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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Surviving Our First Winter

One major difference between Springfield, Missouri and my previous city of residence (Glendale, California) is that, here, we have these things called "seasons." Furthermore, unlike a California winter where you might have to put on a sweater when it dips into the 40s, we do see snow, ice, and occasional sub-zero temperatures here in the Midwest. In turn, when we bought our home in whirlwind fashion, I knew we'd immediately...
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Prioritizing New Projects

So far in this series, I've gone through some of the expenses that come with buying and owning a home. However, in addition to some required costs, homeowners may also face self-imposed spending in the form of projects. Obviously, these can range in size and price based on the condition of your home when you bought the place. In our case, when we decided to buy, we knew there'd be...
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Letting Professionals Do the Heavy Lifting

When buying our first home, I was afraid that I'd quickly feel as though I was in over my head. Thankfully, though, that didn't really happen. Then again, that's undoubtedly because we surrounded ourselves with professionals who were able to do a lot of the leg work for us as well as "hold our hands" during each step of the journey. Rather than dive into the pros and cons of...
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Mortgage Payments vs. Monthly Payment

Even if you've never owned a home, you're probably aware that there are several regular expenses you'll need to concern yourself with. Yet, something you might not realize is that what's often referred to as your "mortgage payment" typically encompasses more than your interest and principal. So what's the difference between a mortgage payment and your actual monthly payment? Let's take a quick look. What's the Difference Between a Mortgage...
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: How an Apple Card Can Affect Your Mortgage Application

Buying my first home was quite an experience. For the most part, it was a positive one — yet there were moments where I was completely dumbstruck and, to quote Will Ferell, felt like I was taking crazy pills. One such moment happened as we were looking to secure pre-approval for our mortgage. As I'll share in a future installment of this series, gaining approval while being self-employed includes lots...
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: The Spam & Scams After Buying

In case you missed it, I recently kicked off a new "Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer" series here on Fioney. Although I will cover major topics and share my own experience with them throughout this series, I also want to highlight some aspects of buying a home that I had never heard of before and was shocked to discover. That's exactly what I have on tap today as I...
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: The Story of How We Bought a House

In 2015, my wife and I moved to Springfield, Missouri. At the time, while we originally elected to rent an apartment, we figured we'd eventually be able to buy a house here thanks to the lower cost of living and easy-going housing market. Despite this, although we'd revisited the idea from time to time, it seemed that something was always standing in our way. Most recently, this included interest rates...
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Fraud Prevention FinTech Closinglock Raises $12 Million

A FinTech that looks to reduce fraud in real estate transactions has raised a new funding round. About the round: This week, Closinglock announced that it had raised $12 million round of funding. The Series A was led by Headline with participation from LiveOak Ventures, RWT Horizons, and GTMfund. With a seed round in 2022, the company has now raised a total of $16 million. According to Closinglock, the new...
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FedEx Announces Winners of 11th Annual 2023 Small Business Grant Contest

Nearly three months after the entry period ended, FedEx has announced the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Grant Content. This year's event saw more than $300,000 in funds going to a variety of small businesses across the nation. Last month, the company revealed 100 finalists, with that list now being narrowed down to just 10 winners. This year's grand prize winners included KindVR, The Cupcake Collection, Up In...
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Imprint Launches Credit Cards from H-E-B and Central Market 

The FinTech Imprint is partnering with the popular Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B for a pair of new rewards credit cards. This week saw the launch of the H-E-B Visa Signature Credit Card as well as the Central Market Visa Signature Credit Card. With these two (nearly identical) options, customers will be able to earn rewards on groceries and beyond. First, both versions of the card earn up to 5% back on select...
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Student Loan Benefit FinTech Summer Raises $6 Million

For years, student debt has been one of the most talked about financial topics. What's more, while the debt itself has become a major part of many Americans' lives, discussion of student loans has become political due to efforts to forgive certain loan repayments. However, while we wait for resolution on that front, a FinTech that brings student debt benefit solutions to employers and consumers has raised a new round...
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Choice Hotels, Wells Fargo Debut Choice Privileges Select Card

With spring well underway and the summer travel season now just around the corner, Choice Hotels and Wells Fargo have unveiled their latest co-branded credit card offering. Today, the two companies announced the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard. Carrying an annual fee of $95, this card will serve as the premium option in the hotel brand's new lineup. Looking at the Choice Privileges Select, it offers a mix of rewards categories....
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Health and Wellness Rewards Card Ness Partners with Whole30

In recent years, several unique rewards cards have come to market. These include offerings from FinTech startups as well as brands looking to do something special for their loyal fans. On that note, a recently-announced rewards credit card offering is now working with a popular brand to introduce new benefits for customers. This week, the Ness Card (which is issued by The Bank of Missouri) unveiled a new partnership with...