Protecting Your Home Against Natural Disasters

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®      

Natural disasters, weather-related catastrophes and other emergencies can strike at any time. When they do, you’ll no doubt want protection for what’s most likely your most costly asset: your home. None of us can outrun windswept fires, massive earthquakes or torrential flooding. And even the latest technology available cannot accurately predict these potentially life-and-property threatening dangers. Continue reading

Tapping Your Retirement to Buy a Home

If you’re planning to buy a home, you may be worried if you’ll have enough money saved for a down payment. You’ve probably heard that you can use retirement funds to help, but it’s important to know the restrictions, or you could be stuck paying penalties and taxes. And even though a home can be a great investment, taking out retirement funds early could hurt your long-term security.

Here’s what you should know before you make any financial moves.

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Confusing Mortgage Terms Made Simple

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

Getting a home loan can be a confusing process. You have to decide whether to get a fixed rate mortgage or an adjustable rate loan. You’ll want to shop around and qualify for the best loan rates and terms. And when you’re signing on the dotted line for one of the biggest purchases of your life, you naturally want to fully understand everything. So one way to make the home loan process easier is to understand some important lingo you might hear from experts in the mortgage industry.

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