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by CountryBoy
Fri May 31, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to choose and deal with an estate buyer
Replies: 0
Views: 327

How to choose and deal with an estate buyer

We will be moving soon to a retirement community and need to sell the furniture in our house. How do I choose an estate buyer to come in and give me the best price?

Any advice welcome.
by CountryBoy
Wed May 29, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deal with a broker and contract when selling my house
Replies: 17
Views: 1330

Re: How to deal with a broker and contract when selling my house

Wow! Our thanks to mchampse and everyone for the comprehensive answers. We are learning so much.
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deal with a broker and contract when selling my house
Replies: 17
Views: 1330

Re: How to deal with a broker and contract when selling my house

adamthesmythe » Tue May 28, 2019 5:28 pm Not clear what you want. Do you want to hire a local listing agent and get the best deal? Do you want to use a discount agent? Do you want to sell it yourself? I want to sell my house in Westchester County, NY and move to a Continuing Care Retirement Communi...
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to deal with a broker and contract when selling my house
Replies: 17
Views: 1330

How to deal with a broker and contract when selling my house

I will be selling my house at some point in the near future and would be most grateful if people would share their wisdom on the topic of: How to deal with a broker and contract when selling my house. If you don't want to spend time writing it here maybe point me to a couple of books I should study....
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Replies: 24
Views: 1957

Re: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Everyone's advice is so very excellent. Thank you.

I am setting up the next thread re how to deal with a broker when selling my house, so if you have guidance on that I would love to learn on that topic as well.

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Replies: 24
Views: 1957

Re: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

LongHauler
You are absolutely right and we did so in detail.
Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Replies: 24
Views: 1957

Re: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Greatly appreciate people sharing their wisdom.......
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Replies: 24
Views: 1957

Re: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Pdub

We totally agree.
We do work outs at the fitness club three times a week plus 3 days a week of taichi.
Yes we totally agree.
:happy
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Replies: 24
Views: 1957

Re: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Many thanks to ResearchMed , Stan1, cadreamer2015 . Your wise guidance is greatly appreciated. And yes we have already stayed at the CCRC for 3 days and know we would like to move there. Following up on just one item that people people have suggested has to do with decluttering . I totally agree. Th...
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Replies: 24
Views: 1957

Re: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Many thanks for the excellent advice.
:happy
by CountryBoy
Tue May 28, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community
Replies: 24
Views: 1957

Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

My wife and I will be moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community in a couple of years and so would be most grateful for any and all advice on that topic.

Especially how to sell the house and move. What are the best books on selling a house and also how to move.

Thank you.
by CountryBoy
Mon May 20, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Class action law suits
Replies: 52
Views: 5642

Re: Class action law suits

About 20 yrs. ago the AG from the State of NY filed an action against Dell computer corp re a whole list of things that they were doing dishonestly. I got back about $250 dollars on the price of my desk top computer.
by CountryBoy
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 128
Views: 16522

Re: How to learn a second language

kramer » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:29 am I would stress what some others have already said, learning a language to a lower level of fluency is an incredibly difficult and long process. Way longer than the non-language-learner would predict. And I am only learning a Romance language. (I loved Hyperborea's...
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 128
Views: 16522

Re: How to learn a second language

Praxis There are 33 in Antigua and 18 in Guadalajara and many in San Jose and Quito. I studied Spanish one summer in Guadalajara and lived with a family there for immersion. Yes, a very worthwhile experience. For the past 3 years I have been studying French on my own using different resources. I ha...
by CountryBoy
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to learn a second language
Replies: 128
Views: 16522

Re: How to learn a second language

"Ruprecht This website has a lot of useful information: https://forum.language-learners.org Also, I just have to say, and will preface with IMO, IMHO, YMMV, etc.: I think Rosetta Stone is a spectacular waste of money. If it cost, say, 30 dollars, maybe I would buy it just for the ability to listen t...
by CountryBoy
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Savings Bond Wizard to be eliminated 5/18
Replies: 71
Views: 18382

Re: Savings Bond Wizard to be eliminated 5/18

" Can only hope a third party steps into the breach and essentially offers similar software with accurate continuing updates."

Please. Anyone?
by CountryBoy
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Savings Bond Wizard replacement is available
Replies: 28
Views: 14515

Re: Savings Bond Wizard replacement is available

One needs to enter one bond at a time (serial number, amount and purchase month) and there is not an option to upload such information.
Wow! That is one big change!
by CountryBoy
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best head set for listening and microphone
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: Best head set for listening and microphone

Do you approve of the quality of the microphone? That is especially important for me.

