I don’t miss much about living in Phoenix – 117 degree summers just aren’t for me – but I do miss being a quick car trip away from San Diego. We rented the same cottage in Ocean Beach every time we went. As we strolled a couple blocks to the beach or ate the bestburgers and onion rings at Hodad’s, I would fantasize about buying a tiny little house in Ocean Beach and writing with the sight, smells and sounds of the ocean just outside my window.
Somehow I wound up moving to the only triple landlocked state in the U.S. instead. Funny how life works.
One of the things I like most about writing about personal finance topics is getting the chance to learn things I didn’t know previously. I’ve bought three homes over the years while I noted that my lenders provided both an interest rate and an APR, I never asked about the difference between those two numbers.
Recently, I had the chance to answer that question for Lending Tree. It made me wish I could go back in time and take a closer look when I bought my mortgage!
As a small business owner, finding a small business-friendly bank was actually one of the more challenging aspects of setting up my business! When I began my search, I quickly discovered that many banks charge hefty fees unless you keep a large balance on your account. Others make small business owners jump through hoops to prove they’re a legitimate business. That’s why I was excited to tackle this assignment from FreshBooks – How to Find a Small Business Friendly Bank.