Mortgages & Loans

  • Cars: Lower Down Payment or Lower Interest?

    Deciding on a new car is a significant investment not only in terms of car payments but also insurance. Your down payment will play a role in your insurance requirements as well as your monthly car payments. Make sure you accurately compare lower down...
    By Finn Orfano October 4, 2010 

  • FHA 2010 Mortgage Guidelines

    An FHA mortgage is a federally insured loan offered by FHA qualified lenders. These loans have historically allowed individuals to purchase homes who otherwise would not have been able to. An FHA insured mortgage requires a lower down payment and lower...
    By Trent Lorcher September 27, 2010 

  • Determining the Cost of Special Financing Deals vs Cash Back When Buying a Car

    Car dealerships often offer cash back or special financing deals to entice new buyers. Which to take is a matter of a simple financial calculation.
    By John Garger September 10, 2010 


  • What are the Benefits of Leasing a Car?

    If you are trying to decide between leasing or buying a car, you may be wondering about the real benefits of leasing a car. Will it save you money or cost more in the long run? Let's take a look at the facts, so you can decide for yourself.
    By Donna Cosmato August 18, 2010 

  • Missed Car Payments and a Repo: What You Need to Know

    When it comes time to pay the monthly bills and money is tight, it’s tempting to skip the car payment in lieu of paying something else. What happens if you missed a car payment and is a repo near? Jean Scheid, a Ford dealer tells us about missed...
    By Jean Scheid August 7, 2010 

  • Credit Score Needed to Lease a Car

    Many people are choosing car leasing instead of car buying for some of the advantages leasing offers. What credit score is needed to lease a car or can anyone qualify? Ford dealer Jean Scheid tells us about how important your credit score is if you...
    By Jean Scheid August 6, 2010 


  • Tips for Buying a Car with No Credit or Bad Credit

    Even if you have no credit or bad credit, it is possible to buy a car with financing. The no credit buyer faces different challenges than the bad credit buyer, but both have options to buy and pay for a car. Find tips on buying a car with no credit or...
    By Tim Plaehn August 5, 2010 

  • Should You Let Someone Take Over Car Payments?

    There are a number of reasons why some of us have difficulty making car payments on time. Whether it’s a slow economy, a job loss, or you just can’t afford the money nut anymore, are there consequences to letting someone take over car payments...
    By Jean Scheid July 23, 2010 

  • Upside Down Car Loan: What Do You Do?

    Owing more than a vehicle's worth is a common problem, and many people look for ways to reverse an upside-down car loan. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this problem. Here are a few tips to help you avoid an upside down car loan.
    By Valencia Higuera June 23, 2010 

  • The Difference Between Forbearance and Deferment

    Deferment and forbearance are two options for putting your student loan payments on hold. Although both give you a break from payments, the cost of forbearance can be much greater. Before deciding to put your loans into deferment or forbearance, it is...
    By AlexisW June 4, 2010 
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