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Rent Checks Are Getting Larger

by Luke Landes

Here’s a piece of bad news for myself and all other renters out there. While I continue my search for an apartment to move into on July 1, the National Association of Realtors is forecasting a 5.3 percent increase in rents this year. Here are some details from CNN Money: In addition to making home purchases ... Continue reading this article…

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Looking for Apartments, Update 3

by Luke Landes

We didn’t get to look at apartments this weekend. We had one visit scheduled for Sunday, but I received a call Saturday night from the owner saying the rental unit — the top two floors of a two-family house — has been taken. The listing looked very promising; it included a washer and dryer which ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Happy Memorial Day, for all readers in the United States. The 50th edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance has been posted at My Open Wallet! Thanks to Madame X for a very colorful display. Here are some of my favorites: * Advantages of Being 26 at A Penny Saved… * Never Settle at the ... Continue reading this article…

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New Jersey Turnpike Stories

by Luke Landes

After reading the news about hybrids being allowed in the New Jersey Turnpike’s HOV lanes, I’ve been in the mood to read more about that highway. Thankfully, a new article from the New York Times, A Dozen Roadside Attractions [free subscription], satisfies that itch and refers to the rest areas alongside the road. The article ... Continue reading this article…

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Some Online Reviews Are Fake

by Luke Landes

Shocked? Before I make a large purchasing decision, like determining which notebook computer or other technology equipment to buy and where to get it for the right price, I check various websites to find reviews written by owners. For a company like Best Buy or Amazon.com, allowing users to create product reviews is a great ... Continue reading this article…

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50-Year Mortgages

by Luke Landes

Lenders are now offering 50-year mortgages for those homeowners who want to be able to afford monthly payments on a house and who don’t mind a slower pace of building equity. Here’s a quick comparison, using the mortgage calculator at bankrate.com. For a 30-year $500,000 mortgage at a 7 percent interest rate, monthly payments will run ... Continue reading this article…

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The Finance of Sleep Loss

by Luke Landes

One thing that is important to remember is that parial sleep loss is cumulative. That means that if you get 30 minutes less sleeping time than your body needs each day during the week, your body will want to make up two and a half hours of sleep during the weekend, or whenever you can ... Continue reading this article…

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Tips for Dealing With Recruiters

by Luke Landes

They always seem to call at the wrong time, first of all. But recruiters and headhunters have worked well for many people. Fortune Magazine explains how to help them help you. First, the problem: After 12 years as a finance manager… I’d like to explore opportunities elsewhere. Yet the only calls I get from recruiters ... Continue reading this article…

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