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YOUR BUDGET

The first thing you have to ask is, “How much house can we afford” The payments include P+I+T+I (principle+interest+taxes+insurance). Most of your payment will be principle and interest, taxes vary according to state, and insurance is not a very big cost.

But, you can figure it out with most online calculators. You have to know how to calculate P+I+T+I to get a quality home or mortgage.

You should be stable in your job or with your business before you decide to take the leap to sign on with a mortgage.  

Most banks want you to be on your job or in your business for a solid two years. Set up a file system for steps 1-8, don’t rush and do your research.

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Step 1

MORTGAGE COST

Below is a typical cost analysis of a home or mortgage with average tax state, always find out how much typical insurance and taxes are in your state before you decide your budget.

Choose a home price you think you can qualify for based on total payment. You will keep adjusting home price until you can find one that is close to your budget. Use my mortgage amortization calculator at LiveRichCalculators.

Say your home or mortgage costs are as follow:
$300,000  price of home
at, 4% interest
30 year
Taxes=6000/yr
Insurance=500/yr
Monthly Payment and Interest=1,432.5
Monthly Taxes and Insurance=541.67
Total Payment=$1,973.92

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Step 2

DOWN PAYMENT AND ESCROW COST

Find out what a typical down payment is at your credit union, bank, or mortgage company. Now, make sure you have the savings or start a savings account with the down payment and escrow cost.

If you find a buyer who is anxious to sell and they have a lot of equity in their home sometimes you can negotiate that they pay your buyer’s escrow cost.

For the example above the downpayment is:
5%=$15,000
A 1% escrow cost = $3000

Step 3

MAINTENANCE COST

Allow a monthly saving account for maintenance cost, most homes have maintenance repairs from time to time.

Old homes usually have a higher maintenance cost than newer homes, unless all electrical, plumbing and other major items replaced. The important aspect of a good home is a good inspection, preferably by tradesmen.

I prefer hiring an actual plumber, electrician, and carpenter to inspect your new home instead of one single home inspector. Some of those home inspectors only take a 6 month home inspection course.

The tradesmen work in the field every day for years. You should also do your own inspection with a moisture meter and electrical meter to see if there are any glaring defects.

If you place a marble on the floor does it roll or stay put, if it rolls you could have a damaged foundation. That is extremely expensive to repair. If you know the repairs you may be able to add those into your mortgage and fix after your move in.

Step 4

CREDIT REPORT

Get a copy of your credit report before you start to look for a home. Read it carefully. Some people are shocked at the mistakes that get on their credit report. Make sure you document the mistakes on your credit report and challenge them with Experian credit bureau.

Experian will usually send the corrections to the other bureaus. When all corrections are in place, get another copy of your credit report, and credit score. Getting an affordable, quality home or mortgage starts with a good credit report and high credit score.

Step 5

PAY OFF BILLS

You know what your bills are, and you know if they are excessive. You will need to find room in your budget for a mortgage. You don’t want a mortgage that increases your current bills per month too much.

Like you don’t want to get from $500 per month of rent to $1900 per month for a mortgage unless you have been saving at least $2500 per month so that savings will go into your mortgage.

You should also still have room for a savings account or two after you get a mortgage. You will need savings for home maintenance, car maintenance, and general emergencies. Pay off as many bills as possible before you start a mortgage.

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Step 6

SAVE FOR A DOWN PAYMENT AND CLOSING COST

Down payments are ranging anywhere from 5% to 10% down. The more you put down, of course, the lower your monthly payment will be. Then, there are buyers closing cost you must pay also. This is usually a surprise to new home buyers.

Closing cost is typically 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price. So, for a $300,000 home, the closing cost would be about $9,000.

Step 7

MORTGAGE RESEARCH

Before you decide to use a financial institute, do your research. If you have a credit union or local bank you do business with and you have good credit, it is usually relatively easy to get a loan at one of those places and you will save on additional cost that is charged by mortgage companies.

If you can’t get financing from your credit union or bank, research the best mortgage companies in your area. You can also ask friends and family who they had good luck with.

Before your visit anyone for a mortgage. Research mortgages, make absolutely sure you understand what a quality mortgage is. Know what the current rates are for a 15 year or 30-year mortgage.

Don’t allow anyone to give you a low-quality mortgage, if they think you have not done your research, some will try to give you a low-quality mortgage, even if you qualify for a high-quality mortgage.

