When it comes to buying vs. renting how do you decide which one is better for you? There are many factors that play into whether or not you are ready to invest your monthly rent in a home of your own. Buying a home is the American dream, but how do you know if it is right for you? Read on and 9 Year Mortgage will give you all of the pros and cons of renting vs. buying.
Money Saving Tips
Have you ever heard of Groupon, LivingSocial, or any of the other hundreds of daily deal sites? In short, sites like these offer their members steep daily discounts at local restaurants, stores, events, photographers, spas or nearly anything you can imagine you can buy. A free membership to a site that saves you money sounds great to us here at 9 Year Mortgage! But as always, advertisers are tricky and make it so easy for us to look past some of the little details that could cost us some money or time later. For this reason, 9 Year Mortgage has configured a list of 10 things you should know about daily deal sites that they won’t tell you themselves.
If you think you’re immune to the dangers of credit cards, you may be wrong. Even if you always pay your balance in full and on time, you still may be at risk. Read on and 9 Year Mortgage will tell you how to avoid some of the most dangerous, and yet common, credit card pitfalls.
The next time you find yourself being asked by a sales clerk to sign up for a credit card, 9 Year Mortgage advises you to stop and think about your commitment to such a card. Can you afford to lose a couple points on your credit score? Will you be able to pay off your entire balance every month? Will you actually take advantage of the member benefits, or let them slide by?
It isn’t new news to any of us that the housing market is currently not the best, nor do we have any promising information that is leading us to believe it will make a fast recovery. As always, regardless of the U.S.’s economic or housing situation, our lives continue to go on and moving may become necessary for a lot of us. For this reason, 9 Year Mortgage has created a “must-do” list if you are hoping to sell your humble abode for its market value, or more.
9 Year Mortgage knows it’s no secret that most Americans are struggling with their debt. Our country is in a down economy and we as citizens are scraping to make ends meet. There are many great ideas out there on how to reduce your debt, but after reading about how to do it, do you feel drained and overwhelmed? Are the debt reducing strategies more time consuming or involved than you had hoped for? Many times they are, leaving you where you were before- still in need of a solution.
We understand this is a problem and concern, so 9 Year Mortgage has compiled a list of simple things you can do that will help you save money and start to pay down some of your existing debt. These tips are simple and easy to complete! Pick a few that you feel you can conquer this month and actually do them! Take baby steps and you’ll be fine!
9 Year Mortgage realizes that credit card debt can be a heavy burden on even the strongest shoulders. It piles up day after day almost imperceptibly! After a few years you find it hard to make anything more than the minimum payment. All the while you hate seeing that the interest is racking up, leaving you feeling financially depleted—like there is nothing you can do to get back on top again.
What teenager does not have a cell phone these days? Teens use their phones to download music, access email, and to send endless text messages to the world. To cut back on costs, suggest to your children that you will pay the basics of their plan, but they are on their own for the rest of the bill. Kids will be a lot more responsible with their phone if they know they will have to pay for overage charges, ring tones, and exceeding their texting limit.
Have you noticed how many children in middle school have cell phones, and how this trend is trickling down to elementary aged kids too? By chance have you noticed the child in the store holding his mom’s iTouch and playing Angry Birds to pass the time? How about a teen glued to their TV, lap top, or gaming system? Ever seen one of them totally zoned out while walking with their ear buds in and their cell phone glued to their thumb? This is what 9 Year Mortgage calls talented multitasking! Now, have you ever shook your head at any of these scenarios and questioned what the parents were thinking?
9 Year Mortgage is aware of the economic crisis and we highly recommend taking a fine toothed comb to your expense budgets, as you can see from our other posts, but there is another way you can help make ends meet–consider taking on a second job. Studies estimate that 27 million Americans are already taking advantage of a second part-time job, but before you take the plunge, here’s what 9 Year Mortgage suggests you consider.
Are you struggling to make ends meet or to continue to live the same lifestyle? Well, you’re not the only one. The trend of cutting expenses wherever possible is going to be a lasting one, not only because of the shaky economy but also from a feeling among Americans that the government and big corporations are not going to be reliable contributors during a financial crisis. If you are in this situation, don’t get discouraged, there are ways to cut your costs.
The holiday season is over, but stores are not seeing a major decrease in spending by consumers like they have seen in the past. Contrary to thought, consumers are not planning on slowing down when it comes to their spending. Don’t be fooled with all this talk of increased sales and large savings accounts; credit card applications have been rising since 2009 and have been soaring since the fourth quarter of 2010.
Who is teaching your child about money? If your not, then chances are that no one is. 9 Year Mortgage recognizes that personal finance is not taught in schools and the only way they are learning is by example. Children often do not see their parents paying their mortgage or utility bills; what they do see is a piece of plastic that pays for most of your daily activities. The moment your child starts noticing the connection between money and purchases, you as their parent, have the obligation to teach them the truth about money; the earlier the better.
Marriage can provide a significant financial advantage. For instance, you can double your income without doubling your expenses. If you and your spouse have the same financial goals, you can reach them much more quickly together than you could have working alone.
Nine Year Mortgage on the 2011 Tax Changes Nine Year Mortgage welcomes you into the year 2011! It is important as a taxpayer to know what changes were made this year and what to expect in the upcoming years. We know it can be difficult to keep up on all the changes that have been […]
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Nine Year Mortgage believes that life insurance is an essential protection to have, especially for married people with children. When a primary wage earner is taken in death, serious decisions and consequences arise, such as whether to sell the house, whether a stay at home Mom should go to work, whether a grandparent should move in to take care of kids, and mourning the loss of the spouse/parent. These issues, along with all the rest that go along with such a stressful time in life, are best made with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that money is not a problem or a factor in the decision.
How much did you spend last month on groceries? How much do you usually spend on groceries in a month? Can you answer those two questions on cell phone and cable TV spending, dining out, insurance, gasoline, etc? If you know how much you spend in these various categories you’re miles ahead of most Americans.
Recently, several Nine Year Mortgage clients wanted to learn some steps they could take to be able to live within their income. Each client was spending between $100 and $200 each month more than they earned. As I examined their monthly budgets, I noticed in both cases they had allocated over two hundred dollars a month for “work lunches”. For a normal 20-day work week, that is about $10 every day.