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Comparing the True Costs of Buying Vs. Renting

By Kirk Chisholm, Series 65 In this article, I will be examining whether it makes sense to rent or buy a home. This is the third and last article of this series. The first, Should You Rent or Buy a Home? , examined what factors you should consider when renting versus buying a...
Posted On 03 Oct 2016

Ask Brianna: Will I Ever Be Able to Afford a House?

Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life...
Posted On 03 Oct 2016

The Fallout From The Financial Sector SPDR ETFs Divorce From REITs

The real estate sector’s promotion to headline-level sector status by the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), making it the 11th standalone sector overall, has wide-ranging implications for the ETF industry. Many financial sector focused ETFs hold REITs in their...
Posted On 30 Sep 2016

What Condo Insurance Will and Wont Cover

Regardless of how many other condos someone’s might be attached to, they need to purchase  condo insurance and understand what it covers. It doesn’t matter whether the condo is one of two fused together or one of 100 condos in a building. Buying a condo is a substantial...
Posted On 29 Sep 2016

How to Save for a House While Renting

If you’re currently renting, but want to someday buy a home, you know that saving up a down payment is an important first step. Unfortunately, everyday life and its many expenses can make it hard to save for a house — especially when you’re paying rent every month. The trick is...
Posted On 28 Sep 2016

A Wealth Building Strategy You Never Hear About

By Austin Frye, CFP®, JD For many Americans, the lion’s share of their personal wealth is the equity they build up in their homes. Thus, the 15-year mortgage is one of the most powerful wealth building tools available to boost that wealth. It has the obvious advantage of enabling...
Posted On 26 Sep 2016

Signs You Need to Upgrade or Sell Your House

So your house isn’t perfect — it’s looking a little dingy, or you feel crammed into a too-small space, and that deck you’ve always wanted still hasn’t been built. But, how do you know what’s worth renovating and when you should give up and relocate? “Not everything is fixable,...
Posted On 22 Sep 2016

What Is the True Cost of Owning a Home?

In the prior post of this series,  Should You Rent or Buy a Home? , I wrote about the pros and cons of home ownership vs. renting. It is important to start here when you are considering whether to rent or buy a home. The decision of where to live should not be solely made on...
Posted On 22 Sep 2016

Telltale Signs Youre Moving Into a Money Pit

If buying a fixer-upper is your next big money move, make sure you’re not settling for something that’s going to cost you much more than you planned. Buying a house in need of repair can mean ample savings in the short term but a potential significant investment in the long term....
Posted On 22 Sep 2016