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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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Our House is Now Worth More! :)

July 17, 2013
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So after the debacle with our renting situation last week, I thought it would be smart/fun/interesting to see what our house could sell for shall we put it on the market instead of renting it out. Ya know – in case I lose my mind and just say “F it” one of these days (only a 1% chance of happening btw, but you never know […]

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Oh How The Tables Have Turned…

July 8, 2013
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What a crappy crappy week… From the highs of moving in to our new home, straight to the lows of less income and realizing how stressful rental properties can be :( This post was literally supposed to be a “YAY!!! We’ve got renters!!!” one, but at the last minute it fell through and the family decided the place wasn’t for them. On the same day […]

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We’re Officially Virginians!

July 1, 2013
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I can’t believe it!! It seems like we were literally JUST talking about moving and what it all entails, and now here we are two months later sitting in our brand new home sipping coffee :) (Well, new-to-us home that it – this place is over 80 years old! haha…). Talk about following through with a game plan, geez… I really gotta give the wife […]

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Help A Reader: Buy a House to Prevent Uncle Sam?

June 17, 2013
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Got an interesting email over the weekend, and thought you’d enjoy reading and chiming in :) Can’t say I’ve heard of this one as a driving force to go out and buy a house! Haha… Though bonus points for the creativity. Here’s what our dear reader sent over: Hi J$! My husband has recently secured a nice, but temporary for now, gig that will bring […]

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