Home Ownership

We Won’t Be Homeless Next Month!

June 20, 2016
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After 3 weeks of research, 2 day trips of scouting around, and 1 thwarted scam* later, we finally have ourselves a new home :) And we move in in two weeks – ack! This is the 2nd biggest decision we’ve had to make recently, with the first one accepting a job offer my wife got after a year+ looking, and now with that out of […]

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There Are No Rules

May 11, 2016
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I got a text from a friend yesterday: I love this interaction because not only did it make me feel even better about not owning a place anymore (just keeping it real!), but it got my friend to think about it for a hot second too. I’m 99.9% sure that’s all it was – just an offhanded comment in the frustration of it all, but […]

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Net Worth Nightmare: $437,562.07 (-$51,405.74)

February 3, 2016
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Well that’s a new milestone! $50,000 drop in one month – the biggest on the books since recording these 8 years ago. Egads! What will we ever do???! Answer: Keep doing what we’re doing and not get phased ;) It definitely sucks on paper and looks like a complete $hit show if this is the very first time you’re seeing me present one of these […]

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WE SOLD OUR HOUSE! NO MORE MORTGAGES!!

January 25, 2016
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Well, they say it only takes one buyer to want your house, and one buyer did we get! WE SOLD OUR HOUSE, GUYS! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! Over a month on the market, over another month for the closing, and then BOOM: docs signed and the biggest financial mistake of our lives officially came to a close! 9 years from not knowing jack about money […]

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A Great Way to Think About Paying Off Debt!

November 27, 2015
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Sandy left this on our how to spend less and save more article last week, and thought it was a brilliant way to stay motivated paying off your debt. Specifically with mortgage debt. Check it out: I remember every time I wrote that check and put it in the mail, I would wait for it to post to my account and I would imagine that […]

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Should We Offload Our #1 Mistake??

September 28, 2015
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As many of you know, our #1 financial mistake was the purchase of our home back in 2007. Not only was it at the peak of the bubble, but we bought it with no money down, no budget, and the 2nd worse crime of all: on a complete whim. (We literally took a wrong turn on our way to check out an apartment to rent, […]

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Mansions & Mobile Homes

July 22, 2015
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While at the beach last week, I was reminded of how much I love being surrounded by million dollar homes. I know you’re not supposed to get envious of The Joneses and all their things, but I make an exception for mansions. They motivate the crap out of me! Why? Because IT TAKES A TON OF MONEY to be able to afford one of them, […]

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Net Worth Update: $489,886.10 [Up $2k]

July 1, 2015
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Wake up, wake up, wake up… it’s the 1st of the month… To get up, get up, get up…. so cash your checks track your net worth and get up…. Welcome to the 1st, yo! Best time of the month in finance-land :) Get to update the ol’ net worth and get re-energized. Even if nothing too sexy is going on with your money. I’ll […]

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What It Cost Us to “Own” Our Home Last Year + A Question I Ask Myself Every Morning

January 21, 2015
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We’re only three weeks into January so far, and we’ve already received a notice from our property managers* that our dishwasher is on the fritz again. Depending on what course of action we take (replace the circuit board @ $390 or replace the entire thing @ $650 (both costs include parts and labor)) we’ll be dumping even more money into a home we could care […]

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