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Mortgage and Lending - January Financial
Those struggling under a mountain of debt may not be aware of the various options available to get out of that debt. Between declaring bankruptcy, going for credit counseling, or starting the debt settlement process, we think the most sound evidence for success points toward debt settlement. We a...
It's not something any of us would ever wish for. In fact, for many of us, it's our biggest fear. But in hard economic times, it's all too common to see people face what they'd prayed they'd never have to face. Maybe you are one of the people facing the day when your finances have become too much...
Especially when kids are involved, it's easy to focus on the material aspects of Christmas - new toys, new clothes, new gadgets. Of course, it's not really any better if only adults are involved, the toys just get more expensive! Many of us have a lot less money to spend this holiday season than...
September was an exciting time. The kids were back in school. A hint of crisp weather was in the air. A plan was afoot within the government to purchase "toxic" mortgage-backed securities from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Life was good. The problem was, after Congress approved TARP (the Troubled A...
If there's one thing we all know by now, it's that we are in a buyer's market. We are taking this opportunity to showcase amazing buys around Orange County, particularly in the Foothill Ranch area, and giving readers a quick look at what it would take financially to own one of these homes. This ...
It's official: we are in a recession. Pundits and politicians danced around the word for months, not wanting to declare such bad news, but last week's decision by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) made it unavoidable. Not only are we in a recession, but we have been for the last yea...
Do you remember a time growing up when your father said to you, "well, kids, it's time to tighten our belts"? Or maybe your mother tried to soften the blow, telling you in October that "it's going to be a very small Christmas this year." In hard economic times like the ones we're experiencing now...
Every time I listen to the news these days, I think of that old song, "raindrops keep falling on my head..." The stock market continues to tank. Drip. The dollar is barely getting any stronger. Drip. Home prices are on a slippery slide downward. Drip. Bad news just keeps pouring down out of the h...
The good news for real estate investors: buying a home in Orange County is about as cheap as it was in 2003. The bad news for real estate investors: competition is fierce and rents are dropping. We all know that with so many families foreclosing on their home loans, buying inexpensive rental prop...
The father of a friend of mine has been flying for American Airlines for over 30 years. Though this pilot will only be turning 60 this November, he has decided to take an early retirement. He has some very foresightful reasoning for doing so. Knowing that his pension is linked to the stock exchan...

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