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best head set for listening and microphone
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: Best head set for listening and microphone

Veiled

Thanks for the reply but I need a headset+mic combo.
by CountryBoy
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best head set for listening and microphone
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: Best head set for listening and microphone

So does anyone own and use a Sennheiser headset w/ attached mic that works? Apparently if I use Skype I do not need a gaming headset with sense around (according to Best Buy today.) There are many models but I need a specific model no.; I don't want to buy just anything with Sennheiser on it. Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best head set for listening and microphone
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: Best head set for listening and microphone

You folks are wonderful with all your advice. Thank you. I am currently running Realtek High Definition Audio on a Windows 7 system. gpburdell - Would you please advise which model of Sennheiser gaming headset w/ attached mic it was that you bought. There seem to be a lot of models to choose from. T...
by CountryBoy
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best head set for listening and microphone
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: Best head set for listening and microphone

You could try to record an audio file to your computer with the exiting headset. When you listen to it, if it doesn’t sound great, a new headset is in order.
Yup, I did that and it sounds very distant, like I have to speak very loudly.
by CountryBoy
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best head set for listening and microphone
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: Best head set for listening and microphone

Thanks to everyone for their guidance. Followup question clarification: Since I am using my Plantronics head set and microphone for Skype and find that my voice or audio quality is so poor, am I identifying and resolving the problem correctly by buying another headset? Is there anything else by way ...
by CountryBoy
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best head set for listening and microphone
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Best head set for listening and microphone

I currently use Skype for language learning and have a Plantronics head set and microphone but the audio is very poor quality.

Can someone suggest a head set and microphone with excellent audio?

Thank you.
by CountryBoy
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

The drapery / shade / blinds guy is visiting us for an estimate on Monday, so, we will have plenty to talk about after that.

Thanks so much to everyone.
by CountryBoy
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

I'm not sure if it's been explicitly mentioned, but you can absolutely do a both/and rather than an either/or if you really want to minimize heat loss.
Good point.

Thank you.
by CountryBoy
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

unclescrooge » Have you considered solar blinds?
We are one hour north of NYC, so we are not that bothered by sun.

It is is cold winds of winter that chill my bones.

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

Many thanks littlebird and General Disarray; your responses are very helpful.
by CountryBoy
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

Thank you very much; very interesting.
by CountryBoy
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

They also don't block 100% of the light and won't provide nearly as much insulation as a honeycomb shade or insulating curtains.
Sounds like you know what you are talking about but am surprised when you mention they will not provide insulation. Paper is better? A bit counter-intuitive for me...
by CountryBoy
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

Interesting; thanks.
by CountryBoy
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

Many thanks for the followup. Looks like I will have to do a lot more research. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
by CountryBoy
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

Most grateful to everyone.

I am going to have to learn about
smaller triple honeycomb blinds
This topic doesn't have sizzle and glamor, but when you consider the over all costs to a householder for the solution, the topic takes on a different dimension.

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

We live one hour north of NYC so the cold temps of winter are a serious consideration.

Most grateful to learn of different options that people choose out there:
some windows with tilting wooden blinds and then drapes over that.
Sounds very interesting.

Thank you.
by CountryBoy
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Re: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

I am extremely grateful to everyone for taking the time to share their experience.

Thanks.
by CountryBoy
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds?

That time of year again, and we are working at deciding which is best for us in a house that needs to preserve heat and keep the cold out. We have large sliding doors with double glass but now do need to choose between: Draperies or Honey Comb Shades/Blinds. I grew up with draperies on my windows as...
by CountryBoy
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cataracts & reading glasses
Replies: 31
Views: 4314

Re: Cataracts & reading glasses

I had severe astigmatism. I had toric lenses and laser surgery. That is about 2 mos. ago. One eye has lens for book reading and the other eye has lens for distance. Remember you may wish to get a pair of magnifying glasses for computer work. I got my pair today and they work fine. $10-20. Other tha...
by CountryBoy
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 5937

Re: Watch Batteries

Avo,

Thank you very much.
by CountryBoy
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 5937

Re: Watch Batteries

Thank you; they look great.

But where on the front is the panel for charging. I don't see it.
by CountryBoy
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 5937

Re: Watch Batteries

This is what my watch looks like:

https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNE031-Sta ... ko+watches

It's not fancy,but like my cars-basic, reliable, and low maintenance.
by CountryBoy
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 5937

Re: Watch Batteries

Most grateful for the answers.
by CountryBoy
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 5937

Re: Watch Batteries

going battery-solar
Could people please clarify "solar"? If I don't wear the watch outside and all it has is the ambient light in a house; then will it still keep correct time?
by CountryBoy
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 5937

Re: Watch Batteries

Interesting options.

Do the solar powered watches really work?
by CountryBoy
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Watch Batteries
Replies: 53
Views: 5937

Watch Batteries

I have a watch that needs battery replacement every year @$7.50/year. I am told that I can not put a battery in it that lasts longer than a year. Yes, I have a cell phone with the time on it but there is no reason for me to carry a cell phone or smart phone with me all the time. Is there an alternat...
by CountryBoy
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seasonal Tire Rotation
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: Seasonal Tire Rotation

jesscj

Many thanks for your guidance.

The snow tires and the other tires all have their own rims so it looks as if we can forego both balancing and alignment.

Many thanks.
by CountryBoy
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seasonal Tire Rotation
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Seasonal Tire Rotation

We live in NY and switch our snow tires seasonally. We also balance and do alignment on them but were told that not all tires require alignment. Is that true and do you always do alignment?

Thanks.