Singapore — Owning a home that you can call your own is certainly exciting, but it is also one of the biggest purchases you will probably make in your lifetime. What’s more important to bear in mind, however, is that it’s not a journey that ends the moment you get your house keys.
Singapore’s laws remain depressingly old-fashioned when it comes to certain things. And nowhere is this clearer than in the way single parents are penalised. It’s almost as if it’s your fault for being a single parent.
While a lot has been done to make parenthood less financially taxing such as the Baby Bonus and HDB subsidies, single parents are often left out in the cold and denied the same degree of support.
This despite the fact that it is often precisely single parents who need help most in the absence of a spouse to share the physical, emotional and financial burden of raising a child.
If you or someone you know is on the brink of single parenthood, this guide will help you to see at a glance which grants, subsidies and financial assistance you qualify for.
While you may have ambitious money goals, the key to reaching them is building a collection of smaller everyday habits. By taking baby steps that become second nature over time, you’ll hopefully be able to improve your financial situation. Here are some small habits you can develop today that may help your money grow.
- Owning a home in San Francisco, San Jose or New York can really break the bank, with total costs at more than double the U.S. national median.
- But most large cities, such as Indianapolis, are far more affordable, with median incomes more than enough to cover costs associated with typical homes.
Record-low inventory is causing home prices to rise across the U.S., so higher salaries are now required to afford monthly housing payments, according to SmartAsset.
Whether you’re casually dating, moving in together, or married, you and your partner have to be sure you’re not just compatible in terms of personality but also financially. Is your partner a saver or a spender? How seriously do they take debt? Do they have a monthly budget? Here’s how to tell if you’re financially compatible with your partner.
Singapore — The proposal to enhance the benchmark, which is used as reference for mortgages, was announced last week. Analysts said these changes, if implemented, will cause the benchmark to be more sensitive to market conditions.
SINGAPORE — So you’ve just seen how much you’re paying this month on your home loan, and you’re seriously considering switching to another bank with the lower interest rates… Except you don’t know if refinancing is a good choice. Will it really be able to save you money in the long-term? Is the cost of refinancing really worth it? Here are some costs you will encounter when refinancing your home loan: