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Create Your Proactive Life with Financial Tools

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Create Your Proactive Life with Financial Tools

The Money Nerve team has scoured the Internet looking for the top financial tools for a proactive life. There are so many choices that it can be hard to select what might work best for you. Please take a look at these successful  tools that have been utilized by many people for years and continue to get kudos! We have many more links on the “Tools Page.” Our recommendations are for your use – we do not receive any compensation for presenting these options. My vision is for YOU to manage your money more effectively.

 

Get Unstuck

For some of us, the problem with money stems from old habits or unclear emotional reactions. Before you make a change, learn what motivates you and get guidance for more successful decisions and “Getting Unstuck!” For a one-time fee of $49.99, you’ll receive interactive exercises, short and powerful videos, worksheets and more. Try this Virtual Coach app.

 

Compare the Top Tools

PC Magazine has evaluated several personal finance tools and summarizes the best of 2018 for several categories. You can see what features each app offers as well as see which apps are compatible with your phone. Some of them are free – all of them are helpful. We all need different options for making the best decision. Check out the article.

 

Mint, A Big-Picture App

Mint was one of the first free, web-based personal finance tools to help you track spending patterns, investments and more. For quick and easy results, enter all of your financial accounts to give you a complete picture of your financial health. At last, your upcoming bills and available balance information are together in one place.
See bills and money in one place.
Get alerts about upcoming bills.
Say goodbye to late fees. With Mint

 

Quicken

This personal finance powerhouse continues to lead the way as an excellent tool for managing both small businesses and personal finances. Starter editions begin at $39.99. From budgeting to planning for the future, this software makes managing your money a snap – and helps move you toward that next step in your life. Quicken allows you to create a financial plan, input more than 11,000 online billers, have monthly reminder emails sent to you, and superior phone support when you need help.

 

Powerful App for Managing Finances

Clarity Money helps you take control of your finances by canceling wasteful accounts, lowering your bills, getting you better deals, and managing your financial life — all in one place. In fact, Clarity developed a robust and secure tool that will break down your income, spending and be saving for you – so you don’t have to.
This app takes it one step further by offering insights into your finances that you can use. In the process, giving you that wonderful feeling of control again.

 

A New Concept for Investing in Your Future

And last, this app allows people to begin micro-investing to build their saving. Invest the way you want to — rounding up with small change, recurring deposits or a lump sum — and taking advantage of automated portfolio management. Simple, reasonable fees with no minimums, no commissions, and no fees for adding or withdrawing funds!

I hope you create your proactive life with one of these financial tools; Be intentional and build YOUR financial freedom!

~ Bob Wheeler

 

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BUYING A HOME

3x3 Buying a HomeBuying a home is the biggest financial decision most people will make in their lives – and choosing a mortgage lender goes hand in hand with that choice. Because it’s a long-term commitment that has a daily impact, it’s crucial not to go in blindly. With the sheer amount of options available today, you will want to consider numerous options to simplify the process. Having the correct knowledge can save you thousands of dollars.

I often advise my clients to understand their emotional needs and create a new path to ease their “money nerve” before making critical financial decisions. It is essential to map out best choices to create your long-term strategy. If you are ready to buy a home this summer, I have some resources for you.

While spring is traditionally the busiest time for real estate sales, this summer could prove to be the hottest time for buying a home, according to a real estate economist at Florida Atlantic University. “From a buyer’s perspective you have more choice, but you’re also competing against far more buyers,” says Ken Johnson, Ph.D., a professor of finance and associate dean at FAU’s College of Business, who also has sold hundreds of homes as a real estate broker. “Sellers are also looking to sell over the summer, particularly if they have children and want to get a deal done before school starts again.”

First Steps for Home Buying
Too many potential buyers find the house and only then worry about financials. That might be why they’re still potential buyers. Instead, first take an X-ray of your financial life, says Eric Tyson, co-author of “Home Buying for Dummies.”

Put exact numbers on the figures you’ve probably been estimating up to now:
— What do you make every month?
— How much do you spend every month?
— How much do you have in your down payment account?
— What are your assets and liabilities?
— How much are you carrying in debt — credit card and otherwise?
— What significant expenses or windfalls (a raise or bonus) do you expect in the next six months or year?
— What’s your ideal monthly house payment?

Selecting The Top-Rated Mortgage Companies
The team at Simple Dollar spent six weeks analyzing 181 mortgage companies and found five options that met their standards. The team personally tested the finalists, evaluated customer service and analyzed rates and fees. Need advice deciding between government-backed loans versus private loans, and adjustable rates versus fixed rates? If you are ready to take the next step of buying a home, this informative guide will assist you in the application process: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/best-mortgage-lenders/

Find a collection of budgeting tools, financial advice, numerous guides, and creative, frugal ideas via The Money Nerve HERE.

Additional Home Buying Info

Happy House Hunting!
Bob