6 Unexpected Expenses New Homebuyers Should Know

When first-time homebuyers finally close the deal on their first home, they are often so focused on the price of the home and the mortgage, that they forget about the other expenses involved with the closing process. Here we’ll take a look at some of the typical fees that often catch first-time homebuyers by surprise, […]


Which Mortgage is Right for You?

Recently, I’ve been spending more time than I care to admit with mortgage brokers. First my wife and I refinanced our home to take advantage of the low mortgage rates (we got 4.825% fixed for 30 years on a super conforming loan). And then I refinanced one of my investment properties. During this refi bonanza, […]


Capital One Classic Platinum Credit Card Review

The very first credit card I ever owned was the Capital One® Classic Platinum Credit Card, and here I am 8 years later, still pulling it out of my wallet from time to time.  Designed for cardholders with limited to average credit (which is exactly what I had after taking out a plethora of student […]


Why the S&P Downgrade of U.S. Debt was Right on the Money

The S&P downgrade of U.S. debt from AAA to AA+ reminds me of the Christian Bale’s character (Dicky Eklund) in the movie, The Fighter. We’ve been walking around like we’re the “pride of Lowell,” but now we’ve been slapped down to reality. If there’s any doubt about this, check out what China had to say […]


How Do Points Affect Your Auto Insurance Rate?

For the most part, the motor vehicle administrations located statewide throughout the United States have “point systems” which are used to track accidents and violations that impact your driving record. This point system is especially pertinent when one is looking to purchase car insurance. Car insurance companies will order a copy of the applicant’s driving […]


Writing Bad Checks Will Cost You More Than Just Money

A few days before my college graduation, I faced some very real fears.  Having no apartment, no job and no life outside of school, I stayed awake at night terrified thinking that I went to school for nothing.  Sure, I know a little more about probability and statistics but spending five years in school only […]