This week we’re sharing some tips to save home-buyers time when searching for a home, helping you decide which organic food items are worth splurging on, and identifying the four key questions you’ll need to ask yourself while planning your retirement. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Homebuyers often scan a home for its potential, checking to see if the home’s layout flows well or if the appliances are all updated. But according to Lars Peterson of US News and World Report, there are seven things homebuyers should never overlook at an open house. Because time is valuable, those who are in the home buying process should use every opportunity to look a little closer before adding it to the “second look list.” Some tips include checking out the neighborhood, making sure the exterior and landscaping is in good shape, analyzing the floors and their structural stability, listening for noise and more.
  • Buying organic is trendy, but going the organic route can be costly. Nutritionist, Rania Batayneh, MPH shares with Business Insider which items are worth buying organic and how much more it will cost you. Some of the items Batayneh suggests are milk, cantaloupe, peaches, tomatoes, bacon and chicken.
  • When it comes to retirement planning, advice comes from many different sources: financial advisors, the media, friends, pundits and more. According to TIME Money contributor, Walter Updegrave, only 32 percent of American workers surveyed by Personal Capital reported they are very or somewhat prepared for retirement. Despite all of the conflicting retirement tips, it always boils down to four key questions that you’ll need to get right: How much are you saving, do you have the right investment strategy, are you fine-tuning your plan, and have you developed a retirement income strategy?

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