Personal Finance Tag

06 Feb Should You Try to Keep Your Home When You File Bankruptcy?

bankruptcy and my homeThis week an interesting article about Atlanta real estate appeared in a local business blog, and I think that the warning issued by the writer could apply to bankruptcy filers anywhere in the country. Entitled “Easy Money as Landlord of Cheap Homes Proving an Elusive Dream” explains how large investment funds purchased thousands of Atlanta area homes following the 2008 - 2010 real estate crash with the idea of renting them out, securitizing shares in the investment venture, then selling the properties six or seven years hence when prices rebounded. I had a first hand view of this business model because a close friend of mine in the real estate brokerage business worked with one of these investment firms and at times was writing hundreds of offers per week. Politicians and newspapers report that the housing market is improving and prices are headed back up, but no one is looking beyond the raw numbers.
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03 Apr Payday Loans by Any Other Name: Still Not a Rose!

payday loansPayday loans can be dangerous forms of credit. Interest rates are astronomically high (according to an FDIC advisory, between 300 and 1000 percent when calculated annually), a significant number of payday loan customers take out multiple loans per year, and it’s difficult to determine a legitimate company from a fly-by-night business front. Many customers get trapped in a never ending cycle. By the time the loan comes due on the next payday (along with an additional $1.50 to $2 for every $10 borrowed), the customer can’t afford to repay the loan and pay his current bills. He then takes out another payday loan for just a bit more. When one loan company stops extending credit, the customer moves to the next, borrowing to pay off the first. Nothing about this sounds good or appealing, right?
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