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John F. O'Hara
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4 Tips for the Final Walk-Through

March 30, 2015 12:27 am

The final walk-through is an important part of the home buying process. This step gives a buyer the opportunity to assess the home top-to-bottom before closing. Although a home inspector can accompany a buyer during the final walk-through, it’s essential for the buyer to evaluate the home as an inspector would.



To successfully complete the final walk-through, keep in mind these tips.



1. Have your contract, inspection report and any seller disclosures handy when walking through the home. These documents will help you determine if any new issues developed after the inspection, and which repairs, if any, were included in the agreement.



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Inspect both the exterior and interior of the home, paying special attention to any issues the seller agreed to resolve before closing. This is crucial, especially if the seller has already vacated. Spend some time assessing the landscape and grounds, as well as confirming that all doors and windows not only open and close properly, but are also secure.



3. Inside the home, test the HVAC system and all appliances included in the contract. Turn on and off all lights, both inside and outside, and check the temperature and water pressure for all faucets. Remember to flush toilets to ensure there are no drips or leaks.



4. Before completing the final walk-through, be sure to ask for working keys to every door, alarm codes, garage openers and any appliance or system manuals. It’s also a good idea to ask for copies of receipts for any repairs the sellers paid for.

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall



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Few U.S. Workers Contribute to IRAs

March 27, 2015 12:27 am

A recent LIMRA study found that just 17 percent of American workers contribute to a traditional individual retirement account (IRA) – and only 28 percent contribute to any kind of IRA, including traditional, Roth or SEP/SIMPLE accounts. When asked to provide a reason for that decision, the majority of respondents felt they could not afford to contribute to an IRA. Nearly a quarter of respondents said they are saving in another retirement savings vehicle, such as a defined contribution (DC) plan, and one in seven workers said they were unsure how to invest their assets or haven’t gotten around to it. A third of workers believe they don’t understand enough about IRAs to contribute to one.

“For workers who don’t have access to an employer-sponsored DC plan, an IRA provides an excellent way for workers to save for retirement,” says Cecilia Shiner, assistant research director for LIMRA.

The study also found that more than a third of Generation X workers are contributing to an IRA (34 percent), compared to only a quarter of Millennials and Boomers. Forty percent of workers would be more likely to contribute to an IRA if a payroll deduction option were available through their employer; nearly half of Millennials said payroll deduction would spur them to contribute. Workers who own an IRA are more likely to feel confident that they will be able to live the retirement lifestyle they desire (55 percent), compared to just 24 percent of those who don’t own an IRA.

A traditional IRA allows workers to direct pretax income, up to specific annual limits, toward investments that can grow tax-deferred (i.e., no investment gain is taxed until the money is withdrawn).

Source: LIMRA

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