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October 09, 2008

Pay Off Credit Cards

There are good reasons to pay off credit cards. First and foremost, by paying outstanding balances in full each month, you will be able to retain your credit status. In today's tumultuous economy, credit is going to be much harder to obtain. Consumers who pay the minimum amount will likely see their credit line diminish. Others may have their account closed altogether.

Another good reason to pay off credit cards is to eliminate monthly payments and high interest rates. Experts state that Americans carry an average of $20,000 in credit card debts. By paying only the minimum due, consumers could pay interest for as long as 20 years. Is that morning latte and fast food lunch really worth being in debt for two decades?

Real Estate Investing article on "Pay Off Credit Cards "

October 03, 2008

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy is oftentimes referred to as "reorganization" bankruptcy. Although Chapter 11 is available to individuals and businesses, it is typically reserved for those with high levels of debt. Two prime examples of large corporations seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection include American International Group (AIG) and Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy provides debtors the opportunity to retain assets through the structure of a repayment plan. Once individuals and business entities receive Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection their finances are supervised by the court.

Real Estate Investing article on "Chapter 11 Bankruptcy"