If you qualify for a  low-interest high quality conventional low-interest rate 30-year mortgage, make sure you get one. The industry is full of nice, dishonest people, protect yourself.

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Step 8

MORTGAGE RATES AND QUALITY

Call your local credit union or bank to get current rates on quality mortgages.

Use my mortgage calculators at LiveRichCalculators.

Use the department of housing website to read about various types of Mortgage Issues.

This is most of the information you need to purchase a quality home or mortgage if it is your first home or your second or third.

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Summary

Remember that buying a home is a serious process. You should take your time and be very methodical.

Some places have home prices that are outrageous – in that case, you may have to drive a long distance to get to work, by living in an affordable area further from your center of town.

Some towns have affordable housing compared to income. Take your time it may take anywhere from 6 months to 5 years to go through the process I list above.  Article Updated 2019

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Buying a New Car, The Pros and Cons

Buying a New Car

There are many pros and cons to buying a new car. Below, I attempt to outline some of the most important factors to consider before you decide which car is best for you.

NEW-CAR DEPRECIATION

Depreciation is the value cars loose after you drive them off the lot, different cars depreciate at different values. Some cars have a high depreciation rate, and some have a low depreciation.

Potential new car buyers research the depreciation schedule of the car you are interested in.

Depreciation will not affect you much if you plan to keep a car for several years, and you will eventually get the value for your car. But if you change cars in a few years you will be affected and may even lose money.

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In the past, if a new car was in an accident you could lose money due to the difference in what you owe versus the depreciated value, this happens if you don’t put down a large down payment.

Now, there is something called gap insurance, that you can purchase when you buy your new car and put down a low-or-no down payment. Gap 
insurance doesn’t always work, but it sometimes helps.

There are many ways you can research the depreciation of the car you are interested in, by searching the many car analysis websites, before you decide on a car.

According to Edmunds, one on the many car analysis websites, on average a new car loses 11% of its value the minute you drive it off the lot.

During the first 5 years, the average car depreciates by 15%-25%. After five years the average car is worth 37% of what you paid for it at the dealership.

THE MOST EXPENSIVE WAY TO BUY

A new car is the most expensive way to buy a car when you consider the price of the car is at the top, and you must pay new car warranty service.

Insurance is the most expensive due to the loan value and replacement cost, and car registration or taxes are at its highest.

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FIRST YEAR WARRANTY SERVICE

New cars have a warranty for the first year, and most have additional warranties for major items that go on for 5 to 10 years. To keep your first-year warranty active, you must get warranty inspections, usually about every 3 – 6 months. 

Maintenance schedules vary according to make, model, and car manufacturer, your dealer will give you the maintenance schedule.

A major area many inexperienced new car buyers forget to include in their budget is the cost of the new car warranty service.

Get this information from the car dealer, before you decide on your car. Some new cars have a hefty new car warranty service.

The cost of the new car warranty service is what causes financial problems for many inexperienced persons.

Find out what the new car service cost before you purchase a new car. It is required to keep your first-year warranty in effect.

RECALLS OR LEMONS

There are those who think if they buy a new car, they will have the perfect car with no problems. That is not true. Pay attention to the recalls on new or near new cars.

You can research the recall schedule for the car you are interested in. One person, I talk to about car recalls told me he was forced to park his near new car because he kept getting recall notices.

He got a total of 37 recalls by the time I talked to him and simply did not have the time to take the car to the dealer at that time.

If these recall issues are not resolved, it can cost thousands of dollars in repairs down the line if the car is passed on to someone who does not check for the recalls.

It may also make the car unsafe to drive if the recalls are not addressed.

LOW MAINTENANCE VERSUS HIGH MAINTENANCE CARS

Low maintenance cars have two advantages. One, they don’t take a lot of your time. Two, they don’t take a lot of your money. Constant unexpected major car repairs are a large part of budget busting.

You can look up car maintenance history on cars at all the car analysis sites. New cars with high maintenance schedule should be avoided, this is another hidden cost.

During the car note period and after the warranty period, a high car maintenance bill could cause you to park it until you have maintenance money.

A low maintenance car is a more affordable option. Some cars have a high repair rate as near new cars and some have low repair rates as used cars.

If the potential owner maintains a regular maintenance schedule, with regular oil changes and tune-ups, and when something goes wrong it will be taken care of early.

Long Term Performance

Some cars last for several years without major problems some only last a few years. Check out the long-term performance of your car to see if you have a high maintenance car that requires a lot of repairs as a used car.

