Real Estate Problem Solver specializes in making the hurt go away when you need to sell your home fast.

Yes, We buy houses, but sometimes it may not come to that. Everybody runs into trouble at one time or another. Not being able to pay the bills, inheriting a house from a loved one that died. Maybe the house has to be sold to settle a divorce or the payments have become more than you can afford. it’s not your fault, life changes. No matter the situation, if life happens in a direction that the income cannot handle, don’t be afraid to make the necessary changes.  If you need to sell your house for money reasons, here are some ideas that you can use in their day to day finances that might help. You may still need to sell your house or just need some help, call us!!

Family meeting

I grew up in a world where kids were seen and not heard. IT SUCKED. I never felt like part of the family bond because I was not included in the “Adult” stuff. Don’t be that person. Include the whole family in a quarterly or six month briefing on how the family is doing financially. This does a couple good things. It makes the kids and spouse feel involved. The kids get a financial education early in life that is more valuable than you can imagine. The family can come up with solutions together that you may not have thought of. My favorite, when times are tough, the family understands not to ask for extras they don’t need. The first year we got out of our three year slump, we asked the kids what they wanted for Christmas. I was shocked when they wanted clothes, cd’s and a big family get together. That’s it. Makes a dad proud.

Utilities

There are a lot of small leech expenses in the house that add up quick. Before you sell your house, do an inventory of every single thing that may cost money or uses a resource that causes money. Computers, Play station, cell phones all add up the electric bill. Plastic on the windows can help the A/C and heat costs go down. Do you really need the premium channels, Netflix, or even a landline? When we fell into tough times years ago, I cut off the tv/satellite all together and put the money we saved to the credit card with the worst APR. Board games and card games were more fun anyway. Another source of waste is the long shower. We wrapped the water heater. Wash the dishes by hand, it’s not that bad. Hang the clothes on the line outside. Turn off the A/C at night. These all help bring down the water and electrical bills. How bad do you want to get out of trouble? If you don’t have to sell your house… is it worth it?

Car pool

After the 2008 housing bust, many people in our area started carpooling. Some made a side income out of it and even got carpooling subsidies from the government for it. I live in the country, so we made sure to have a good long list of destinations and planned the route before we drove anywhere. That alone saved almost a hundred dollars a month.

Credit cards and loans

Credit cards are the first culprit in a financial problem. High interest loans and credit cards are designed make you be responsible or pay dearly. Structured loans like your car and house are hard to fix on a monthly basis, but credit cards can be fixed. All the money you can comfortably spare should pay down the credit card with the highest interest. When that card is zero, snowball that money to the next one and so-on.

The little known trick

My favorite lending program is a Line of Credit. This is an in-house line of credit the bank lends that does not get sold to another bank. The interest rate is higher than a normal loan, HOLD ON, let me explain. A regular loan structures your payments, how much goes to interest, and how much goes to principle from the start. A line of credit is more flexible than that. If you don’t withdraw the money, it sits there on standby, for free. You only get charged interest on the money you take out for the time it’s gone, one day, ten days etc.. Withdrawing $10,000 half the month will cost the same as withdrawing $5000 for the whole month. It’s an average daily balance that a LOC charges. You control the cost.

The trick I use on a LOC of credit is this. Once I get the line, I pay off any credit card or loan charging the same or more than the line. Each pay period, I put my whole paycheck in the line. CRAZY! No wait, THERE’S MORE. The paycheck counts as a payment to the line and cancels interest until I’m ready to pay my bills. Then I either cut checks directly from the line or transfer JUST ENOUGH money into my checking account to pay the bills. The longer I leave the money in the line, the interest I pay. Neat huh.

Mortgage

Finally, if the finances are not coming into check as well as hoped, maybe it’s time to move to a more affordable home. There is nothing wrong with this, things happen. It’s more responsible to make your finances manageable than push a bad position and chance bigger troubles later like foreclosure. This is where selling your home fast can make a big difference.

If this is an option, Real Estate Problem Solver can help. We can offer quick and simple solutions to fit your real estate needs. Opt in on our home page for a free consultation. Whatever you decide to do, start today. Hope this helps, good luck.

2019-09-26T18:42:55+00:00August 13th, 2019|0 Comments