January 24, 2019

A Temporary Mortgage Assistance (TMA) program is offering help for Colorado federal workers on furlough due to the government shutdown. The assistance program also helps those who face a hardship due to a temporary layoff or reduction of work hours.   


October 3, 2018

For most people, buying a home or condominium is the largest purchase they will likely make in their lives. When purchasing a home, do your homework the same as you would when buying any large item.

If you buy a large appliance, you would check different stores on price...

September 6, 2018

It’s happened again, another wealthy celebrity passed away and did not have a will nor did she have a trust set up. Aretha Franklin will be joining the dozens of other celebrities who also died without leaving a will. Big names such as Prince, Jimi Hendrix,  Pablo Pica...

September 4, 2018

The Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) is the largest backer of mortgage credit in our nation. Recently, Fannie set new rules and guidelines that would let homeowners refinance their mortgages to pay off student loans. The new guidelines expand a progra...

August 29, 2018

When you refinance a mortgage, you are paying off one loan and replacing it with a new loan.  If you’re thinking of refinancing, begin with asking why you want to refinance? Are you thinking of saving money or solving a bad situation or condition?

There are several...

August 21, 2018

The 2018 rankings are in for the “Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2018”. Colorado Springs Colorado jumped up several numbers to hold the #2 spot in the nation and Denver won the #3 spot!

Denver held the number #2 spot during 2017, and #1 spot during 2016. This year,...

August 17, 2018

Wells Fargo is in trouble again. The bank has suffered numerous setbacks facing lawsuits in the past couple of years. This week, Wells Fargo was fined $8 million in what the bank calls a ‘computer glitch’ the bank had incurred. Last week the bank agreed to pay a $2.09...

July 30, 2018

The housing affordability in the U.S. is measured by the amount of the average monthly mortgage payment. During the first quarter (January, February and March) of 2018, there was an increase of 5% in the monthly mortgage payments. Analysts are predicting the average wi...

July 27, 2018

During the first half of 2018 there was a 15% decline in foreclosure filings nationwide. Foreclosure filings are properties that had a default notice, a scheduled auction, or bank repossession. There were a total of 362,275 foreclosure filings, a far cry from the 1.6 m...

July 17, 2018

The first tax levied in the United States was from the Stamp Act in 1765. The Act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain. Basically any piece of paper was tax such as documents, ship’s papers, licenses, newspapers, publications and even playing cards were taxed....

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