Category Archives: Personal Finance

California Real Estate: Housing Affordability in the 3rd Quarter

The latest on the California real estate market.

Take a look at the infographic below to see the percentage of households who can afford to buy a median-priced home.

Real estate affordability in California

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Top three financial priorities

“Emergency funds, retirement, debt payoff, college costs – overwhelming is an understatement when it comes to how we should prioritize our savings. We know we should be saving, but where and how much?”

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According to Forbes, saving for your kids’ college funds shouldn’t be in the top-three priorities. What are the three things you should tackle before other financial needs and wants?

  1. Emergency savings
  2. Putting away for retirement
  3. Paying off debt

Then, you can begin to focus on other financial things, such as college funds and early mortgage payoff.

Read up on all of Forbes’ suggestions here: “The Top Three Priorities For Savings.”

 

Money Monday: Mistakes executors should avoid

“If you have been named the executor of an estate, you have a legal responsibility to wrap up its affairs, arrange for the payment of any income and estate taxes, and distribute the assets of the estate, all in accordance with both the will and the applicable laws.” But all too often, executors make one of these five mistakes:

  1. Making distributions too early.
  2. Failing to make the “portability election.”
  3. Failing to properly advertise the estate.
  4. Failing to liquidate securities through a market downturn.
  5. Failing to properly conclude the estate.

Read about these five mistakes to avoid on Forbes’ article here. All information and quotes from Forbes.com’s article “Five Mistakes To Avoid In Estate Administration”.

Money Monday: Financial mistakes new parents should avoid

While you might not need all the gear you’ve stocked up on, there’s no getting around the fact that having a baby will bring changes to your budget. Here’s some money mistakes to avoid as new parents:

Money Monday: Investing without losing money

“It’s possible to invest without losing money. In the current market, where interest rates are very low, any investment guaranteed to not lose money will have a very small return.

“For most people thinking about investing, the goal is to minimize the potential for losses while maximizing how much you might make. Exactly how you do that — and where you put your money — depends a lot on what type of investor you are, and what your goals are.”

Read more of CNN’s article: “How to invest without losing money.”

Money Monday: How to buy your first home

Ready to move on from renting? Here’s some tips on buying your first home.

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1. Get your money in order

This might be the largest purchase you make, which makes sorting out your money a top priority!

2. Shop at more than one place for your mortgage

You don’t have to stick with the first place you go for a loan; check out other lenders.

3. Shop for your home

Part of shopping for a home means considering enlisting the help of a real estate agent; I would be honored to have the opportunity to earn the position. Give me a call to see how I can help you in your house search!

Delve into each deeper in CNN’s article here: “How to Buy Your First Home.”

Money Monday: Should you rent or buy real estate?

Trying to figure out if renting or buying is best for your family? Thinking about a few questions can help you answer this question.

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“Homeownership was once the cornerstone of the American Dream, but times are changing. More U.S. households are renting today than at any point in the last 50 years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.”

  1. How long are you planning on living there?
  2. Consider all of the hidden costs associated with both renting and owning.
  3. Are you saving and investing? Or throwing your money away?

Read more on CNN’s article here: “Should you rent or buy a home?”

Monday Monday: Fall may be financially the best time to move

Fall may be the best time for buyers to move.

A slower fall season in home buying may help more lingering home buyers to jump in.
Prices are easing somewhat. For the second month in a row, the median price of an existing home dropped. It reached $253,500 in August, after reaching a record high of $263,300 in June, according to the latest data from the National Association of REALTORS®.
“Median sales prices typically decline a bit heading into the fall,” says Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist. “Summer is a big time for home purchases, so that families settle in before school starts in the fall. In the fall, the types of homes that sell are smaller for people without kids. So they tend to be less expensive.”
Existing homes are proving to be a bargain compared to newer homes. The median price of a new home reached $313,700 in July, which is 23.7 percent higher than an existing home.