Lauren Arlia

How to bust 12 bad money habits

How to bust 12 bad money habits

Eliminate one of these each month, and in a year you’ll be free of a dozen bad money habits. Check out our blog at the begining of each month for the next installment. Stop doing these things Everyone is guilty of a bad habit or two. But it’s not your addiction […]

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Five Must Review Items on Your Credit Report

Five Must Review Items on Your Credit Report

Your credit report is a snapshot of your credit history and an indicator of your overall financial health. Hopefully, you’re diligent about checking your credit report to help you make good credit decisions. When you’re reviewing your credit report, pay close attention to these five areas of information to make […]

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Fannie Mae offering cash incentives to some home buyers

Fannie Mae offering cash incentives to some home buyers

To reduce its inventory of foreclosed homes, Fannie offers qualified owner-occupant purchasers cash incentives toward closing costs of 3.5% of the purchase price. By Kenneth R. HarneyLA Times – February 23, 2014, 5:00 a.m.   WASHINGTON — If you’re planning to shop for a home in the next few weeks, here’s […]

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4 home insurance mistakes to avoid

4 home insurance mistakes to avoid

For homeowners tight on cash, there are plenty of ways to reduce costs. But insurance isn’t the first place that should be trimmed, experts warn.  “We are all concerned with saving money and it is important to shop around when looking for insurance coverage,” says Loretta Worters, a spokeswoman for […]

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Money Habits you Should Adopt Today

Money Habits you Should Adopt Today

As you start using these techniques, drop your bad money habits and get on the road to financial well-being. Good money habits Many of the day-to-day things we do are just habit. That $10 lunch habit? That $30-per-class spinning habit? While you may barely even think about them, costly habits […]

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5 Weird Things That Damage Your Credit

5 Weird Things That Damage Your Credit

Common sense dictates that your credit scores will take a hit if you don’t pay your bills. But what about getting a parking ticket? Little things that can add up We’ve all heard the typical advice for keeping good credit: Pay your bills on time Don’t open a bunch of […]

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The Hidden Costs of Bad Credit

The Hidden Costs of Bad Credit

Your credit rating impacts many aspects of your everyday life. Here’s how. Sure, you know that having bad credit can mean paying more for a car loan or a mortgage. You know that it means you can pay more to use your credit cards. But did you know that people […]

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Gen-Y Needs Help Most With Their Managing Debts

Gen-Y Needs Help Most With Their Managing Debts

Experian’s annual “State of Credit” report provides insight into four generational age groups. Millennials have the lowest credit scores and worst credit habits. As the nation emerges from the Great Recession, which groups of Americans are faring the best when it comes to credit and debt and who is faring […]

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7 Real Estate Deal-Breakers That You Should Avoid

7 Real Estate Deal-Breakers That You Should Avoid

The house is yours — almost. Make sure you don’t fall victim to these common pitfalls that might break the deal. The seller accepted your offer. The good news: It’s all over but the paperwork. The bad news: Plenty of land mines lurk in that paperwork. Beware of the seven […]

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Top 8 mortgage tips for 2014

Top 8 mortgage tips for 2014

The clock is ticking for buyers and homeowners who want to grab a low mortgage rate in 2014. But if you stay on top of your game, keep your finances in order and act quickly, you can still grab attractive mortgage deals. These 8 mortgage tips can help you with […]

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