Category: Mortgages

Reading List for Jan 5-6

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Jan 04, 2019
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Personal Finance, Checking Accounts, Investing, Stocks, Mortgages, Paying for College, Economics
Happy New Year!  Our first reading list of the year includes a couple of pieces that take a look back at 2018, including the wild ride on the stock market, as well as some "newer" news.  Enjoy! Personal Finance Our friend Barbara O’Neill provides a great overview of what happened in the world of Personal Finance in 2018. (Journal of Financial Planning) Beth Kobliner examines a Brooking Institute report on Artificial Intelligence and relates it to Financial Literacy....

Best of 2018...PBS Two Cents Personal Finance Videos

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Jan 03, 2019
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Video Resource, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance, Financial Scams, Mortgages, Paying for College
PBS Two Cents made a big splash on the scene in 2018. Philip Olson and Julia Lorenz-Olson create engaging videos that do a great job explaining personal finance concepts in ways that your students will understand. We added several of their videos to our video library and you can also hear their story on the NGPF Podcast.  I reached out to Philip today and he was kind enough to share the "top 5" videos he and Julia produced in 2018 (based on Facebook and YouTube views). Beth has also created...

Reading List for December 1-2

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Nov 30, 2018
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Personal Finance, Mortgages, Investing, Mutual Funds, Career, Economics
Personal Finance Kids and Christmas – tis that season once again, and Michelle Singletary shares some advice for keeping the spending under control. (Spoiler Alert: it can get easier if they no longer believe in Santa. (WAPO) Are you caring for a parent? Michelle Singletary looks at both the personal and financial burden of caring for a loved one. (WAPO) Millennials' spending habits have had significant impact on the economy.  A new Fed study explains why they aren't spending (like...

Interactive Monday: How Do Home Values Compare to Incomes In Your County?

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Nov 25, 2018
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Interactive, Budgeting, Mortgages, Current Events, Research
Data visualization provides a county-by-county view on housing affordability. Here's the map of the U.S.: First, a little orientation. The map is color-coded based on the calculation of median home value divided by the median household income. As an example, here's Crook County, Wyoming:  The higher the ratio, the lower the housing affordability. In terms of the color-coding, blue is more affordable while orange-red is least affordable.  Questions: What housing affordability trends...

Question of the Day: Who is more likely to buy a home: a 25-30 year old with no student debt or one with more than $50k in student debt?

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Oct 24, 2018
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Question of the Day, Student Loans, Mortgages, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: 25-30 Year Old with $50K in student debt Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Brian Page for sharing this awesome Question of the Day and chart below that he has used successfully in his classroom.   Questions: Overall, what has been the trend with all 25-30 year olds buying homes since 2005? What might explain this? [Hint: What happened in 2008-09?] Why do you think that 25-30 year olds who are current with $50K in student debt buy homes at greater rate than those with no student debt?...

Chart of the Week: How good of an investment is real estate?

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Oct 17, 2018
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Investing, Question of the Day, Chart of the Week, Mortgages, Research
Hat tip to A Wealth of Common Sense blog for this awesome data distilled from Case-Shiller/FRED index of home prices: Notes: Positive is number of years that home prices rose in the period 1987-2018 Negative is the number of years that home prices declined in period 1987-2018 Biggest gain is the largest gain in home prices on a year-over-year basis. Biggest loss is the largest loss in home prices on a year-over-year basis.  Annual Gains is the average annual gain in home prices over this...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (June 9-10)

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Jun 08, 2018
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Current Events, Parent Conversations, Retirement, Credit Reports, Investing, Mortgages
Parenting The WSJ takes a good look at the overprotected American child. You probably see the impacts on the students you teach. Michelle Singletary explains why parents should have “the talk” (about credit) with their kids. Here are eight things parents can do to help their college students become financially independent. And here is what you do if your adult children want to move home. Education The New York Times looks at education spending over time.  (Hint: it...

Question of the Day: Do consumers struggle more with repaying mortgage debt or student loan debt?

