These Numbers Should Make You Mad and Get You Motivated

It seems like a national epidemic… One of the biggest challenges that people face today is dealing with their personal debt. According to NerdWallet the average American family has $16,748 worth of credit card debt, $176,222 worth of mortgage debt, plus an auto loan debt of $28,948. All of this is on top of $49,905 worth of student loans (almost $25,000 per adult)!

According to Federal Reserve data in 2014 the Median household income was $53,718 and it rose to $56,516 in 2016. Unfortunately, that is the most recent data we have, but even if median household income rose to $60,000 in 2016 that is a lot of debt to be carrying on that amount of income.

What You Need to Know About Non-Bank Lending

If you’re looking for a mortgage loan, you may think you have to go through a bank. You would be wrong! In fact, half of all home loans are through non-bank lending – also known as alternative lending. As the name implies, a non-bank lender is not a bank or credit union. It can be […]

What to Know About Getting a Loan for the First Time

There comes a time in most people’s lives when you find it necessary to go through the process of applying for a loan. It may be for a car, a home, or to help pay for school tuition, but the underlying process of getting a loan is what fuels the consumer economy of the United States. You might not know how to think about this new financial aspect of your budget though, so here are a few things everyone should understand about the American credit and debt industry.

Banking Big: Budgeting Tips for Large Families

Budgeting is especially beneficial in a big group, and can help ensure your family is financially sound now and in the future.

The Three Different Kinds of Debt and How to Avoid Them

Being overwhelmed by finances is never good, but we all know the feeling. Creating a budget is a good place to start, but if you don’t know the truth about different kinds of debt it will be hard to know what you’re getting into. Before you get in debt, you should know what types there are and how to avoid them if possible.

Improving Your Home’s Value

Buying a home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make. Home ownership can be one of the most valuable investments or one of the biggest liabilities you will ever have. So it’s important that you really consider every aspect before buying, so that once it’s yours, it becomes a great asset for you and your family. Obviously you want your property to build equity over the years so when you decide to sell, there will be a profit.

Four Things to Consider When Applying for Loans

Just about everyone enjoys a summer vacation. Unfortunately, planning a vacation is easier said than done. Family finances typically dictate if and when you’re able to vacation. And if you haven’t saved up enough, you might consider postponing this year’s trip. There is, however, a way to make a vacation happen. you may be considering a […]

Family Lending: What are your Options?

Lending between family members, can benefit both sides. It’s a way to access needed money without the time, fees and high interest rates of official bank borrowing, plus in these times of low interest rates it can provide the family member who has the spare cash a way of earning a bit more interest. This can be a […]