Time to Paint? Start with These Five Steps

You’ve been putting it off and now, because of persistent domestic encouragement or the nagging voice in your own head, you’ve accepted the grim reality: It’s time to paint. There’s a time-honored axiom often repeated by everyone from professional painters to your father-in-law: The most important part of any painting project is the prep work. So, once you’ve admitted to …

How to Rent an Apartment with Bad Credit

Life can be a bit of a challenge. It’s even more difficult with a bad credit score. You can be denied when trying to take out loans, open bank accounts and even get a date. Bad credit can also make trying to rent an apartment seem nearly impossible. Many businesses and financial institutions review your credit to determine if it’s in their best …

Quicken Loans Partners with Humble Design to Sponsor a Veteran

Established in 2009, Humble Design, a nonprofit organization that furnishes the homes of families emerging from homelessness, has serviced over 900 families nationwide. Of that number, 87 have been veterans and their families. As part of our commitment to veteran causes, Quicken Loans partnered with Humble Design to clean and furnish the home of a veteran. The process started with …

5 Signs That You Need to Adjust Your Household Budget

You’ve done the work and created a household budget to estimate your monthly expenses and calculate the income that flows into your home each month. There’s one problem: You’re constantly running out of money each month, or you’re always overspending on items, from groceries to entertainment to travel. These are signs that you need to adjust your budget, because the …

Mortgage Calculator: How Much Home Can I Afford?

What’s the best way to tell if you can afford that home? That’s right — find a mortgage calculator online. But, wait. Are you getting the right answer from that calculator? Worse, do you even have the right information to get that calculator to work for you? Most mortgage calculators will ask you how much you want to spend on a …

‘Adulting’ with Your Money: A Guide for College Students

It can be stressful to think about life after graduation. There’s so much uncertainty: Will I be able to get a job? What if I’m never able to achieve financial independence? Am I going to be buried by my student loan debt forever? Once you’re out in the “real world,” you’ll likely have to start making a lot of seemingly …

Investing with a Variable Income

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means we receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. Please check out our disclosure policy for more details.  While working in your pajamas, setting your own hours and doing the digital nomad thing are largely touted perks of freelancing, a major pain point is dealing …

Big Gains in Retail Sales and Industrial Production – Market Update

I went to the movies this weekend. I’m probably exactly who the summer blockbuster season is aimed at because I watch the previews and start doing the mental math in my head as to how much a ticket will cost me for the five movies I want to see in the next month. Somebody has to keep the economy going, …

Understanding Mortgage Subordination

There’s a lot of complicated vocabulary involved in the mortgage process. It can start to feel like you need a dictionary to understand the terms everyone is referencing. DTI, LTV and amortization are just a few of the new vocab terms you’ll need to cover. Subordination only comes up in certain situations in the mortgage process, but it’s still helpful …

Top Military Discounts to Take Advantage Of

Working for the government, especially for the military, can come with a lot of sacrifices. Time spent away from family, being deployed and missing holidays are all common things that service members deal with when they enlist. Fortunately, some private businesses give back to the armed forces in the form of special discounts and coupons. We’ve rounded up our favorites, …