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More Signs of a Housing Bubble?

by Luke Landes

Carnival of Personal Finance #2 has been published at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity! Bloggers can still submit articles throughout the day. Do it! Standard & Poor’s Rating Services is making it more difficult for individuals to obtain adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs). Their official stance is that this type of loan is the only factor that ... Continue reading this article…

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Master of Your Eminent Domain

by Luke Landes

Last week I talked about the Supreme Court decision regarding Eminent Domain. Hot on the heels of the decision, a town in Texas is preparing to seize 3 properties to make way for a marina. This time, businesses are involved rather than residences. The marina is expected to attract $60 million and create as much ... Continue reading this article…

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Entitlement Generation?

by Luke Landes

The latest term for those of us (though I will soon be abandoning this club) in our twenties is the Entitlement Generation. As the article notes, every generation has its period of negative labeling: “In their day, baby boomers were rabble-rousing hippies, while Gen Xers were apathetic slackers.” The crux of the Entitlement Generation is ... Continue reading this article…

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Frugal Anywhere

by Luke Landes

Another article on MSN offers 50 ways to trim your budget. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a chart outlining the average household expenditures as a percent of income, much like I did earlier this month. In each of the categories, the article offers some suggestions for cutting back costs. Many of these I’m already ... Continue reading this article…

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Frugal In The Country

by Luke Landes

How does a single mother of three kids survive on $31,000? First of all, she doesn’t live in New Jersey. After some unfortunate circumstances and some bad moves, Tricia offers some tips for making the most out of what you earn. The MSN article offers all of her tips, but to summarize, the list includes ... Continue reading this article…

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Friday Reading

by Luke Landes

Here’s what I’m reading today, updated throughout the day as I feel like it. Jim Jubak sees a revolt pertaining to property taxes and the Alternative Minimum Tax. Prediction: Oil will either spike to $100 a barrel or it will drop. There is a third possibility that the price will do neither. In conclusion, no ... Continue reading this article…

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Eminent Domain Rules Officially Changed

by Luke Landes

Let’s say you own a home, like many people in this country do. Let’s go further and say that you own the property completely. Maybe you had a mortgage, but it’s completely paid off. The property is yours. Well… as Jon Stewart is fond of saying, not so much. If your state government decides that ... Continue reading this article…

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News News: CNN Offers Liberated Video

by Luke Landes

CNN.com (which of course includes CNN Money) now offers its video features for free. Unfortunately, my company’s proxy server blocks access to the content, but nevertheless, this is a great move by CNN. Now all they need are better permanent links to the video streams and a trackback feature for every story.

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Wednesday Reading

by Luke Landes

Forbes takes a look at what the good life costs, with the “good life” being a nice house, good education for the kids, and a summer home. In the Northeast, my region of the country, it will cost at least $215,000 a year (after taxes and savings). That’s enough to make most families give up ... Continue reading this article…

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0% Balance Transfers

by Luke Landes

The 0 percent interest credit card balance transfer game is a popular one to play. I had first encountered the trend on the Motley Fool message boards a few years ago. The credit card companies are making these quick-money ideas a little more difficult to navigate, with rules that differ among the many different offers. According ... Continue reading this article…

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