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Calculate the “Total Cost of Homeownership” Before Buying
Fri, 07/19/13 | 6 Comments
Calculate the “Total Cost of Homeownership” Before Buying

When finding a property to rent or buy, I’ve often seen one common trap that many fall in to when considering housing costs: not calculating the total cost to live there on a monthly basis.
When …

Downsizing your Home: The Highest Impact Financial Move you can Make
Wed, 07/17/13 | 10 Comments
Downsizing your Home: The Highest Impact Financial Move you can Make

You’re looking for a new place to live, you’ve gone through your checklist, and even gone so far as to analyze the price to rent ratio in your area.
It’s time to go out and find …

Rent or Buy? Look at the Price to Rent Ratio First
Tue, 07/16/13 | 3 Comments
Rent or Buy? Look at the Price to Rent Ratio First

Determining whether to rent or buy a home, apartment, or other dwelling is often a tough choice to make.
As we discussed, housing costs are huge (between 31-39% of spending, on average). And you want to …

Big Home: American Dream or Disease?
Mon, 07/2/12 | 15 Comments
Big Home: American Dream or Disease?

The Big Home American Dream
One of the biggest financial mistakes that I see time after time from friends, co-workers, and family is buying a big house.
Human beings are dreamers and planners. We like to think …

How Much does your Home Insurance Premium Cost?
Tue, 04/10/12 | 7 Comments
How Much does your Home Insurance Premium Cost?

Recently I laid out a story that hit close to home on why you need home insurance, despite it seeming like a waste due to the limited nature of catastrophic events.
A few readers voluntarily followed …

What is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? And how can you Avoid or Get Rid of it?
Tue, 03/6/12 | 25 Comments
What is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? And how can you Avoid or Get Rid of it?

When you go to buy your first home, the topic of private mortgage insurance (PMI) will assuredly come up.
It’s a dirty little three-letter acronym associated with your pending mortgage that you should know inside out.
Why?
What …


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