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Peoples First Financial and FHA All Day in the News Again.

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Several loan modification companies made an appearance in a recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article, ‘Companies Promise Foreclosure Help, Don’t Deliver‘ about the dangers of loan modification or foreclosure rescue companies. Companies are facing both civil and criminal charges in different states for their actions which are generally considered to rip-off consumers by promising services these companies either can’t or don’t ... Read More »

    The Secret of Surviving Through Difficult Economic Times. What I Learned On My Journey.

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    I’m finally sitting back at my desk, at home, after my week long tour of the Northeast U.S., talking to people about the economy, money, credit, and debt. My travels took me from NC through VA, WV, PA, NY, VT, NH, MA, CT, MD. I traveled through some of the hardest hit counties in the Mid-Atlantic from these difficult economic ... Read More »

      I Interview Allie, the Navy Wife in Charlottesville, VA

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      Allie and I sat down in Charlottesville, Virginia and since she had been unemployed we talked about looking for a job, how to find a job, the economic opportunities in her area and her opinion about people that have faced or may be facing money troubles and tough times. I was really surprised when she talked about landing jobs and ... Read More »

        An Interview With Two Guys Standing Atop a Burning Coal Mine

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        Centralia, PA is an interesting place. It is said that map makers and GPS providers want to take it off the maps. Ever since a seam of coal caught fire below ground decades ago, a smoldering coal fire has burned below this town. From a town of 2,000 residents, it is down to about 10, but some houses still remain. ... Read More »

          Elizabeth in Wilkes-Barre is Hopeful, Happy and Headed to Law School.

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          I’m tired. It’s been a long journey on this tour of talking to people about the economy and how to deal with financial adversity. I tell you this not as an explanation, but as an excuse. You see, I managed to tape this great interview with a very nice girl from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania tonight, but in my tiredness I forgot ... Read More »

            Thomas Fox Chats With Me About You. Listen.

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            Thomas Fox, whom you will find on Twitter at @ThomasJFox, is a personal finance expert, counselor, teacher and a fellow person who is passionate about helping people with money troubles. Thom and I met in Springfield, Massachusetts as I was passing through the area on the downhill loop of my tour talking to people about money, the economy, credit and ... Read More »

              Jug Rents Me a Harley, Talks About Life, the Economy, and People That File Bankruptcy

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              Jug owns an Eagle Rider store in New Hampshire. He spent a few minutes chatting with me today as I picked up a Harley Electra Glide to take a look around New Hampshire to see how the economy was impacting the area. This was the third or fourth area that I’ve seen a lot of roadwork being completed as part ... Read More »

                My Interview With the Leaders at the Vermont Country Store

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                The Vermont Country Store evokes thoughts of what life was like many years ago even if you are not chronologically entitled to remember back that far. We think back to simpler times when people knew your name, when candy was a penny and when the local general store was the place to go and meet friends and share stories. Those ... Read More »

                  Photos From the Road – Syracuse, NY to Lake Placid, NY

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                  One of my greatest joys, is my photography. It is something that I love to do. It is an extremely personal part of me that I thought I’d share with you. Even if you are facing difficult financial times, find something you love to do as well. Read my previous post “Don’t Let Your Debt Consume Your Life. Take Advantage ... Read More »

                    My Interview With Bill. Hotels, Vacations, Being Your Own Boss, and More.

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                    Bill is the director of marketing for a resort and also has been his own boss and lived through periods of unemployment. Today I had the pleasure of sitting with him on a roof top terrace in Lake Placid, NY and pick his brain on a variety of topics. You will be very interested in the tips and secrets that ... Read More »

                      Photos From the Road. NY – Canada – NY.

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                      Still on my debt tour and wanted to share some views from the road today. Curious, certainly this isn’t an organized tour with people that share impaired vision from cloudy lenses inside their eyes. Is it? Niagara Falls, NY. A couple of real posers. Actually posing for pictures taken by their friends. Not the kind of thing you routinely see. ... Read More »

                        My Interview With Derek, a 23 Year Old Soon to be Father

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                        Derek and I met in Buffalo, New York where we hd a chance to sit down and discuss a wide range of topics. Since Derek is a young man and just out of college his opinions about student loans, campus credit cards, reading contracts, and trying to get by are very enlightening. He remembers his mother having to use food ... Read More »

                          Photos From the Road Yesterday WV to NY.

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                          Here are some photos from the road yesterday as we travelled from Lewisburg, WV to Buffalo, NY where I had a chance to interview Derek. I’ll post the interview latter when I get a chance to edit it. But for now, I have to head off to Niagara Falls to see it, because it is there. The goal, Syracuse, NY ... Read More »

                            I Can Afford to Payoff My Old Debt. Should I? – Emma

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                            Emma “Dear Steve, I was financially reckless as a college student, incurring approximately $22,000 in various credit card debt that I ignored throughout graduate school & post-graduate training. Well, now I’m all done and I make a lovely, lucrative salary. I want to buy a house. My credit score is in the low 500s. I can afford to pay off ... Read More »

                              Should I Pay Off a Loan I Cosigned For And Not Let It Go Into Bankruptcy. – Victoria

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                              Victoria “Dear Steve, I co-signed a loan through a credit card company for a friend to open a business. I have already renegotiated the rate down to 4%. I did it in my friend’s name. She has other debts related to the business and wants to go bankrupt. I do not want my credit affected by bankruptcy. Should I put ... Read More »

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