7 tips to ace your home’s final walk-through

Buying a home can feel a little like running a marathon. You have to stay focused throughout the whole journey, from the mortgage application and home search process to making an offer and getting a home inspection. One important final step before the closing is the final walk-through. No matter what, you should never skip … Continue reading 7 tips to ace your home’s final walk-through

How Rich You’d Be If You Bought a Home in These Cities 20 Years Ago

Don't shoot the messenger! Buying a house is still a relatively safe investment. Even if you don’t make a killing on a property when you sell it, you’ve at least made it a home for a number of years — and you likely won’t lose money from the sale. Some real estate investments, however, have … Continue reading How Rich You’d Be If You Bought a Home in These Cities 20 Years Ago

35 Cities Where You Can Afford to Live Off Less Than $50,000

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~ In case you are getting dragged down by the day to day of California life, commute, taxes, etc. Yes I love our easy access to mountains, beaches, deserts, and entertainment, but maybe you are ready to make a change where your money can go farther so to speak. Here are a couple of ideas … Continue reading 35 Cities Where You Can Afford to Live Off Less Than $50,000

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

7 Items From Ikea That Designers Spent Their $150 on

We Gave 7 Designers $150 at IKEA—This Is What They Bought We will never stop admiring the beauty of a high-end product, but our salary doesn't always accommodate the luxury price tag. (Psst—we know a few designer-like pieces you can actually afford.) However, if there's one thing every insanely stylish room has in common, it's the … Continue reading 7 Items From Ikea That Designers Spent Their $150 on

Millennials prioritize owning a home over getting married or having kids

Millennials prioritize owning a home over getting married or having kids I spend more time than I would like to admit looking at real estate listings online. I recently found a nice townhouse in my neighborhood that costs 25 times my annual salary, which is honestly a better deal than most other places in the … Continue reading Millennials prioritize owning a home over getting married or having kids

First-Time Homebuyers

First-Time Homebuyers: Financial Missteps and Opportunities Single women continue to outpace single men as homebuyers in the U.S. housing market. Last year, single men only made up 8 percent of homebuyers, while single women made up a whopping 18 percent, according to the National Association of REALTORS®' (NAR) 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Related: … Continue reading First-Time Homebuyers

Financial Planner’s Advice to Clients who invest in Real Estate

I'm a financial planner, and there are 5 things I tell my clients who want to invest in real estate  There’s always been some kind of starry-eyed dream around the idea of making a big payoff in real estate investing. I’d say about half my clients have floated a real estate idea in one form … Continue reading Financial Planner’s Advice to Clients who invest in Real Estate

20 of the best US housing markets for investing in real estate

~ click on the link below for the complete list ~ 20 of the best US housing markets for investing in real estate If you're looking to invest in real estate, location is paramount. HomeUnion, an online real-estate investment management firm, has identified ZIP codes in 20 US metros where investors have seen the highest … Continue reading 20 of the best US housing markets for investing in real estate

7 Things to Never, Ever Do When Buying a Home

7 Things to Never, Ever Do When Buying a Home By Daniel Bortz | Jul 26, 2017   AleksandarGeorgiev/istock Buying a home is exciting and terrifying. After all, this is the biggest financial move most people ever make. As such, there's a lot of room for error, and even tiny mistakes can translate to tens of thousands … Continue reading 7 Things to Never, Ever Do When Buying a Home