When it comes to buying a home, it’s sometimes best to leave your spouse off of the loan so you are able to obtain a home. Depending on your state, a non-purchasing spouse could have a huge influence on your ability to qualify for a home mortgage, regardless of if their name is on the […]
Boosting your credit score can sometimes be no easy feat. If you find that your credit score is poor, don’t panic. With the right methods and a little patience, there are ways to make your score better. Get a Secured Credit Card Using a credit card the right way will help you establish a positive […]
Sometimes, you need money for a short term emergency, but don’t want to resort to pay day loans or a credit card. Or perhaps you need to build up your credit history so you can get a Kansas City home loan. You can easily take out a loan by borrowing against any certificates of deposit […]
If you are planning on purchasing a home, it’s important to understand the difference between annual percentage rate (APR) and annual percentage yield (APY). These two items differ enough in how they work that they can significantly affect how much you pay each month in interest.
A transfer on death account (TOD) is an investment account that is designed to make the transfer of an account to a designated beneficiary easier. Transfer on death accounts helps those who want to avoid going through probate. What is Probate? Probate is a legal process that takes place after a person passes away. It […]
Believe it or not, there are restrictions on certain cash deposits and it is regulated by your bank and the U.S. government. As a consumer and homebuyer, it’s important to be aware of cash transaction reporting guidelines. The Bank Secrecy Act The Bank Secrecy Act sets the guidelines for banks and businesses to report large […]
When you apply for a mortgage, one of the first documents your loan officer will ask for is your bank statements. The main purpose of checking and reviewing all these document is make sure that you actually have the funds and means to pay your house payment without defaulting.
Whether you’re purchasing your first home or your second, lenders will look at your income to determine if you can afford a Kansas City home loan. Namely, they will analyze your gross income, or the income you make before taxes and deductions are made. As a home owner, here is what gross income means for […]
Community property is property jointly owned by a husband and wife. This typically includes all money earned, debts incurred and property procured during the marriage. There are eight community property states:
Your spouse has a lien or bank levy against them for an unpaid debt and creditors are insisting that you are also responsible for their debt. Are they right? When determining if you are responsible for the debt of your spouse, ask yourself these questions: