Posts by: Anna Platz

Anna Platz is an Editor at ForTheBestRate.com, a leading mortgage rate research website, as well as the Lead Contributor to GoodCentsSavings.com, a blog about budgeting and personal finance. Anna is immersed in the world of real estate, mortgage, and home financing and is here to provide valuable resources for homeowners and soon-to-be-homeowners on buying and selling real estate, researching a mortgage broker or lender, and securing a home loan. Check back often for news, updates, and remember that you can find today's current mortgage rates at ForTheBestRate.com. My Google Profile+

Personal Finance

I Just Spent $12.38 On Convenience Fees

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It’s the holiday season…full of festive decorations, fun times with family and friends, making memories and enjoying traditions…and the never ending to do list. At this time of year we...

Living

The Homeowner’s Guide to Holiday Tipping

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Whether or not to tip, in what way and how much, are questions many homeowners ponder over the holidays. In searching for answers to these questions, the best advice out...

Real Estate

Property Tax Debate In California – Proposition 13

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For Californians Proposition 13 can be a very touchy issue. The People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation, a 1978 amendment to the state constitution restricts the amount of property tax...

Mortgage

Top Mortgage Originators By State

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The mortgage industry is not easy. Ask any mortgage professional and they’ll tell you that getting loans cleared to close in today’s market can feel this pushing a Chevy Suburban...

Living

3 Bike Friendly Cities in the US

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# 3. Minneapolis, MN Bicycling magazine recently released its list of the Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities, with Minneapolis scoring the number 1 spot. With 120 miles of on- and off-street...

Household Savings

Low Cost Storage Ideas

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Stuff. It seems to multiply once it enters the home, creating new little piles of stuff everywhere you look. I would love to be a minimalist with only the bare...

Mortgage

Pros And Cons Of A Cash-Out Refinance

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The vast majority of homeowners in the US have debt. With so many of life’s big purchases impossible to obtain without credit, people have become accustomed to owing money. Unfortunately,...

Real Estate

Foreclosure Watch – Which Regions are the Most Affected?

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On October 4th, CoreLogic published some good news regarding the state of the nation’s depressed home market. In August, according to CoreLogic’s analysts, 57,000 foreclosures were completed. This figure represents...