Can You Buy a House if You Owe Taxes?

Mortgages

Can You Buy a House if You Owe Taxes?

Can You Buy a House if You Owe Taxes?

Looking for the perfect home on the real estate market? Unfortunately, it can be tricky if you have unpaid taxes. Failing to pay your federal income taxes can lead to the Internal Revenue Service placing a lien on your property or your assets. These legal tools protect the government’s ability to get its money. They also set off alarm bells for... Read More

Tips for Building Your Credit

Credit 101

Tips for Building Your Credit

Tips for Building Your Credit

Your credit score can affect many aspects of your life—from getting a loan to getting a job or getting a house. Good credit is necessary for sound finances and many major purchases. But there are no quick fixes or shortcuts to building good credit. You must start by establishing credit, then embrace responsible credit habits... Read More

6 Tips for Battling Holiday Debt Once the Season Ends

Managing Debt

6 Tips for Battling Holiday Debt Once the Season Ends

6 Tips for Battling Holiday Debt Once the Season Ends

The holiday debt hangover can be very real for those who get carried away on during the festivities of the season. But whether you tend to over-spend when you’re holiday shopping for the people you love or splurge on seasonal trappings and comfort foods, coming into the new year with holiday debt doesn’t have to cripple your money management... Read More

4 Ways Health Insurance Can Save you Money

Personal Finance

4 Ways Health Insurance Can Save you Money

4 Ways Health Insurance Can Save you Money

Many health insurance shoppers will consider premium costs when purchasing health insurance. The full cost of a health planalso includes your out-of-pocket expenses, like the deductible, copays, and coinsurance. As important as it is that your health plan is affordableand that the monthly premiums fit into your budget, it’s also important to consider the value health insurance offers.... Read More

What Does Having a Derogatory Public Record on My Credit Report Mean

Credit Reports

What Does Having a Derogatory Public Record on My Credit Report Mean

What Does Having a Derogatory Public Record on My Credit Report Mean

Since the National Consumer Assistance Plan went into effect in 2017, public records must meet strict requirements in order to appear on consumer credit reports. Civil judgments and tax liens do not meet these new requirements, so they were removed from credit reports. At this point, the only derogatory public record that should appear on... Read More

Can a Debt Collector Call During the Holidays?

Managing Debt

Can a Debt Collector Call During the Holidays?

Can a Debt Collector Call During the Holidays?

Getting a call from a collection agency looking to recoup an old debt you owe is more common than you think. A lot of people have to field debt collection calls during holiday dinners or family gatherings. Are you one of them? Here are some frequently asked questions about debt collection calls during the holidays and what you can do... Read More

Prefer the Train? Here Are 4 Credit Cards for Riding the Rails

Credit Card Reviews

Prefer the Train? Here Are 4 Credit Cards for Riding the Rails

Prefer the Train? Here Are 4 Credit Cards for Riding the Rails

[UPDATE: Offer(s) below is no longer available through our site. Please visit our credit card marketplace for current offers.DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] If you prefer traveling by train, you’re already familiar with the advantages of riding the rails. You can avoid the hassles of airports and highways, travel in comfort, and take in... Read More

5 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

Credit Card Reviews

5 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

5 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

[Update: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] You can have a whirlwind vacation without having to move from hotel to hotel. In fact, on a cruise your hotel room... Read More

5 Credit Cards for the Avid Nature-Lover

Credit Card Reviews

5 Credit Cards for the Avid Nature-Lover

5 Credit Cards for the Avid Nature-Lover

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] If the great outdoors is your ideal destination, the world is full of opportunities for your next vacation or weekend... Read More

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