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May 29, 2019

Top 15 U.S. Metros for mosquitos? None are in Florida!

ATLANTA – May 28, 2019 – For the sixth year in a row, Atlanta was once again named as the top spot for mosquitos, followed by New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Houston, according to the annual list released by Orkin, a national pest control company.

"Mosquitoes are more ...

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May 16, 2019

Program to boost credit scores requires bank account access

NEW YORK – May 15, 2019 – Actor and activist Hill Harper, no stranger to offering advice on building financial security, is about to embark on a new venture with Experian to help consumers tap into some technology to instantly improve their credit scores.

The new idea, simply put: Give ...

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April 30, 2019

Want flood insurance before hurricane season? Act now!

WASHINGTON – April 29, 2019 – Hurricanes provide little advance notice of their arrival, and as landfall approaches, insurance companies may temporarily suspend new coverage and coverage changes.

That means it's usually a good idea to review your insurance coverage yearly to make sure it matches your needs. An ...

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March 20, 2019

Mortgages easier to get for the self-employed

WASHINGTON – March 19, 2019 – Self-employed and freelance or contract American workers have long struggled to qualify for a mortgage compared with those with W-2 forms or pay stubs that lenders can use to verify their incomes.

For the self-employed, the mortgage process can be time-consuming and cumbersome. Lenders ...

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Jan. 15, 2019

What’s happening with mortgages as shutdown drags on?

NEW YORK – Jan. 14, 2109 – The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage. For one thing, the political storm is like severe weather at a major airport: You can expect minor delays or worse. And if you're among ...

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Nov. 15, 2018

Want to lower your 2018 tax bill? Take action now!

NEW YORK – Nov. 14, 2018 – Income taxes can be taxing. And that's especially the case with the tax overhaul signed into law late last year.

The law created $1.5 trillion in tax cuts but did nothing to make the filing process simpler. In fact, the "Tax ...

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Oct. 12, 2018

Mortgage rates hit 7-year highs – 30-year at 4.9%

WASHINGTON (AP) – Oct. 11, 2018 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates leaped this week to their highest levels in seven years amid global anxiety over rising interest rates that has gripped financial markets.

Costs for would-be homebuyers are climbing. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year ...

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Oct. 5, 2018

Mortgage rates edge lower – 30-year rate at 4.71%

WASHINGTON (AP) – Oct. 4, 2018 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week, taking a pause after five straight weeks of increases.

Costs for would-be homebuyers have been climbing, and the key 30-year rate has been running at its highest levels in more than seven years ...

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Oct. 2, 2018

Americans’ FICO scores hit record-high average

BOSTON – Oct. 1, 2018 – 704! That's the new, record-high average FICO credit score among millions of Americans, and it's positive news for homebuyers, sellers, lenders and the economy overall.

What it signifies, according to Ethan Dornhelm, FICO's vice president of scores and analytics, is that ...

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July 20, 2018

TaxWatch: Florida is still a low-tax state – No. 42 out of 50

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – July 19, 2018 – Florida retains its ranking as one of the nation's lowest-tax states, according to the latest study released by Florida TaxWatch. Out of 50 states, Florida ranks No. 42 in the average amount of money paid by residents.

Florida TaxWatch findings

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