What I’ve Written Lately

As we head into the last few weeks of 2018, I’m busily working with several clients – some new and many long-term. Here’s a look at some of the pieces I’ve had published lately.

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LendingTree

I’ve written quite a bit about reverse mortgages for LendingTree this year. A recent one, Is a Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Possible?, covers the risks homeowners take on when they take out a reverse mortgage. For this piece, I had a chance to talk to M. Reese Everson about her experience dealing with a reverse mortgage after her grandmother passed away.

MagnifyMoney

Do you own investment property? If so, maybe you’ve considered tapping your equity in the property to fund improvements, consolidate debts or even buy another property. In this piece for MagnifyMoney, I cover Can You Get a Home Equity Line of Credit on an Investment Property?

Credit Karma

If you’ve ever considered taking a loan against your 401(k) balance, hopefully you were warned about the potential pitfalls that can occur if you lose or leave your job before repaying the loan. The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 gave borrowers a little more time to repay 401(k) loans and avoid having them treated like taxable distributions, but that doesn’t mean they’re risk-free. To learn more, check out this piece I wrote for Credit Karma: Tax Reform Gives Some 401(k) Borrowers More Time to Repay.

Accounting Principals

What’s the one problem every hiring manager WANTS to have? Having too many excellent candidates to choose from! In this article for Accounting Principals, I discuss How to Choose Between Really Good Candidates.

Parker + Lynch

Large or small, no business is immune to a cyber-attack. In this piece for Parker + Lynch, I cover ways financial leaders can lead the effort to address cybersecurity from a strategic and economic perspective. Check out Cybersecurity and Cyber Risk Management: Are You Ready for an Attack?

Those are just a few of the articles I’ve written lately. Thank you for checking them out!

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Can You Get an FHA Loan After Bankruptcy?

Going through a bankruptcy can wreak havoc on your credit score and remain on your credit report for seven to ten years. But did you know you may be able to qualify for an FHA loan much sooner?

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I recently wrote an article for Lending Tree on How to Qualify for an FHA Loan After Bankruptcy. For help in understanding the issues, I spoke to Jeremy Schachter, Branch Manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage in Phoenix, AZ.

Check out the article linked above and let me know: Have you bought a home after bankruptcy? What did you do to qualify? I’d love to get your thoughts!

 

Should You Refinance Before a Divorce?

Going through a divorce is stressful in any situation, but especially so when you and your soon-to-be-ex own a home together. If one of you hopes to keep the home after the divorce, you may have heard you should refinance before the divorce.

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While there are advantages to refinancing before a divorce, there can be some serious downsides, too.

Recently, Lending Tree tasked me with writing an article on the pros and cons of refinancing before a divorce. For insights, I reached out to James Bogatay, a divorce lawyer with Pittsburgh Divorce & Family Law, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA.

You can check out the article here.

Have you ever dealt with refinancing a home before or after a divorce? I’d love to hear your take on the experience!