Taxes

April 13, 2017

Consumer Optimism Surges in March

Consumers continued growing more optimistic in March, however much of the increasing sentiment is due to changed evaluative criteria, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted […]
April 12, 2017

Banks Rethink Credit Scores as Changes Take Effect

Come July, TransUnion, Experian and Equifax will no longer include information about tax liens and civil judgments on a consumer’s record if the data doesn’t include […]
April 11, 2017

Home Equity Loans on the Rise

Mortgage lenders, along with borrowers, are starting to welcome home equity lines of credit back into the market after the loan product began to disappear in […]
April 6, 2017

Bank Card and Mortgage Defaults Tick Upward

Data from the recent S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices report shows the composite rate up two basis points from last month at 0.94% in February. The […]
April 5, 2017

Tappable Equity Hits 10-Year High

An annual home price appreciation of 5.5% during 2016 helped to increase the number of mortgage holders with tappable equity to 39.5 million, according to new […]
April 4, 2017

Prime Target: Cybercriminals Set Sights on Tax Pros

According to security experts, tax preparers are a special target for cybercriminals.  Tax preparers make perfect targets because their hard drives hum with “personal identifiable information” – […]
March 24, 2017

Foreclosure Activity Hits 11-Year Low

Foreclosure activity dropped in February to an 11-year low, according to new data from ATTOM Data Solutions.  This decrease marks the lowest point since November 2005, and […]
March 23, 2017

Justice Department Declares CFPB ‘Unconstitutional’

The case of of PHH Corporation vs. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just took a turn that is simultaneously shocking and completely expected at the same time.  In a major reversal, the Justice […]
March 22, 2017

Builder Confidence at Highest Level in 12 Years

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes jumped six points to a level of 71 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing […]