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Re: Vacation Home

I think you might be overestimating the income (in my opinion - airbnb is driving down rental rates) and tax advantages.. as stated above.. you have to prorate based on usage above 14 days http://www.irs.gov/publications/p527/ch05.html also, i believe you can't take a tax loss if income above 150k.....
by caseynshan
Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacation Home
Replies: 27
Views: 2580

Purchasing 4 Snorkel Sets- kids still growing

Go snorkeling about once a year. We have rented before but i am considering buying, as it looks like it might be a bit of a hassle on next trip. 2 kids are 11 and 13 and are still growing a bit.. (so i hate to spend a ton on them) Wife needs prescription googles. Everyone always recommends going to ...
by caseynshan
Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing 4 Snorkel Sets- kids still growing
Replies: 7
Views: 819

Working for startup for Options

I have a friend who is quitting his job to try to launch a startup. He is a sharp guy, who works hard, and I've seen him be reasonably successful at a couple of small buisnesses. I am a programmer, and he is looking for me to do some work on his project. (probably less than 20%, 5-10 hours a week) H...
by caseynshan
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working for startup for Options
Replies: 4
Views: 537

Re: Grand Canyon

I've done extended visits and quickie ones. Here's my $0.02: 1. Busiest month is October. (As was confirmed during last year's govt. shutdown where State of Arizona offered to fund GCNP by itself so as not to lose the toursit dollars.) Parking can be an issue at peak times. Not according to officia...
by caseynshan
Wed May 14, 2014 10:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grand Canyon
Replies: 59
Views: 4749

Re: Map pinning

You can also do this via excel->csv and ESRI ArcGIS Online.. but if you are a Google Docs user.. then that is an easier interface.

casey
by caseynshan
Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:41 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Map pinning
Replies: 7
Views: 490

Re: Shuttle from Tampa airport to St Pete Beach?

My MIL uses SuperShuttle to get from St. Pete area to Airport... so I presume that is best
by caseynshan
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shuttle from Tampa airport to St Pete Beach?
Replies: 18
Views: 1282

Re: Charity sent wrong amount, taxes already filed

Ok.. will do amended return.

I just filed 2 days ago.. Should I wait a few days, to make sure the Amended Return doesn't accidentally get in front of the regular return in whatever govt. processes.

Casey
by caseynshan
Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Charity sent wrong amount, taxes already filed
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Charity sent wrong amount, taxes already filed

A charity that i give to miscalculated my giving by $2000. They just sent me an update. (Yes I should have noticed.)

I prefer not to file an amended return, Can I ask them to report that $2000 in 2014? Or would that be against IRS rules.

Casey
by caseynshan
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Charity sent wrong amount, taxes already filed
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: How to Increase Charitable Giving?

I am also trying to increase giving. If you are here you are probably a numbers person.. I'm shooting for a 10% increase this year. Some resources that have helped me. http://www.givewell.org/ http://blog.givewell.org/ http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism.html ...
by caseynshan
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to Increase Charitable Giving?
Replies: 26
Views: 1535

Re: France with a 10 month old

We have traveled internationally every year or two since first kid was 11 months. Yes, apartment is a must. (You can rent whole places on airbnb-.. it is quickly becoming more like vrbo... we rented a whole apt in shanghai last year via airbnb) moving slowly when they are small is key... we liked us...
by caseynshan
Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: France with a 10 month old
Replies: 30
Views: 2192

Re: Rent or Sell Condo to MIL

We decided to rent..

