Real Estate

Considering a living trust? What about a will? Do you need both? 

There are many benefits to having a living trust but, as with any legal document, it requires careful planning. In this article, you'll learn exactly what a living trust is, and explore five basic steps you should consider when establishing your own living trust.

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Dealing with disasters

Tips for dealing with the immediate shock and facing the challenges.

Disasters affect us for months, and live in our memories for years. For those who lost homes due to fires, floods, tornadoes, landslides, hurricanes or other so-called natural disasters, life will never be the same.

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Your home has equity

A home equity line of credit is popular, but is it smart? Learn how to get the cash you need while keeping your home and finances safe and sound.

A Home Equity Line of Credit, or HELOC (pronounced hee-lock) as it is called in my industry, has become as common as SUVs and Starbucks. If you don't have one, I bet you know someone who does. People use HELOCs as an easy way to get lots of cash.
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A reverse mortgage can really turn things around for seniors who are struggling to get by. But, when does (and doesn't) it make sense to cash in on your home equity?

As one of my friends puts it, "There's nothing worse than being old -- except being old and being broke."

It's a simple fact: As we live longer, we may find ourselves outliving our savings accounts. Pensions and social security often don't keep up with inflation, and then there are the kids who need help, the new roof, the prescriptions not covered by medical insurance, and all those other expenses that keep coming long after a regular paycheck has stopped fattening the savings account every month.

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