Real estate

What Works: Buy stocks and start a business

June 24, 2009

The thing about personal finance bloggers is that we get caught up in the day to day trivialities of running a blog and sometimes forget about good content. In my view the purpose of blogging should partly be about communicating the best way to build wealth. While we DINKS are certainly not experts when it […]

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Real Estate vs. Student Loans

April 14, 2009

As regular readers are aware, we’ve been saving to buy a place in Portland, Oregon. The original thinking was to use some extra cash from my savings while in Afghanistan to buy a place that we could eventually have as a starter place in Portland. We are both originally from Oregon and dream of moving […]

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Not a Seller’s Market or a Buyer’s Market

April 7, 2009

I wanted to update our readers on our progress towards our goal of buying an investment property in Portland, Oregon. My assessment of the real estate situation right now is that while it might not be a seller’s market it certainly isn’t a buyer’s market either. The bottom line is that things have been slowly […]

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Wealth Building After The Basics

March 31, 2009

Every ones personal financial situation is different. Some people are in a position where they are still getting on top of their money, others are in better shape. So, for many people the question is after you’ve got the basics nailed down – where do you go after that? For example, after you’ve paid off […]

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Millions of Homeowners Underwater

March 4, 2009

Hi All, It’s Wednesday. The big news this morning is that millions of Americans are underwater. According to Bloomberg is reporting that nearly 8.5 million American households own more on their mortgage than their homes are worth. Here is an excerpt from the article. “An additional 2.2 million borrowers will be underwater if home prices […]

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Are Housing Prices Still Too High?

February 23, 2009

Hi All, Some people think that housing prices are still too high. Check out this graph of the price of single family homes since 1980. It makes a compelling case that even with a 25% decline in housing, prices on condos and single family residences in 2009 are still way to elevated, at least relative […]

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Some Thoughts On Navigating Tough Economic Times

February 2, 2009

Hello All, Every indication points towards a rough 2009. Job losses have been brutal. In January nearly 525,000 people were unemployed and in December the economy shed another 524,000 positions (1). Industrial production is down 7 percent from 2007 (1). As a sign of the times bankers attending the recent 2009 World Economic Forum in […]

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DINKs Goals for 2009

January 26, 2009

Hello Folks, Now that the novelty of the new year has passed and the inauguration is over, we figured it was a good time to think about the year ahead. We headed to a local diner for brunch yesterday and hashed out what our goals and objectives are for the next year. First, we decided […]

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Family Real Estate Ventures

January 12, 2009

We thought our readers would be interested in hearing the latest on buying a place in Portland. We’ve now received back the comps from our real estate agent and will likely get the interest rate info from our lender in the next day. There have been some recent developments that we hadn’t expected. We discussed […]

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