Real Estate

Ebola, Fear and Market Timing

The West African Ebola outbreak this summer generated fear and anxiety, particularly when two infected American aid volunteers were treated at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. What does Ebola have to do with your personal investment policy and meeting your goals? Plenty: It provides a useful lesson in the psychology of fear.

Rent During Renovations?

Seen The Money Pit? Tom Hanks and Shelley Long buy a $1 million distressed sale fixer-upper mansion for $200,000. What happens next? Maybe the same catastrophes you envision if you renovate your house while living in it. Is residing somewhere else for a while a smarter move and how do you pull it off?

How to Increase Your Wealth

As the old adage says, “It takes money to make money.” You don’t have to be wealthy to invest, but you have to invest to be wealthier.

U.S. Housing Bulwark: Abroad

Foreign buyers are increasing their purchases of U.S. real estate. That may cause some unease, but it's a good development. While our housing markets are improving, the boost from elsewhere is vital.

Preparing for the Unexpected

You probably go through many days feeling invincible. Bad things – or even just the weird and unexpected – happen to other people, not you. Wrong. When life throws you curves, almost always when you least expect, you need ready cash.

One possible curve: You come home to a wild turkey in your living room. A few months ago, one of my clients took a weekend trip with her boyfriend. On Saturday, they got engaged. On Sunday, they received a call that the patio door on their apartment “blew out.”

Asset Caregiver Guides (Pt. 1)

We almost all seem to know someone who helps older family members with financial affairs. If legally appointed to help someone with their money, find out all you can about the potentially confusing role.

To help fledgling financial caregivers, the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) publishes four guides for “Managing Someone Else’s Money.” Each guide addresses a specific role:

Assessing Real Estate Agents

Selling or buying a home can come with a lot of confusion. If you’re in the market for a real estate agent, ask these questions to find the best fit.

Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

As you pursue the American Dream of buying your first or next home, is it a good idea to pay down your mortgage – depleting part of your investment portfolio to eliminate the debt – or keep making the normal monthly loan payment and have more money in a stock market that offers potentially higher long-term returns? Both moves offer advantages depending on your unique situation.

3 Worrisome Global Problems

The U.S. economy has plenty of weaknesses. But compared to elsewhere, we are doing pretty well. The downside is that, in a global economy where everyone is connected, trouble in one spot can spread rapidly over borders. That’s why weaknesses in China, Japan and Europe are worrisome.

Homeowning for the Young

Your time has come to grow beyond renting a home. What now?

Gen Y, those born in the 1980s and early 1990s, look today to build equity and save on rent by researching the benefits of owning versus renting. Whether married or single, when it comes to renting and owning, you must consider these questions:

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