finance--money

Are You Ready For Tax Season? A Checklist Will Help!

You are so focused on what you are buying the kids for the holidays that you are not even thinking about taxes, right? Actually, you should be thinking about taxes all year long. In fact, except for your W2's that your employer sends in January, you could have absolutely everything else you need for tax season right at your fingertips. Then you can just hand the folder off to an accountant at a tax services office, or scan and download everything into a tax program from accounting software. Read More 

Want More Money Out Of Your Home Equity Loan? Here’s How

A home equity loan is a good way to get a large sum of cash using the equity you have in your home. Equity is the sum of money remaining after you subtract what you owe from the fair market value of your home and surrounding property. (If that amount is negative, you have no equity with which to borrow.) However, you might not have a lot of equity yet after the first ten years in your home. Read More 

Three Ways To Properly Prepare For Your First Home Purchase

Buying a home allows you to have independence and live the way you want to live. Buying a home requires proper planning if you want things to go as smoothly as it possibly can. The following guide walks you through a few tips to use when you start the home buying process to ensure that it is an enjoyable experience overall. Determine How Much You Can Afford to Pay for a Home Read More 

Getting Money For Your Business When You Have Had Credit Troubles

Every financial expert advises new business owners to first work on and improve their personal credit histories prior to applying for business loans or merchant accounts. In a perfect world, no matter what your credit issues are, you would be able to pay all of your debts and see your credit score soar overnight. The truth is that it takes time to improve imperfect credit histories, and in the fast paced world of business, waiting too long can cause business owners to lose their companies altogether. Read More 

Protecting Yourself When Having A House Built By Asking For Bid Bonds

Choosing to have a new home built from scratch requires a great deal of money and reputable professional partners who can construct a structure that is safe and comfortable enough for your entire family. If this is something that's new to you, you need to pay special attention throughout the process so that you're not taken advantage of or spend more money than you need to. One way to protect yourself from the start is by asking for bid bonds. Read More