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Mortgages, Money & Life Lesson #14 – Stress and How to Overcome It

Mortgages, Money and Life is 52 lessons on a new way of looking at owning a home, creating wealth, and making smarter decisions with your money. Here is lesson #14: Stress and How to Overcome It

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Check in on your Goals for a Bigger, Better Future

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Avoiding the First Financial Blind Spot

Blind spots are all around, preventing us from getting where we want to go. In our quest to transform the lives of every client through financial education and direction, we have identified four blind spots that everyone falls into on … Continue reading

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The #1 Mistake Home Buyers Make

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What a Year for Real Estate!

According to Zillow.com, the median house price in Portland, Oregon is $406,200. Home values rose 12.9% over the past year! Imagine buying your very first home a year ago for $300,000. While you’ve enjoyed all of the personal rewards that … Continue reading

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Wealth & The House

“Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.”  – Theodore Roosevelt Real estate appreciation has … Continue reading

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The Fourth Step in Borrowing SMART

Once you have determined how much is available to you for borrowing on a mortgage (The Third Step in Borrowing Smart), the more critical step is now figuring out how much SHOULD you borrow. The fourth step to borrowing SMART is: … Continue reading

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The Third Step in Borrowing SMART

I always explain to new clients that there are two conversations we must have: What CAN you do? Then, what SHOULD you do? In this third step, this means first discussing what you CAN borrow.  Or put another way, finding … Continue reading

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The Second Step to Borrowing SMART

Once you are clear on the First step to making SMART borrowing decisions when it comes to financing your home, it is time to learn the second step:  PAYMENT. Put as a financial planning question, it means “How do I repay my … Continue reading

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Should You Pay off Your Mortgage Faster?

For nearly two decades now, I have seen too many homeowners paying extra toward their mortgage without first having sufficient cash in the bank to weather unforeseen financial problems or while carrying other high-interest consumer debt.  The hard truth for … Continue reading

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