A Buyer’s Guide to Rent to Own Homes

In 2005 I became a landlord. A good friend and I began investing in single family homes in the mid-west. We purchased two HUD foreclosures in 2005, and since then we’ve added 3 more HUD foreclosures to our portfolio. When we advertise one of our homes for rent, we always advertise the property as a […]

Published or Updated: December 13, 2014

Quicken 2010 Review

Quicken 2010

I just received an e-mail today that Intuit has released Quicken 2010. Describing the new version of its popular money mangement software as the “must-have upgrade,” Quicken Home & Business 2010 offers several new features. Organizes your finances all in one place Improved, streamlined, and guaranteed easier Saves time by automatically importing your existing Quicken […]

Published or Updated: July 25, 2010

Why Many NFL Players Fumble When it Comes to Personal Finance

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Almost every breathing human being covets the life of a professional athlete.  The conception is that for a few hours a week, a professional athlete can earn millions of dollars a year in addition to the fame and lifestyle.  The skill set required is usually running fast, throwing far, or being able to shoot a […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

Conforming Loan Limits for Dummies (meaning me)

As I mentioned in an earlier article, we recently undertook what turned out to be a failed attempt to refinance our home loan. In the process, we learned just what a confusing mess the mortgage industry is, including convoluted rules that include various loan limits set by Freddie and Fannie. These are the government run […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

7 Lessons Learned from a Failed Attempt to Refinance a Mortgage

With mortgage rates at historic lows, we recently tried to refinance our mortgage. The result? Well, as my son would say, FAIL. For the first time in my life, I was denied a loan. (Actually, this was the second time. I was turned down for a student credit card in college.) Why I was denied […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

Welcome to the 85th Running of the Money Hacks Carnival (Saturn’s New Ring Edition)

Saturn's New Ring

Scientists have just discovered a new massive ring around Saturn. The ring starts 3.7 million miles away from Saturn, and extends another 7.4 million miles. The diameter of the ring is equivalent to 300 Saturns lined up side by side, making the ring almost as large as our national debt. So what does Saturn’s newly […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

List of No Penalty CD (Certificates of Deposit) Rates

I can still remember earning double-digit returns on high interest CDs in the early 1980s. I had saved a little money and was locking it away in 6-month CDs earning 12% or more. Of course, inflation was raging, and the interest rates on home mortgages had gone through the roof. But those were the days […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

How to Consolidate Your Debt

Debt consolidation and debt negotiation programs (DNP) are often associated with seedy companies more interested in helping themselves than helping consumers. The debt consolidation industry is largely responsible for earning this questionable reputation. The Federal Trade Commission, for example, warns consumers about the false promises many in the debt business make to consumers. And the […]

Published or Updated: April 17, 2011