10 States Where Foreclosure Is a Huge Problem

Foreclosure activity in the U.S. declined 9.39% from February 2014 to February 2015, with one in every 1,295 housing units in some stage of foreclosure last month. That’s the lowest the national foreclosure rate has been since July 2006, according to RealtyTrac’s monthly report on the foreclosure market. The analysis looks at how many homes … Read more

The Real Reason Student Loans Should Be Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

President Obama got people thinking when he raised the possibility of discharging certain education loans in bankruptcy within the context of the executive action he signed last week — the one that’s intended to ensure unfettered access to government-sponsored relief programs and a means for registering complaints about unfair treatment. Not to be outdone, 13 … Read more

The New Proposal That Could Get Your Employer to Pay Your Student Loans

A Colorado state representative proposed legislation that would give some employers tax credits for making student loan payments on behalf of some of their employees. The bill introduced by Rep. KC Becker (D-Boulder) could give qualified workers each up to $ 10,000 a year in student loan payments from their employers. The employer gets a … Read more

How to Get Your Finances in Order Before You Buy a Home

To successfully buy a home these days, you’ll need patience, resilience to rejection and sound financial planning. You don’t need to earn gobs of money to successfully purchase a home — well, depending on your area. You do, however, need to have enough income left over after your proposed mortgage payment and other financial obligations. … Read more

5 Little-Known Ways to Get Your Student Loans Forgiven

If you’re like most people, your student loans probably feel a bit like a ball and chain that you’ve been dragging through your life for years. Every month, you dutifully make a payment knowing that you’ll be making that same payment next month, the month after that, and so on. But what if you didn’t … Read more

Are You Ever Too Old to Need Life Insurance?

As you get older, it may seem less and less prudent to carry life insurance. You could be retired, own your home outright and have kids who are self-sufficient. While for most people insurance is intended to protect you and your loved ones if you die prematurely, there are some financial situations where you may still need … Read more

The 10 Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers

Young people are flocking to cities like New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C., when perhaps they should consider places in North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee — at least if they want to buy a home. First-time homebuyers often find gathering enough cash to make a down payment is their biggest obstacle, but millennials aren’t helping … Read more

3 Things to Look Out for If You’re a Victim of the Premera Blue Cross Security Breach

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer serving patients in Washington and Alaska, announced Tuesday it was the target of a cyberattack that accessed millions of customers’ personal, financial and medical information. An investigation reportedly discovered the attack began May 5, 2014. According to its website, Premera Blue Cross serves 1.8 million people in the U.S., though … Read more