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Welcome to this episode of The Doctor’s Bill (Can You Afford It?).
Wonder if you should buy that big ticket item or not?
Well here’s your chance to have a wealth management expert, Johanna Fox Turner, of Fox & Company Wealth Management analyze your overall finances and make a final verdict on whether or not you can indeed swing for the fences and splurge on yourself or whether you should just walk away.
[Johanna and I have no current financial relationship]
Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a substitute for paid professional advice but only meant to serve as a suggestion/guideline.
The following are the details from our submission form:
Home (3rd)- New Home will become primary residence.
Current home to become single family home rental property.
How do you plan on paying for this item/experience?
On A Happiness Scale of 1-10 (10 Being Happiest), rate what this item/experience will do for you A) Short Term and B) Long Term:
Any Children (If so please provide ages)?
How Many Years Till Planned Retirement?
10-17 years (depends).
What is your total household income?
State Income Tax (if Any)
What is your % Annual Savings Rate? (savings/gross income)
Estimated Annual Living Expenses (Current):
Estimated/Desired Annual Living Expenses (In Retirement):
Market Value of Primary Home [For Renter =$ 0]
Additional Real Estate Holdings Equity (Market Value-Debt):
Vacation Home: 575k (240k mortgage balance @3.375%).
Current Liquid Asset Value (Savings, Checking, Etc.):
Retirement Assets (401k/IRA/HSA):
Brokerage Account (Taxable):
Miscellaneous Asset Value (Please elaborate):
$130k (529 with $65k/child).
$215k @ 2.675%.
Student Loan Balance:
$30k @ 3.5% and $25k @ 1.85% (both fixed).
$7k (Furnace loan @0% for 12 months (will be paid prior to promotional rate expiring)
Unfunded Future College Costs & Years Left Till Needed:
Other Unfunded Goals and Years Remaining (Today’s Dollars):
Any other pertinent information not addressed?
We live in a HCOL area.
So given these financials do you think the third time is the charm or is it more like three strikes and you’re out?
Click on the Doctor’s Bill Image and find out the verdict:
After you see the verdict please come back to this page and comment whether you agree or not with the decision (and no cheating by looking at comments first!)
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Love the Doctor’s Bill. Unfortunately, I would also give it a Thumbs Down. I do think it could work if they sold the vacation home though. They would then still have 2 mortgages and rent out their old home.
Thanks VP for stopping by and giving your support as always, much appreciated.
I agree 3 mortgages is two many. Personally if they were set on getting the 700k home it would be best to get rid of the other 2. Unless one is a sure thing rental it just makes it too high a debt for the household income given.
Case study of debt numbness.
Yes after awhile you get punch drunk with debt and take on (the wrong) attitude that adding more to a huge pile doesn’t make a difference