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Aug

27

SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 5, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

I’ll be in San Francisco reading from Rent Vs.Own and signing books at Book Passage on Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00 pm. The event is free so come on by and get some tips that can help you decide whether now is the right to rent or take the plunge and buy a home. Book Passage [...]

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Jun

12

Save the Date: June 16, Spokane, WA

I’ll be reading from Rent Vs.Own and signing books at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane this Saturday, June 16th at 2:00 pm. The event is free so come on by and get some tips that can help you decide whether now is the right to rent or take the plunge and buy a home. Auntie’s Bookstore [...]

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May

28

Save the date: June 1, Baltimore, MD

I’ll be discussing the current real estate landscape and if it makes sense to rent or own at this time at Atomic Books in Baltimore on June 1st. The event is free to attend and starts at 7:00 pm. If you’re in the area and have questions about whether now is the time or rent [...]

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May

15

Save the date: May 16, New York, NY

I’ll be reading an excerpt from Rent Vs. Own and signing books at Mediabistro’s Internet Week and Book Club Party in New York on Wednesday, May 16th. The event is free and starts at 6:30 pm. If you’re in the area, come on by Stone Creek Bar & Lounge located at 140 East 27th Street [...]

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Apr

24

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 2, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

I’ll be reading excerpts from Rent Vs. Own and signing books at Village Books on Friday, May 2nd. The event is free and starts at 7pm, but I’ll be there a little early to talk with people. If you’re in the area, come on by and join the discussion. The store is located at 1200 11th [...]

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Apr

02

Save the Date: April 10, Seattle

I’ll be participating on a panel entitled “Should you rent or buy?” at Town Hall in Seattle on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 pm. It should be a lively discussion moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds of the Seattle NPR show called “The Conversation,” that will cover the highs and lows of renting and owning. Also [...]

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Mar

19

Save the Date: March 23, Portland, Oregon

I’ll be talking at Portland’s Better Living Show this Friday, March 23 about the concept of financial sustainability. Renters and owners alike must choose how much they think they can afford when it comes to their housing — but owners occasionally over-stretch on the assumption that owning a home has a future savings function or [...]

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Mar

09

Real estate: The ties that bind

Owning real estate can tie you down–in good ways and bad. Sometimes the plans you have when you buy a home or piece of property change quickly and dramatically, and yet dispensing with real estate isn’t necessarily a quick or easy process. I discussed this the other day on Seattle real estate radio show “Brashenomics,” [...]

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Oct

19

Should lenders factor utility spending into loan limits?

On Aug. 31, I appeared on a local real estate and economics radio show as one of four guests talking about real estate. The show’s theme was “relationships”–relationships we have to our real estate agents, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, and, ultimately, the place we call home. Unfortunately, a lot of the problems that homeowners can encounter with their properties emerge after the purchase–and [...]

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Oct

10

Home — The first of many

On a recent trip to New York, I decided to take pictures  of my former apartments there. It’s been a decade since I lived in Manhattan, but I’m still sentimental about all the old addresses. Pictured here is the first apartment I rented as a post-college grownup, on E. 89th St., the Upper East Side. I shared [...]

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