If you go by the National Association of Realtors’ Housing Affordability Index (HAI), buying a home hasn’t been so affordable since 20131. The Housing Affordability Index (HAI) is probably the most-widely-quoted metric for housing affordability. According to the NAR, “The Housing Affordability Index measures whether or not a typical family earns enough income to qualify […]

How to qualify small business loans

The line between personal and business finance is extremely blurry when it comes to small businesses and entrepreneurs. According to the Federal Reserve’s latest Small Business Credit Survey1, 14 percent of small business owners use personal loans and 86% of employer firms rely on their owners’ personal credit scores when applying for financing. Using your […]

Can I get a personal loan without a checking account

Small businesses are often underserved by banks. Just creating a bank account can be a slow and painful experience. The reasons are apparent. Small businesses provide less profit, don’t have a credit history, and usually don’t have the minimum balances banks require. However, fintech companies, such as Azlo, NorthOne, and Novo, are filling the space […]

what kind of life insurance should I buy

The coronavirus pandemic has many people considering their life insurance coverage. This article provides straightforward answers to the most frequently asked questions by our users, such as what is term life insurance or how much insurance do I need? Millions of businesses have seen sales plummet because of the coronavirus pandemic. But for online life […]

home equity investments

There are several ways to cash in your home equity. However, many homeowners are finding it difficult to qualify for traditional home equity credit products. Home equity investments offer a new approach to home equity financing. It’s not for everyone, but it provides advantages to some homeowners.  $177,000 Average home equity per household with a […]

How to save for college - Student Loan Grace Period

Saving for college is one of the most important financial goals for students, parents, and even grandparents. And for good reason. In 2019-2020, the average cost for in-state tuition, fees, and room and board at public universities was $21,950, according to the College Board. If you wanted to attend a private university, the average cost […]

Coronavirus financial aid programs

If your small business is in trouble, you’ve lost your job, or you’re struggling to pay the mortgage, there are coronavirus financial assistance resources that could help. The following is a comprehensive list of federal, state and private coronavirus financial assistance programs designed to help you during these challenging times. We also provide a guide […]

Get help with your debt

It has been a long time since the U.S. economy was in a recession. So don’t feel bad if this one caught you by surprise. Yes, it may not be official yet, but we are at the beginning of a recession. How financially prepared are you? What is a recession? Recession is a fancy way of […]

Coronavirus mortgage relief

The coronavirus pandemic is putting the jobs of millions of workers at risk. Last week alone 3.3 million people filed for unemployment. One of the main concerns is how people will take care of their mortgage and rent payments if they lose their jobs or see cuts in their hours and wages. This article provides […]

Mortgage interest deduction Should you get a mortgage cosigner?

In all likelihood, your mortgage is the largest loan you’ll take out in your lifetime. Most Americans spend decades paying off their mortgage — and that means racking up a ton of interest. The good news is there s a tax deduction that can make your life a little easier. The mortgage interest deduction reduces […]