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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: 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.

real estate buying or renting

“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?”

Money Monday: How to know if you’re living beyond your means

“It’s a frightening statistic that 47% of Americans would struggle to come up with $400 to cover an unplanned expense. Yet nearly half of today’s workers are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with no financial cushion whatsoever, and a big part of the reason boils down to living beyond our means.”

(“3 signs you’re living beyond your means.” CNN Money. 19 Sept 2017.  http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/19/pf/living-beyond-your-means/index.html?iid=SF_LN)

Some indicators that you’re not spending within your budget:

  1. You have a low credit score
  2. Your rent or mortgage payment is more than 30% of your income
  3. You’re not saving at all

Read why these are signs that you’re living too high on the hog here.

Money Monday: the Equifax hack

Worried about the Equifax hack?

Equifax

“The names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers for 143 million people may have been accessed. That kind of information could be used by someone else to open bank accounts, credit cards and loans in your name.

“The credit card numbers of an additional 209,000 people were also accessed. Those people will be notified directly. Everyone else must go to a website created by Equifax and submit their last name and last six digits of their Social Security number to find out if they were affected.” (“5 things to do right now if you’re worried about the Equifax hack.” 10 Sept. 2017. CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/09/pf/what-to-do-equifax-hack/index.html?iid=SF_LN

If you’re worried, here are some things you can do right now:

  1. Check your free credit reports to see if anything shows up
  2. Put a fraud alert on your credit reports and credit cards
  3. Pay attention to your bank accounts and credit cards for any suspicious purchases or withdrawals

Read more of CNN’s suggestions here: “5 things to do right now if you’re worried about the Equifax hack.”