Can You File Bankruptcy and Keep Your House After Such a Disaster?

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The following post is a guest contribution.  If you would like to write for My Money Design, please feel free to contact me. Things happen. Sometimes things happen that are out of your control.  Sometimes you did everything perfect and something comes along that wipes out your family finances. Perhaps it was the sudden loss of a job, a medical emergency, a divorce, or any other one of life's crazy twists.  Although it's not for everyone, sometimes you have to turn to the ultimate solution - bankruptcy. … [Read more...]

How to Prepare to Apply for a Home Loan

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The article below was composed by a guest contributor.  If you are interested in writing for My Money Design, please feel free to contact me.It doesn't matter who you are: When you finally get ready to make that big leap to owning your first home, the sentiment can be invigorating!  Your home is your castle, and there is nothing like coming home from work to a piece of land that you own.   But within all that excitement the process of how to apply for a home loan can also have its own set of challenges.  There are lots of rules to getting a mortgage and at many times it may feel confusing or frustrating.Fortunately if you are prepared ahead of time before you apply for a mortgage, much of this burden can be mitigated and the … [Read more...]

The Conventional Home Loan – Don’t Mess It Up This Time Around

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Another one bites the dust ….It’s getting to be a sad site walking around our little neighborhood. All around us there are houses that have slipped into foreclosure.  It’s obvious when it happens.First the house gets really quiet.  Then the yard starts turning brown and overgrown.  And then it becomes official - the bank comes along and posts a legal notice in the window letting everyone know that the people who used to live their let their conventional home loan slip into default. … [Read more...]

Steps to Building a House You Can Love

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The following post is a guest contribution.  If you’d like to write for My Money Design, please feel free to contact me.So you've finally made it!  You've worked and sweat, and you and your family are finally ready to purchase the house of your dreams.  Building a new home can be a fun and exhilarating experience!  But all the steps to building a house can also be a stressful process if they are done incorrectly. … [Read more...]

Using the Power of Mathematics to Avoid a Bad Interest Rate Swap Agreement

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The following post was provided by guest contributor Andrada Mihailescu. If you are interested in being a guest contributor for My Money Design, please feel free to contact me. Math. For some people it sounds like fun. For other people, it sounds like a chore.Have you ever wondered why there is so much emphasis on it from such early age? Why we spend so much time with all the numbers, symbols, and equations?It turns out that as we get older, there is no escaping math. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an artist, engineer, plumber or university teacher - you’ll need to know your way with numbers.  … [Read more...]

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Early or Look for a Better Return?

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When I refinanced my house last winter, I thought I’d never see interest rates that low ever again. So imagine my surprise when almost a year later I’m noticing rates for a 15 year loan as low as 2.75%. Could you imagine a mortgage with a rate as low as 2.75%? That’s less than the average 3% inflation rate.While all this sounds enticing, this has me wondering about my overall mortgage situation altogether. In previous posts, I’ve talked about how paying off your mortgage early could actually help your money design. But when it comes to investing, it’s always important to look at things from both sides of the fence. So in this post, we’re going to ask: Should I pay off my mortgage early or look for other opportunities with a better rate … [Read more...]

What’s Your Scariest Money Story?

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In keeping with the Halloween theme this week and the fact that this is a personal finance blog, I thought I’d combine those two aspects into a topic question for the day: What’s your scariest money story? It could be a story about something that happened to you in real life or an actual nightmare you had money. Either way will work.  … [Read more...]

Which Is Better – Rental Income or a Stock Market Index Fund?

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Who’s ready for some financial smack-down? If there’s any two groups of investors I can think of that are more divided, it’s those who invest in real estate and those who invest in stocks - like a North and the South of financial planning if you will.So the question here is this: Which one actually has a better chance of making you more money in the long run?  This may be a controversial debate, but we’re going to settle this argument the MyMoneyDesign way – by running the numbers!  So let's see what we come up with ... … [Read more...]