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How Can You Manage Your Debt?

May 28, 2018
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Understanding how much debt you can handle and being smart about managing it can help you pursue long-term financial goals. Consider the following tips when analyzing how much you owe. 1. Calculate how much debt you carry. Although there are exceptions for special situations, many mortgage providers consider the most attractive candidates to be those…

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Your Home as a Source of Dollars in Retirement

June 19, 2017

If you own a home, you may be wealthier than you think. The equity in your home could be one of your largest assets, especially if your mortgage has been paid down over the years or paid off. This home equity can be a valuable source of extra income during your retirement years. How do…

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How much house can I afford?

August 15, 2016

Years ago, the general rule of thumb was that you could afford a house that cost two and a half times your annual salary. Today, most people finance their home purchases. As a result, determining how much house you can afford generally equates to how large a mortgage you qualify for and how much of…

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All About Credit Scores

June 6, 2016
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It’s difficult to imagine functioning in today’s world without credit. Whether buying a car or purchasing a home, credit has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Having easy access to credit goes hand in hand with having a good credit score, so it’s important to know how to maintain a positive credit score…

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest?

December 4, 2015
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Owning a home outright is a dream that many Americans share. Having a mortgage can be a huge burden, and paying it off may be the first item on your financial to-do list. But competing with the desire to own your home free and clear is your need to invest for retirement, your child’s college…

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Refinancing Your Mortgage

June 2, 2015
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When you refinance your mortgage, you take out a new home loan and use some or all of the proceeds to pay off the existing one. Today, many homeowners are taking advantage of historically low interest rates and refinancing their mortgage loans. Why refinance your mortgage? There are a variety of reasons why you may…

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Fixed vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgages

November 6, 2014

Like homes themselves, mortgages come in many sizes and types, and one of the most important decisions you face as you consider your choices is whether to take out a fixed or an adjustable rate mortgage. The type of mortgage that’s right for you depends on many factors, such as your tolerance for risk and…

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Are You Sabotaging Your Finances With Your Spouse?

June 11, 2012
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This is a repost of a great article I read this morning.  It is extremely relevant in this day of underwater mortgages and the thought still of, “keeping up with the Jonses.” How Couples Sabotage Their Finances  Simple principles still apply here: Spend less than you make Have a shared financial budget Save in tax…

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Mid-Life Investing — Making the Most of Your Asset-Building Years

January 17, 2011
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As you move through your peak earning years, you’ll probably see your net worth steadily rise. At the same time, you’ll still have some work to do before you realize your financial goals. That’s why it’s important to have a solid plan in place. Here are some steps to help keep your portfolio on track.…

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Life Insurance: Protecting Today's Assets and Tomorrow's Heirs

December 19, 2010
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Many people obtain life insurance when they first have children and then forget about it, except for when the premium bill comes due. But an effective financial plan includes reexamining your life insurance needs continually throughout your life to ensure the assets you’ve accumulated are protected and to provide additional opportunities to create wealth. Estimate…

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