Home Ownership

We Bought a Hotel Room (and Now We Live In It!)

October 28, 2016
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[I am sooo excited to share this with y’all today!! I recently found out that Amnesty from Primal-Prosperity.com not only lives in a hotel, but also OWNS the room herself (!!), and has graciously agreed to share the details with us… Thank you, Amnesty! Finally a home I’d be willing to buy! ;)] Yup, you read that correctly – we own a hotel room. About six months […]

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Oh, The Judging!

October 21, 2016
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My wife: “Honey – I got hit on today!!” Me: “Umm…. congrats?” Wife: “That never happens anymore! He was upset that I rented, but he was definitely hitting on me.” *** At this point I start paying attention more ;) *** Me: “How do you go from “hitting on me” to “renting?”” – I cautiously asked. Her: “Oh, I was at this expo hall during […]

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Even The Joneses Can’t Keep Up With The Joneses!

October 5, 2016
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You know those Joneses we’re always comparing ourselves too? Well, not only were they apparently a real family, but their long desired mansion just crossed the auction lot – and in bankruptcy at that! It’s known as the Wyndclyffe Castle, and was built in 1853 for Manhattan socialite Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones – a member of a wealthy family and aunt of American novelist Edith Wharton […]

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Take Advice From People Who Have What You Want!

August 19, 2016
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Happy Friday!! Getting into anything good this weekend? This is an extension to Wednesday’s post on kick-ass money ideas that I wanted to separate out just because it’s so chalk-full of great pointers. Especially if you’re interested in the real estate game – though it applies to ALL areas of life and business/career growth. You gotta surround yourself with people DOING the stuff you want […]

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9 Great Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a House

August 15, 2016
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Business Insider recently came out with a flowchart on whether or not you’re financially ready to buy a house. And while I’ve never known anyone to make a decision off a diagram before, my older self could have greatly benefited from it :) Here are the 9 questions it forces you to think about, along with how I would have answered them myself back in […]

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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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