Kathy Lo Bue, managing director at Glen Eagle Advisors, Freehold, will host Walter O’Brien, CPA, from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 13 at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold Township. “How to Become Financially, Physically and Spiritually Fit in All Areas of Your Life” is a free and non-sectarian event open to the community.… Continue reading BUSINESS BRIEFS

Buying a condo is not the same as buying a home

Stringent lending policies and the escalating costs of home ownership have led many prospective home buyers to consider condominiums instead of single-family homes. Condos are typically less expensive than single-family homes, which makes lenders and borrowers alike feel more comfortable. Lenders feel better because the loans aren’t as large, while borrowers are more comfortable because… Continue reading Buying a condo is not the same as buying a home

What to expect in 2016

By Carley Lintz CTW Features Moderate gains in prices and sales to help drive ‘normal but healthy’ housing market Is buying a new home one of your New Year’s resolutions? Well, you’re not alone. The forecast for the 2016 housing market is one of solid growth and a strong desire to buy, according to two… Continue reading What to expect in 2016

Firm advice: Consider both agent and brokerage

If you’re thinking of buying or selling, chances are you’ll select your real estate agent based upon a name referred from a friend, neighbor or relative. Referrals are the No. 1 way both first-time and repeat buyers and sellers settle on an agent, according to surveys from the National Association of Realtors. But when a… Continue reading Firm advice: Consider both agent and brokerage

Unequal DUI laws

Q&A with Sharon Peters Q: My nephew has been picked up for driving impaired at least four times. Very little in the way of punishment ever happens. And still he drives. In my part of the country, he would have lost his license years ago, and probably would have done time. He lives in Pennsylvania.… Continue reading Unequal DUI laws


Social Community Activities Network (SCAN), in partnership with the Affordable Housing Alliance, will host a program designed to use interactive technology to help selected applicants connect online and encourage ongoing and positive engagement in life. This “Successful Aging” program offers seniors digital technology training and is looking for two categories of participants age 60 and… Continue reading BUSINESS BRIEFS

Paying steady with unsteady income

Lenders put increased scrutiny on borrowers with fluctuating incomes Fifth-grade math skills come in handy when you’re home shopping. Lenders usually don’t want to see a monthly mortgage payment — plus all other regularly occurring debts — exceed more than about 36 to 43 percent of a borrower’s gross monthly income. No matter how adept… Continue reading Paying steady with unsteady income