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How to get started

The caller wanted to learn how to get ready to buy his first house. "I just paid cash for my business, and I have no credit." Nice, a clean slate to work with! After the mortgage meltdown, Congress...

 

The Equifax data breach

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, announced a massive data security breach that exposed vital personal identification data- including names, addresses,...

 

The Equifax data breach: what to do

This article is taken in its entirety from www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do. If you have a credit report, there's a good chance that you're one of the 143 million American...

 

Brighten your grandchildren's financial future

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Mother's Day and Father's Day may get more attention, but National Grandparents Day, observed on Sept. 10...

 

Tax tips: long-term care insurance

Your chances of requiring some sort of long-term care increase as you age, and long-term care insurance (LTCI) can help you cover your long-term care expenses. Although tax issues are probably not...

 

Hurry! Reverse changes coming Oct. 2

We're short and sweet this week, since something big is happening in the world of reverse mortgage. On Aug. 29, 2017 the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced changes to the...

 

Who gets paid?

Did you know that in a real estate transaction, the seller usually pays for the Realtors? A buyer asked about this last week, so let’s spend a few minutes discussing it. When a property is for sale,...

 

Brighten your grandchildren's financial future

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Mother's Day and Father's Day may get more attention, but National Grandparents Day, observed on Sept. 10...

 

Long-term care insurance: How does it work?

Whether you've had a long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy for years or you're thinking of buying one, it's critical to understand exactly what set of conditions will trigger coverage. This...

 

Negotiating repairs

Of course there will be things wrong with your dream house! The home inspection is designed to tell you that upfront so you can be an informed consumer. What do you do with those findings? Your...

 

Five things to watch out for when buying long-term care insurance

You've researched long-term care insurance (LTCI) and are seriously thinking of buying a policy. Just make sure you're doing it for the right reasons--don't be swayed by unsubstantiated sales...

 

Winning the battle of the thumbs

We’re short and sweet this week: Here is an article posted in the National Mortgage Professional magazine. While the majority of prospective homebuyers do their research on home loans online, they...

 
 By Ben Graham    Local News    July 22, 2017

Stay calm on the investment 'Roller Coaster'

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn’t know that...

 

Comparing long-term care insurance policies – Part 2

How do the policies you’re considering stack up against each other? Which benefits and features mean the most to you? How much can you customize each policy to your needs? These are very important...

 
 By Tammy Engel    Local News    July 8, 2017

Community Wide Open House on July 22

The Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors is holding a Community Wide Open House on July 22. Agents in the know tell me that if you want to have much of a choice in our current market, you’ll want...

 

Gold Star Financial

They knew there just had to be a better, safer way to grow their client's money. Ron Mejia and Laura Asbill of Gold Star Financial spent 3 years searching for the answer. Somehow, consistent,...

 

Comparing long-term care insurance policies – Part 1

Because long-term care insurance (LTCI) is a relatively new product, policies are not standardized. This can make it especially difficult to compare policies when you’re shopping for this type of...

 

Reverse wins – sometimes

Don’t fall for the hype – Reverse mortgage isn’t for everyone. When you have a seasoned professional help you with the analysis about what these loans accomplish or not, you can see for...

 
 By Ben Graham    Local News    June 24, 2017

Declare your financial independence day

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. We’re getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country....

 

Understanding risk – Part 3

Understanding your own tolerance for risk The concept of risk tolerance is twofold. First, it refers to your personal desire to assume risk and your comfort level with doing so. This assumes that risk...

 

Gold Star Financial

They knew there just had to be a better, safer way to grow their client's money. Ron Mejia and Laura Asbill of Gold Star Financial spent 3 years searching for the answer. Somehow, consistent,...

 

When cash is not king

Really, he was trying to help. Knowing that he needed a clean paper trail for the money they’d use to buy a house, he opened a new account. Since the bank puts holds on checks for the first month,...

 

Understanding risk – Part 2

Other types of risk Here are a few of the many different types of risk: • Market risk: This refers to the possibility that an investment will lose value because of a general decline in financial...

 
 By Tammy Engel    Local News    May 27, 2017

'My parents said I should refinance'

It’s pretty great that parents watch out for their kids’ finances. A 2015 first-time buyer was in touch because their parents told them to refinance right now, while rates are low. But is that a...

 

Understanding risk – Part 1

Few terms in personal finance are as important, or used as frequently, as “risk.” Nevertheless, few terms are as imprecisely defined. Generally, when financial advisors or the media talk about...

 

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