5 Questions to Answer When Undertaking a Home Renovation

Whether you’ve purchased a home with the idea of renovating it or you’ve been in your home for years and it’s finally time to update – a home renovation is a journey. That journey may begin with smaller home improvement projects that eventually results in a multi-room home remodel or a total overhaul. Each person’s home renovation will be unique with different expenses and surprises along the way.

What to Expect in a Home Inspection: Checklist and Tips

Every wise homebuyer knows that a home inspection is a must-have before closing a deal on a home. If you choose to do an inspection yourself or hire a professional home inspector, be certain to be educated to get the most out of the inspection. A thorough home inspection will provide quality information and will [...]

6 Real Money Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Teenager Before College

It is never too early to start practicing good money habits. In fact, the earlier teenagers are exposed to good financial habits, the better chance they will become financially savvy. This is an important life lesson in general, but especially if college is on the horizon for your teenager. Becoming a college student is probably […]

What They Don’t Tell You About 529 Savings College Plan

It is to no one’s surprise that parents often start a college savings fund for their child shortly after the child’s birth. College is an expensive investment that most parents are willing to assume for their children. To financially prepare their children for college, most parents choose 529 college saving plans due to tremendous tax […]

4 Ways Marriage Changes The Way You Manage Money

Saying, “Yes!” to forever together comes with unforgettable memories and exciting future plans. Tying the knot doesn’t just mean that you are now sharing a home and life together, it also means you are managing your money and finances jointly as well. There are a few important monetary topics that you and your partner will […]

7 Finance-Based Gifts Mom Will Love

Mom deserves all of the praise, recognition, and the love she can get—daily! Yet it is Mother’s Day that we “officially” thank them, once again, for all of their love and care. Rather than go the traditional route of buying flowers and candy for mom, why not make it more creative, thoughtful, and financially generous? […]

Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

Does it make better sense to buy or lease a new vehicle? That depends upon a number of factors, such as the residual value of the car you intend to purchase, the amount of money you pay upfront as a capitalized cost reduction and the cost of financing. Nevertheless, it’s recommended to explore both buying […]

How Refinancing Your Student Loans May Save You Hundreds

You just got your college degree, your professional career is on the starting line, the flag drops and you’re off. Congratulations college graduate, while you go about learning your new job you will have just six months of grace period before your loan repayments begin.  In 2020 there were around 19 million college students in […]

The Ultimate Year-End Financial Checklist

Before you start decorating your Christmas trees and popping champagne bottles for the New Year, don’t forget to check-up on your financial health using a financial checklist. Did your net worth increase? Which investments performed the best? Most importantly—how does it all tie into your master plan for the future? If this is your first […]

A First-time Home Buyer’s Guide to Mortgages

Thinking of buying your first home by getting a mortgage, but don’t know where to start? Here is a break-down of the absolute must-knows from mortgage rates to first-time home buyers benefits, and everything in-between. Pull out your pen and paper because you’re about to do some hands-on math exercises, or if you’re uncomfortable hearing […]