As if I don’t get enough real estate as a full-time broker, I spend what little time I take off from work watching the HDTV show “House Hunters.” Why watch something I see day in and out? For the same reason anyone does — to compare. I sit there, thinking about my own house and […]
Although I’m just starting out in managing my own money, I’ve already figured out one aspect of my financial personality: I like my finances to be as simple as possible. I can’t stand having bank accounts at different banks, and I worry splitting up my funds will affect how I think about what money is […]
‘I Don’t…Want to Pay for That!': Tips for Managing Finances With a Significant Other Before Marriage
Ah, the thrills of dating and new relationships. Movie nights, ice cream dates, walks on the beach, a romantic candlelit dinner on Saturday night followed by… …a $150 bill! If you’ve dated — even for a short time — you know that dating involves spending money. And, if you’ve been in a long-term relationship, you know […]
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Let’s proceed carefully. Although I’ve done it once or twice before, I try to avoid recommending individual stocks or funds. Such “picks” are a dime a dozen on other blogs, in major financial magazines or on Jim Cramer’s TV shows. At best, investing in stocks and funds featured in the media won’t hurt you. The […]