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by Luke Landes

By subscribing to our RSS feed, you’ll always be aware of new content here. If you use Google Reader for reading news and blogs like I do, you can easily subscribe using this special link. Another option is to get the latest blog entries in your email inbox. It’s all about convenience. The RSS feeds ... Continue reading this article…

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Upgrading My Living Room Entertainment, Part 3: High-Definition DVD

by Luke Landes

To complete — at least for now — my living room upgrade, I purchased a Toshiba HD-DVD (HD-A20) from Circuit City. Just looking at the listing now, I see the price has increased since Tuesday from $359.99 to $399.99. In fact, in the store, the advertised price was $399.99, but after showing the listing on ... Continue reading this article…

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10 Tips for Buying a Residential Rental Property, Part 2: Find the Right Neighborhood

by Sasha

As I mentioned in my last entry on this topic, rental property ownership can reward or punish you for decisions made during the buying process, so it’s crucial to make the right ones. It’s about much more than just getting the right price. Here’s my next tip in the series. 2. Find the right neighborhood. ... Continue reading this article…

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Seven Home Equity Tips, Part 5: Get the Tax Deduction

by Luke Landes

The interest on a home equity loan or line of credit can be tax deductible, which many people find to be a strong positive point to taking advantage of these products. Tax deduction on interest doesn’t beat paying no interest at all, but if that’s not a possibility, this is a good alternative. There are ... Continue reading this article…

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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- ... Continue reading this article…

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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 ... Continue reading this article…

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Souvenir Tax Bill: Lucky Fan May Owe $210,000

by Luke Landes

If you haven’t been living in a hole and have any interest in sports, you may have heard that Barry Bonds surpassed Hank Aaron’s record and hit his 756th home run the other day. With all the footage from a plethora of angles of Bonds breaking the record, the news also showed a man in ... Continue reading this article…

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Top Ten Used Cars Under $10,000

by Luke Landes

Updated: Here are the Top 10 cars of 2008 and the Best American Cars of 2009. If you have $10,000 available to spend on a car, cars.com has suggestions for you with a recent top ten list. Here’s their methodology: [W]e crunched retail values for late-model used cars and factored in reliability ratings, safety equipment ... Continue reading this article…

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