Primarily for simplicity.... also I didn't realize at the time of the first post that Medicaid can come back and take back house after death if she owned... so us getting the house w/ stepped up basis.. would only be applicable if she didn't spend time in nursing home.
by caseynshan
Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rent or Sell Condo to MIL
Replies: 9
Views: 1113

Re: Rent or Sell Condo to MIL

Lafder wrote:No matter what rent you charge her, even if "below market rate" it will still count as rental income for you.
Lafder


but then you can't count expenses as it is not a true rental
by caseynshan
Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rent or Sell Condo to MIL
Replies: 9
Views: 1113

Re: Rent or Sell Condo to MIL

# 1 - Wife and I are on same page.
# 2 - I would rather rent to MIL at normal rate, so that I can legally count as rent, and second if she went into a nursing home next year she would have smaller 'spend down' - Wife and I are on same page as far as ability to gift her money in the future.
by caseynshan
Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rent or Sell Condo to MIL
Replies: 9
Views: 1113

Rent or Sell Condo to MIL

Situation - We own condo (we paid 50k cash 2 years ago and have rented) MIL is moving into the condo. Mother in Law has about 60k in cash from sale of her house and 30k 401k, and she gets 2k per month SS. Her health is realtively poor. We are open to helping her financially some, but also want to pr...
by caseynshan
Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rent or Sell Condo to MIL
Replies: 9
Views: 1113

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

FYI.. update. I was able to corner the tile guy away from the general contractor and he reluctantly (when i pulled out the measuring tape) admitted I had the correct measurements, which proved useful when the General Contractor claimed at the end of the job I was way over on materials. Thanks to bog...
by caseynshan
Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

I'm a little confused - you say he bid the tiles cost at $750. He says it cost him $750. Where's the problem? As others have said, contractors do mark up supplies. I guess it all depends on the contract language - is the contract asserting that the $750 is his actual cost & forbids any markup o...
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

You said: "I do NOT trust the contractor. (he constantly changes stories, and he's said he is going to meet us at Home Depot or something, he always shows up 30 mins late if not at all)" Believe me, the vast majority of non-craftsman level people in the home remodeling business do this - ...
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

He has a specific cost for each item. I was trying to simplify.. but here are the details. Materials Cost for Floor Tile was bid at $750 He said the tile we picked was expensive and went over budget and he is asking for an extra $250 for it. He is saying the same thing about a few other things. Howe...
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

contract language.. Remodel Quote & Project Contract Broken out into 2 sections: (here is what is at the bottom) Total Labor Price: $12,900.00 Total Material Price: $26,281.00 TOTAL BID PRICE: $40,681.00 the words 'fixed' or'estimate' are not in the contract.. only 'bid' Like I said, if i chose ...
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

Yes, to be clear. I made a mistake. I should not of hired this contractor. I failed to due my due diligence, and I failed to clarify contract 'bid' I do NOT trust the contractor. (he constantly changes stories, and he's said he is going to meet us at Home Depot or something, he always shows up 30 mi...
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

# 1 - It's too late in the game to fire him. # 2 - The contract says "Bid" it is not very clear.. and that was a mistake. (apparently a costly one, I hope not to make again) He is trying to get me to pay extra for other materials where we "Went over" # 3 - The bid for the materia...
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

It's typical to add a 'waste factor' to most construction materials. 'Time is money' and it's generally more efficient to account for the normal amount of waste up-front to avoid additional costs of time and travel to pick up more materials. In the case of tile, carpet and other finish materials th...
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

You are of course also entitled to any leftover tile. Does the tile come in 25 Sq foot batches? Yes, He has budgeted for the materials and he is buying, and returning the extra. So he is saying we are spending $750 (the tile is basically $10 a square foot) I think he is actually only spending $500 ...
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

I corrected my post to be 2 feet tall (not 2 square feet)

It is the glass tile similar to this..

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Smart-Tiles- ... iAhB5LV-So
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.

Having my kitchen remodeled. My Contractor and his tile Sub have both said they are using 75 square feet of backsplash tile. The height is a maximum of 20 inches The lengths are 12 feet, 5 feet and 5 feet. So assuming he needs 2 feet high and 1 extra foot on each end that is 50 square feet. Why woul...
by caseynshan
Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backsplash Measurement - Is my contractor scamming me.
Replies: 30
Views: 2730

Re: Object oriented programming for a high school junior

Limited access so maybe someone already said

I would say start codecademy JavaScript class immediately so he has start on syntax in class and can focus on big picture
by caseynshan
Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Object oriented programming for a high school junior
Replies: 82
Views: 5097

Re: 21 days in Europe - what would you recommend?

