Test Drive a Car

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 Equity Loans vs. Home Equity Lines of Credit

One of the first steps in applying for a Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit (HELOC) is determining which is better for you. It requires a little research, but choosing the home equity product that is best is simply a matter of determining which has...

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Be aware to prevent fraud during tax season

What are some common bank fraud practices?

While tax-related fraud and identity theft comes in many forms, there are several ways that it can begin. They all involve obtaining a victim’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Here are some common scams to watch out for:

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Can I use my home’s equity for debt consolidation?

Both a Home Equity Loan and a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) are good solutions for debt consolidation. Both options are secured by your home’s equity, meaning your interest rate will likely be lower than with a personal loan, which is a form...

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people inside car

The Top 5 Car Buying Mistakes

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of buying a new car or truck, but there are common car buying mistakes that can make the experience difficult. How can you avoid car buying regret? This article breaks down the five biggest mistakes...

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Terms you Need to Understand Before Buying a Car

So you’re ready to buy that new car - congratulations! Before you get caught up in daydreaming about cruising around the Hudson Valley in your new wheels, though, there are some words and phrases to be familiar with to help you navigate the...

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use a personal loan for home improvements

Reasons for a Personal Loan

A personal loan can be a great financial tool, but can you really use it for anything? Well, within reason, yes. The appeal of a personal loan is the funds can be used for a wide range of things, from debt consolidation to major purchases. In this...

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reviewing credit score

The Top 4 Credit Questions

You know your credit is important. You know you have a score, and reports. But the rest is a bit of a mystery, and kind of a scary mystery at that. The good news is understanding credit doesn’t have to be mysterious or intimidating....

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A couple wondering how does a debt consolidation work?

What is Debt Consolidation?

It can happen seemingly overnight. No matter how hard you tried to manage your spending, you’re suddenly faced with credit card debt you can’t pay. You try to pay your cards down, but that taps into the money you’d usually use for...

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