Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ten Secrets to Savings: Write down your goals

Ten Secrets to SavingWrite down your goals. Pledging to save $2,000 for a vacation to Cancun is likely to get you there.By Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger.com

Cheap is chic, frugality is in fashion, and Americans have sworn off their spending addiction. In a replay of 2010, their top resolution for 2011 is to save more money, according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. But a funny thing happened on the way to the bank: Americans fell off the wagon. This year, consumers aim to save an average of $2,600, a far cry from their average goal of $14,000 in 2010. The reason: many of them didn't meet their ambitious savings target.

That doesn't surprise me. I've always believed that the trick to saving money is just that – a trick. You don't have to strike it rich on Wall Street, win the lottery or even earn a six-figure salary to build a comfortable savings cushion. You just have to play mental tricks on yourself to stay focused on spending less and keeping more cash.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Five Mortgage and Foreclosure Myths

Because of the rapidly changing rules in the mortgage world, call me for up to the minute lending guideline changes.  

Marty 

In a mortgage market that changes as quickly as this one, today’s fact is tomorrow’s fiction. For buyers, misinformation can be the difference between qualifying for a home loan or not.

Sellers and owners, knowledge is foreclosure-preventing, smart decision-making power! Without further ado, let’s correct some common mortgage misconceptions.

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