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With tough financial times at hand and all those offers in the mail, signing up for a new credit card can be very tempting. But is a new credit card really in your finances' best interest? more...

- - Personal Finance

Although there are many ways an investor can purchase real estate without handing over a down payment at settlement, it's important to understand the pros and cons of each type of agreement before signing on the dotted line. Find some examples of ways people can do just that. more...

- - Real Estate

If a real estate owner does not pay the required taxes on a property, the county will offer the property up for sale at an auction as a "tax sale" to help generate the lost tax income. There are two types of tax sales - tax lien sales and tax deed sales. In tax lien sales, the county government sells their right to the tax lien on the real estate property, allowing the buyer to bid on the tax debt for a favorable return on investment. In tax deed sales, the county government sells full ownership and possession rights of the property to the investor. Both result in a flexible and secure investment with minimal market risk. more...

- - Estate Taxes

There are steps you can take to improve your credit score, but there are no quick-fixes. Be wary of companies that claim they can repair your bad credit in a short period of time. It is not possible. Increasing your credit score takes effort and time but it is worth it in the long run. more...

- - Personal Finance

Read more to find out if your neighborhood made the cut. more...

- - Real Estate

You are young, fabulous and living well beyond your means. You are probably telling yourself...no problem. This ebay habit is completely manageable. Worse comes to worse you think: "I can just file for bankruptcy." Well...think again. more...

- - Bankruptcy

Planning to move out of your apartment? Who isn't anxious about getting back your full security deposit? Let's look at making sure the cash you shelled out comes back. more...

- - Home & Leisure

Debt can be both a powerful tool and a horrible demon. While having some debt can be good - it allows you to live la vida loca - having too much debt can be disastrous. The following tips can help you maintain some sanity when the bill collectors come calling. While you will have to deal with the bills, these tips can help you avoid being harassed.
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- - Personal Finance

Daydreaming about winning the lottery is amazing. In fantasizing, we think about spending our winnings. Considering whether you would buy a castle or travel around the world first become real debates. But if your lottery fantasies do become a reality, you'll need to take care of a few things before you start the spending spree. more...

- - Personal Finance

You shop around for everything you buy, from new cars to cell phone plans. Why would you buy life insurance without weighing your options? more...

- Estate Planning Basics