Refinancing Your Mortgage During COVID-19 (Apr 15, 2020)

It’s hard to find much good news during the coronavirus, but refinancing your mortgage during COVID-19 could help you save money long-term. Interest rates have plummeted, taking mortgage rates along with them. As a result, it might be advantageous to compare your existing mortgage to current rates to determine if refinancing your mortgage would be a smart financial move. We discuss the main points you should consider, during all times, as well as during COVID-19.

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The Decision To Rent Or Buy A Home (Mar 22, 2018)

The decision to rent or buy a home has always been a significant financial consideration. However, whether to rent or buy is a particularly hot topic right now, given a booming real estate market, new mortgage interest deduction limits, and a rising mortgage interest rate environment.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Millennial thinking of buying your first home, a professional relocating for work, or a retiree downsizing to a condo or apartment: The own-or-rent decision is a complex one, influenced by a host of factors. SageVest Wealth Management offers tips and insights about renting versus buying.

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Downsizing Your Home (Apr 11, 2017)

For decades, home sizes have been increasing. The average American home today is about 1,000 square feet bigger than it was in the 1970s. Now, however, a competing trend is emerging. Led by the ‘Tiny House’ movement, there’s a shift towards enjoying a more minimalist lifestyle and downsizing to more sustainable living spaces.

There are a host of reasons why you might be considering downsizing your home. It may be in preparation for aging, to reduce living expenses, to simplify your lifestyle, for eco-friendly principles, or more. Whatever the reason, downsizing involves serious consideration. There are a lot of decisions to make as you embark on your downsizing journey.

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Decluttering Your Life (Mar 22, 2017)

Papers, mementos, clothes, and more: there are many reasons why we amass an abundance of things that can end up making our homes look and feel messy. Keeping clutter under control enhances your home’s attractiveness, function, and value, and numerous studies prove that it can improve your overall outlook on life.

Your desire to declutter may be a response to a life event, like inheriting belongings from a family member, deciding to downsize your home, the end of a relationship, or the start of a new one. Regardless of the impetus, there’s a process to calming your clutter.

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Housing Choices In Retirement (Feb 17, 2017)

For many of us, our home is our largest asset. It also represents one of the biggest decisions to be made in retirement. Choosing whether to stay in your home or to move is a common consideration, as you enter retirement or at a later date. There are a multitude of things to contemplate, including location, family and friends, memories, climate, home maintenance, finances, and your health, just to name a few.

If you, a family member or a friend are deliberating on this topic, SageVest Wealth Management offers some insights into the most important aspects of this decision, to help you evaluate your housing options, now and longer-term.

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Vacation Homes (Jun 24, 2013)

A rustic cabin or a seaside cottage? Buying a second/vacation home can be an alluring prospect. Before you decide to purchase one, though, you should consider a number of issues. These include the costs associated with owning a second/vacation home, the attributes of the home, its rental potential, and the income tax treatment. Even if you rent it out or deduct part of the costs of ownership from your taxes, a second/vacation home is primarily a luxury, not an investment. You should buy one to add value to your life instead of to your net worth.

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