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by Nearly A Moose
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First time home buyer in HCOL area
Replies: 10
Views: 1530

Re: First time home buyer in HCOL area

I think it's completely fine financially. I would want to be sure I was comfortable living there for the next 10 years though. Are you positive you'll be fine living in a town home and not get the itch to "trade up" to a single family home in a few years? Are you positive the schools meet...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Objectively assess my situation
Replies: 20
Views: 1534

Re: Objectively assess my situation

Tend to echo the others, but your age could be a key factor here. We're all assuming you are young(ish), I think. I agree with the earlier poster who mentioned paying off the high interest loans asap. If you have taxable accounts with a good deal of money in them, I'd strongly consider selling to pa...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you have a bucket to pay your mortgage or pay from core?
Replies: 36
Views: 2481

Re: Do you have a bucket to pay your mortgage or pay from core?

I have a separate account for my mortgage, but only because my mortgage lender gave me a relationship discount if I maintained a checking account with them. It pays virtually no interest, so I funded it initially with a couple hundred bucks to give it a cushion, then set my monthly paycheck to dire...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me determine a savings percentage..
Replies: 19
Views: 1583

Re: Help me determine a savings percentage..

Occasionally we might say, "oh this or that would be fun to do or to buy.." Thanks for helping me with my first world problem. PS - We struggle with this mightily, but if you're happy with your lifestyle already, spend your money on things "to do" not things "to buy". ...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me determine a savings percentage..
Replies: 19
Views: 1583

Re: Help me determine a savings percentage..

From others' math, sounds like you're on a good trajectory to being FI early. That will give you lots of options. Why are you focused on "setting" a savings rate? Is it academic interest, or are you trying to build a plan that says "save X% for Y years then retire, holding all expense...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you have a bucket to pay your mortgage or pay from core?
Replies: 36
Views: 2481

Re: Do you have a bucket to pay your mortgage or pay from core?

If you're worried about cashflow, you could always add a cushion to the account equivalent to one month's mortgage payment, and treat that value as zero for budgeting purposes. Or just spend a couple minutes at the beginning of each month mapping out your cashflow to make sure you're going to be alr...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dyson Cordless Vacuums??
Replies: 11
Views: 1295

Re: Dyson Cordless Vacuums??

I have one. It sucks. (rimshot!) I use it for touch up vacuuming in a small urban rowhome; my cleaning crew does the heavy lifting. I've had it for about 3 years, and I keep it plugged into its wall-mounted charger whenever I'm not using it, and so far so good. It's well-engineered - ergonomic, ligh...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you have a bucket to pay your mortgage or pay from core?
Replies: 36
Views: 2481

Re: Do you have a bucket to pay your mortgage or pay from core?

I have a separate account for my mortgage, but only because my mortgage lender gave me a relationship discount if I maintained a checking account with them. It pays virtually no interest, so I funded it initially with a couple hundred bucks to give it a cushion, then set my monthly paycheck to direc...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 31, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: i am my own "guy," but not sure I should advertise that
Replies: 107
Views: 13916

Re: i am my own "guy," but not sure I should advertise that

I mention my interest as a feeler to see if the other person is. Always nice to find kindred spirits.
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 31, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Job offer without an in person interview
Replies: 41
Views: 3629

Re: Job offer without an in person interview

Kind of tough to say - I certainly always prefer in person interviews, regardless of which side of the table I'm on. That said, the last 5 or 6 candidates I've interviewed, I've been 95% certain based on their resume alone whether I was going to recommend hiring them (not to say personality isn't im...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 31, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Capital Budgeting for One Number Budget
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Personal Capital Budgeting for One Number Budget

There is no forward budgeting in Personal Capital. You categorize your transactions in the categories provided. You then get historical views (Custom, 30 days, 90 days, this year, last year) to see your Income, Spending and Cash flow (difference). I like the "less is more" approach of PC....
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 31, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Capital Budgeting for One Number Budget
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Personal Capital Budgeting for One Number Budget

