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Message in a Mailbox: Mailed Myself a Letter

Remember how I recently had my mailbox installed? So I decided to make sure the mailbox worked. I mailed myself a letter from my office to the new mailbox. Yesterday, I drove by to check on things and my letter was waiting for me, in the mailbox. So I guess it worked. My wife finds

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How To Install a Curbside Mailbox

This weekend I tried to install a curbside mailbox at (hopefully) my soon to be new house. I purchased a cheap mailbox and post set at Walmart ($36 total) and began work. I first began hammering in a wood post into the ground. It is important to place an additional piece of wood above the

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My Phone / Internet / TV Decision

A few weeks ago I wrote about my dilemma in picking a Internet, TV and Phone provider. This week I finally made a decision, thanks to the helpful comments and advice. So what did I choose. I picked three different providers. (1) Internet: How can I not go with Verizon FiOS. It is super speeds

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The Jumbo Mortgage Rate Scare

Buying a home in the New York area, as you may expect, is not cheap. The deal is, for a loan larger than $417,000, you need to get a “jumbo mortgage.” Now, in NY, the typical house will cost you more than 417,000 even after putting 20% down. What makes things worse for home buyers

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How Well Do You Wash Your Hands?

I just came out of the bathroom! I walk into the bathroom, there is this guy turning on the faucet with a paper towel. I go do my thing and he is still there, scrubbing his hands with soap. I wash my hands with soap and water. Turn off faucet. Dry hands. He is still

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Dilemma: FiOS vs. Optimum with Moving

As some of you know already, I was house shopping. It looks like we pretty much agreed on a house, so I decided to call Verizon about their FiOS offering last night. The representative told me that Internet and telephone are both available BUT the TV connection is not. Ouch! I seriously wanted to have

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Home Inspections – A Must Go

So, as you know, I am selling my Monsey condo and also looking at new homes. We are down to the point where I had an inspector come and look at a home we are interested in. I was honestly amazed at how valuable that inspection was. I used House Master based on my realtor’s

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Radon is Scary

I was doing some research on Radon. Yea, Radon. The EPA has some good information on it, that scares the @#$$@# out of you. Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family’s health. Radon is the leading

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House Prices Headed For First Decline Since World War II

U.S. house prices are headed for their first nationwide drop since the second world war, and problems in the subprime mortgage market aren’t helping, says Douglas Duncan, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association. Good to know, since I am looking to buy. But where I am looking, there is an unusual demand within the

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House Hunting

Part of the Monsey Condo Selling also involves looking for a new home. So Sunday, my wife and I went with our realtor to look at homes. We looked in a few different communities within the area we were looking and found one place we really like. I actually wrote up a lot about the