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How to Buy a Home; Do You Need Cell Phone Insurance?; Working While in College

People have issues with financing, builders, selling, and buying used homes. There are many confusing moving parts. Clark discusses 9 steps to buying a home involving credit, qualifying and shopping for loans, shopping homes, negotiating, etc.

Local communities have design rules that have crushed affordability for first-time homebuyers.  In dense urban areas, the value of land drives the cost of homes. So out-of-date rules on land use create many inefficiencies, including affordability.

The next wave of urban planning should take into account creating efficiencies that will allow more affordable, smaller single-family housing in metro corridors.

Clark’s 13-year-old son was all over getting a cell phone protection plan. We’re so connected to our devices that when in a cell phone store, we’re susceptible to the pitch to buy their junk insurance product. Don’t do it.

Cell phone insurance is horrible, trashy junk. Don’t do it. It’s overpriced, and you have a big deductible for what’s usually a refurbished replacement phone. Have wide insurance in your life disability. Use a credit card that provides free cell phone insurance when you use it to pay your monthly cell bill.

There’s one thing higher and trade education students can do to boost their chances of good-paying jobs after school – work while in school. ​Working in college makes for higher-paid grads.

Northeastern University grads tend to easily get good jobs after school because working is built into the curriculum. Students alternate semesters with working full-time. The degree takes an extra year, going year-round.

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New grads have years of experience in their field of study. Having work experience provides maturity so valuable to employers. Clark was a full-time working night student in college and grad school. That work experience served him well, allowing him to retire (the 1st time) at age 31.

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