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Mortgage and Lending - January Financial
Problems are an inevitable part of life. Who among you, reading this right now, can honestly say that they've never encountered any sort of difficulty during their time on the planet? Who can report that all the bad financial news out there hasn't personally affected them in one way or another? T...
Seven years ago, President Bush addressed the nation in order to shore up confidence in US strength and supremacy after the 9/11 attacks. This last month, the President addressed us again to try to quell growing fears about the financial crisis that is rocking the nation. According to an article ...
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish." "Me first! Me first!" says the admin. clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, ...
My sisters ran a marathon a few years ago with Team in Training to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. After one of their team meetings they showed us this video about a father-son racing team they had heard about. Most of you have probably heard of Dick and Rick Hoyt (they've been on Opra...
The media has accurately predicted 33 of the last 4 recessions. -- Zig Ziglar We all know that the media tends to feed on drama, reporting bad news when it's available, and finding bad news to report when nothing horrible is happening. They have a lot to report these days! One fear the media is f...
Please read to the very end. This stuff is incredibly important! A favorite financial pundit of mine* presented the plan on his radio show, and I think it’s quite good. It eliminates the need to lend $700 billion to Wall Street (you and I will each personally pay about $35,000 to do this, by the ...
There's a time and a place for self-promotion. Here on Active Rain, usually that time is now, and the place is your blog. But is there a limit to how much you should self-promote? Most of us are either too humble or have too-low self-esteem to over-promote ourselves. Am I good at what I do? To b...
Last week I admitted, albeit with a lot of trepidation, that the government's proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout may be what the doctor ordered. I thought it might be what the market needed to stop its panicked hyperventilations. I thought that for this one time, it might be worth it to su...
One thing we Dutchies are famous (or infamous) for is being cheap. Growing up, we almost never ate out, and when we did it was McDonald's. We weren't allowed soda, and we had to eat our meat because that was the "expensive" part. Buying new clothes was a treat, as most of them were hand-me-downs ...
When you live in Orange County, it's almost impossible to escape from the Irvine Company. When I wanted to find a nice apartment to rent a few years ago, it was hard to find anywhere that was NOT owned by the Irvine Company, but since its prices seemed to be at least $100 a month more than elsew...

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