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Home Prices More Overvalued

by Luke Landes

Local Market Monitor is a research firm in the real-estate sector, and they’ve produced a report about the overvaluation trend. According to the firm, overvaluation is getting worse, and houses are priced above what the firm believes is the “fair value.” According to an article by Les Christie at CNN, home prices are accelerating even ... Continue reading this article…

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Friday Articles

by Luke Landes

On Fridays, instead of just the regular personal finance links, perhaps I’ll put together a hodge-podge of everything I find interesting. A veritable cornucopia of delectable links. * Nothing quick about getting rich with real estate * Doctor Who to air on Sci-Fi channel in March — too bad I have only 30 TV stations, ... Continue reading this article…

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Taxes and Your First Job

by Luke Landes

Yesterday I mentioned earier, this Thursday will be National Tax Advice Day. Yes, it’s a fabricated holiday to sell software and services from H&R Block, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find some good information within their materials. H&R Block has advice for those people in their first job who might be filing their taxes ... Continue reading this article…

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Hot Cars and Cheap Cars

by Luke Landes

The beginning of the year must be popular for talking about upgrading your vehicle. Recently, I mentioned the insurance discount for hybrid owners, but there are some additional stories about cars in the news. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine surveyed MSRP, service costs, resale value, fuel cost, and insurance cost to come up with a value ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Investing #3

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary, this week’s host of the Carnival of Investing! The Carnival of Investing is a new Blog Carnival that collects the best blog entries in the past week or so that focus on the topic of investing. In the words of Mr. B. Rhymes, c’mon, c’mon, let’s get to it.

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Balance Sheet, December 2005

by Luke Landes

What a year! In my personal finances, I’ve mad some advances, but not without letting a few things fall between the cracks. The market turned sour in the last week of the year, and that had too much of an effect on my investment balances. Keep reading for some tables that show my progress over ... Continue reading this article…

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Mistakes When Selling or Buying a House

by Luke Landes

Are you planning to buy or sell a house in 2006? Personally, I think 2007 or 2008 will be my year. Regardless, Bankrate.com is presenting ten mistakes in real estate to avoid in 2006: * Not understanding the length of the buying/selling process. Patience pays off. * Exposing your hand. Contain your enthusiasm. * Skipping ... Continue reading this article…

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My Investment Holdings

by Luke Landes

I was wondering how my investments were doing this year, so I whipped up a table. It appears my managed funds have generally outperformed my index fund. Some notes: * My 401(k) was recently rebalanced (it’s automatic on a quarterly basis). * The YTD Return is annualized based on either the most recent information or ... Continue reading this article…

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