New Car Research

There are websites all over the internet where you can research new cars for cost, depreciation, new car repairs, warranty cost and just about anything else you need to know.

The following come to mind – Edmunds, consumer reports, Carfax, Kelly blue book (kbb), and many more. The important thing is that you do your research before you buy the car.

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I have been working on this online course for more than four years, but I am finally going to wrap it up. I will be releasing it in September. This very short fantastic finances poll will help us help you get the right course.

fantastic finances pollThis course will be entirely focused on “Support and Positive Financial Change”. It will include eight weeks of printed pdf’s, 8 complete personal finance books by Lois Center-Shabazz — in the form of downloadable eBooks, video tutorials on 8 crucial personal finance topics, a guide to create your Most Valuable Finances (MVF) profile, a complete course outline to guide you through the Most Valuable Finances Course, a Facebook support group, and a weekly live question and answer session with Money Pro and course founder,  Lois Center-Shabazz.

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3 Ways to Save Money When You Own a Small Business

Save Money When You Own a Small Business

3 Ways to Save Money When You Own a Small Business

Owning a brick and mortar business or a online business can both be expensive, I have done both, but there are many ways to save money when you own a small business. So, you must know what to spend money on and how to limit and analyze your spending. If you don’t Spend on the right items, you will not have movement with your business. After deciding the business structure, the importance of knowledge of the product and your target market, then you have to find out how to get customers.

  1. Create a Marketing Budget

Most of the small business people I know spend a lot of time and energy on creating content or products but forget about marketing them. One of the most effective ways to get noticed is effective marketing. The more you market, the more you are loved. Don’t fail to market because you don’t have a marketing budget, create one. You can save money when you have a small business by doing your own marketing until you get established.

  1. Create a Monthly Advertising Budget

Advertising is trickier than marketing. The graphics and the text need to be ultra-attractive, otherwise, you will not attract any attention. No attention means a wasted advertisement. The best way to get effective ads, is to use an ad specialist. Ad specialist study and know advertising better than you know because it is their constant study and analyses.

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  1. Create an Outsourcing Budget

You can’t grow alone. The best way to grow if you are online is outsourcing. There are people who specialize in the most minute areas from social media marketing to copy-writing. There are many web businesses that specialize in providing independent contractor who will work for you. You save money when you own a small business by outsourcing due to the fact you don’t have to pay employee taxes and salaries.

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3 Ways to Save Money on a Vacation and Still Have a Wonderful Time

Save Money on a Vacation

3 Ways to Save Money on Vacation and Have a Wonderful Time

There are many ways to save money on a vacation, with the understanding that vacations are expensive, for many the savings are crucial. Here I list just a few of the most effective ways to save money on a vacation. You can enjoy yourself if you spend a lot or a little, so why not save when you need to.

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  1. U.S. travel – everyone gets foreign travel photos in their social media news feeds on a regular basis. So, it is easy to get the foreign travel bug. And, of course you can find a full package for $2000 with an uber cheap flight and hotel packages purchased months in advance. The tricky thing is to research the airline safety and the hotel you will stay in.

As a less, expensive alternative: Say you look at beautiful local resorts, national parks, and big city tours for a full package flight and hotel for $600. You can pretend to suffer paying for the foreign travel package and put the difference of $2000-$600 = $1400. in the bank. You can also choose to travel by car which tends to be even less expensive than flying.

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A Staycation Does Not Require Airline or Hotel Expense

  1. A staycation is something that appeals to people who haven’t done much to enjoy their own city, town or even home. If you live in an area where there are a lot of tourist attractions, you can do a staycation. Or, you have guest you would like to invite to hang out and see the local attractions with you, that would also be nice. The savings speak for themselves. The money that you save by staying close to home will go straight to savings.

Use a Windfall to Save Money on a Vacation

  1. Then there is the windfall, larger than expected tax return, or gift. If any of these occur, you can use half or less, of the proceeds to take an unusually nice extended vacation either U.S. based or foreign for the next few years. You can place it in a vacation fund. You will still save by putting away at least half of the proceeds into your basic savings. How much you spend depends on how much your windfall is. Don’t forget to tackle pesty bills you have had long term.

Here are just 3 ways to save money on vacation and still have a wonderful time, you can think of more.

