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Archive for October, 2018

1/3 of Americans Use Credit Cards for Home Renovations

Oct 26th, 2018 @ 3:38 PM by Amber Nelson

Even though Americans now have more home equity collectively than ever before, very few are tapping into that equity to pay for their home renovations, with more than a third charging their home expenses to a credit card. According to a study conducted by web site Houzz and Synchrony Financial, 36.4% of all renovation purchases […]

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Average Credit Scores Hit Record High

Oct 17th, 2018 @ 9:24 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans are figuring out how to manage their credit, it would seem. New data from Fair Isaac & Co. (FICO) shows that the average FICO score rose this year to an all-time of 704, up 4 points from 2018. The average score has risen for the past 8 straight years, climbing from a low of […]

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Mortgage Rates Top 5%, Loan Applications Slip

Oct 10th, 2018 @ 8:40 PM by Amber Nelson

As long-term U.S. mortgage interest rates rose to their highest level in over 7 years, fewer potential buyers and refinance borrowers applied for home loans this week, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The average rate on a conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 5.05%, with 0.51 points, up from 4.96% and 0.49 […]

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Business Borrowing for Equipment Rose 14% in August

Oct 4th, 2018 @ 8:50 PM by Amber Nelson

U.S. companies borrowed more for capital investments in August from the year before, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), a continued sign that business confidence in the economy continues to grow. Businesses financed $8.9 billion in new equipment loans, leases and lines of credit in August, up 14% from a year ago, […]

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