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The Inadvertent Landlord

Homeownership PCS Real Estate Landlord
Written by Guest Blogger · 31 May 2016

By FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Sometimes military families unintentionally invest in real estate. You purchase a home at one duty station, and then receive unexpected PCS orders to another duty station beyond commuting distance of their current home. You may not have time to sell your property, or may determine that the housing market has declined, and it’s not the right time to sell. Congratulations, you are now an “inadvertent landlord!"

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How to Build Wealth When You’re Not a Home Owner

Homeownership Investing PCS Saving Wealth
Written by Alecia Blair · 24 May 2016

Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Project Manager, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

If service life, with frequent PCS moves, has you steering clear of the longer-term commitments and costs of purchasing a home, doing so doesn’t mean you have to be sidelined from building wealth. You can build wealth in other ways that give you the financial flexibility to go where the military moves you. Here are some wealth-building tips for your rucksack.

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34 Banks and Credit Unions Receive America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence

press release America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence
Written by Guest Blogger · 18 May 2016

From the America Saves blog press release

Over 100,000 new wealth building accounts opened as part of America and Military Saves Week.

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Preparing to Purchase a Home

Credit Score Homeownership PCS BAH VA Benefits
Written by Guest Blogger · 17 May 2016

By Meghan Gardner, AFC®, FFC™ Candidate

A house is most likely the largest purchase you will ever make. Whether you are buying a home to be the perfect space for your family until your next PCS or the perfect forever space after retirement, a home purchase can be exciting yet stressful. There are a few things that you can do to help take some of the stress away from your move and prepare yourself to buy your new home.

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Military Families: Five Things You Need to Do Before Purchasing a Home

Financial Planning Credit Homeownership
Written by Guest Blogger · 10 May 2016

By Janelle Lucero at BBB of San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties 

Unlike civilians who have a permanent residence in a given city, military servicemembers must consider deployment orders and need to weigh whether they should rent or purchase a home. While many servicemembers chose to rent, many others decide to invest in real estate instead.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | February 3, 2017

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Airman Succeeds Through Dedication to Building Wealth Not Debt

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

I came into the Air Force at 23 years old in 1993 with about 12 outstanding bills (hospital bills, car loan, car insurance, school loans, credit cards, etc.). You name it, I had the bill. Thanks to the Family Support Center, Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, and many other sources, I now have no outstanding bills.

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A Disciplined Approach to Saving

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

I just recently retired after 30 years of service with the Marine Corps. I truly enjoyed my time serving the Corps and I flourished in the disciplined environment. I also took a disciplined approach to saving. Here are some of the tactics I used-they are very low to moderate risk.

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A Plan for Success

Written by Super User | April 26, 2012

I’m Staff Sergeant Robert Zuniga and I have been an active duty Air Force medic for eight years. I plan on staying in long enough so that I can retire at 20 years. I have always been interested in personal finance and would like to share how it IS possible for me and my stay-at-home wife and two kids to not only save and invest a ton of money but also have a lot of responsible fun as well on 'low' enlisted pay. You CAN do it too!

First off, we write down our goals and separate wants from needs.

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