GreenPath Counselor Sunshine Hefferon: Smiles are Her Reward

Credit Counselor Hefferon: Smiles are Her Reward
Cliff Goldstein/NerdWallet

27 February 2015

Sunshine Hefferon is a financial counselor at GreenPath Financial Wellness’ call center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. When she takes a call, her first goal is to establish a rapport with the caller. That allows her to begin the sometimes difficult but always satisfying experience of helping consumers improve their finances and their life.

Young adults have more credit card debt than savings - Detroit Free Press

Young adults have more credit card debt than savings
Susan Tompor/Detroit Free Press

25 February 2015

Easy credit is an everyday expression; easy savings is not. About one in four Americans are living on the edge by having more credit card debt than emergency savings, according to a study by Bankrate.com.

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