I would definitely try to fit in a Prague or Budapest as Central/Eastern Europe has such a different feel. My personal trip for your situation would be 3 days in each of these. Rome Florence Venice Budapest Paris Madrid Barcelona Possible add ons..for a day or two Prague Sienna Munich Berlin VIenna ...
by caseynshan
Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 21 days in Europe - what would you recommend?
Replies: 44
Views: 2916

Re: Question about health insurance(pre existing conditions)

Yes, (pre -obamacare) As someone who was born w/ a congenital heart defect. You must work for a company w/ group coverage. Unless I have a wife who has coverage... starting my own business is not a very good option for me or you. I am also worried about early retirement.. but the landscape will like...
by caseynshan
Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:37 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question about health insurance(pre existing conditions)
Replies: 13
Views: 1030

Re: Can you check Realtor's last 3 sales List price->Sale Pr

Thanks for all the suggestions..

Agent picked. (with the help of questions from this forum..)

Tomorrow 401k Rollover. :)

casey
by caseynshan
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you check Realtor's last 3 sales List price->Sale Price
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Can you check Realtor's last 3 sales List price->Sale Pr

stan1 wrote:Volume (number of houses sold -- not number of active listings) is probably a better metric.


Is there a way to find the volume of sales for an agent.

Casey
by caseynshan
Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you check Realtor's last 3 sales List price->Sale Price
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Re: Can you check Realtor's last 3 sales List price->Sale Pr

TheOscarGuy wrote:But if it were me, I would simply ask them. They are getting commission from my business, and I think its a fair question to ask them.


I agree, but not easy to verify if they skipped one.. (presumably the one where they had 4 price drops and was on the market for 9 months :) )
by caseynshan
Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you check Realtor's last 3 sales List price->Sale Price
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

Can you check Realtor's last 3 sales List price->Sale Price

Hi, I'm looking for a real estate agent to help my MIL sell house. Narrowed it down to two based on suggestions from previous post ( http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=119065 ) Is there a way to look up the last few sales for an agent and see their start price, sale price, days ...
by caseynshan
Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you check Realtor's last 3 sales List price->Sale Price
Replies: 10
Views: 1182

69 year [old] filing for unemployment

69 year old MIL - lives in FL but moving to Colorado in 3 months.
Was laid off 2 months ago (but received severance)

She wants to apply for unemployment...

Obviously her intention is not to work but to delay SS as to increase it...
I don't really like this... but other thoughts?
by caseynshan
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 69 year [old] filing for unemployment
Replies: 21
Views: 1794

Re: Big Island Hawaii

Volcano Hike - not easy w/ the kids.. but truly amazing..

http://www.kalapanaculturaltours.com/Lava.html
by caseynshan
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Big Island Hawaii
Replies: 45
Views: 3941

Re: Ground Beef - is 30%fat the same as 7% fat after drainin

This article supports what I thought I remembered reading some time ago on Mens Health: http://www.livestrong.com/article/523419-nutrition-information-for-drained-ground-beef/ It looks like it reduces the fat content by about 50%. Not directly to your question, but there is more and more of a movem...
by caseynshan
Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ground Beef - is 30%fat the same as 7% fat after draining?
Replies: 18
Views: 2120

Ground Beef - is 30%fat the same as 7% fat after draining?

So I would like to eat healthy. After I cook my hamburger meat I drain all the fat off and then pat a bit with a paper towel to make sure i remove as much fat as possible. 7% fat is usually double to triple the price. Do I end up with the same thing if I drain.. .(minus the 23% that I'm throwing awa...
by caseynshan
Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ground Beef - is 30%fat the same as 7% fat after draining?
Replies: 18
Views: 2120

Re: Finding a real-estate agent in another state.

Thanks. I'm checking zillow and found lots of agents.. in Narrowing them down.. Obviously higher rated reviews are better and more reviews are better. They also show number of listings.. I assume sowewhere in the middle is good.. as you don't want someone who has a ton of listings.. (especially sinc...
by caseynshan
Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finding a real-estate agent in another state.
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: Safety schools for a Physics/Math kid

colorado school of mines
by caseynshan
Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safety schools for a Physics/Math kid
Replies: 263
Views: 17506

Finding a real-estate agent in another state.

