How to Avoid Stress and Frustration

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The #1 Mistake Home Buyers Make

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What is the real cost of a mortgage?

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The New Location, Location, Location

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How much money should I keep in a savings account for emergencies?

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Question: How much money should I keep in a savings account for emergencies?

Answer:  Many financial professionals suggest that you put away three to six months’ worth of living expenses for emergencies. We actually call these funds “Cash Reserves,” because the reality is, most things that might happen are not really emergencies. Once established, we also refer to this as your “sleep well at night” account!

If you lose your job, or become disabled and don’t have adequate disability insurance, you’ll need that money to pay your regular monthly expenses, such as mortgage payments, insurance premiums, groceries, and car payments, until you can find another job. Without such an emergency fund, a period of unemployment could put your assets at risk. Similarly, if your car breaks down or your spouse has a medical emergency, you’ll want to have the necessary cash to pay the bills. You don’t want to be faced with an immediate need for cash, only to discover that you don’t have any.

You may have already set up an emergency fund. Did you put the cash in a five-year certificate of deposit (CD) or other long-term investment? In an emergency, you will need to get at those funds immediately. You can certainly pull your money out of the CD early, but you’ll pay a penalty. It’s better to keep some funds more liquid, in a traditional savings account, a money market deposit account, or a six-month CD, for example. That way, the cash will be readily available when you need it.

Finally, keep your emergency fund separate from your everyday accounts. You might even want to use a different bank. Unless you are extremely disciplined, you’ll be tempted to spend those extra funds if you keep them in your checking account. Remember, if you can put off an expense until next week, it is probably not an emergency.

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How To Use Leverage When Owning Real Estate

Learn what leverage can do for you when you own Real Estate.

 

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The #1 Mistake Home Buyers Make

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Debt Happens – It’s How You Repay It That Matters

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Whether it’s your mortgage, money owed for home improvements, car loans, student loans, or last months’ vacation still on your credit card, most of us have debt.

Debt comes and goes.  You pay off everything, and then decide to remodel your kitchen.  Your paid-off car finally breaks down and you need to get a new one.

Debt is a part of our lives.  But having debt is not necessarily the problem.  How you pay back your debt is what counts.

With that being said, do you have a DEBT REPAYMENT plan?  Everyone wants to be debt free…but rarely do they have a specific, measurable, and actionable plan to achieve this goal.  And without a plan, goals can rarely be achieved.

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With the new release of my book, Borrow Smart, Repay Smart, I figure it’s time to remind everyone that our Mortgage Advisors are trained on a custom process designed to help homeowners create a plan to get out of debt faster, and easier.  It’s called The Repay SMART Review™.  You can schedule one by emailing your preferred Mortgage Advisor at Sierra Pacific Mortgage. It’s that simple.

Some of the answers this process will provide are:

  • Where should you start? Meaning, which debts should you attack first, and which debts should you just pay the minimum?
  • How do you balance your goal of paying down your debt AND putting money into savings?
  • Do you focus on the highest interest rates or the lowest balances first?
  • How do you reduce the net cost of your borrowing over time?
  • Should you pay extra toward your mortgage, or save that money instead?
  • And the best one…what’s your DEBT FREE DATE?

We do NOT charge for this service.  It is COMPLETELY COMPLIMENTARY.  Why?  Because we believe that it’s part of our responsibility to help you better manage your debt and find ways to free up cash flow to save more for your future.  It’s one way we give back, and it gives our career a purpose far beyond handing out mortgages.  So there are no hidden strings here.  It’s what we love to do!

And yes, when we do this well and give back in this way…people do tend to choose our Advisors for their mortgage services when needed.  But it’s up to you to take action.  It’s your debt.  It’s your cash flow.  It’s your future.  Call or email, and we can help.

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Baseball and Financial Independence

How you borrow money will dictate your ability to retire how and when you want. Use this baseball analogy to learn the path to financial independence.

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Understanding the 3 sided balance sheet

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