Hey Folks - I recognize that aggregators like Personal Capital aren't necessarily a new topic on these boards, but I'm hoping people might have specific feedback on Personal Capital's budgeting tool for my proposed application. I've always felt that Mint was stronger on budgeting and PC better for i...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue May 30, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using LastPass to Manage Passwords
Replies: 38
Views: 3394

Re: Using LastPass to Manage Passwords

I'm a very happy LastPass user. Very convenient, and my passwords are all much stronger than they'd be if I had to type them all each time.
by Nearly A Moose
Fri May 26, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing "Borrowed" Tax Money
Replies: 12
Views: 1187

Re: Investing "Borrowed" Tax Money

Unless you're flush with cash or assets to pay the taxes if there's a market drop, just throw it in a 1.05% online savings account and call it a day. And if you are flush with assets, is it worth your time for potential gains on $5k?
by Nearly A Moose
Fri May 26, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suits: best bang for your buck?
Replies: 64
Views: 7678

Re: Suits: best bang for your buck?

after a long look at jos a bank, i bought a great suit at suitsupply recently and the experience start to finish was great for someone who doesn't like to shop. even on the high end suits, the material at jos a bank was an order of magnitude lower in quality than suitsupply. off the rack the ss sui...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri May 26, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suits: best bang for your buck?
Replies: 64
Views: 7678

Re: Suits: best bang for your buck?

I like Suit Supply. I don't wear Long and was going to recommend J Crew (and even J Crew Factory) before you said that. Anyway, Suit Supply usually has a few good staples in their entry level $399 line that sound like they would well for you. (My wedding tux was Suit Supply and it looked great too.)...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu May 25, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Missed window for selling Fairholme Fund (FAIRX)?
Replies: 35
Views: 2051

Re: Missed window for selling Fairholme Fund (FAIRX)?

Sell it. It's a concentrated risk. Buy an index. Over time, you'll forget about the thing. An even in just a couple years, the money saved on the expense ratio will make up the 10% drop you're worried about.
by Nearly A Moose
Sun May 21, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sell 2015 Subaru or Keep?
Replies: 71
Views: 5733

Re: Sell 2015 Subaru or Keep?

mortfree wrote:Invest the $15k (or some of it) and keep the car.




.


+1

Plus, I love my 2015 Subaru Forester...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 17, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much house? How large of a down payment? Infinite permutations are driving me batty
Replies: 36
Views: 3238

Re: How much house? How large of a down payment? Infinite permutations are driving me batty

Thanks to everyone for the continued insight. Sadly, as of yesterday, I no longer have a baby on the way; was only 6 weeks in, and such things happen. Hopefully 2nd time is a charm! ... @Nearly A Moose (great username!): thanks for the thorough response. I hadn't thought about storage, but that mak...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 17, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storing a road bike in a plastic shed?
Replies: 19
Views: 2098

Re: Storing a road bike in a plastic shed?

Replying to my own thread with an update for anyone who might come across this later: I banished the bike to a reasonably well-built plastic storage shed in my backyard (under a second-story deck), and it handled the winter just fine. It was a pretty mild winter, only one major snow fall that melted...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 17, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?
Replies: 56
Views: 4436

Re: Travel tips for first time visitors to England and France?

Lots of great advice here. To second a few and offer some more, re Paris: Definitely recommend the Musee D'Orsay. Beautiful space in its own right, not to mention the pieces on display. The Louvre is a must unless you flat out don't like museums. Give yourself a half day (tops, less if you get museu...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue May 16, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much house? How large of a down payment? Infinite permutations are driving me batty
Replies: 36
Views: 3238

Re: How much house? How large of a down payment? Infinite permutations are driving me batty

FYI, layout is just as important as square footage for a kid. And good storage may be even more important. For example, we have a 2k sq ft rowhouse in DC. Downstairs is fully open concept. It's ugly as sin and I don't like the style, but it let me put our baby in a fenced off pen in the living room ...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat May 13, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Interested in lake property
Replies: 36
Views: 4080