What is the best way to find a sellers real estate agent in another state. Details: MIL is moving from FL to CO. She does not have great financial judgement. (She has been talking w/ a 'friend' about purchasing and they have offered her about 60% of it's actual value) I will be in FL to help her pac...
by caseynshan
Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Finding a real-estate agent in another state.
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: Roomba vacuums

I had one for awhile. It was far more trouble and time to maintain it than it would have been to use a regular vacuum. The idea is good, but the machines are High Baffling Maintenance, and if they aren't just right, they can not work. . +1 Took more time to do the cleaning of the machine after each...
by caseynshan
Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:39 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roomba vacuums
Replies: 46
Views: 4147

Re: Anybody who bought a Kindle go back to regular books?

Kindle / iPad. Kindle app used about 5% at home, paper is 95% (mainly because of limited supply of kindle books from library)
This does reverse when traveling
by caseynshan
Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody who bought a Kindle go back to regular books?
Replies: 74
Views: 4900

teaching kids about money.. good candidate for wiki?

Some threads I've found... http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=59781 http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=71447 http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11814 http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=82381 I like planet money. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/...
by caseynshan
Thu May 30, 2013 3:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: teaching kids about money.. good candidate for wiki?
Replies: 0
Views: 243

Re: Long Distance Walking

Have to carry your own food and blankets, and tougher hikes at elevation, but there are opportunties in colorado..
http://www.huts.org/

you can also check out the Never Summer Nordic Yurt system.
by caseynshan
Fri May 24, 2013 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Distance Walking
Replies: 143
Views: 15762

Re: How to find a beach house rental?

For VRBO, more important than the number of reviews are the DATES of reviews. I would rather have a place that has been reviewed 5 times over the last 5 years, than 10 times in the last 3 months. Reviews can be faked, but dates can't.. and if a place has been on VRBO for 5 years... it is legit. You ...
by caseynshan
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to find a beach house rental?
Replies: 29
Views: 2184

Re: Should my wife keep working or become a stay-at-home mom

wife is a physician and stayed home for 7 years after birth of first child. She would say it was an excellent decision. My wife did not keep up at all, it did take her about 3 months to get back up to date, but had no trouble resuming her career. If your wife is Mgmt and Engineer pulling 200k, i wou...
by caseynshan
Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should my wife keep working or become a stay-at-home mom?
Replies: 112
Views: 8466

Re: Things I should buy/experience while in my 30s?

Hockey...

Learned to play in my 40s and loved it, but too hard on the back... the other players who had learned earlier could play much more conservatively as they had better form.
by caseynshan
Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things I should buy/experience while in my 30s?
Replies: 112
Views: 9776

Re: Taking Social Security.

If she is already 69, she can't wait a year. That would put her over 70. Not sure what this means... Are you referring to the fact that there is no reason to wait.. based on this.. http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/applying1.htm There is no additional benefit increase after you reach age 70, even if you c...
by caseynshan
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking Social Security.
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Security Systems

I just switched to new competition Alarm Relay (can't say much as I just started w/ them, but they are about 1/2 to 1/3 price of ADT (and they can deal w/ ADT equipment)
by caseynshan
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Security Systems
Replies: 16
Views: 856

Re: Taking Social Security.

Should have said.. these are my references.. Tax : http://www.ssa.gov/planners/taxes.htm file a federal tax return as an "individual" and your combined income* is between $25,000 and $34,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50 percent of your benefits. more than $34,000, up to 85 p...
by caseynshan
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking Social Security.
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Taking Social Security.

Now.. in 6 months... or in a year... Situation: MIL 69 - Still working, but serious health issues. makes about 28k year (eligible for 1900 month in SS right now) She has been in the hospital mutliple times in the past 3 months. She is planning on working 1 more year, but it very possible health issu...
by caseynshan
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Taking Social Security.
Replies: 6
Views: 802
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