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10 Myths About Homeownership

It’s tough to sort out the myths from the reality when it comes to homeownership. In a given search online, you can find opposing viewpoints making directly contradictory arguments. We’re going to try to shed some light on the confusion and help separate the facts from the falsehoods: Myth 1: You’re better off buying/Better off…

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One controversial tactic in debt collection is a relatively new term, debt shaming. This involves some level of public disclosure by the collector to bring attention to a debtor who has not satisfactorily paid their debt. More often, this tactic is a humiliating experience for the person(s) who is already struggling with their debt. If…

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Each payday, as you tackle excessive amounts of debt and your income is just not enough to satisfy all of the payments due to all of your creditors, you are often faced with making challenging choices and decisions. Which bills must be paid, how much will go to each and which could you either pay…

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, millions of Gulf Coast residents have had their lives turned upside down and are left to pick up the pieces. Although personal safety is still a primary concern for those directly affected, there will come a time when they will have to turn attention to the recovery process. Although…

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A big part of our financial coaching and education is designed for people who are considering homeownership for the first time. To make a good decision about whether pursuing homeownership is the right move, right now, it’s important to compare the differences of being a renter to being a homeowner. Having access to relevant information…

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Many people know when they’re struggling financially. Intuitively, we feel the pressure of not having enough cash to meet all of our obligations. Those of us who live on a cash basis don’t have a choice but to stop spending when the money runs out. Credit and debt distort our intuitions. When things get charged…

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Debt can be daunting and often lead to feelings of helplessness and stress. However, it is important to remember that debt is common for many individuals and there is always hope to move forward and live life on your own terms, completely debt-free. We want to help you break the cycle and conquer your debts—all…

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As we reach mid-2017, the economy shows signs of slight improvement, but in some key areas, we’re falling behind. Household debt in the U.S. has risen to 12.73 trillion dollars, according to the New York Federal Reserve. Nine years ago, when the financial crisis of 2008 erupted, household debt peaked at 12.68 trillion dollars. It…

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If you’re facing debt or looking for ways to make a few extra dollars, then chances are you have too much stuff. Many of us build credit card debt over time with simple purchases that accumulate, filling our house with things and our credit card statements with debt. A yard sale is a great way…

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For most Americans, owning your own home is a dream that can come true. At credit.org, we’ve always advocated that homeownership should be part of your long-term financial plan, helping to build overall wealth and stability while improving your financial security during retirement years. Making the decision to pursue and ultimately become a homeowner is…

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