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No one should think that buying a house is out of the question. Real estate prices can fluctuate, and mortgages are not always hard to get. A problem that many people face is a lack of information.

What a person needs to know before purchasing a house includes financial data and an understanding of how the world of real estate functions. A first-time homebuyer is not familiar with mortgages or the roles of various people play in a real estate transaction. Additionally, ignorance about the process of financing the purchase is going to cause a person to pause and reconsider buying property.

It can help a person if he or she has access to a certified counselor in the financial world. That professional can give the kind of advice a homebuyer can use. Being able to learn about real estate makes it easier to arrive at fundamentally sound decisions about acquiring a house. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a Financial Wellness program that can fill in the blanks in a person’s knowledge about housing.

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Many first-time home-buyers are frightened about buying a house. The cost is enormous, and the obligation will last for years. People are going to make some mistakes when it comes to financing and these errors can be expensive in money and time. Several common slip-ups include the following.

  1. Being Unprepared for Post Purchase Expenses

These bills happen after a person has taken possession of the house. That new home may need repair work on the roof, new electrical wiring might be required, and ordinary appliances such as a new refrigerator or dishwasher are necessary. New owners don’t ordinarily plan for such expenses and are faced with bills they did not initially expect. Continue reading

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Personal finances can be a significant source of stress and worry. It is not always easy to balance the books and people are often required to live from paycheck to paycheck. Any sudden emergency can upset matters and lead to private chaos. Too many bills and money concerns can disrupt financial wellness.

Some Sense of Order

People will try to bring order to their financial house, but they are not always successful. Inexperience can create problems. Recent college graduates may have no experience with budgeting. Someone who is recently promoted or gets a pay raise may not understand how to allocate the extra cash efficiently. The resulting confusion can range from minor headaches to a real crisis. No one wants either. Receiving good financial advice helps a person chart a sensible course.

Countrywide Uses Financial Professionals

Financial wellness consists of paying bills properly, managing emergencies effectively, and planning for future costs or investments. No employer should expect all employees to be money experts. Professional guidance is an appreciated benefit. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a Financial Wellness Plan that gives the best cash counseling. Continue reading

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Many think owning a home is just a dream. Real estate is not cheap and there are other debts which strain an individual’s finances. Countrywide Pre – Paid Legal Services wants to help make owning a home possible.

“Make Your Move” Teaches Home Buying

Real estate is a market with many players and a distinct vocabulary. A buyer who does not understand real estate is at a disadvantage. The Countrywide Financial Wellness Plan has an educational program to introduce folks to real estate.

“Make Your Move” is a self-study education program. It is an excellent orientation to house buying. A plan member might not understand FHA loans. Our program makes FHA mortgages clear and understandable. Mortgages come in all sizes. Not all loans are suitable to an individual’s finances. Our educational program will discuss pros and cons of the various mortgage loans. Professionals such as real estate agents, FHA inspectors, mortgage bankers, and home appraisers play a role in real estate. Countrywide helps identify them and explains their unique roles. Continue reading

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People always have the best intentions. They want to keep credit card debt under control, make necessary payments on time, and save for a rainy day. It’s sad, but the road to ruin is paved with good intentions. Establishing and maintaining financial wellness requires effort.

More Than Good Advice

Many folks have problems due to lack of experience with finances. Recent college graduates have little understanding of house budgets and how to allocate money. Older employees have lived from paycheck to paycheck. They do not always save money and a medical emergency can create a serious challenge. Others want to save for a house and do not know how to do it.

Good advice indeed helps, but that is not enough. Financial wellness needs the right tools to build fiscal stability. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services knows this, and we provide the means to create a healthier personal balance sheet. Continue reading

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People still want to own a house. This is a part of the American Dream and is a symbol of success. Many are nervous about buying a home and no one can blame them. The cost may be a financial wellness challenge.

The Significant Cost

A house is one of the largest, if not the largest, expense an average person will have. The down payment required for a home mortgage can be 5% to 10% and the sum may be in the five figures. The house mortgage will need a financial commitment of up to 30 years and is a monthly expense.

Real estate operates in an environment all its own. There are activities most people do not understand and the means to control costs are confusing. Few people want to risk their financial wellness and therefore delay buying a property. That can be a mistake in some markets where prices are going up. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services appreciates the problem home-buyers face. We have a Financial Wellness benefit that can help. Continue reading

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Pay raises and promotions will increase an employee’s income. Extra money is always welcome, but is it enough? The financial wellness of an employee can be a paycheck to paycheck experience. It helps when people know their budget and understand their financial worth.

The Need for Budgets

Few employees choose to be financially irresponsible. Most know the importance of budgeting but do not understand the mechanics. A young employee might develop a tight budget with every penny allocated to a specific expense. An emergency will throw that kind of budget into chaos. An older employee might not contribute to his or her HSA or 401(k) program. A hefty medical bill will cause nightmares and poor retirement planning makes the golden years bitter.

Future purchases will require putting money aside. An individual must save for down payments on a house and figure out how to pay a monthly mortgage. Money matters can be confusing, and some assistance is appreciated. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a Financial Wellness Plan that makes sense of a person’s budget and financial worth. Continue reading

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Buying a home is exciting and when an employee finally is making enough money that person can take the great step forward. The first-time home buyer may be a little anxious. After all, this is the most expensive purchase most people will make in their lifetime. No one wants to make a mistake which jeopardizes financial wellness.

The World of Real Estate

The real estate industry is an open market. You can buy the house you can afford or take a risk on one that is more expensive. You have the choice. The downside is purchasing real estate can be complicated.

There are terms used only in the property arena and conditions that only arise in real estate. Financing a house purchase can be confusing. Not everyone knows about points, FHA requirements, or payment schedules. Some prior education is helpful. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has a financial wellness benefit that offers sound house buying advice. Continue reading

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Financial wellness is an honest concern in many households. Our overuse of credit cards will increase personal debt and double-digit interest rates add to the bill. Sudden medical emergencies and the monthly payment of college loans will eat up a paycheck. Being nervous about financial wellness appears to be the modern way of life. It doesn’t need to be that way at all. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services is here to give needed help.

It Starts with a Budget

Recent college graduates and Millennials are very tech smart; there is no question about that. But being digitally bright does not mean having any understanding of finances

Young employees spent college years worrying about grades. A personal budget was something to worry about after graduation. These new employees are now in the real world and having trouble juggling finances. Continue reading

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Young employees want to buy a house. Being able to have a home in which to raise a family is something they all want, and it is a dream they wish to see come true. Many are concerned, however, that they may not be able ever to own a house. An organization that helps its employees in purchasing a house will gain the respect and loyalty of those hard workers.

Finding the Resources

The purchase of a house is the largest financial investment most people are going to make in their careers. It is understandable that an employee might worry about financial wellness, knowing that a mortgage can be hundreds of thousands of dollars and the commitment is for decades. The anxiety can make anyone hesitate. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has been helping organizations provide superior benefits to employees for over 30 years. We have a benefit plan that can help anyone realize the dream.

We provide financial wellness services through a nationwide network of certified counselors. These are professionals who understand how a person should get ready for buying a house. Finding the resources to afford a mortgage is not as difficult as it appears. A Countrywide counselor will do a budget analysis to determine how a plan member can pay for the mortgage. This may include readjusting existing payments so that enough cash is made available. The counselor can also do an asset inventory. The inventory uncovers what holdings can be easily sold to allow a reasonable down payment. Continue reading