Category Archives: Personal Finance

Money Monday: Taxes on selling a house

Finding out more about the taxes on selling a house

Selling a home is a major life change.  No matter what your reason is for selling, selling the place you’ve called home is a big deal. One potentially confusing part of the process is figuring out the taxes on selling a house and how the sale will impact your finances for the years to come.

Read Yahoo’s guide on the taxes on selling a house for more information.

Money Monday: What borrowers want

Borrowers want specific things that they believe would help the mortgage process when buying a home.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS. 

Money Monday: How your credit score can affect your daily life

Common financial advice warns you to keep a close eye on your credit score, keeping it as high as possible to avoid the repercussions of a “fair” or “poor” score. You’re expected to engage in habits that improve your credit score, such as making on-time payments, utilizing only a portion of your available credit, and having a good balance of credit (preferably from long-term accounts). But how important is your credit score to your long-term financial future, really, and how could it impact your daily life? 

Read about it here on Forbes: “Hidden Ways Your Credit Score Can Impact Your Daily Life.”

Money Monday: Tapping into home equity

If you own a home, you might have more home equity to tap into if needed.

This infographic is from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Financing first for most home buyers

The smoother home-buying experience means getting financing figured out first.

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Tips to avoid college debt

“What steps can parents take to help themselves and their children avoid getting caught in the college debt trap?

  1. Create a budget to track all money coming in and going out of your household. Make savings a prominent and permanent part of it.
  2. Begin saving for college costs as early as possible through tax-advantaged savings vehicles such as 529 and Coverdell education savings plans.
  3. Apply for scholarships and grants.
  4. Consider work-study programs to help offset tuition costs…”

More tips on Forbes’ article: “6 Ways to Save Your Kids From the Rising Cost of Education and Prevent the College Debt Trap.”

Money Monday: How do you know you’re really ready to retire early?

It’s tempting to set a figure for retirement in your head, and then retire once you’ve reached that monetary goal.

Retire by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

Retire by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

“Some people go to great lengths to set up their spending, saving and investment goals so they can retire early.”

“While the main goal is figuring how much you’ll need and reaching that magic number, there are other considerations, too.”

Find out what else you should consider on CNN’s article: “How do you know you’re really ready to retire early?”

Money Monday: Federal law now allows you to freeze your credit

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law.

“A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit in your name. The rules used to vary by state, but previously it could cost up to $10 to put a freeze in place. That fee often had to be paid again when someone wanted to unfreeze it for any legitimate uses.

“But under a new law that takes effect Friday, consumers anywhere in the U.S. can do so quickly and for free.

“Congress passed the law in response to last year’s massive Equifax hack, which exposed the private information of more than 145 million Americans.”

Read more on this over at Yahoo Finance: “Credit freeze free nationwide as of Friday.”