Do You Tip House Painters?

When I was a young college student, I took a date to a fancy Asian cuisine restaurant near our college. The food was good, but as we ate dessert, I noticed there was a penny in my ice cream. I am getting queasy culinary flashbacks now from the memory. I balked at paying a tip and the hostess argued with me. Young and naïve, I paid a dollar. I wish I could go back in time and change that. Does every...

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Using a Retirement Fund Loan to Buy a New Home – I Wish I Did That

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” That is an old and witty saying – something that used to be called an “epigram.” This saying is connected to the phrase, “Murphy’s Law.” No matter what you do or how you get ahead, the one thing that may hold you back or negate your progress will appear at the most inopportune moment. I spent almost a decade renting apartments when I...

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How To Improve Your Credit Score Before Buying a Home

If you want to become part of the 65 percent of Americans who own their homes, credit can often be a hurdle. Whether you’ve not established enough credit, or if you’ve had some hiccups with your finances along the way, amping up your credit score to purchase a home is not an insurmountable task. Read on to learn how, with a little planning and patience, you can improve your credit score and be...

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I have yet to buy my Dream House – I’m OK with that

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The average price of a new home as of September 2019 was about $363,000. About 65% of Americans own a home. However, the great majority of homeowners are people aged between 50 and 65, and over. Older Americans are more likely to have good credit, fix-incomes and pensions, savings, and good credit. Everything needed to maintain a home. After all, the dream of home ownership, often called the last...

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