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Top Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Congratulations, you've decided to buy your first home! It's a huge step and arguably the biggest financial decision you'll ever make.

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3 Tips for Homebuyers this Spring

Spring has finally arrived – and as the weather starts to heat up, so does the homebuying market. Before things get too hot to handle, spring marks the perfect time to start preparing to buy a home if you're looking to make a purchase during the hectic summer season.

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How to Prepare for Buying Your First Home

For many, buying a first home can seem like a far-away reality. With the constant stream of bills, debts to pay off, and other surprise expenses that most have to deal with regularly, it’s no wonder.

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Loans: What Not to Do

For many, obtaining and managing a loan can seem cumbersome, no matter how necessary. The application and approval process can take a significant amount of time. Paying off your loan can seem far away in the future. And taking out a loan sometimes means you’re adding to already existing debt.

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Mortgages 101: What You Need to Know

For prospective homeowners, mortgages can seem like a complex and daunting part of buying a home, but when it comes down to it, a mortgage is essentially a loan. While it’s another form of debt, many view it as a positive form of debt, one that adds to your financial portfolio over time.

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

If you've ever been denied a loan, you know the unpleasant feelings that come along with it. And while some know from the onset that they'll likely be denied a loan due to poor credit, to others, the rejection may come as a complete surprise.

Six Ground Rules for Achieving Home Buying Success

Save yourself the regret of buying too early with these basic steps.

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Top 5 Credit Card Tips for College Students

Many college students start receiving credit card applications as early as freshman year – and as time goes on and graduation approaches, you might even start to ask yourself, “Should I get one?”

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Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans Explained

So you've graduated college, landed a job, and all is well – until you get a notice that your first student loan payment is due. Take a deep breath! With so many repayment options, it can feel overwhelming and hard to know which one is best for you.

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Top 5 Tools for Managing Finances in College

If you’re the parent of a recent high school graduate and soon-to-be college student, you’re probably thinking of all of the ways you can prepare your child before they take flight from the nest. 

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Student Loans

So, you’re a recent graduate? Congratulations! Now that the caps have been thrown and you’ve received that degree, you’re one step closer to real adulthood. Among the many new responsibilities you’ll have coming your way as an adult, is beginning to pay off your student loans.

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5 Financial Tips for Your Soon-To-Be College Student

If you have a student heading off to college, they’ve probably got visions of freedom and the good times to come, floating around in their head.