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October 2010 Blog Posts (23)

From the Los Angeles Times: Going into too much debt at a for-profit college

By Liz Pulliam Weston -- Money Talk

Dear Liz: I'm going to owe nearly $40,000 in student loans when I graduate in the spring with an associate's degree in political science with paralegal studies as my major. I'm attending an online university. Is this debt worth it, and is the school I'm attending credible enough for employment? I'm very worried.

Answer: You should be. You've borrowed a small fortune to get a two-year degree that would have cost about $5,000 at your local… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 4, 2010 at 7:28pm — No Comments

From the Washington Post: Benefit of higher credit score dwindles at top end


The Associated Press

Monday, September 27, 2010; 6:19 PM

NEW YORK -- Have you been working to boost your credit score before trying to get a mortgage? It may not yield the payback you expect.

The mortgage loan interest rates offered to borrowers with stellar FICO scores aren't much lower than the rates offered to those with a middle-of-the-road 720 score these days.

That means that efforts to drive up a credit score to lofty heights… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 4, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Interesting article from Business Insider: Strategic Defaults Are Real, Growing, And Scary

In my last article, we examined the shadow inventory to determine how many distressed properties (not on MLS) were almost certain to be forced onto the market in the not-to-distant future.

For a sensible follow up, let's take an in-depth look at so-called "strategic defaults" to see how many homeowners are likely to "walk away" from their mortgage debt although they might be financially able to continue paying it.

Strategic Default Defined

According to… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on October 4, 2010 at 7:20pm — No Comments

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