Right now is a great time to consider buying a house. The market has lots of homes for sale, and interest rates are good. One common mistake that people make when purchasing a house is over extending themselves so that all of their money goes into their house and they become house poor. Here are some things that you can do to prevent becoming house poor. 1. Buy Lower Than Your Budget Allows
It's the worst scenario: a family member or close friend calls you to let you know that they are in jail. Of course, the question is – can you bail them out? Before making a quick decision, make sure you are really thinking about what you are getting into so that you make an educated decision, not one based off of pure emotion. Trust When it comes to bailing someone out of jail, trust is the most important aspect.
If you travel for business or pleasure abroad, you likely want to be able to use your regular bank debit card and manage your finances while away from home, especially with the advent of easy online banking. It's unsafe and unwieldy to carry cash to cover your entire trip, but conducting bank transactions while overseas can also come with a certain amount of risk. Here are some tips to help you manage your United States bank account while spending time abroad.
If you're buying a house, especially a first home, one of the major initial expenses is the amount you need to have at the closing for the so-called closing costs. This umbrella term includes the fee for running your credit report, doing a title search to make sure that there are no prior claims on the property, the fee for preparing the closing paperwork, any attorney fees, the property appraisal fee, the lender's underwriting fee, the county recording fee and the cost of title insurance.
It's often said that a great credit score takes years to build, and this is true. A perfect credit score does require years of excellent credit history. But, there are also steps you can take to increase your credit score by hundreds of points right now. Here's how. Stop Trying to Get Approved Many people fall into the trap of applying for credit cards or auto loans every month (or even sooner) just to see if they can get approved.