Summer is slipping away, and if you’re feeling the heat but think you’ve missed the boat on vacationing, the consumer editors at Reader’s Digest say it’s not too late to find a bargain. Granted, the best deals on air travel and some vacation packages are offered months in advance. But Digest editors wrested a few […]
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Invasive plants can ruin a perfectly functioning ecosystem, creating issues for years and potentially changing landscapes forever. The key to controlling invasives is to be sure they don’t get where they don’t belong, according to The Nature Conservancy (nature.org). The environmental nonprofit says that the best way to fight invasive species is to prevent them […]
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(TNS)—At the end of life, your final thoughts won’t be on bad financial decisions—but before you approach the hereafter, you’ll likely have more than a few regrets about poor money management. Fiscal distress often results from a lack of long-term planning. Failing to save enough for retirement—a decades-long endeavor—is the biggest financial regret among American […]
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Did you know you can partner with other funding sources to increase your investment potential? Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement arrangements that allow individual investors the freedom to pursue alternative investments, such as real estate. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA offers many benefits to those who are looking for creative ways […]
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(TNS)—Buying a foreclosed home is not like the typical home purchase. In many cases, only one real estate agent is involved. The seller wants a preapproval letter from a lender before accepting an offer. There is little, if any, room for negotiation. The home is sold as-is, and it’s up to the buyer to pay […]
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You may have decided to get into real estate so you could be your own boss, set up your own working hours and make a lot of money. So, how’s that working for you? The challenge with entrepreneurship is being laser-focused on dollar-productive activities. When you first get into the business, you need to learn […]
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As the selling season continues to pick up, many agents find themselves busy and struggling to fit everything into their days. Although they’re grateful for the business, they worry that other important people and tasks are falling through the cracks. As a result, they may work long days in an effort to squeeze it all […]
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(TNS)—On my latest trip to Chicago, I consumed nine tacos, three doughnuts, an Indian crepe, a giant tamale, a mound of carnitas, a bowl of pasta and a table full of Vietnamese food. How did I not gain 15 pounds? Well, I also walked eight to 10 miles per day, which is typical for me […]
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(TNS)—Q: I live in a beautiful community that is well maintained by the board and its various committees. All is great, except for the roads—they are ugly with oil marks and patched areas. I have asked after this, but it does not seem to be a priority of the board of directors. How do I […]
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(TNS)—Even when a seller and buyer agree on a price for a home, the deal can collapse if the property appraises for less than that price. For example, let’s say a seller lists his house for $325,000, the buyer offers $275,000, but they settle on $300,000. A week before closing, the appraisal comes in at […]
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