The "Brandy Bunch" house sale has stirred up a lot of drama. Lance Bass thought he'd won the house, but was outbid. Judy Dutton, provided by Published 3:00 pm CDT, Monday, August 6, 2018 Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images For IHeartMedia; Realtor.com Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images For IHeartMedia; Realtor.com Here's How Lance Bass Bungled Buying the 'Brady Bunch' House 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The "Brady Bunch" house sale has stirred up a lot more than nostalgia. For pop star Lance Bass, it's turned into an all-out real estate deal drama! In a long-winded Instagram sob story, the former 'N Sync member explained how, after hearing that this iconic Studio City, CA, house was listed for $1,885,000, he'd made an offer "way over asking price." From there, he … [Read more...] about Here’s How Lance Bass Bungled Buying the ‘Brady Bunch’ House
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GETTING your foot on the property ladder can feel like an impossible task. Nowadays, first time buyers are expected to fork out around £50,000 on a mortgage deposit, so it's no wonder that the average Brit isn't likely to become a homeowner until they're 33. Even though the Chancellor offered a helping hand by scrapping stamp duty first-time buyers, estate agents reckon it's showed little sign of boosting the housing market. Add in spiralling house prices and first-time buyers waiting an average of seven years to save up their deposit, it can all feel a bit glum, particularly if the bank of mum an dad isn't an option. But it is doable and there are ways you can get the financial support you need, you just need to know where to look. From government schemes to part ownership, here's how you can become a home owner. What is Help to Buy? Help To Buy is a government scheme designed to help people get on the property ladder without the need for the large, up-front deposit which puts … [Read more...] about What are Help to Buy and Shared Ownership and are there other government schemes to help you buy your first home?
(MoneyWatch) How much money do you really need? While this question applies to most of us, it's an especially critical question for older Americans who have meager retirement resources and who'll need to make every dollar count, both before and during retirement. The magic formula for retirement securityThe secret formula that will make, or break, your retirementThe secret to a successful retirement One answer to the question of "how much is enough" comes from economists who use "utility theory" to measure your satisfaction or happiness with an item you bought against the amount of money you spent on the item. As the theory goes, if you have a significant, unmet need and you buy something that meets your basic needs, your happiness improves. But if you spend much more money to buy something that fulfills much more than your basic needs, your happiness doesn't typically improve by the same amount. We can see this concept at work by examining survey data regarding a purchase we're all … [Read more...] about A great way to stretch your retirement savings
Marilyn Lewis and Hiram Reisner contributed to this post Insurance, at its best, helps protect against events that could send your finances into a death spiral. Crucial products include insurance against serious car crashes, the loss of or damage to a home and the loss of income due to death or disability. Other products? Many offer little value, or they’re filled with exclusions and caveats. Following are some potentially dumb insurance buys: 1. Identity theft insurance Federal law limits your liability from credit card fraud, so even if a thief uses yours, you’re off the hook if you report theft promptly. Says the Federal Trade Commission: Your liability for unauthorized use of your credit card is limited to $50. If you report the loss to the credit card company before your credit card is used, you are not responsible for any unauthorized use. Most card companies go a step further and offer $0 fraud liability. Report an ATM card missing within two business … [Read more...] about 14 kinds of insurance that can waste your money
Television 2015 Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image iStockphoto iStockphoto This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters. It is a secret only intermittently discussed that the anointed Golden Age Of Television is also very often The Golden Age Of Nobody Knowing What The Frosted Flakes Is Going On, and one of the reasons for that is that nobody even knows for sure what it means to watch television anymore. Let's take a quick romp through an existential crisis on which we touched previously: What even is television? (If you said "a vast wasteland," you may be watching the television of many years ago and I'd like to borrow your time … [Read more...] about Television 2015: With 25 Ways To Watch TV, Does The House Always Win?