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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

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60 Teens participate in Massachusetts Youth Saves Program

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

During the months of June & July, 60 teenagers aged 13-19 from Marine, Coast Guard, Army, and Air Force families attended Youth Saves programs across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to help increase their knowledge of financial literacy.

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On the Right Track to Build Wealth

Written by Super User | April 16, 2013

My name is Robina Wahl, and I am a military wife and a veteran. Although I am fairly new to the Military Saves Campaign, the message to “Build Wealth, Not Debt” reassured me that my husband and I were on the right track and doing the right things.

I have always been pretty responsible when it comes to saving and living within my means, but I was not prepared for the unpredictable employment lifestyle of being a Reservist and military spouse.

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Savers Pledge Leads to Savings Success

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

My name is Rob and I am a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. My financial success is a huge result of the Military Saves Campaign.

My journey began five years ago after marrying my wife, Lisa. We entered our marriage with no savings plan in sight, carrying debt and living in a tiny apartment. After seeing an advertisement for Military Saves, we decided to grab the reigns of our finances and implement a positive financial plan.

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