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  • Rent payments can improve your credit score

    It's the great credit divide in American housing: If you buy a home and pay your mortgage on time regularly, your credit score typically benefits. If you rent an apartment and pay the landlord on time every month, you get no boost to your score — zip. Since most landlords aren't set up or approved to report rent payments to the national credit bureaus, their tenants' credit scores often suffer as a direct result.
  • Investing: How to invest in bond funds now

    Investing: How to invest in bond funds now
    Most observers expect the Federal Reserve to raise short-term rates, probably in the second half of the year. But the Fed may delay the decision because of the strong dollar, which is attracting foreign investors and propping up bond prices (which move in...

    Mortgage rates fall; 30-year fixed at 3.75%, Freddie Mac says

    Mortgage rates fall; 30-year fixed at 3.75%, Freddie Mac says
    Mortgage interest rates fell for the first time in four weeks, with Freddie Mac's survey showing lenders offering conventional 30-year fixed-rate loans at an average of 3.75%, down from 3.8% a week ago. The 15-year fixed-rate home loan, a way to build...

    Legislative bills, WFTV recap: this weekend

    Legislative bills, WFTV recap: this weekend
    In local public-affairs programming this weekend, the Legislative Session and local reporting will be topics.  "Political Connections" looks at Florida's annual Legislative Session at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday on News 13. Ybeth Bruzual talks to state...

    FBC buys back its mortgage company

    FBC buys back its mortgage company
    The founders of Orlando-based residential mortgage lender FBC Mortgage LLC re-acquired their company after they had sold it three years ago to an affiliate of Sterne Agee Group Inc. of Birmingham, Ala. Pine Court Holdings LLC, which finalized its...