Category Archives: Real Estate

Should You Sell Your Home When You’ve Paid off Your Mortgage?

Should You Sell Your Home When You’ve Paid off Your Mortgage?

Once your mortgage is paid off, you likely feel a sense of relief. You no longer have to make that massive payment. However, as you’re thinking about the end of this mortgage, you’re wondering if selling your house is in the future. The decision depends upon a variety of factors. New Home Plans Once youContinue Reading

How to Refinance an Upside Down Mortgage

How to Refinance an Upside Down Mortgage

It is a phenomenon that in today’s economy is becoming all the more common, you buy a home and the value of it continues to fall. An upside down mortgage is when you as a homeowner owe more in terms of mortgage payments than what the house is even worth. Nearly 35 percent of Americans that have purchased homes during the last five years are now in debt for more money than their home is worth.Continue Reading

Don’t Buy a Home Too Early! Here’s What Could Happen If You Do

Don’t Buy a Home Too Early! Here’s What Could Happen If You Do

Two years ago we felt good about exploring all types of housing when we were planning the move to Boston. It was difficult to find an affordable apartment to rent, so we explored buying a home of our own – or technically, a condo of our own. As many of you already know, we have since bought a home. Knowing what I know now, I’m really glad that we didn’t buy a home a year before we decided to make the leap – because we wouldn’t have been ready.Continue Reading

Is Owning a Home Worth It? 9 Month Recap

Is Owning a Home Worth It? 9 Month Recap

I can’t believe that my wife and I have owned our home for over 9 months now. Since it’s been almost a year, I thought it would be appropriate to review if owning a home is really worth it, both financially and in general (because, don’t forget, not everything is just about money).Continue Reading

The Reality of Real Estate Investing

The Reality of Real Estate Investing

If you want to learn about rental real estate, you will find success stories about owning rental real estate on any online search or watching late night television. The people will talk about how it’s safer than investing in the stock market and how it is the only way to become wealthy. It shouldn’t surprise you that most are saying this. After all, they are trying to sell you their guide or product that will help you in your real estate journey to financial freedom. I am here to tell you the other side of rental real estate.Continue Reading

5 Simple Tips To Save a House Down Payment

5 Simple Tips To Save a House Down Payment

If you are like many, you dream of owning your own house one day. Having a place to call your own, to decorate and do as you please without getting permission first from your landlord is an awesome thing. There is only one stumbling block that many people face: coming up with the down payment.Continue Reading

Why Paying Off Your Mortgage is So Darn Tempting

Why Paying Off Your Mortgage is So Darn Tempting

My wife and I have owned our home for less than 3 months, and I am already tempted to start paying extra money towards our mortgage. Not only that, but we have paid exactly TWO payments. That’s 2 out of 360 total payments, or 1/180th. About half of a percentile. Yet, we are already tempted to start paying down our mortgage.Continue Reading

2014: A Year in Review

2014: A Year in Review

Wow, 2014 seemed to go fast. I can’t believe it’s already 2015… but I seem like I say that every year. Time seems to go by pretty fast, and that is part of the reason I take a moment to reflect on the year for all of you. 2013, if you recall, was a year of transition, adjustment, and steady financial growth for us. 2014 continued with some of the same trends, and then threw us some curve balls as well: both good and bad surprises.Continue Reading

How To Save For A House

How To Save For A House

Saving for a house can be a long and challenging process. Both because of how much money you actually need to save and because of the time commitment needed to save that large amount of money. In this post, I am going to give you an idea of just how much money you need to save for a house (and why saving more makes sense) as well as how to get over the hurdle of the time commitment involved with saving such a large amount. I’ll even touch on a few ways to help boost your saving. Let’s get started.Continue Reading

To Refinance or Not to Refinance, That Is the Question

To Refinance or Not to Refinance, That Is the Question

Owning a home is a big responsibility. Along with the cost of maintaining the home, you also have the sizeable mortgage to worry about. If you are like many Americans, making your monthly mortgage payment can at times be difficult. If you want to save a little money every month when it comes to your monthly house payment, or want to cash-out a portion of your home’s equity to pay off some of your other debt, you may want to consider refinancing.Continue Reading