$182K in 2.75 years | Balancing Residency, Future Goals and Aggressive Loan Payoff with Dr. Andreas Zacharopoulos O.D

When we think about paying off student loans, it is hard to couple the ideas of finishing a residency and also knocking out student loan debt quickly. Simply put, a residency provides great experience but comes at a cost – a year of well-below average wages. Despite this hurdle, our Student Loan Success Story and active ODs on Finance member Dr. Andreas Zacharopoulos was able to knock out his debt and start setting himself up for financial success. In this article, Andreas gives us a detailed account of how he paid off his student loans and some helpful strategies for overcoming some common struggles in the quest for financial freedom.

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The Optometrist’s Guide To Student Loan Refinancing

Optometrists often accumulate multiple loans from federal and private lenders to fund their doctor education, which results in an average debt load of $220,000. The majority of these loans are federal loans which have an average interest rate of 5.5-6.8%.Then the majority of doctors will end up refinancing their student loans to save thousands of dollars in interest. Here is your comprehensive guide to the student loan refinancing process and understanding how underwriting works.

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The Optometrist’s Guide For Health Insurance

Mortgages, car payments, loans – what do these have in common?  Well they are all high cost bills on your plate. There are options so your health insurance doesn’t have to be another one.  When it comes to health insurance, it’s much better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Here are some great tips on how an optometrist can shop around for health insurance

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7 Optometry Student Loan Updates Before End of 2022

I cannot believe that it is the end of 2022. It has definitely been a crazy past 2 years with a lot of ever-changing federal legislations regarding student loans. As we approach the federal 0% interest benefit expiration date on January 31, 2022, here are some 7 new updates in the world of optometry student loans.

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10 Reasons For Optometrists to Invest in Apartment Syndications & 2 Reasons to Not Invest in Apartment Syndications

When we started New Sight Capital, we set out on a mission to share the unique opportunity of apartment investing with our fellow optometrists. The challenge: not many ODs have ever heard of apartment syndications. In short, an apartment syndication is the pooling of collective capital from investors in order to acquire an apartment complex that would normally be reserved to larger, institutional investors. Although syndications have been around for years, they’ve typically been an instrument of very wealthy or well-connected accredited investors. We are setting out to change that by bringing syndications directly to the optometric community.

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What Happens to My Optometry Student Loans if I Die, Become Permanently Disabled, or Become Bankrupt?

Optometrists graduate with an average of $200,000+ in student loan debt, usually at a federal interest rate of 6.8%.. It is no wonder why many optometrists are worried about not being able to pay off their massive debt if they are unable to take home a large doctor’s salary. Even more fearful, a lot of ODs are worried that their loved ones will be stuck with their debt upon their passing or permanent disability.In this article, we will clear up some misconceptions around student loans (both federal & private) in regards to death and permanent/total disability.

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What Should I Do First? A Complete Guideline Step-By-Step

Personal finance is called personal for a reason; it is just as much a science as it is an art (similar to prescribing glasses). But seriously, this is probably one of the most difficult decisions that a lot of doctor investors will face and has starved me of sleep a lot – simply deciding which…

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2021-2022 IRS limitations for Optometrists

We cannot believe that 2021 is almost over! being said, it means that it’s time for updates on IRS limits (Effective January 1,2022). While all of these limits might seem higher, remember that it is mainly keeping up with inflation, which the consumer index is estimated at 4-5%. Here are some Retirement IRS Key-points for 2022.

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