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12:45 AM / Sunday February 25, 2018

Color Of Money

How to lower your monthly mortgage payment

September 29, 2017

BPT Owning your own home comes with many advantages, including escaping rising rents and the personal and financial stability associated with homeownership. Fortunately, millions of Americans, with less than 20 percent down, have been able to buy a home sooner thanks to mortgage insurance (MI). If you don’t put down 20 percent of the mortgage…

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Protecting seniors online from scams, hacks, and tax fraud

September 22, 2017

newsusa The vast majority of seniors today are using the Internet at least once a week to check email, pay bills online and keep in touch via social media. But all that time online puts them at risk for scams and hacks, such as tax fraud. In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc.,…

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This fall, make home upgrades with staying power

September 22, 2017

BPT Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules didn’t allow. It’s also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Changes that can bring impact and…

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Equifax breach exposes 143 million people to identity theft

September 15, 2017

By Michael Liedtke associated press SAN FRANCISCO–Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit…

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Good credit? Bad debt management?

September 8, 2017

NewsUSA It’s a widely-held misconception that those with good credit have a better grasp of managing their finances. In a recent consumer survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs®*, 34 percent of consumers with good credit (FICO 660 and above) are in credit card debt and 41 percent view credit card debt as an area they…

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What to look for in a new house this home buying season

September 8, 2017

Mortgage rates have remained low, and home prices are stable or rising in most communities. A September 2015 poll by NeighborWorks America discovered that nearly 90 percent of consumers consider home ownership at least somewhat important. Guarantee your home ownership success by following these guidelines from NeighborWorks America: 1. Get professional help. The best way…

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Big, smart ideas for renovating smaller homes

September 1, 2017

BPT While newly constructed homes are bigger than ever, most Americans still live in modestly sized or even small houses – and many of these owners are choosing to remodel rather than move into a bigger home. More than half of all American houses were built before 1980, according to the National Association of Home…

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Better Back-to-School Buys

August 24, 2017

Family Features When those first school bells ring and class is back in session for kids of all ages, make sure you and your student have everything in hand to help ensure success. Whether it’s tools for the classroom, supplies for a nutritious lunch, stylish clothes or helpful items for home, you’ll need to gear…

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Young entrepreneur finds her niche by keeping pups pristine

August 18, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Millennial dog groomer Rahanna Gray in front of her mobile Stylish Pooch business.  (Photo: Courtesy Kendall Alexander) By Kendall Alexander @SteezieKBreezie Sometimes interactions with business owners can be a bit frustrating. They are overly proud of their brands, defensive of their product, and feel as if they have no room for growth because…

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Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home

August 11, 2017

BPT It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month. Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions? Next, look at your expenses: What are…

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Go With The-Flo

Tamron Hall helps raise funds for the Apollo Theatre Foundation at the annual “Dining With The Divas” luncheon

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Color Of Money

Q&A with Ken Chenault, former CEO of American Express

February 22, 2018

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Food And Beverage

Throw a Hot-Pot Dinner Party

February 22, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Caribbean Hot-Pot Broth with Papaya Pica Sauce   Family Features Heat up your next get-together...

Seniors

The secret to sticking to your resolutions just may lie in your Medicare benefits

February 22, 2018

BPT Despite our best intentions, 80 percent of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions...

Health

Newly launched Cancer.com provides much needed personalized support for people impacted by cancer

February 22, 2018

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Horoscopes

SUNscopes for the week of Feb. 25

February 22, 2018

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