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3 Types of Predatory Debt You Need to Know About

3 Types of Predatory Debt You Need to Know About

The types of debt you get matters, and many don’t understand that. Here are 3 types of predatory debt effecting millennial’s and gen x’ers debt snowball.  The 3 types of predatory loans is where the most confusion comes in, and later the pain and sorrow is packed on for years afterwards.

So, in case you wonder how debt snowballs, it starts when you don’t understand the predatory nature of some debt, that can last for decades.

There are many different types of predatory debt, but I am only discussing those that destroy lives without understanding them.Remove predatory debt, Ladies for peace of mind when you buy a car you must understand the rules.

PREDATORY LOANS CREATE PREDATORY DEBT

A predatory loan is usually difficult to understand, not well-explained, is high interest, and can snowball quickly and easily and cause predatory debt. Don’t get caught up in advertising propaganda that gets you snagged with bad debt appearing good. Do your homework, do your research and know the various loan products as well as how salespeople fudge the truth about loan products.

USED CAR LOANS, CAR TITLE LOANS, AND UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS

Used Car Loans – many have terms that have unbelievable interest rates. But many I have spoken to who were caught in this web, did not understand the high interest or bad terms in the loan.

Unfortunately, many states have laws that protect unscrupulous car dealers. And, some millenials and gen x’rs who buy cars from used car lots without the benefit of prior research get stunned when they get the loan paperwork.

If you have good credit, you can get a good loan from your bank, credit union, or the used side of a new car lot. Most new car lot financing offices are tied to local banks and credit unions. So, don’t get snagged with a bad loan because you don’t understand how different types of car lots operate. 

Payday Loans – many users are encouraged to roll over their loan weekly because they don’t have the money to pay the loan. After a year of doing this your interest can morph to over 300%. Car title loans have a similar problem, many lose their cars according to a PBS special which showed a sea of cars taken from the car owners.

In most of these cases, you will find that the loan was not nearly as useful as the misery that followed. Why would you risk a car worth $4000 to get a $500 loan and then find that you can’t repay it, so you get caught in the tangled web of rollovers until you loose your car.

It is not worth the risk. A better option is to borrow from close family, your credit union or a bank. An even better option is to find extra work to make the money you need. 

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Unsubsidized Student Loans – I have had several college graduates contact me about this issue and none of them knew what their unsubsidized loan was until after they graduated.

Upon graduation they got the shock of their lives, with a loan balance far above what they borrowed and were confused. I explained to each one that they have an unsubsidized loan (as opposed to a subsidized loan, where interest is subsidized by the government while in school).

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With an unsubsidized loan  the interest is charged to the student, while in school. Most don’t understand or have money to pay the interest while in school, so it accumulates.

The unsubsidized loans I have seen have doubled in balance (or more), from the original loan balance when the interest is added to the balance after graduation. Now they have a huge balance of double or more from what they borrowed, immediately after graduation.

These are one of 3 types of predatory loans because it is almost impossible to file bankruptcy on them.

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This is one reason some students are skipping college to choose to work their way up on a job or go to a college they can pay from work and parents. Some student loans are taking 25 years to pay off, these are various types of unsubsidized loans or education that was simply way to costly for the degree.

The more you understand about the 3 types of predatory debt the easier it will be to avoid it, and the lifetime horrible consequences.

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3 factors that make mutual funds special

3 factors that make mutual funds special

  1. Longevity

Mutual funds last and last and increase in value over time.

Many mutual funds display tried and true value. They have been around for decades and some of them are managed by people who have their own money in the fund. This is a plus because, “who wants to lose their own money”?

  1. The Research Reports

You know what you are getting with mutual funds because research reports are abundant and easy to read and clear.

There are many research reports where you can see how the mutual fund you are interested in has performed in 3 years, 5 years, 10 years and for life. To me, this is considered a wealth of information, and no one should ever purchase a mutual fund without reading the research reports for the fund. I can show you how to read these reports.

  1. Ease of Understanding

They are easy to understand with just a little bit of effort.

If you are willing to do a little work and learn where to get mutual fund reports and how to read the mutual fund reports, you will greatly increase your chances of making money on your mutual funds. Will this happen quickly, in a few cases yes, but in most cases like any other “investment” it takes time to make money. But, within that time you will make money if you put the effort into it.

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3 Ways Mutual Funds Are Cost Effective

Mutual Funds Are Cost Effective
3 Ways Mutual Funds Are Cost Effective

You Can Choose No-Load

Mutual funds are cost effective mainly because you don’t have to pay to buy a mutual fund. Some investments including annuities and high cost mutual funds decrease your profits as time goes on.

