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Re: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not

I really appreciate all replies. I have decided to drop the idea of buying condo at $425000 based on the facts listed below. 1) I dont have a need for bigger place right now and not for another 2 years. Buying condo right now will add $1000 to monthly budget ( including HOA and property taxes) 2) I ...
by benus217
Tue May 14, 2013 2:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

Re: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not

We purchased an 800 sqft $230k fixer upper 5 minutes from Ardenwood Elementary. My wife pouted the whole time but agreed to do it because the school was good. We sold the house 2 years later for more than we paid. And moved to our current 3 bed home after our 1st child was born. We didn't make any ...
by benus217
Mon May 13, 2013 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

Re: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not

@indexfundfan -

When you say " Get buyers agent" , are you suggesting to deal directly with listing agent instead of going through the buyer agent/realtor ??

Thanks,
Ben
by benus217
Mon May 13, 2013 6:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

Re: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not

Yes, thats right ...but i dont see where it says that this property is sold for $495000 in 2005.
by benus217
Mon May 13, 2013 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

Re: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not

@ Honobob - Which property are you referring to ?? and where did you check the 2005 price..
by benus217
Mon May 13, 2013 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

Re: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not

@calmman - My wife has already started working , but since just started working i didnt take her earnings in to the picture.
by benus217
Mon May 13, 2013 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

Re: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not

Thanks for all people who replied. I am also under the impression that it would be a bad idea to deplete all savings ( even though i will not touch my emergency savings account ) for down payment, but with all the free money being floated by FED, i am concerned that i might be losing the value of my...
by benus217
Mon May 13, 2013 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

SF BayArea - Buy Home or not

Hello Everyone, I started my home search 4 months ago and have been outbid all the time by investors and cash buyers. I know that a lot of first time home buyers are facing this issue. I attended a open house last weekend and it was a 919 sft condo in a good neighbourhood that has good schools ( Ard...
by benus217
Mon May 13, 2013 11:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SF BayArea - Buy Home or not
Replies: 45
Views: 2637

Building VTI from other Index Funds

Hello Everyone, I dont have access to VTI in my 401k Plan. Outside my 401k plan, i have built my profile using VTI , IJR, VPL, VGK , VWO and BND funds. I would need your help in building the VTI using index funds available in my plan. All the index funds listed below are from STATE STREET GLOBAL ADV...
by benus217
Thu May 09, 2013 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Building VTI from other Index Funds
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Re: VWO - South Korea Replacement

Thanks Kramer and Trademil. Thats an eye opener for me.....
by benus217
Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VWO - South Korea Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: VWO - South Korea Replacement

As per Fidleity, VPL has 10.38 % exposure to South Korea. Wonder why Vanguard lists as only Korea ...
by benus217
Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:59 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VWO - South Korea Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Re: VWO - South Korea Replacement

Randy,

I saw that Korea is present under VPL, but not sure if its South or North Korea or both.

Thanks,
Ben
by benus217
Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VWO - South Korea Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 976

VWO - South Korea Replacement

Hello Fellow Members, As you all know, due to change in benchmark from MSCI to FTSE , South Korea will be removed from VWO. Ideally, i would assume South Korea will be added to VPL since its considered developed by FTSE, but i don't see it in the VPL country allocation. Am i missing something here ?...
by benus217
Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VWO - South Korea Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 976

Fund Selection Help - International Stock Fund

Hello Everyone, I am a big admirer of index funds methodology and most of my funds in my portfolio are index funds. I was doing some research on OAKIX international fund and it seems the total returns of this fund over 15-20 year period is well above the equivalent index fund return as per Morningst...
by benus217
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Fund Selection Help - International Stock Fund
Replies: 1
Views: 216

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