The three most important things about real estate are location, location, location. If we broaden that out to all financial decisions, I think the three most important things are goals, goals, goals. If you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve with your money, it’s hard to know how to get there.

We all have different financial goals in life. Some people are working hard to give their children an ivy league education and buy a house on Lake Minnetonka. Some people want to retire at age 35. Some want to leave a giant legacy for charity.

Those different goals lead to very different financial choices. I paid off my mortgage in my 30s because I want more flexibility in my monthly budget. I have friends my age who took out as much mortgage as they could afford at record low interest rates. They are more concerned with maximizing their wealth. Both are good decisions.

The next time you compare financial decisions with someone at happy hour, make sure you share your goals. Otherwise, one of you might give the other one bad advice.

About the Author:

John has more than ten years experience as an Investment Advisor. He focuses on devising and maintaining portfolios that meet individuals’ needs, investment research, and investment strategy. John has been recognized as a “FIVE STAR wealth manager” by Twin Cities Business Magazine 2016-2020.

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