Resources

Looking to expand your horizons, eh? This blog just not good enough for you?

Fine. Go check out these other resources. Just don’t forget who told you about them.

 

Banking Technology

 

Car Buying (including Loans)

  • Nadaguides.com is one of the better resources for car values. It gives you values for trade-in (rough, average and “clean” condition) and retail, which is good if buying from a private seller.
  • Taxes, title and tag costs vary by state. Estimate these fees with Carmax’s taxes, title and tag fee calculator.
  • Find even more car buying knowledge at Edmunds.com.

 

Checking Accounts

  • Findabetterbank.com is a great tool for researching and comparing checking accounts from different banks and credit unions, based on the features you want. Boo-ya!

 

Credit Cards

 

Credit Report

  • Annualcreditreport.com (boring!) is the place to go to get your official credit report for free. The three national credit reporting companies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) are behind this website. You can get your credit report (not your credit score) once every 12 months from each of the big three credit bureaus.
  • This Federal Trade Commission guide tells you how to dispute credit report errors. Good to know.
  • Fair Issac and Co. are behind the FICO score. Lots of good info at myfico.com. They also sell credit score services.

 

Financial Aid for College

 

Financial Counseling

 

Home Buying & Mortgage

  • Here’s a great resource for learning how the home buying process works – specific to buying a home in Maryland; Homebuying360.com. Includes access to MLS search and pre-screened Realtors®, plus a rebate! Yes, a rebate. It’s legit. You can thank me later.
  • Find the schools for any Maryland property with this handy dandy tool. Most Realtors® don’t know about this one, so I’m your new best friend. Let’s get lunch.