Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
What are your financial aspirations for the coming year? Would you like to pay off some high-interest debt, step up your retirement savings or set aside enough for a vacation? The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants recommends several wise steps you can take to turn your financial dreams into realistic goals, even this early in the new year. Create...
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Your house value may depend on the guy next door and his overgrown jungle of a lawn
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
As the mortgage mess continues, with more foreclosures expected in 2008, another factor -- while usually not nearly as dramatic and tragic as losing one's home, but one that affects a homeowner's wallet nonetheless -- is living either next door to bad neighbors or within very close proximity to them. Bad neighbors are like perpetual doses of bad karma because...
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Michael L. Schwartz, JE Feature
Careful estate planning is important for so many reasons. The fact is that leaving a legacy is about much more than just figuring out a way to avoid taxes. First, you need to start by avoiding some common pitfalls. After more than two decades in this practice, I have yet to work with a client who had all his beneficiary...
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New toy figures are bouncing into customers' heads
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Diana Aydin, JE Feature
For the holidays two years ago, Alicia Arinella and her sister put their father, Dennis Arinella, in a box that was approximately "1 foot by 6 inches and 3 inches thick." Inside the box was an ophthalmologist, geared to represent their dad's career; strawberry-rhubarb pie, his favorite dessert; and a shovel, because he does a lot of yard work. But...
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By:
Andrew Lasner, JE Feature
If you're ready to buy or refinance a home, the chaos on Wall Street may be additionally hurting your chances of getting a loan. Lenders are shutting down, laying off thousands of employees and leaving borrowers in the dust. Interest rates and the terms of loan offers change daily. Borrowers with tarnished credit are facing deal-killing loan terms -- if...
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