How to Build Your Savings — blog.firstffcu.com

Many Americans have little to nothing at all saved up. In the event of any emergency, most people just don’t have any resources to weather the blow. It can be difficult to understand how to build up your savings, but the key is to start little by little. Nothing is impossible once you get started. […]How … Continue reading How to Build Your Savings — blog.firstffcu.com

Real Estate for Retirement

Why One Fearless Couple Is Banking Their Retirement on Real Estate Let me make something clear: I don’t expect to retire the conventional way. Why? Because the retirement of our parents and grandparents continues to be something millennials are putting in their rearview mirrors. We recognize that if we don’t take charge of our financial … Continue reading Real Estate for Retirement

Mortgage Rates Fall Dramatically — What This Means for Homebuyers

Rates rise and fall, don't miss out when they fall! Mortgage Rates Fall Dramatically — What This Means for Homebuyers © Mikolette / Getty Images/iStockphoto couple admiring their new house with mortgage rates dropping The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 4.34 percent from 4.40 percent on March 21, 2019. This … Continue reading Mortgage Rates Fall Dramatically — What This Means for Homebuyers

For millennials, this is the greatest hurdle to homeownership

For millennials, this is the greatest hurdle to homeownership As far as Tatiana Skomski is concerned, the American dream is alive and well — although just beyond reach. Skomski, 24, lives with her boyfriend, K.J., and their dog, Lola, in Portland, Ore. They picture getting married, buying a house and starting a family. "It's a … Continue reading For millennials, this is the greatest hurdle to homeownership

How Much You Need To Earn To Buy A Home In America Today

How Much You Need To Earn To Buy A Home In America Today ~ Getting into the market to buy your first home? Or looking to move up? Don't be discouraged. Yes, housing prices have gone up, but so have wages so chances are that you are in a better position than you think you … Continue reading How Much You Need To Earn To Buy A Home In America Today

Don’t Get Scared as Rates Rise Slightly

Mortgage rates throttle higher, but relief lies ahead So far this year, the 30-year fixed is still averaging 4.42%, down from 4.54% in 2018 Rates for home loans rose slightly, squelching borrower enthusiasm even as the long-term outlook for rates remained upbeat for buyers. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.41% in the March 7 week, … Continue reading Don’t Get Scared as Rates Rise Slightly

Fannie and Freddie what the Future holds

As Fannie-Freddie reform gets underway, here are the three big questions for the housing market. It's been over a decade in the making, but an overhaul of Fannie and Freddie Mac is finally in the cards. The acting head of Fannie’s and Freddie’s regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, told employees that he was working … Continue reading Fannie and Freddie what the Future holds

Don’t let these tax breaks pass you by

Many older homeowners are missing out on this big tax break If you’re an older homeowner in need of more cash, many states offer a little-known way to slash your property tax bill.  In about two dozen states, older homeowners can legally defer their property tax bills, Money magazine reports. These programs allow you to … Continue reading Don’t let these tax breaks pass you by

Mom, Dad Can you Buy Me a Home?

As housing costs remain high, parents buy homes to give their kids a leg up When Laura Hameister and her family moved to a new home in the San Francisco Bay area more than a decade ago, she and her husband decided to hold onto their old house rather than sell it. Today, Hameister’s younger … Continue reading Mom, Dad Can you Buy Me a Home?

Consolidate your Credit card debt? Yay or Nay?

5 Reasons Not to Consolidate Your Credit Card Debt Lyle Daly, The Motley Fool Motley FoolDecember 12, 2018 Debt consolidation isn’t always the best option. Check out these common reasons why you wouldn’t want to consolidate your credit card debt. GettyImages-932380504 More Image source:  Getty Images When you’re dealing with the stress of multiple expensive … Continue reading Consolidate your Credit card debt? Yay or Nay?