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Travis Pelto

If you knew Travis Pelto in high school, you’d never suspect that he’d become a copywriter for a mortgage company. After four years of being “that kid with the long hair from improv club,” Travis cleaned up his act (and hair) at Western Michigan University. After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in film studies and creative writing, Travis found himself promptly unemployed, until he landed an awesome job at Quicken Loans, providing you with “This Week in Financial Blunders” every Friday. Travis performs improv at theaters in the metro Detroit area and beyond, enjoys a good video game/book/movie/TV show/sauna, and will gladly tell you about his comedy shows if you ask him.
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Things to Consider When Buying Your House

At Quicken Loans, we’re all too aware of the intricacies of the mortgage process – it’s what we specialize in, after all. But, if you’re entering the home-buying market for the first time, it can be a bit of a struggle to figure out what you should be doing and at what time. Don’t fret! Just in time for the holidays, we here at the Zing blog would like to give you the gift of preparation. Here’s our list of things you might not consider (but you totally should) before buying your home – broken down into phases of the home-buying process.

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Making the Most of Your Preapproval Letter - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Making the Most of Your Preapproval Letter

Getting a mortgage is often referred to as “the mortgage process,” with an emphasis on the “process” part. It’s not a one-and-done type of event (as much as we all want it to be), but getting preapproved can set you up for success. When you get preapproved you get a beautiful document called a preapproval letter, also known as your PAL. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s nail down the preapproval basics.

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How To Prepare For Your Local Election - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

How To Prepare For Your Local Election

It’s getting close to that special time of year: for one day in autumn we all line up to get a treat. No, not Halloween – we’re talking about Election Day! Local elections are important, and they could directly affect your income, taxes or financial planning. Follow these simple steps to make sure you’re on top of the election in your area.

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Alternative Ways to Manage Your Budget - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

How to Budget with a Variable Income

“Variable income” is a bit of a cover-all term for those who don’t have a typical, salary-based income. It’s an ambitious and challenging lifestyle to have because it requires you to balance your job and your long-term finances. If you’re one of the many workers living on a variable income, or you’re considering it, we’ve got some financial tips to make your life a little bit easier.

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This Week in Financial Blunders - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

This Week in Financial Blunders

The news is blowing up with heavy stories, but don’t let the big stories distract you from the financial blunders around the world. This week in financial blunders we take a look at Tracy Morgan’s troubles with Wal-Mart, the World Bank, and a social media nightmare in Hong Kong.

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