Credit Score Myths

6 Myths about credit scores If you’re looking for a home, getting a car, or just wanting to up your credit score, then you’re acutely aware of how much influence your current credit score has on achieving your goals. However, there are several misconceptions about credit scores and just what and how they can affect …

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What you should know about balloon loans

A balloon mortgage is one on which the outstanding balance is due at some point before amortization has paid off the balance in full. Aside from the repayment obligation, balloon loans are identical to standard fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs). For example, if a five-year balloon loan for $100,000 is at 5 percent for 30 years, the …

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ARMs Not as Risky as Some Think

Economist: ARMs Not as Risky as Some Think Long-term, fixed-rate mortgages are often seen as a “safe” loan product, but one Federal Reserve economist says adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) are not as risky as some perceive them to be and did not play a major role in the recent housing crisis. To those who believe payment …

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Five bright spots in real estate recession

The real estate market meltdown was much more severe and has lasted much longer than even the most bearish housing market observer would ever have predicted. Rather than values taking a dip, they’ve taken a double dip in many places; and the housing sector drama has infected the job market and the entire world’s economy. …

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