How to financially prepare for buying a new home

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The home buying season – typically Spring to early Fall – will be upon us shortly, and if you are in the market for a new home – either as a first-time buyer or seasoned veteran – there are some steps you need to take now to financially prepare. Many people get caught up in just finding the right home without doing the legwork needed to ensure a smooth and swift purchase. Here are a few tips to get you ready for those three lovely words – “Clear to Close”. Continue reading “How to financially prepare for buying a new home”

Emergency funds and how much is enough for your family

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Emergency fund, rainy day fund, whatever you call it, it’s important to know how much money you should have set aside in case something unexpected happens. While it may be somewhat of a moving target – the golden rule has always been to have at least 3 to 6 months’ worth of expenses saved up – 6 months especially if you have a family. Continue reading “Emergency funds and how much is enough for your family”

Travel alerts – who should I call and why

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You’ve booked the flights and hotel, packed everything you need from bathing suits to running shoes, and set up someone to house sit and take care of the pets – you’ve covered all your bases for the start of an amazing vacation, right?! Almost! Setting up your finances prior to shuttling off to the airport requires some work. A short cash supply and a frozen credit/debit card during your trip can put a damper on your vacation really quick so make sure you take care of these before departing! Continue reading “Travel alerts – who should I call and why”