The Total Cost of a Mortgage

Buying a home is a major event in our lives, and the excitement can easily overshadow the long-term financial commitment we’re about to make. This is especially true when we’ve found a home that we love. The property taxes, maintenance, and mortgage obligation that we’re committing to, often take a backseat to the excitement of […]

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Our financial goals are often very general such as “be out of debt” or “get a better handle on our money”. If we don’t have a clear picture of where we are and where we’re headed, the chances that we’re making progress in the right direction are pretty slim. In fact, we could be slipping […]

The Total Cost of a Home Mortgage

Buying a home is a major event in our lives, and the excitement can easily overshadow the long-term financial commitment we’re about to make. This is especially true when we’ve found a home that we love. The property taxes, maintenance, and mortgage obligation that we’re committing to, often take a backseat to the excitement of […]

Mortgage Durations and Monthly Payments

Buying a home is a major event in our lives, and the excitement can easily overshadow the long-term financial commitment we’re about to make. We tend to view a mortgage much like a car loan and focus on the monthly payment, while overlooking the cost of the loan or total amount of interest that will […]

The Total Cost of a Mortgage

Buying a home is a major event in our lives, and the excitement can easily overshadow the long-term financial commitment we’re about to make. This is especially true when we’ve found a home that we love. The property taxes, maintenance, and mortgage obligation that we’re committing to, often take a backseat to the excitement of […]

Mortgage Tax Benefits Reality Check

We often hear that owning a home with a mortgage provides a tax benefit at income tax time since mortgage interest is tax deductible, but there’s a bit more to it. Many people think that the full amount of their mortgage interest paid throughout the year is subtracted from their income taxes, but mortgage interest […]

Is There Really “Good” Debt?

We often hear about or see articles referring to something called “Good Debt”, and if you’re like me you wonder how any kind of debt could be considered good. Credit card debt, loan debt, household debt, and the national debt get plenty of negative headlines and rightly so, but what might be considered good debt? For […]