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Debt.com's Money Mythbusters take on the five most common money myths

Money Mythbusters

November 9, 2017 | Debt.com

The new season of Mythbusters starts tomorrow. Debt.com’s Money Mythbusters bust these common money myths today.

Don’t Give Up: You Can Bust Out of Self-Imposed Debt Prison

November 7, 2017 | Deb Hipp

Debt doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Here’s how to tunnel your way out.

Can a Debt Management Program Hurt My Chances To Buy A House?

Will A Debt Management Program Hurt My Chances To Buy A House?

November 1, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is finishing a DMP but wants to buy a home. Good news awaits him.

Couple with Money

We Might Win $100,000. What Should We Do With It?

October 11, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is looking at a six-figure windfall, but her husband is about to make an expensive mistake.

Homeownership is Not the American Dream.

Is Homeownership No Longer the American Dream?

September 8, 2017 | Gregory Cox

More Americans are reconsidering whether they should own their house.

Magic Hat Trick

What Tricks Can I Use To Raise My Credit Score?

September 6, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to buy a house, but his credit score is “in the toilet.”

Mortgage loan officer calculates costs on a residential home loan during the underwriting and approval process

Is Mortgage Really Considered “Good Debt”?

August 30, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know when too much of a good thing is bad.

A couple discusses a mortgage and whether rent vs buy makes sense

The Rent vs. Buy Debate Continues

August 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

In some states, it is cheaper to own a home, but there are some states where owning a home is more expensive than renting one.

Searching for Gen Xers on the Internet.

Gen Xers Have Owned Homes Longer — Yet Owe Slightly Less Than Millennials

August 10, 2017 | Michelle Bryan

Because of the recession, Gen Xers are still struggling to pay off the majority of their mortgages — and are falling behind older and younger generations in the process.

Freedom is Groovy personal finance blog logo with beatnik cat

Moving Saved The Groovy Family a Ton

July 26, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Once they relocated, they set their sights on their retirement goals.

Older business woman gets a menopause hot flash sitting in front of her office computer

How Can I Stop Sweating About My HVAC Loan?

July 19, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader declared bankruptcy, but her air conditioning unit is the real problem now.

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Will I Make More Money Buying A House Or Paying Off My Credit Cards?

July 5, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader and her husband want a new house, but they don’t want old debt, either.

selling home

Beware of Buried Expenses When Selling Your Home

June 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Homeowners don’t realize that they can pay upwards of $15,000 just to sell their home.

Mother and daughter are having fun while drawing at home.

Babysitters Make Much More Than Minimum Wage

May 3, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The national average for babysitting is nearly $14 an hour while minimum wage workers are still making $7.25 an hour.

home seller

It’s a Seller’s Market, but What Are They Going to Buy?

April 18, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Low inventory on homes means sellers may not find a new place to live.

Rising interest rates affect different kinds of consumers (illustrated)

Interest Rates Are Going Up. Should You Be Worried?

March 30, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It depends on whether you have debt, and what kind. If you’re rich, it’s strictly good news.

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Underwater Homes Surface — Barely

March 29, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Fewer homes are underwater, but it’s not making much of a difference as a couple metro areas are starting to suffer way more than others.

Man with his credit card in front of computer takes notes on his financial habits

3 New Polls that Depress Me about Americans and Money

March 20, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

How can the greatest country on Earth not be so great with its money?

Donald Trump fights consumers in a boxing ring as the CFPB jumps in (illustrated)

Why the CFPB Still Has a Fighting Chance

March 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Republicans may hate it, but the courts — and even Mike Pence’s economist — don’t.

Family Money Plan

Digging Holes Helped Andrew From Family Money Plan Pay Down Debt

March 8, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Manual labor stinks, but it certainly helped him think toward the future.

federal funds rate

Look Out: Mortgage Payments Will Go Up This Year

March 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

With the expected raise in the federal funds rate and climbing home values, potential homeowners may be wary about buying this year.