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Jun 03, 2018
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Student Loans, Question of the Day, Paying for College, Mortgages
Answer Student loan debt. Student loans had a 10.7% delinquency rate (over 90 days past due) vs. mortgage debt which had a delinquency rate of 1.2% in 1Q 2018.  Questions: What is the major difference between how a lender evaluates a consumer taking out a mortgage vs. how the government evaluates a student taking out a federal student loan?  What do you think happens if someone stops making payments on their mortgage? On their student loan?  Why do you think that more than 1 in...

What’s New With……Credit Management?

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May 17, 2018
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Identity Theft, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Credit Reports, Mortgages
This second quarter update deals mostly with credit cards and credit scores, but we touch on managing mortgages and financial infidelity. Credit Cards/Score Ever wonder what to do with that credit card you never use? There is not necessarily one answer for all situations. Do you know exactly what happens when if you make a late credit card payment? How about what happens when you don’t pay off your credit card balance in full? This one might make you think twice about opening a joint...

What's New With.......Credit?

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May 10, 2018
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Current Events, Credit Cards, Personal Finance, Mortgages
Nerdwallet research shows average household debt for 4Q17 increased slightly in every category but auto loans (see chart below*). Peer-to-peer lending may not be as disruptive to credit markets as once thought. Here is the lowdown on what higher interest rates will mean for borrowers. Credit Cards You might want to consider these tips to get your financial house in order before applying for a credit card. Credit card companies and other lenders are facing increasing delinquencies and defaults...

Question of the Day: What percent of the U.S. population lives in markets where renting is more affordable than buying?

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Jan 17, 2018
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Budgeting, Mortgages, Research, Interactive, Question of the Day
Answer: 64% Questions: In what regions of the U.S. is it cheaper to rent than to buy? What do you think explains these regional differences? If you could live in your dream city/state, which city would you live in? Would you rent or buy? Millennials are “delaying purchasing [a home] for a median of seven years” according to MarketWatch. Why do you think explains this? Do you have a desire to buy a house at some point in the future? Here's the ready-to-go slides for...

Which ONE of these word choices in a loan application tip off banks that you may be a credit risk? 1) One year 2) Thank you 3) Promotion

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Jan 11, 2018
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Question of the Day, Credit Cards, Mortgages, Research
Answer: Thank you Fascinating research findings from Columbia Business School found that loan applications can tell quite a bit about a loan applicant [hat tip to Daniel Pink whose podcast had passing reference to this research]. Here's why word choice matters: “When it comes to applying for a loan, everyone has a ‘tell,’” said Netzer. “Our findings suggest that similar to body language effects, people leave traces of their intentions, their financial and...

Question of the Day: What is the median sales price for existing homes in the U.S.?

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Nov 29, 2017
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Mortgages, Math, Economics
Answer: $247,000 (as of October 2017) From National Association of Realtors: "The median existing-home price2 for all housing types in October was $247,000, up 5.5 percent from October 2016 ($234,100). October's price increase marks the 68th straight month of year-over-year gains.Total housing inventory3 at the end of October decreased 3.2 percent to 1.80 million existing homes available for sale, and is now 10.4 percent lower than a year ago (2.01 million) and has fallen...

Video: Suburbs and Cities: Why Do We Live Where We Do?

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Mar 22, 2017
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Budgeting, Mortgages, Research, Purchase Decisions, Video Resource
Hat tip to Big Picture blog who brought this well produced and engaging 10 minute video to my attention. It provides an historical perspective on how cities developed and the factors that determine where people live in in the U.S. compared to Europe. This would be a good supplement to your budgeting lesson as housing costs tend to be the largest expense so where you live is consequential: Questions for students: Why did cities in Europe develop differently than those in the U.S.? Where do rich...

Question: How Much Debt Do Consumers Have?

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Jan 15, 2017
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Chart of the Week, Mortgages, Question of the Day, Research, Credit Cards, Student Loans, Current Events
A great opener to your Types of Credit unit. Start by asking your students to rank from largest to smallest the various types of consumer debt: Credit Cards Mortgages Auto Loans Student Loans —————- Answer and visual below (from Visual Capitalist and Equifax): $12.4 trillion (as of August 2016) Questions for your students: Which of the loans above involve an asset that a lender can recover if you don’t pay your loan back? Which loan type above involves...