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Preventive Medicine For Your Home

We all know that one the largest assets we will own in our lifetime is our home.   I’ve never really seen a ton of good articles on the cost of home ownership, but having personally owned over a half dozen homes, I can tell you that all homes required their fair share of upkeep.    Even though we may not be in the market to sell our homes, we are constantly watching the sale of our neighbors homes or checking out the prices on websites like Zillow to see where the value of our home stands.     We can convince ourselves that our home is in tip top shape until the time we get an offer on the home contingent on the dreaded home inspection.    A good home inspector gets paid in part to look within every nook and cranny in the house to find out what may be wrong with the property.    After the inspection, we can almost become incensed that ...

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VIDEO | When Should You Replace Your Old Car

Published on Sep 4, 2012 When it comes to making smart money moves, our family has never been a big fan of buying a new car. Read FULL ARTICLE Here – http://bit.ly/Te3HAf – In fact, the last new car that we bought was back in 1993 when we really did the math on how much smarter it is to buy a used car that is somewhere between two to four years old versus getting a new one. While getting a new car should be a well thought out planned purchase, it often falls into the camp of a spur of the moment purchase depending on when you get in the mood. In a sound financial plan, you should begin to save for the (new) used car purchase the moment that you pay off the old purchase. If you are like me and pay for your cars in cash, you should begin to immediately build a side fund so you can pay for that ...

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When Should You Replace Your Old Car For A New One?

When it comes to making smart money moves, our family has never been a big fan of buying a new car.   In fact, the last new car that we bought was back in 1993 when we really did the math on how much smarter it is to buy a used car that is somewhere between two to four years old versus getting a new one.   While getting a new car should be a well thought out planned purchase, it often falls into the camp of a spur of the moment purchase depending on when you get in the mood.    In a sound financial plan, you should begin to save for the (new) used car purchase the moment that you pay off the old purchase.  If you are like me and pay for your cars in cash, you should begin to immediately build a side fund so you can pay for that next automobile purchase in cash as well.    So the ...

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5 Disaster Financial Moves

After almost 20 years of giving personal financial advice, I thought I would share the secrets I know about becoming financially successful.If you avoid these 5 disaster financial moves, you should have a good chance of becoming prosperous and hitting your goals. If you have made one of these already, it may be time to come see us to show you how to get back on track. 1) Buying More Home Than You Can Afford – This is my top one as it will truly cripple your long term financial plan. Years ago, I had heard of a very simple financial ratio called the primary obligation ratio which said that your mortgage payment shouldn’t be much more than 28% to 34% of your total gross monthly income.  Use that statistic in conjunction with putting 20% down on your home purchase and you will typically avoid this number one financial disaster.  It is impossible to squeeze into a home financially like you would ...

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Top 10 First Time Homebuyer Mistakes!

Top 10 First Time Homebuyer Mistakes! 1.Buying more house than you can afford. Typically, you don’t want your mortgage payment to be more than 28% to 34% of your monthly income. For example, if your monthly income is $5,000, a total mortgage payment of $1,500 will be in the ball park. Of course, you need to include all of your overall debt payments which should never be more than 40% to 45% of your overall bills. ...

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McMansion is part what caused McDownfall?

For all those gen-X and gen-Y out there, maybe you’ve realized that this bailout from the government around our financial future in my opinion really wasn’t totally around Wall Street, but it was in part for our own greed for wanting to have a big house as a first starter home. Who can blame us? Truthfully speaking, most people couldn’t really stand to have a $200,000 home for their first starter home. So, everybody wanted a McMansion. You saw it on MTV’s Cribs, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and you even saw it on CNN and CNBC. Wouldn’t it be great to have the American Dream, but have it in surround sound. However, your American Dream wasn’t really to have a $200,000 dollar house. Your dream was to have exactly what you saw on TV. The $450,000 house with the four bedrooms, the Pottery Barn furniture, a beautifully landscaped lawn, and a hot tub to boot in the backyard. ...

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