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Planners, Advisors, or Counselors: Who should you turn to?

Financial Planner vs. Financial Advisor vs. Financial Counselor Have you ever been confused by where to turn when you need help with your finances? With over 183 different professional designations, (according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)), it wouldn’t

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Posted in Financial Counseling, Financial Planning, Financial Wellness, LSS Financial Counseling

Should I Use Home Equity to Pay Off Credit Cards?

There’s no doubt that dealing with debt is stressful. But should you use your home equity to pay it off? Read this Flashback Friday post from Ashley before making the decision. With a fixed income, rising living costs, and unexpected

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Posted in Debt

LSS Financial Counselor Spotlight: Meet Ashley

Ashley started with LSS Financial Counseling as an intern after she graduated from UMD with a major in Sociology.  Within that same year, she was hired on as a full-time financial counselor, providing budget, credit, and debt counseling. Ashley was

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Posted in LSS Financial Counseling

Would you want your mom to have a reverse mortgage?

As a reverse mortgage counselor I get that question all the time. Of course there is not a simple yes or no answer to the question because whether or not a reverse mortgage is a good fit really depends on

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Posted in Housing

Can Debt Derail your Retirement Plans?

The answer is…absolutely.  When thinking about retirement preparation most of us focus on saving.  We think about how much we are saving, how we are investing, and day dream about how to spend our golden years. Unfortunately, not enough time

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