When it comes to selling your home, most sellers vacate the premises during a showing or open house. But there may be instances where you, the seller, are present and are asked by a potential buyer “Why are you selling your house?”. It’s a pretty common question from home buyers, and although you might think your response is innocent, this is one of the diciest questions you can answer. Why? Because any response you give could be used against you and cause the buyer to question if they will have the same issue.Continue reading “How to answer, “So why are you selling your home?” …and what NOT to say!”
Which should you save for first – your child’s future college tuition or your personal retirement? As a parent, this is a very emotional question – saving for your children’s continuing education to help them incur less debt and get a good education or financially preparing yourself and securing your future.
Many parents have decided that college savings should come first and are not only forgoing putting money in a retirement account, but they are dipping into their retirement savings to cover the costs of tuition. Yes, saving for college is important, but it is actually a luxury. How much you save for your child’s tuition is not a direct correlation to how likely it is that they will graduate. And don’t worry, your child can find other ways to pay for school: scholarships, grants, financial aid, part time jobs, or even finding a more affordable school.Continue reading “College Savings or Retirement – Which Should you Save for First?”
When it comes to buying a home, most people understand the importance of having homeowner’s insurance, but few people are actually familiar with a home warranty and how it works.
The simple answer is: A home warranty is a yearly service contract that protects specific home systems and appliances.
Your home’s systems and appliances will inevitably break down over time. A home warranty provides you with some protection when those systems and appliances eventually stop working. Many first-time homebuyers find a home warranty to be an extra layer of protection when extra funds are in short supply during those first few years of homeownership.
How does a home warranty work?Continue reading “What is a Home Warranty and How Does it Work?”
When it comes to planning for retirement, the process seems pretty simple: contribute to your IRA or 401(k), put extra savings aside each month, and reduce your spending as much as possible as you get closer to retirement. Once you are ready to retire, you should be able to rely on a combination of your investments, Social Security, your savings and Medicare to cover your needs.Continue reading “Surprising Expenses You Don’t Expect When Planning for Retirement”
With the invent of email, instant messaging, texting and video chat it’s become the social norm to ASK permission to call someone – especially in business. So why does it seem like our phones are ringing more and more? Well, odds are it’s a telemarketer and their getting sneakier and sneakier – calling from “local” phone numbers to get you to answer. Telemarketing isn’t necessarily illegal, but it’s certainly annoying.
Why is it happening and what can you do about it?Continue reading “Telemarketers: How to spot them and how they get your number”
When you are in your 20’s you experience a lot of exciting changes in your life – graduating from college, starting your first job, buying your first car, getting your first apartment, etc. And of course not everyone moves at the same pace or takes the same path in life, but it is important to plan ahead and set some financial goals.
When you set financial goals, especially at a young age, it can set you up for financial freedom later on in life. It might not seem super important right now to plan 20, 30, or 40 years ahead, but doing so can give you more choices in the future. It is a great feeling knowing you are on track with your money, and now is the perfect time to start working towards financial security.Continue reading “Financial goals to Strive for by the Time You’re 30”
If you are considering buying your first home, you’ve probably spent some time on Google, talked to other people asking for advice and are in information overload! How can you tell if the advice is good…or just a myth? It seems like everyone you meet has a story about buying their first property or an opinion about what type of real estate that you should buy. There is just as much bad advice – if not more – out there as there is good advice, but it can be difficult to navigate the fact from fiction to make your own informed decision.Continue reading “Common Excuses and Myths that are Keeping you from Buying a Home”
Whether you’ve spent months house hunting to no avail, or you’ve always wanted to build your own home, the idea of building your dream home sounds like an amazing idea. While building a house from the ground can deliver you the EXACT house you want, you’ll probably learn some tough and expensive financial lessons along the way.Continue reading “Things I Wish I Knew BEFORE Building my House”
If you’ve ever spent some time on sites like Realtor.com or Zillow.com you’ve probably come across a house listing or two that states, the property needs some “TLC”. We aren’t talking about the all women rap group or a TV station, but Tender, Loving, Care. In other words, the property needs some repairs. How much work is needed? Well, there’s no definitive answer, but it could be a lot. Most homes that state they need TLC, or a little elbow grease typically need more than just a coat of paint or new carpeting.Continue reading “What does TLC really mean when used in Real Estate”
Did you know that more than a quarter million U.S. college students spend a semester or year at foreign universities studying abroad? It has become a very popular part of the college experience with nearly every college in the country offering some sort of study abroad program. However, there is a lot to think about before your student hops on that plane to another country and culture.Continue reading “Your child is studying abroad – what you need to know”