(Source) – It’s a seller’s market in much of the country. Real estate is a hot commodity, with properties in some areas being snatched up virtually as soon as they are listed.
That’s good news for sellers who can command a higher price for their homes. At closing, they may find themselves with extra money in their pocket. But finance experts say not to be too hasty in spending that cash.
Like any windfall, there is no one right way to spend the proceeds of a house sale. “It boils down to your priorities for the intended money,” says Keith Bernhardt, vice president of retirement and college products for Fidelity. To maximize it, you need to consider a couple of factors, including the taxes you might have to pay….A bank account can be a poor place to keep money that isn’t going to be needed for a while. “It will lose value over time,” says Bernhardt. The minimal interest offered by savings accounts lags far behind the rate of inflation.
Even if you have enough from a home sale to purchase a new house with cash, Steven Azoury, [a chartered financial counselor from Michigan,] suggests only paying what’s needed for the down payment. The interest rates for mortgages are still low enough that it might make more sense to finance a house sale and invest the rest. You can read this entire article by clicking here.
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