This morning, news broke that shattered the real estate community and filled us with dear, empathy, and anger all at the same time. Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter, who was reported missing last Friday night after disappearing from a routine home showing, was discovered dead. Carter, 49, an experienced real estate professional who worked for Crye-Leike Real Estate in Scott, Arkansas, hadn’t been heard from after driving out to show a listing on Friday, September 25. She called her husband, Carl ...Continue Reading →
When anticipating the differences in average credit score, there are many factors we may consider – income levels, age, and the amount of debt they hold the three big ones. But there’s another surprising factor that correlates with credit scores – where you live. In fact, the disparities between credit scores from state to state are startling. FICO reports the average credit score in the U.S. is 681 and the national average Experian Vantage score is about 750, but there’s ...Continue Reading →
Although your work may be enjoyable and fulfilling, the real reason we’re all going to the office is to get a paycheck. The reality is that today’s business climate is more competitive than ever, as companies try to stay profitable, often giving their employees more responsibilities or downsizing to achieve that. In fact, in 2014, the average base salary pay raise has only been 3%! Despite that sobering news, there’s no reason you can’t get the raise you want and ...Continue Reading →
Your credit score is all-important these days, the gateway to achieving wealth and financial independence for your family. That’s never more critical than when a consumer is 30 days out from applying for a big loan like a mortgage or a car loan, obtaining some types of insurance, or even applying for a job. For that reason, it sometimes becomes critical to boost your score in a hurry to save money by taking advantage of the best interest rates – or even get approved at all. ...Continue Reading →
FICO’s recent release of its FICO SCORE 9 model caused a buzz of conversation among financial circles and even news media. There are plenty of questions and concerns by consumers and headlines in the traditional news media. But most people still don’t understand FICO 9 or what kind of impact it will have on credit scoring.
The following is a combination of data from several sources, but especially ficoforums.myfico.com.
Different banks and lenders use FICO in different ways. Many of them still use FICO ...Continue Reading →
1. Medical bills are the number one reason for bankruptcy in the United States, causing more than 60% of all BK’s. Approximately three-fourths of those who go BK because of medical bills have health insurance.
2. An illness or hospital stay that requires intensive care can easily rack up medical bills over one million dollars.
3. Every year, it’s estimated that hospitals overcharge Americans by about 10 billion dollars.
4. Medical billing advocates estimate that over 90% of the medical bills thy audit ...Continue Reading →
“Unfounded optimism is a commodity of the young.”
The attitudes, values, and behaviors of every generation reflect their shared experience. This has never been more true than for America’s Millennial Generation, having survived the Great Recession, finishing school with record debt, and entering the working world amid challenges of globalization. Still, they are inordinately optimistic, ready to influence our economy en masse. Just like the wave of Baby Boomers going from silver to gold is impossible to ignore, the population explosion ...Continue Reading →
It’s 5:43pm on a hectic Friday you’ve got to get your child, Little DingDong Jr. (or whatever his name is) all the way across town by 6pm, which is when he’s got his ciello camp/junior varsity ping pong/thumb wrestling practice. You’re racing through traffic like a stunt driver when you realize you still haven’t fed him dinner. Oh no – bad parent alert! So within the next 17 minutes, these are your three choices:
A) Turn around and go back ...Continue Reading →