Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First

It sounds simple, but paying yourself first can really pay off.

Each month you settle down to pay bills. You pay your mortgage lender. You pay the electric company. You pay the trash collector. But do you pay yourself? One of the most basic tenets of sound investing involves the simple habit of “paying yourself first,” in other words, making the first payment of each month into your savings account.

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Mortgage Matters: The Streamlined Modification Initiative

In spite of a decade characterized by nearly every housing catastrophe possible under the sun becoming a reality, the Federal Government is giving their replenishment efforts another powerful go with the “Streamlined Modification Initiative”. Going into effect on July 1st, the initiative itself will allow “eligible borrowers who are at least 90 days delinquent on their mortgage an easy way to lower their monthly payments and modify their mortgage without requiring financial or hardship documentation” (http://1.usa.gov/Yf9oA5). The biggest impact of this will be helping slightly disadvantaged borrowers maintain their status of home ownership, while similarly extending the life of their payments.

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What the Heck Is a Reverse Mortgage?

Lately, you've likely noticed a glut of television, radio and even Web advertisements — many of them featuring well-known actors — all talking about a retirement and planning tool called reverse mortgages. Even its name is odd: What in the heck is a reverse mortgage, and should you bother to look into them? After all, these ads talk a great deal, but none really explain what the true nature of these products are. If you're close to your retirement or already in retirement, you may want to read on to discover more about these all-too-tempting sounding arrangements.

 

Overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), these are loans against the mortgage principal, and a qualifying individual can elect to access this equity in a lump sum, a line of revolving credit or in monthly payments.

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