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3 Major Life Expenses You Need to Save For

3 Major Life Expenses You Need to Save For

Sarah Damon writes about financial topics for SavingsAccounts.com. Her opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Quicken Loans. About SavingsAccounts.com: For 10 years, SavingsAccounts.com has been helping people quickly and easily discover which savings accounts are best as stable and secure places to invest their money. The website enables you to make informed banking decisions by giving you in-depth bank information and daily rate updates. Over the course of your life, you'll have some expenses that will consume the lion's share of your income. While some of these expenses are easy to predict, people often fail to plan for them, or don't understand how spending too much affects them in the long run. In Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey, authors Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar identify some key lifetime expenses that are important for you and your partner to discuss. "Addressing each of these key areas as early on in your relationship as possible will go a long way toward ensuring financial and emotional harmony in your relationship and your budget," they write. (While their book is primarily about talking to your partner about finances, much of the advice is applicable for singles, as well.) The three expenses Thakor and Kedar list, along with key points for each, are: Home. Delayed gratification can be hard, but saving 20 percent for a down payment on your home is the way to go. Once you've reached that savings goal, and you're ready to buy a house, go for a simple 30-or 15-year fixed…

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Buying a Condo: Ten Things to Avoid

Buying a Condo: Ten Things to Avoid

Owning a condo is great for those that don’t mind paying HOA (Homeowner Association) Fees in order to get certain amenities, such as a pool, gym, and other maintenance-related services. However, some condos have strict guidelines in terms of what you can do to the exterior of the building. If after doing research, you decide that buying a condo is for you, make sure that you avoid these ten things in order to make the home loan process easier.

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Amenities to Look For When House Hunting

Amenities to Look For When House Hunting

Searching for a house can often be overwhelming whether you’ve done it before or are a first-time homebuyer. You may already have expectations and a price range, but there are several qualities you should look for in a home. It’s important to look at the location and the amenities that make it desirable and worth the investment. Here’s a list of features, comforts and conveniences you should be aware of when house hunting:

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