Fixing your Personal Finances for Homeownership

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Personal finance is an important factor in homeownership. Your credit rating and history impacts your interest rate, monthly mortgage payments, and insurance rates. The most common reasons for a financial downfall are medical fees and change and/or loss of employment. Everyone experiences difficult times, but it doesn't mean that you can't bounce back from a financial downfall.

Make a list of all of your outstanding balances.
Outstanding and late balances can negatively affect your credit rating. This is a big part of finding out your financial shortfall. You can begin to repair your finances once you know where you stand. Contact your creditors to find out if their willing to negotiate a payment plan.

Check your credit rating.
Checking your credit rating will give you an idea of the specific items that are negatively impacting your rating. You can begin improving your score once you prioritize the main sources of problems. Your credit report will also give you contact and account information for your past due accounts. By reviewing your credit rating you can prevent identity fraud.

Create a Budget.
Most banks are now offering methods for consumers to track spending. Login to your bank account and find out how your are spending your money. Budgets are not a waste of time. Maybe you've tried budgeting before and it hasn't worked out. The biggest force of a successful budget is your commitment. You have to commit yourself to stick to your budget. Open an online savings account so that you can maintain your budget. Try to cut costs as much as possible.

Call Your Creditors.
Some creditors are willing to negotiate a settlement. So instead of paying the entire amount of your outstanding balance, you may be able to negotiate a fraction of that amount. Note that paying less than the outstanding balance will not necessarily improve your credit score but it will minimize the amount of total debt outstanding.

Get Informed.
I'm a fan of personal finance blogs. Usually these blogs are written by regular consumers, by no means financial experts. These blogs tend to give other consumers perspectives on living with debt and being able to get back on track. The best thing is that the information is free and you don't need to divulge any personal information in order to get help.

Personal finance blogs are also a great source of brainstorming ideas to make money monthly. Every idea may not necessarily be right for you but it's a start. Blogging can also a great source of income. Write about your passion. The main thing is that you begin to repair your credit. There are also wikis that can measure your progress.

Hopefully you found this post useful! If you need help finding or selling your Washington DC home, please contact Jason Trotman at 301-452-4767. If you're new to DC, I'd especially like to extend a warm welcome. I value the opportunity to help my clients find the home that meets their needs and provide them with professional, reliable service.


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Brett Reichel
Homebridge Financial Services - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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nice list -  good post!

May 17, 2011 06:07 AM #1
Jason Trotman
REALTY PROS - Washington, DC

Thanks Brett!

May 22, 2011 06:45 AM #2
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