Category Archives: Personal Finance

Money Monday: Check your improvement ROI

Before you do any home improvement projects, check out the return of investment — regardless of whether you’re planning on selling or just want to enjoy it for the moment!

Infographic from CAR.org.

Money Monday: DIY remodeling

In an effort to save money, some homeowners take on DIY projects, instead of hiring a professional.

But is it worth it?

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Financially prepare for retirement by downsizing

“It makes financial sense to downsize your home as you prepare for retirement.”

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“The move to a smaller home is a lifestyle and financial change all parents should weigh after their offspring are off on their own, personal finance pros say.

“One of the first things freshly minted empty nesters should do is “revisit their housing situation,” says Dana Anspach, founder and CEO of Sensible Money, an investment advisory firm in Scottsdale, Arizona.” (Yahoo Finance. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/makes-financial-sense-downsize-home-110102643.html)

Read more at Yahoo here: “It makes financial sense to downsize your home as you prepare for retirement. Here’s why.”

Money Monday: 5 different ways to save money

You might not have thought about these ways of saving substantial amounts of money. Here’s Forbes’ 5 suggestions:

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Photo by 401kcalculator.org
  • Don’t be penny-wise, pound-foolish. As in, don’t just scrimp and save and avoid those daily cups of Starbucks — and splurge a large chunk of your income on a larger, more-expensive apartment than you really need.
  • Donate your plasma for money.
  • Become a referee of your favorite sport.
  • Use sites and apps that help you save or earn back money.
  • Save money on necessary items (Forbes listed contacts, but you can save money on all different necessary items).

Read more: “5 Ways You Haven’t Considered To Save Or Make Money.

Money Monday: Homeownership budgeting

Becoming a homeowner of course brings with it paying for various fees and services, but there are smaller fees that you may not be thinking about when penciling out how much you can spend on buying a home. Add into your budget fees for the following buyer fees:

  • Home inspection
  • Appraisal fee
  • Survey report
  • Title services
  • Application fees

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: How to not overpay for a house

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“No buyer wants to pay too much for a house…buyers should know when a property is overpriced and be equipped with strategies to avoid overpaying.” (CNN. “How to avoid overpaying for a home.” www.cnn.com/2019/01/11/success/overpaying-for-a-home)

CNN has practical tips here: “How to avoid overpaying for a home.”

Money Monday: More homebuyers are DIYing than hiring professionals

“Although the majority of homeowners prefer the trusty hands of a professional, data suggests that “do it yourself” remodeling projects are on the rise.

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“In fact, the National Association of Realtors 2019 Remodeling Impact Report indicates that 53% of home projects were completed by a professional, whereas 47% were completed by a homeowner.” (Housing Wire. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47836-nar-diy-projects-now-competing-with-renovation-professionals. 3 January 2019)

Read more here: NAR: DIY projects now competing with renovation professionals

Money Monday: Paying for surprise repairs

Nearly half of homeowners have had to make (and pay for) an unexpected repair within the first year of owning their home. Do you have money set aside for a repair?

  • 12% had to use savings to pay for the majority of the home repair and/or improvement
  • 13% had to go into debt for the repair or improvement
  • 20% had to make sacrifices in other areas of life in order to pay for them
  • 52% were able to easily pay for the repair or improvement without going into debt, making other sacrifices or using savings

Making and paying for surprise home repairs

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.