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By Debt.com

Maybe you got an offer in your mailbox or inbox, telling you the amazing rates available to refinance your home. But if you are new to the home-owning game, you might not even understand what refinancing is. Before you decide if you should refinance your mortgage, let’s understand more about what it entails.

What does refinancing mean?

In the simplest of terms, refinancing is when you take your existing home mortgage and transfer the balance into a new loan. The primary goal is usually to get more favorable, more stable, interest rates. Refinancing is especially helpful for those who take out adjustable-rate…


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Don’t wait for the foreclosure and eviction moratorium to end. Here’s advice for homeowners and renters from 12 real estate and housing experts.

By Debt.com

President Biden has signed an executive order asking federal agencies to extend the foreclosure and eviction moratorium. The order seeks to extend moratoriums that were set to expire at the end of January through March 31, 2021.[1] These moratoriums protect renters from eviction and homeowners from foreclosure due to non-payment. The current moratoriums are set to expire on February 28, 2021.

Extending the foreclosure and eviction ban is just one part of the administration’s plan to rescue homeowners and renters. …


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Make sure you’re up to the executor appointment before saying yes to a friend or relative.

By Deb Hipp for Debt.com

Has a parent, sibling or friend asked you to be the executor for his or her estate? It may be your first instinct to agree immediately to settle the estate for someone you love after they die, but not everyone is cut out for the job.

Before you agree to take on the many detailed and tedious responsibilities of an executor, it’s crucial that you make sure you have the personality and skills necessary to settle the estate without causing undue stress and disruption to your life.

1. Do I understand the duties of an executor?

As the executor of someone’s estate, you will…


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Scammers take a stab at preying on public health fears with COVID-19 schemes.

By Deb Hipp for Debt.com

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning in December to Americans that scammers are using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information (PII) and money through a number of schemes.[1]

In December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized both the Pfizer COVID-19 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, and those vaccines, along with Operation Warp Speed distribution plans, have been in the news daily.[2]

So, of course, scammers have stepped up to cash in on Americans’ COVID-19 fears and concerns with fake advertisements for vaccines, bogus messages…


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COVID-19 has changed how we think about our healthcare and our social lives. Will it change how we think about our finances?

By Joe Pye for Debt.com

January 12, 2021

Long after the vaccines are injected and the pandemic has passed, COVID-19’s aftermath might linger for years. Perhaps none will be more profound than how Americans think about their money.

A new poll from HerMoney.com and Debt.com asked more than 1,000 working Americans about their financial habits as the pandemic dragged into (and now past) December. More than two-thirds of respondents say they’re spending much less than during normal times — which includes those who haven’t suffered any income loss.

While that’s not really a surprise, this was: HerMoney and Debt.com asked…


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There’s more rumor than news right now, but here’s what Biden can legally do and what he can’t — and maybe shouldn’t.

By Joe Pye

When Joe Biden is sworn on Wednesday as the nation’s 46th president, he’ll be on the clock for all his campaign promises. One of those was about wiping out student loan balances for thousands — or was it millions? — of Americans.

“It’s holding people up,” Biden said on the campaign trail. “They’re in real trouble. They’re having to make choices between paying their student loans and paying their rent, those kinds of decisions.”

Now Biden has to make some tough decisions. On the campaign, he promised to forgive…

  • $10,000 of federal student loan debt for all…

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Millions of seniors failed to save enough to stop working, and now younger Americans are making their same mistakes

By Joe Pye for Debt.com

My grandmother used to beg my grandfather to save money so they could one day stop working. She would say to him, “please, Fred, I don’t want to eat cat food when we retire.” He never did save his money, but luckily she never had to eat cat food.

The two divorced in their 50s because she grew sick of his selfish behavior with money. It was a smart choice for her, but it was just the beginning of a difficult journey rebuilding her credit and financial life late in the game. My grandfather’s choices…


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By Debt.com

When you think about buying a home, some expenses that come to mind are the down payment and closing costs. The latter is broad and often entails expenses like title search, attorney fees, and insurance. Like most people, you probably want to reduce costs as much as you can, but you can only do that when you know your options.

When calculating costs, there are two common types of insurance to keep in mind; homeowner’s insurance and private mortgage insurance. …


From small things (utility bills) to big things (banking), Americans will earn and spend differently long after the pandemic ends

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By Howard Dvorkin, CPA

During traumatic times in our history, pollsters scramble to ask Americans not only how they feel in the moment, but how the current crisis will affect them later. This pandemic is no different.

For example, the 2020 Healthy Handwashing Survey shows 9 in 10 Americans are washing their hands these days — more than double what the pre-pandemic number.[1] When the danger passes, many say they’ll keep washing their hands.

As a parent, I care about those handwashing numbers (Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to ask your kids again, “Did you wash your hands?”)…


By Debt.com

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As of 2018, there were around 18 million Veterans in the United States. These millions of brave men and women committed themselves to serving the nation, and that doesn’t go unnoticed.

One advantage of being a Veteran is getting certain benefits when it’s time to purchase a home. VA loans make homeownership an attainable goal for Veterans, Service Members, and surviving spouses.

There are many programs available, but you have to meet certain requirements before you can qualify for a VA loan. …

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