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Articles to Help You On Your Financial Journey

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Credit, Loans and Debt

Understanding Personal Lines of Credit

What if you could get a loan that lets you access money only as you need it, instead of receiving (and paying for) a lump sum? That is exactly what a Personal Line of Credit offers you.
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    Auto

    Tips for Test Driving a Car in the Hudson Valley

    A lot of car shoppers worry about negotiating with the dealerships. But before you can even think about that, you have to master your test drive.
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    Home

    Top Questions to Ask Before Buying a House

    Before you even start hunting for your dream house, there are important questions you need to get the answers to. What are the tax implications of buying a home? What if I don’t have a down payment? Can I actually afford to own a home?
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    Credit, Loans and Debt

    What do Deferments and Forbearances Mean?

    Navigating financial hardships is intimidating enough, and trying to understand the various options and terminology only makes asking for help feel scarier. But help for both consumer loans – things like car loans, personal loans, and credit cards – and mortgages is available and lenders are always willing to work with you.
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    Credit, Loans and Debt

    What is a Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI)?

    Chances are, you know that your credit score is going to be a critical factor in how lenders will decide whether or not to give you a loan. But, your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is a number you need to be familiar with, too, especially if you plan on applying for any type of loan or mortgage.
  • Couple refinancing their home for projects
    Home

    Are Mortgage Refinances or Home Equity Loans Better?

    One of the biggest advantages to owning your home is the ability to tap into the equity you build, or the amount of your house that you’ve paid off. When you need to access that equity as cash, though, you’re faced with a couple of options.
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    Auto

    Top 4 Things to Consider Before Refinancing Your Car

    Refinancing an existing car loan is one way to save some money and lower your debt. We’ve rounded up the top four things to consider before talking to your bank or credit union about a refi.
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    Lifestyle

    Should We Have a Joint Checking Account?

    Ah, the intertwining of finances! Of all the complexities of a relationship, this is perhaps the most delicate. Should you and your spouse or partner combine accounts into a joint checking account? Or should you keep them separate? To answer that, let’s look at the top three pros and cons of establishing a joint account.
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    Credit, Loans and Debt

    Personal Loans vs. Lines of Credit

    So you need a Personal Loan. Or do you need a Personal Line of Credit (LOC) Aren’t they basically the same thing? Not exactly, and understanding the key differences will be important in determining which is the better option for you. Let's run through three of the biggest differences between Personal Loans and Lines of Credit:
  • Couple doing home improvements with their home equity loan
    Home

    What is a Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit?

    If you own your own home, you’ve likely heard about the concept of building equity, and with it a herd of questions: what is equity? How does equity work? How does it benefit me? Our article will sort through some of the information around home equity loans and home equity lines of credit to help you understand them and whether they are a good solution for you.

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