September was Life Insurance Awareness Month but in my mind every month is an awareness month! My time spent in the Financial Services world has taught me many things; one lesson that I learned from clients is the importance of reviewing one’s beneficiary designations on personal documents, investments, retirement plans and insurance.
I know of one individual who was married and divorced at a young age. She was a teacher in a local high school who remarried in her early thirties. Fast forw... [More]
You've decided to purchase your first house - congratulations! You’ve hired a real estate agent and a few weeks later you find your dream home. Now you need to get the loan process started, so you research and choose a lender and before you know it you are in their office filling out papers and talking numbers.
This is the part where you will likely have numerous choices on which loan program works for you. Some programs have mortgage insurance, while others do not. Some programs require g... [More]
Saving enough for a 20% down payment on a home can be one of the toughest financial challenges most people will ever take on. With the median existing U.S. single-family home price at about $213,000, that means pulling together more than $40,000 – a veritable mountain of cash. Yet reaching that goal can be done. It just takes planning, patience and discipline. Here are some tips to help you map your path to home ownership: [More]