Author: Jody McMaster

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6 steps to buying a foreclosed home

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If you scan real estate websites, you’ve likely noticed homes listed as foreclosures or bank-owned properties. Some of the prices might look good, but buying and …

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Paying for college: A parent’s guide

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  Parents can and do find ways to pay for their child’s college, but it often involves sacrifice and planning. Two keys: Save early and consistently. …

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How to talk to your kids about student loans

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  Many parents lecture — er, talk to — their teenagers about being responsible. Don’t text and drive. Do try to spend that summer job money …

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When do student loans start accruing interest?

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  Student loans — federal or private — begin accruing interest when they’re disbursed, and the borrower is responsible for paying the interest on all but …

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Getting approved for personal loans after bankruptcy

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  Your chances of qualifying for a personal loan after a bankruptcy depend in part on the type and date of your filing, your credit scores …

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How much is a downpayment on a house?

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Mortgage lenders traditionally have wanted to see borrowers put down 20% of a home’s purchase price. But what are the benefits and challenges of a down …

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Can you use student loans for living expenses?

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Student loans can be used to cover more than tuition and fees. They can pay for lodging, food, commuting, a computer and study abroad (but not …

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Is paying off student loans early always smart?

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There’s no question that student loan debt is at an all-time high. The latest statistics show that nearly 45 million U.S. borrowers owe more than $1.7 …