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Calculate the “Total Cost of Homeownership” BEFORE Renting or Buying
Fri, 07/19/13 | 6 Comments
Calculate the “Total Cost of Homeownership” BEFORE Renting or 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: The Highest Impact Financial Move you can Make
Wed, 07/17/13 | 10 Comments
Downsizing: 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 for Objective Data
Tue, 07/16/13 | 3 Comments
Rent or Buy? Look at the Price to Rent Ratio for Objective Data

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 …

The Cost of Housing & why it Can Make or Break your Finances
Mon, 07/15/13 | 9 Comments
The Cost of Housing & why it Can Make or Break your Finances

Health care is a wrap in the Summer of Saving series, and it’s time to move on to the BIG ONE: housing costs.
Realtors are paid to tell us “It’s a great time to buy a …

The 2 Things Everyone should do to Lower Heating Costs this Winter
Mon, 10/22/12 | 17 Comments
The 2 Things Everyone should do to Lower Heating Costs this Winter

Fall is my favorite time of year.
Michigan’s fall climate brings vivid changing colors, crisp cool mornings, and a reprieve from the muggy-swamp-ass-humid summer months. That’s Pure Michigan.
But one thing I don’t love is the ensuing …

The BIG Home: American Dream or Disease?
Mon, 07/2/12 | 13 Comments
The 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 …


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