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2011 

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Tell anyone that you're in the real estate business and many will immediately engage you in discussions about the market.  The discussion usually leads to their revelation of why they feel that this is the wrong time for them to buy and/or sell a home.  Most of the time, the reason is either that...
12/28/2011
2012 Earlybird House Hunting Starts Today The Christmas cheer and celebration has come and gone, and the last week of the month is an enjoyable time to exchange gifts, shop for clearance bargains, and extend the spirit of the season through the week.  It's not as hectic as last week, with most of...
12/26/2011
Help for underwater homeowners The housing market is a little like a disabled submarine, sinking first fast, then slowly as it finally hits the floor of the ocean.  It has bottomed, and like the housing market, it could lay there forever, or maybe it will be rescued and towed to the surface.  May...
12/22/2011
James Surowiecki is a writer for the highly regarded financial publication The New Yorker.  He was interviewed on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, and he feels that more people need to consider strategic default as a solution to their underwater home loans.  He cites the fact that American Airline...
12/19/2011
A couple years ago, I wrote about the importance of making your lifestyle upgrades as soon as it is physically possible.  One of the most prevalent reasons for upgrading is to make life's experiences better for your children.  The fact is that children are perishable.  They expire on or about the...
12/18/2011
Truth is that I don't ever want to find myself living somewhere without at least one dog in the house.  Granted, many folks couldn't care less about having a canine companion, and some find the idea repulsive.  That's fine, but I think they're missing a lot. If you are a renter and you can't have...
12/16/2011
Last year, I published the best five possible gifts to give your landlord.  They are repeated here for your reference. 5.  Tell him you're moving out in May.   4.  Tell him you're moving out in April.   3.  Tell him you're moving out in March.   2.  Tell him you're moving out in February.   1.  T...
12/15/2011
Now they want to ban Holidays. The University of Minnesota has notified employees that, not only is the term Christmas inappropriate, but now even Holiday should be avoided.  The suggested substitution isWinter celebration.  Apparently, the fact that virtually every society, religion, or tribe, p...
12/10/2011
A couple December reminders for tax- conscious home owners.  With 2011 ending in three weeks, we're in the stretch for finding ways to reduce our income tax burden.  Home owners who deduct interest charged on their home loans may want to make the January payment a few days early to credit the pay...
12/10/2011
If you're renting right now, you're  living in temporary housing.  Unless you're suffering from one of the maladies that make landlords so stinkin' rich, it's probably time to take some action toward a lifestyle upgrade.  Some renters have not adequately  managed their finances.  That is not nece...
12/05/2011
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