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Tips For Building Up An Emergency Savings Fund

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Tips For Building Up An Emergency Fund

Whether you own a house or live in rented living space having an emergency fund is smart thing to do. An emergency fund is there to help you in case you encounter some unexpected expense.  As a homeowner if your furnace goes out in the dead of winter you will need to have it fixed so you don’t freeze or don’t damage your house in the from frozen pipes later bursting and causing water damage.  If windows to your home are damaged by a storm having the money to get those windows replaced are critical to keeping your house safe and secure.  Even as someone living in a rented home while your furnace and broken windows should be covered by the owner of the home, other things like your car breaking down, major medical expenses (flu or injury) can quickly set your budget behind. This article provides tips for how anyone can build up an emergency fund so if something bad does happen you can financially weather the challenge.

How Much and Where To Save

At a minimum people should be saving at least three months of living expenses and on the maximum side of things saving up to 12 months of living expenses gives you enough of a cushion that you won’t feel very stressed if something major does happen like a job loss. Savings in your 401(k) and IRA accounts should not be counted towards this emergency fund.  Certainly you may be able to take hardship withdrawals from your 401(k), withdraw with penalty from your traditional IRA or withdraw original contributions from your Roth IRA but that does not mean you should be doing so. Most of the money in the retirement accounts will likely be tied...

How Artificial Intelligence Will Change The Home

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Change The Home

With Smart Home technology taking off and smart home assistants (like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Siri) becoming more prevalent in homes the start of a new home technology revolution is underway.  Homeowners can monitor and control the house heating and cooling systems, security systems, door locks, garage doors and more all from where ever they have access to internet on their smartphone.  Artificial intelligence (AI) will add to that ability by allowing decisions about the home to be made without the need of direct input from the homeowner.  For instance a trusted dog walker walks up to the front door during their scheduled time to take Fido out for a walk.  The dog walker’s face is seen via camera which an artificial intelligence assistant recognizes and knows they are there during the correct time and allows the door to be unlocked so Fido can enjoy some outdoor time while the homeowner is away. This article explores both the positive and negative impacts of artificial intelligence for the homeowner.

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

Intelligence is defined “…as the ability to perceive or infer information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.”  Basically put it means using learned information in and around us to make choices. With regards to human behavior we make choices every day based on what we know.  We decide to wake up early on work days because...

Predictions For The 2019 Real Estate Market

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Predictions For The 2019 Real Estate Market

The real estate market has been on an upward trend for a number of years now.  The stock market has also been on a bull market run for a record amount of time and based on recently volatility that upwards trend is being strongly challenged.  With interest rates being raised by the Federal Reserve that has pushed mortgage rates up as well which in turn is putting pressure on home pricing.  With higher interest rates the price of a home will need to be lower in order for buyers to afford the home at the same monthly payment or they will look for lower priced homes that meet their requirements.  This article will look at the current real estate market trends and attempt to make some guesses for the future.

Today’s Real Estate Market

In many markets average home prices have reached or surpassed the prices that were in play prior to the 2007 real estate market crash.  While some may argue that today’s market is more stable since the exotic no document loans or 125% mortgages are not present that does not mean a financial house of cards does not exist that could bring both the real estate market and the stock market crumbling down.  Just as happened in the past mortgage lenders are reducing their lending standards in order to issue more mortgages and that is not a good thing.  

Whereas in the immediate past there were higher requirements with regards to debt ratios versus income those have been relaxed allowing those with more debt to buy a...

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