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4 Things to Honestly Talk About Before You Buy a Home Together

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Feb 12, 2019 8:10:00 AM

“No surprises” is the mantra I highly recommend for any two people wanting to buy a home together. It may be your next home after outgrowing the one you’re in. It might be your first home now that you’re newly married. Maybe you’re just trying out this couple thing and are willing to share an asset. Regardless, when it comes to getting a mortgage, here are 4 things that even married couples are sometimes surprised about – when it’s almost too late.

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Topics: savings, money selfcare, reduce debt, divorce and finances, marriage, home buying, real estate

Are You Tying the Knot for the Second (or third) Time?

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Dec 19, 2018 5:19:35 PM

“I wish I discussed finances before I got married last time.” Sound familiar?

Did you know past statistics have shown that in the U.S. approximately 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second, and 73% of third marriages end in divorce?* Not surprisingly, a major cause of divorce in marriages is money. *

 You’ve found that special someone (again) but, you’re still trying to figure out how you talk about the “M” word without ruining the romance. You know it's smart to work together, but where do you start? Building a solid foundation of communication and partnership around managing your money is crucial to lifelong intimacy, trust, and success in a marriage. 

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Topics: personal finance, money anxiety, divorce and finances, marriage

Divorce Series Part 3: The 3 Biggest Financial Mistakes You Can Make

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Aug 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The list of potential financial mistakes made while divorcing can be extensive. It is an exhausting, emotional time for everyone. Every money decision is emotional to begin with, and this stress just adds to the mix.  Divorce and finances can become complicated and dividing assets can be complex, which is why the finance industry CDFA © designation exists. Long ago, lawyers used to divide assets on a spreadsheet. But as finances grow in complexity, it is important to talk with your accountant on how to prepare for divorce financially and to have a CDFA do the work for you.

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Topics: divorce, personal finance, divorce and finances, how to prepare for divorce

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