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It’s Not You, It’s the House

March 2, 2017 | Dori Zinn

If you were looking to purchase a house this year, you may not be able to afford it.

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Millennials Twice as Likely as Boomers to Use Home Equity Loans

November 16, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

This new generation embraces an older concept: Homes are investments.

How much money do you need to be happy?

8 Things Rich People Buy That Make Them Look Dumb

November 8, 2016 | Money Talks News

What’s worse than wasting money? Spending it on things you think make you look good, but really don’t.

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Americans Have a Ton of Debt

October 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most people say they don’t have any debt, but do they know what debt means?

Are 30-year mortgage rates better?

Before You Get a Reverse Mortgage, Check Out These 15 Alternatives

September 27, 2016 | Money Talks News

A reverse mortgage may be tempting. But consider these cheaper, safer options first.

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

One in Five Buy Their Homes “Sight Unseen”

September 14, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

High-end homes are even more likely to get blind offers

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Millennial Credit Scores Continue to Rise

August 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Many young people are hesitant about buying homes, but for those that are jumping on board, they’re doing it with better credit and more FHA loans.

Millennial retirement

Is it OK to Retire With Debt?

August 2, 2016 | Money Talks News

Some experts say retiring with debt isn’t bad. But they might not be talking about you.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wave to the crowd on a debate stage as consumers cheer (illustrated)

America: Home of the Houseless

July 27, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

American voters want the presidential candidates to acknowledge the housing crisis, or risk losing their vote

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

Student Debt is Promoting a Stagnant Housing Market

June 20, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why many are struggling to buy and sell homes

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

How To Get a Mortgage With Little Or No Down Payment

June 9, 2016 | Debt.com

Yes, it’s possible, and in many different ways.

pay off my mortgage with my 401k?

Millennials: The Generation That Can Do No Good and the Housing Market

May 17, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why those in housing industry think homes will be in a short supply, and why they believe millennials are to blame

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

Ask The Expert: Should I Buy A House Or Keep Renting?

May 11, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is “freaking out” over moving out. Does he have enough money?

Wedding budget of $5,000

Dvorkin On Debt: 3 Shocking Stats

April 18, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The recession is over, but are we spending our way into another one?

pay off my mortgage with my 401k?

The 6 Worst Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make

February 23, 2016 | Money Talks News

A house may be your most important purchase. Don’t blow it by making one of these dumb mistakes.

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4 Ways Your House Payment Could Unexpectedly Go Up

October 13, 2015 | Debt.com

The worst part: There’s only so much you can do about it.

Are 30-year mortgage rates better?

4 Things Your Bank Won’t Tell You When You Get a Mortgage

August 11, 2015 | Debt.com

They won’t tell you, but we will.

sell a timeshare

Ask the Expert: How Do I Dump My Timeshare?

June 24, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader can’t afford to keep her timeshare, but she can’t afford to sell it, either.

pay off my mortgage with my 401k?

Get Out Of Debt Guy: Should We Take Money Out of Retirement to Pay Off Mortgage?

June 18, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know which option is the best — or least bad.

percent of your take-home pay

Get Out Of Debt Guy: Who is Right About Budgeting Our Money, My Wife Or Myself?

May 8, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know, so they can stop fighting.

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Ask The Expert: What Should I Do With Extra Cash?

April 29, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know what to do with a small windfall. See Howard’s video response.

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Pain or Pleasure? How Accountants Predict Your Financial Outlook

February 12, 2015 | Jess Miller

A new study from the American Institute of CPAs measures financial success in a whole new way.

A mortgage is good debt. Credit cards can be, too, if used properly.

How to go into debt the right way

April 21, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

I come not to bury debt, but to praise it. Here’s how good debt can improve your life and put a smile on your face.

DIY credit repair isn't as easy as repairing a wallet.

The DIY Credit Repair Nightmare

October 17, 2013 | Meghan Stewart

A quick search online might make you think do-it-yourself credit repair is easy. But what seems good in theory often falls apart when you put it into practice. So is DIY credit repair really worth the hassle or are you better off leaving the work to the professionals?