Monthly Archives: February 2013

California housing recovery may gain momentum, experts say

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-home-prices-foreclosure-20130214,0,3969061.story A sharp drop in new foreclosures in January and the resulting decline in bank-owned properties listed for sale are among factors that may boost the industry. New foreclosures in California fell in January, and experts predict momentum gains for … Continue reading

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Late-Payment Rate on U.S. Mortgages Hits 4-Year Low

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/12/mortgages-late-payment-rate-4-year-low/ —By ALEX VEIGA LOS ANGELES — Homeowners who took on mortgages well after the housing bubble burst are doing a better job in keeping up with payments, a trend that has helped push the national rate of late payments … Continue reading

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Why married people tend to be wealthier: It’s complicated

http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2013/02/13/16950338-why-married-people-tend-to-be-wealthier-its-complicated?lite If your Valentine’s Day plans include an engagement, congratulations! Besides romance, you also are more likely to experience financial joy – if your marriage works out. Couples who get and stay married can have as much as four times … Continue reading

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Building an emergency fund can help you survive setbacks

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-montalk-20130217,0,4706881.column Your first goal should be saving three months’ worth of living expenses, typically defined as the bills Dear Liz: A lot of financial advice sites say you should have an emergency fund equal to three to six months of … Continue reading

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Estimated cost of mortgage interest write-off is revised down

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-harney-20130217,0,7390702.story The mortgage deduction has been targeted by tax reformers looking for ways to reduce the federal defi1 WASHINGTON — In the contentious debate over whether to reduce or eliminate the home-mortgage interest tax deduction — or leave it alone … Continue reading

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Day after Valentine’s kicks off divorce season

http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/15/pf/valentine-divorce/index.html?iid=SF_PF_LN The day after Valentine’s tends to be busy for divorce lawyers. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love and romance. But unfortunately, it can be just the opposite. Because of that, Feb. 15 starts the … Continue reading

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Schools Suing Graduates for Defaulting on Loans

http://business.time.com/2013/02/08/schools-suing-graduates-for-defaulting-on-loans/ As more college graduates default on their student loans, some schools are taking drastic measures to ensure repayment. According to a Bloomberg report, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University have taken defaulters to court in recent … Continue reading

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Defining Your Business Goals

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225655 Setting goals is an integral part of choosing the business that’s right for you. After all, if your business doesn’t meet your personal goals, you probably won’t be happy waking up each morning and trying to make the business … Continue reading

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10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225395# When you hire an attorney, that professional will be handling some of your company’s most sensitive legal issues so it’s important to hire someone you feel comfortable working with. “A good attorney is also a counselor at law,” says … Continue reading

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Study: 1 in 5 Consumers Had Error in Credit Report

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/11/credit-report-errors-ftc-agencies-bureaus/ — WASHINGTON (AP) – One in five consumers had an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday. The Federal Trade Commission study also said that 5 percent of the … Continue reading

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