Homeownership is something many dream of and many are about to start the process of making it a reality. For most it is a 15 or 30 year commitment so ensure you have as much information as possible before signing on the dotted line. Over the last several weeks se covered several terms to know when purchasing a home in the It’$ My Money Squad. This gives you a sneak peek into terms we covered when preparing to buy a house. I also hope you love the graphic as much as I do as it consists of the terms in the shape of a house.
Choosing a Real Estate Agent:
A good real estate agent is a critical in the home buying process.
Real estate agents can provide:
If an agent consistently shows you hours outside of your budget be concerned. That said, an agent may show you ONE house outside of your budget by way of comparison or to do a reality check but that is it.
Searching for a home:
When searching for a home create a list for must haves or show stoppers. Also, include "would like to haves" and a space for comments. Ensure you share the list with your real estate agent AND bring a copy of the list with you each to each home visit. Literally check the items on your list while you are there. When you try to do it afterwards, you forget and it is hard or compare.
Pre-qualified vs pre-approved:
A couple others steps in the home buying process is pre-qualified and pre-approved. These terms are often used interchangeably but are different.
Here is a quick definition for each.
Be sure YOU can afford the house and the other things you enjoy doing regardless of the amount shown on either.
The asking price is the amount the seller is “asking” for the property you are interested in buying. Often times buyers want to know “should we offer the asking price” or “will they accept a lower price”. Well the depends.
How long the house as been on the market? What price have other houses recently sold for in the area?
Your real estate agent can help with that appropriate asking price.
First time buyer grants available (links shared me for informational purposes):
Philadelphia, PA giving away $10,000
Baltimore, MD giving away $5,000
New Haven, CT giving away $10,000
Fairfield, CT giving away $30,000
Hamden, CT giving away $5,000
Hartford, CT gives away $40,000
Carbondale, Illinois gives away $3,000
Washington, DC gives away $4,000 or Maximum gap financing of $80,000
Washington, DC teacher next door $4,170
New Jersey gives away $10,000
North Carolina gives away 3% - 5% down payment assistance
This gives a sense of how we are educating in the It'$ My Money Squad. We also have Squad members that facilitated free helpful sessions sharing their expertise such as home owners insurance and staying out of foreclosure.
The world has changed a lot within the past three months, first with COVID-19 and then the nationwide protests against police brutality in the last couple of weeks. During these uncertain times, there are many ways you can support black-owned businesses, primarily spending your dollars there. To help in that endeavor, we at It'$ My Money ™ have created a directory of 142 black-owned businesses. These businesses range from categories like Apparel, Beauty, Travel, Health & Wellness, Food, Finance, Consulting, Cleaning Services, and other Business Services. The intent is if you are going to spend any dollars in the coming days or months on any of these categories, then use this directory to find Black-Owned businesses.
We only complied the list of those who sent their information, this is not an endorsement
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This small business is getting popular day by day as it needs minimum investment and you may earn extra money easily.
The biggest benefit of this business is that you can work from your home, which gives you a lot more freedom. If you want to find potential clients, use websites like Upwork.com and you may choose suitable clients, preferable work hours, and your hourly, daily, or monthly pay rate.
3. Web developing
There are nearly 4 billion people who use the internet in the world. So you can redirect a great percentage of this massive online population into your existing small business if you have a website. Approximately 6 out of 10 small businesses maintain a website. So, if you do not have an existing small business, it is still very important to learn web development skills to meet the huge demand for building and upgrading business websites.
You may start your business by creating and developing websites for your family and friends and brush up your skills. New business owners always search for great coders to make their websites cool and trendy. They also want their website should load easily and fast to increase the user experience.
You may start your career by offering competitive prices for your services. Once you get some popularity as a good coder, you may increase your prices. Don’t forget to create a website for yourself and showcase your work over there, it will help you to build a strong profile as a coder.
Improving business will be easier if you also improve your skills. So, you also need to update yourself with different, new techniques of web development and improve yourself.
4. Bookkeeping services
Do you have good knowledge about maths and accounting, and also want to work from home? If yes, you may start providing remote bookkeeping services. As a freelance bookkeeper, you don’t require to be a Certified Public Accountant. But, your skills should be up to the mark to support your customers. You should know about modern accountancy, tax laws, company laws, and other required subjects. Some services you may offer include:
5. Freelance secretarial services
This is somehow a similar concept to virtual assisting. You may provide secretarial services remotely to business executives or companies. You might require some special skills to get the job. Those skills may include:
6. Travel consultancy services
If you are passionate about traveling and you are always updating yourself with the information about best locations, best hotels, cheap airline tickets, best deals on tours, then you have a great potential to become a travel consultant.
This business is all about making good connections and gathering info regarding best deals on the best services. So, you have to use the internet, search hotels, call them, and make contacts. You not only have to negotiate with people interested in travel, but also with the hotel owners, cab owners, and lots of other people who will provide the best services to your travelers.
Once you are set with the contacts, make sure you start by helping your family and friends to get the best travel deals. This way you can check all the services and get the most genuine feedback from your relatives and friends. If the arrangement proves good, you will also get popularity without spending a dollar on promotions. In most cases, people who save money for holidays and vacations, trust such service providers through the word from their close ones.
You may opt for certification in travel consulting if you take this business seriously. You may also need to create social profiles for your travel consultancy business on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and share information via your website, or forward great deals on WhatsApp. Once you become a popular name in this business, negotiate with service providers to offer exclusive deals for your customers.
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