HARP changes put refinancing in reach of more homeowners
When the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) launched in 2009, millions took advantage, but many other homeowners found they couldn't qualify to refinance their underwater mortgages. Today, significant enhancements have made the program more accessible for homeowners and a great opportunity to lower payments or build equity faster.
For richer or poorer: Don't let newlywed bliss turn into financial nightmare
For better or worse, richer or poorer - that's the promise most couples make when they face one-another at the altar. When it comes to finances and young love, it can be easy to fall into some common pitfalls that can haunt couples long after the wedding day.
How to keep your valuables safe this holiday season - and beyond
The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, and the National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales to rise 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion. That's a lot of money spent on valuables - making homes a prime target for theft during the holiday season. If you have jewelry, electronics or other big ticket items on your wish list this year, it's important to make sure you're protected long after the gift wrap and ornaments are put away.