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$47,150.29 – The Total Spent on Our House Last Year

January 22, 2014
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I write today’s post with both disgust, and relief. Disgust because we shelled out over forty-seven THOUSAND freakin’ dollars on our house last year (!!!), but a sweet relief that we’re finally out of that dang place and onto greener pastures… as well as getting all those renos out of the way too. But it still stings looking at the numbers no matter how you […]

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Marrying Logic with Emotion

December 31, 2013
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That was the subject line of an email I found in my drafts this morning :) Pretty catchy right? I like to rummage through my inbox every now and then when I have a fit of writer’s block, and that line stole my attention right away and got me to open up the rest of the email to see what words I had dropped… And, […]

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The Jobs That Get You The Biggest Tips

December 16, 2013
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[If you guessed sex, booze, and gambling, you'd be right ;)] Saw this video on CNN about Apple stock and home ownership predictions for 2014 (more on that later), but then at the end it threw in a zinger on the people who get paid the MOST via tips at their jobs. Which is always fun to see for some reason? :) And, as we […]

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How I Failed at Buying a Rental Property

December 12, 2013
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[By guest author, Jeff Rose today. AKA The Rock. AKA new-published-author-who-included-me-in-his-book-so-now-I-can-say-I'm-officially-published-too ;)] If there is one thing that sucks about being an entrepreneur, it’s the fact that you always want to dabble in new things. When I was six years into my career of being a financial advisor, things were good. My business was growing and I really had no need to pursue any new […]

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Do I Regret Paying $2,000/mo Extra Into Our Mortgages?

October 15, 2013
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An interesting question was left on my blog recently, and for the past few weeks I’ve really been thinking about how to answer it. Because the truth is, sometimes it’s hard to tell. When you make a decision that was right for you *at that time*, it’s hard to then regret it later just because new information is available and/or situations changed. Especially when big […]

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1 Month of Being a Landlord…

August 26, 2013
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(Can I call myself a landlord if I cheat and use a property manager to do all the work? :)) Well that was a fast month, wasn’t it? One second we’re moving into our mother-in-law’s, and the next we’re out in a new state and allowing strangers to live in our old house! Haha… albeit strangers who agree to pay down the mortgage for you, […]

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Stuff I’d Miss If a Bank Stole My House…

July 26, 2013

Yesterday I came across a headline so ridiculous sounding that I thought it was fake: “Bank Accidentally Steals Woman’s Belongings, Refuses To Make Restitution“. Well, it wasn’t. The short story goes like this: Woman goes on vacation for two weeks and comes back to a ransacked house with new locks on the doors. She calls police and finds out a bank (not her own) repossessed […]

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WE GOT A RENTER!!!!

July 24, 2013
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Holy Komoly! My heart shall palpitate a little less these days, haha… What a relief :) One of the people who checked it out over the weekend fell in love with it, submitted their app right away to our property manager, who then did background checks/pulled credit/etc, and two days later called us up to present everything. Where we promptly said “Dear Lord, YES!” ;) […]

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