How to buy and sell a home at the same time

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Buying a house can be stressful; selling a house can be stressful – add in buying and selling a house at the same time, and it could end up being downright chaos IF it’s not done correctly. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there, so we’re weighing in on some of the most common questions/issues that you’ll face when buying/selling concurrently.

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Secured vs. Unsecured Loans – What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter

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When it comes to borrowing money, it’s important to understand all aspects of the loan – not just your payment amount, interest rate, and number of payments to be made. There are many different types of loans including personal loans, auto loans, consolidation loans, mortgages, home equity, etc., however they all fall into one of 2 categories: secured or unsecured.

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Money Management Tips to Make Your Finances Recession-Proof

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With all the uncertainties that the Corona Virus has brought, it can be hard to predict what is going to be the long-term effect on the economy. Unfortunately, if a recession does hit, it will be something beyond our control. However what we can control is how we personally respond to it and how we prepare for it.  Taking precautionary measures sooner rather than later can help you protect your finances and make them recession-proof.

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Student Loans and the WORST Ways to Pay them Off

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Student loan debt is a very hot topic. With borrowers owing a combined total of federal student loan debt that is nearing a trillion dollars. One in five adults currently has student loan debt and we don’t see college tuition dropping in the near future.

Repaying your student loans can be daunting, especially if you have over six figures of debt, like many new college graduates.

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Tips for Small Businesses to Survive the Coronavirus

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The only certainty right now when it comes to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is that currently, everything is uncertain. Several local and state governments have issued a shelter in place orders asking people to remain home and only go out for the essentials. Many small, local businesses are feeling this stress as they have been forced to lay off employees, adjust their hours or services, or even close their doors for an indefinite amount of time.

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Making your Money Work for You – Compound Interest and the Rule of 72

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When it comes to saving money, taking advantage of compound interest is a brilliant thing. It’s often one of the easiest and simplest ways to “use your money to make money that makes money”.  Compound interest can also work against you.  Most revolving credit contracts – such as credit card companies – use the compound interest methodology.  If you don’t pay off your balance in full you are charged interest – if you do it this again the following month you will be paying interest on not only your principal BUT also on your past accrued interest.  It’s how they make their money.

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“Kiddie Condos” – The Newest College Housing Trend

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“Kiddie Condos” are one of the newest buzz phrases and latest trend for parents of college students who are looking to treat room and board as more of an investment vs. an expense. The concept: Purchase a home, condo or  apartment in the town where your college student goes to school, purchase the home with them on the mortgage, and have them live there vs. campus housing or renting off campus. The idea behind the strategy is to put the money a family would generally spend on room and board, required meal plans, and out-of-state tuition into a property.

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Bankruptcy 101 – Pros and Cons

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Over the past decade, filing for bankruptcy has become far less taboo – good, bad or indifferent it’s become far more mainstream for both businesses and individuals. 

For individuals, there are 2 types of Bankruptcy – Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. With Chapter 7 you must have an insufficient income to allow you to pay at least a portion of your debts. Under Chapter 7, you either pay for or give up your property for secured debts. You surrender any nonexempt property in order to pay off as much of your other debt as possible. You keep all of your other exempt property and are forever released from any obligation to repay the remaining dischargeable debt.

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Savings and Retirement Tips: Pay off your Mortgage Early or Invest?

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When it comes to saving money, especially for your future, it can be hard to decide where to put that money to get the best bang for your buck. If you have loans, like a mortgage, you might consider an early pay-off. What feels better than being debt free, right? But building wealth can be tricky.

When it comes to saving money, interest rates rule the world. You want your money to earn more than it would cost you elsewhere. So, if your rate of return on investing is more than you would save in paying down interest, then investing would earn you more money and be a smarter option. However, if your mortgage interest rate is higher than your rate of return on investing, then you would save more money by paying down aggressively on your mortgage instead.

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