You can pay $0 per purchase, for a mutual fund bought directly form an investment company, or you can pay $8 for a mutual fund purchase through a broker.

This means every time you purchase shares in a mutual fund you must pay a load. In no-load mutual funds there are still other charges that will affect your profits such as yearly fees. You can choose quality mutual funds with low yearly fees. I can demonstrate how to find mutual funds that have low yearly fees for you.

You Can Choose Low Cost When It Comes to Yearly Fees

There are many high cost mutual funds, but you can choose low-cost mutual funds that will significantly increase your returns over time, since yearly fees are charged every single year.

 As stated above there are many factors to look at. I can show you all the fees involved to maximize your mutual fund returns and show you that mutual funds are cost effective.

You Can Choose Low-Risk

There are many types of mutual funds, just because a mutual fund is medium or high risk does not mean it is not a good fund.

I have made money on many medium and high risk mutual funds through the years.

 It only means that the ups and downs are less, and the risk of temporary decreases in value is much less. I can show you how to determine if you are a low, mid, or high-risk person. And I how to create a great mutual fund portfolio no matter what you are using it for. 

When you consider the load, the fees, and a few other factors, you will find mutual funds are cost effective ways to build your money.

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5 Things to Consider For First Time Home Buyers

For First Time Home Buyers

5 Things to consider for first time home buyers

There are many things you need to do before you start looking for a home to buy.  Many people fail because they  go to a mortgage broker first, who rushes them into the process, get a home that is difficult to pay for, and fail. You will not be a part of this statistic if you follow a few simple rules. In this article I will tell you where to began with these 5 things to consider for first time home buyers:

1. The Home Buyers Mindset
2. Why Buy a Home
3. How to Keep Your Home Long Term
4. Resources to Help You Buy and Keep your Home
5.  The First Things You Need to do Before Contacting a Home Buyer Agency.

Ladies, it takes skills to purchase a home 5 things to consider for first time home buyers

1. The Home Buyers Mindset

  • Purchasing a home is an investment if the home is carefully chosen, is well-maintained home, and is affordable for your budget.
  • You have a home buyers mindset if you understand the above and you love to fix things and don’t mind home maintenance from detecting problems to getting them fixed in a timely manner.
  • Before you get involved with homebuying research, you should understand what it means to have plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning and roofing problems.
  • There is no landlord to call because you are your own landlord and are responsible for your own home.
  • The earlier you detect and fix things the better off you are.

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2. Why Buy a Home?

  • Your home is a place for privacy and this is probably the most important part about home ownership.
  • Your payment is frozen in time, this will benefit you financially long term versus having to rent.
  • Your payment will stay frozen in time provided you DO NOT take a loan against it. Home refinance is where many first time homeowners lose their home.
  • Your home is a place for your kids to grow up in and call home.
  • Your home is an investment in your future, f you maintain it, and keep your original loan.

3. How to Keep Your Home Long Term

  • Understand the first bill you pay monthly should be your mortgage. If you are sick, well, hurt or depressed, your mortgage has to be paid.
  • Do your research in quality home loans to avoid predatory loans. And, avoid refinance loans. Do it right the first time. Your home is not an ATM machine, don’t allow anyone to talk you into to treating it as such, by refinancing after you already have a quality loan.
  • Don’t allow anyone to talk you into using your home for car or education loans. Get a car loan at your credit union or bank, save money for your education or get an extra job to pay tuition. There are also education loans.
  • Keep your home maintenance current don’t let a leak turn into a flood. The difference in cost to repair and the amount of damage is huge.

4. Resources to help you buy and keep your home

  • There are local, state, and federal resources to help you with home buying.
  • You are required to take classes and should take classes in most first time home buyer programs.
  • Check www.hud.gov for federal resources to help you with home buying. Go to your state’s website and search home buying help for state resources.

5. The first things you need to do before contacting a home buyer agency and prepare for a quality low-interest loan;

A) Stop buying stuff

B) Start selling stuff you don’t need, don’t use, and don’t like – get rid of a large car loan payment if you can sell the car and get a cheaper one.

C) Pay off small bills first, that are the easiest to pay off.

D) Stop using credit cards, if you do, pay off your balances monthly.

All of these things will help to increase your credit score. The higher your credit score the better interest rate and quality loan you can get. First time home buyers need to be aware that getting a low-cost quality loan is at the top of their home buying agenda.

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