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How Do Inquiries Affect My Credit Score?

How Do Inquiries Affect My Credit Score?

You have probably been cautioned that anytime your credit is checked your credit score is negatively impacted. While this issue is more complicated than it seems, there is some truth to this advice. Your credit score is affected in part by the number of i

Dec 30, 2018 | Credit

When Should I Check My Credit Report?

When Should I Check My Credit Report?

Your credit report is a very important document. Your credit score will be used in all sorts of weighty financial purchases. Checking your credit periodically is essential to maintaining a healthy score and being able to qualify for big loans. How often&n

Dec 29, 2018 | Credit

Bonds Partying Like it's 2019

Bonds Partying Like it's 2019

The financial markets had plenty to cheer about this week. On Wednesday, Stocks rallied a stunning 1,000+ points, enjoying their best one-day gain in history and then rallied over 800 points higher intraday on Thursday, erasing a huge midday loss. All in

Dec 28, 2018 | Mortgage News

Home Equity Loan vs HELOC

Home Equity Loan vs HELOC

For many people, their home is their largest asset. And its value generally grows over time, producing more equity for the homeowners. How can homeowners make use of this equity without selling their house? A home equity loan or a home equity line of cred

Dec 26, 2018 | Home Equity Loans

Federal Reserve Hikes Federal Funds Rate

Federal Reserve Hikes Federal Funds Rate

"Hut One, Hut Two... HIKE!"  It was all about the Fed this past week. On Wednesday, they "hiked" the Fed Funds Rate by 25 basis points (0.25 percent). That rate affects short-term loans like auto and credit cards - what it doesn&

Dec 22, 2018 | Mortgage News

Using Your Home Equity to Consolidate Debt

Using Your Home Equity to Consolidate Debt

When interest rates increase borrowing money becomes more expensive for all sorts of things, including homes. Although this makes it more expensive to buy big-ticket items, it’s not all bad. As interest rates rise, the interest rates on the money th

Dec 20, 2018 | Refinancing a Home Home Equity Loans Reverse Mortgage

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