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August 2007

10 Tips for Buying a Residential Rental Property, Part 1: Buy at the Right Price

by Sasha

This is the first in a ten-part series about residential rental properties based on my experiences. Looking to diversify your investments and take advantage of the current dip in real estate prices? While by no means a passive investment, if you’re up to the challenge, residential rental property ownership can provide not just additional short- […]

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The Second Step to Cleaning Up Your Finances

by Luke Landes

The Dough Roller tagged me to write about my one piece of money-related advice if I had to choose just one. I’m not at advisor, so I don’t consider my ramblings advice, but I can share what has worked for me. Recently, I shared my favorite tip and the first step to cleaning up your […]

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Seven Home Equity Tips, Part 4: Know Your Interest Rates and Terms

by Luke Landes

The most basic piece of knowledge one needs in order to be in control of their finances is the importance of awareness. Many people will go through their lives blissfully ignorant of their own financial details. Why? For one, ignorance is bliss. The more financial trouble you are in, the easier it is to ignore […]

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I Got a Relatively Good Deal on Bedroom Furniture

by Luke Landes

I have been struggling for the past month or two to find decent, basic bedroom furniture for a good price. I’ve tried the department stores (JCPenny, Macy’s and Sears), Ashley Furniture, Raymour & Flanigan, Peir 1, and some other stores, but everything was out of a reasonable price range or was horribly cheap. After expressing […]

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Weekly Blog Roundup, Housewarming Edition

by Luke Landes

Here are several interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this week. Cathy from AllFinancialMatters and Chief Family Officer evaluated the current stock market. What do you do now? She sticks with index funds and dollar cost averaging. When the market was at the top a little while ago, I changed my 401(k) contributions to […]

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Market Update, August 16, 2007

by Luke Landes

The market bounced back today after a sharp decline. Dow down to 12,845.78, S&P 500 up to 1,411.27, Nasdaq down to 2,451.07. [CNN]

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My Vacation Spending in Boston, Newport, and Salem

by Luke Landes

A few days ago, my girlfriend and I returned from vacation in Newport, Rhode Island and Boston and Salem, Massachusetts. I mentioned earlier I was dreading opening up Quicken and analyzing my receipts. The other night, I held my breath and took the plunge. Here are some of the results. Two audio-tour tickets to the […]

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Market Update, August 15, 2007

by Luke Landes

Remember when the Dow closed over 14,000 on July 19 and I entertained some guesses as to when it would pass 15,000? Now we’re below 13,000. Dow down to 12,861, S&P 500 down to 1,406.7, Nasdaq down to 2,458.8.

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Seven Home Equity Tips, Part 2: Use Equity to Build Assets

by Luke Landes

If a home equity loan is not ideal for paying off credit card debt, what other options are there for making the most of the cash that would otherwise be locked away? David Bach has a suggestion, and it is his second tip out of seven for dealing with your home equity. 2. Use home […]

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Seven Home Equity Tips, Part 1: Don’t Pay Off Credit Card Debt With Loan

by Luke Landes

Does it make sense to use a home equity loan to pay off credit card debt? As with anything, the answer is sometimes. While proponents of certain mortgage payoff acceleration loans might disagree, David Bach is offering some good reasons to let your home equity build without the burdens of extra loans or lines of […]

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