The Weekend Reads: How To Buy A Home While Selling One


If you’re buying your first home, you may have difficulty making a down payment, getting mortgage approval, or finding an affordable home.

But if you’re looking to upgrade or relocate to a different region, the financial logistics of selling and buying at the same time can be even more difficult.

Barbara Marquand has tips on how to set the stage for selling and buying your home, to make sure both go well.

Learn more about buying and owning a home:

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  • Check Out These Generous Home Energy Tax Credits – And There Is No Income Limit

How to avoid being shocked by medical bills

The title of “Never Pay the First Bill” by Marshall Allen says it all: don’t panic when you’re surprised by a bill; you can also act upstream to limit unpleasant medical billing shocks. (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

When you are sick or injured, your family doctor and any specialist who helps you will want to have as much information as possible. And when recommending treatment, they may not explain all possible avenues, preferring to discuss only what they think is the best treatment.

But doctors may wish that tests weren’t necessary, as if it were their luxury to get all the information they could, regardless of the expense. They may also not be interested in helping you get the tests cheaply.

Marshall Allen, the author of “Never Pay the First Bill: and Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Earn,” discusses how you can strike up the right conversation with your doctor and potentially save a whole lot of money. by getting the best. treatment, by asking a simple question.

Where to retire? Think about the risk of localization

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MarketWatch’s “Where Should I Retire” tool allows you to perform a detailed and personalized search for possible locations in all US counties, selecting parameters for cost, population size and demographics, location. weather forecast and proximity to various amenities. The tool has now been updated to include county-by-county data on six types of natural disasters that you can choose to avoid in your search.

Use of the retirement tool: We want to retire to a fun lakefront house, but we also want amenities in town. Our budget is $ 450,000. Where should we go?

With the investment, one size does not fit all

Your “perfect” portfolio should incorporate your risk tolerance, your financial habits and your outlook for the economy and the markets, according to Andrew W. Lo and Stephen R. Foerster, co-authors of “In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio: The Key stories, voices and perspectives from the pioneers who shaped the way we invest.

Your needs and opinions will change over time, as will your investments. Lo and Foerster put together tips from 10 of the best investors and share a short quiz you can take to help you start your own portfolio makeover.

A pandemic travel story

MarketWatch reporter Jacob Passy at Park Guell in Barcelona. (Photo courtesy of Justin McCallum)

Jacob Passy of MarketWatch decided to travel to Europe even as the Delta variant of the coronavirus was spreading rapidly. He had a great time, but learned a few lessons.

Read on: Do you need your vaccination card to travel to the United States? It depends.

What to do if your spouse requests a prenuptial agreement

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If your partner told you that he wanted to marry you, but also wanted a prenuptial agreement, how would you react? Quentin Fottrell – MarketWatch Moneyist – addresses this issue, helping a reader who is in law school whose boyfriend has already started earning a high salary.

The Hard Love of the Moneyist: “Who knows if I’ll live to retirement? I have $ 10,000 in credit card debt and $ 4,000 in student loans. Should I operate my 401 (k)?

The good and bad sides of the economic recovery

There was good economic news on Friday. The US economy created 943,000 jobs in July, the best monthly figure in nearly a year. The unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.9% the previous month. But the unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole story – the labor participation rate remains well below that of the pre-pandemic economy. Jeffry Bartash explains how the “missing millions” are holding back the recovery and how long it may take them to get back to work.

Summer time is grilling time

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Weber Inc. and Traeger Inc. make grills and both completed their initial public offering during the height of the summer grilling season. Here is the result of an analysis of the financial health of competitors by RapidRatings.

Market reaction: Weber stock debuts big gain after disappointing IPO prices

Albertsons CEO says buyers will stay focused on better quality

Tonya Garcia interviews the CEO of Albertsons Cos. Vivek Sankaran, who explains how the company’s business climate has improved during the pandemic and how buyer habits have changed.

More: Albertsons raises forecast for full year

Arguing about Robinhood

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Robinhood Markets Inc. completed an initial public offering at $ 38 on July 29. Shares fell 8% that day, but rose 34% until August 5, when they closed at $ 50.97. Robinhood has already applied to start selling more shares, diluting the ownership of early investors.

Andrew Keshner brings together the arguments for and against the title.

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