Re: Interested in lake property

I'm not a vacation home guy, so take my thoughts with that in mind. But 30 minutes away is shorter than many peoples' commutes, and about how long it takes me to drive to the closest Target. It's about how long I think it was to drive to the little league park when I was a kid. If you're that close ...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon May 08, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord Blood Banking
Replies: 22
Views: 2574

Re: Cord Blood Banking

Have you decided for or against it? Or have your donated? Reasons against doing it, other than the cost? My wife and I can afford it, but it's a very strange purchase that is mostly based on guilt of not doing everything within our means to protect our child...even though I highly doubt the blood w...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun May 07, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First 100 mile bike ride
Replies: 51
Views: 3483

Re: First 100 mile bike ride

Lots of climbing, good for you! If you're riding with a group, have a good plan for your pace line, it makes a huge difference. If you're not riding with a group, keep your eyes out for the pace lines that form up along the way and tag onto one that feels good for you (and make sure you confirm you'...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat May 06, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to get out of a apartment renter lease? They want $3,600
Replies: 40
Views: 3326

Re: How to get out of a apartment renter lease? They want $3,600

I have to now break my lease 4-5 months before it ends and as my current rent is $1,800/mo, management company will charge me 1 month rent and keep my security deposit. Total $3,600 What are my options? Thank you. Regarding the security deposit, I would check applicable laws/regs, but my understand...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat May 06, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to get out of a apartment renter lease? They want $3,600
Replies: 40
Views: 3326

Re: How to get out of a apartment renter lease? They want $3,600

Regarding the security deposit, I would check applicable laws/regs, but my understanding is that a security deposit is for damage to the rental unit - not for breaking the lease. I would also check all the wording in the lease. State law/regs not relevant since the landlord is offering to cancel th...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat May 06, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to get out of a apartment renter lease? They want $3,600
Replies: 40
Views: 3326

Re: How to get out of a apartment renter lease? They want $3,600

I have to now break my lease 4-5 months before it ends and as my current rent is $1,800/mo, management company will charge me 1 month rent and keep my security deposit. Total $3,600 What are my options? Thank you. Regarding the security deposit, I would check applicable laws/regs, but my understand...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed May 03, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking of purchasing a Kindle "Voyage"
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

Re: Thinking of purchasing a Kindle "Voyage"

I went with a refurbished paper white (current generation) and am happy with it. Can't comment on the direct comparison though. Wish I had more time for leisure reading...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 5 year cd - to open or not
Replies: 21
Views: 2237

Re: 5 year cd - to open or not

Depending on your tax bracket, you may want to compare the after tax yields on the CD with those of a tax exempt short term bond fund.
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Grandparents helping with College tuition
Replies: 27
Views: 2154

Re: Grandparents helping with College tuition

What do you mean by 529s not being a good fit? There are several that are low cost and have access to vanguard funds. Is there a logistical issue I'm missing? Obviously, the value of the 529 is that your grandkids also get to keep the capital gains and interest tax free for college. If you're concer...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you pay a high AMT, would you take out $1M mortgage?
Replies: 45
Views: 4000

Re: If you pay a high AMT, would you take out $1M mortgage?

I don't need to have a home of this size and in close proximity to downtown D.C. when we retire. In the mean time, the full cost including property taxes and insurance represents 20% of our gross income, and that percentage will drop significantly soon due to a promotion, and it will drop steadily ...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you pay a high AMT, would you take out $1M mortgage?
Replies: 45
Views: 4000

Re: If you pay a high AMT, would you take out $1M mortgage?

This doesn't sound crazy. Btw, i believe you can also deduct interest on up to $100k of HELOC interest, on top of the mortgage. Not under the AMT. Without the AMT, you can call $1M home-acquisition debt and another $100K home-equity debt, and thus deduct all the interest on a $1.1M mortgage. With t...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you pay a high AMT, would you take out $1M mortgage?
Replies: 45
Views: 4000

Re: If you pay a high AMT, would you take out $1M mortgage?

I'm closing on Monday, May 1, on a $1.32M house in a HCOL area, the City of Falls Church. It's a 2017 finished new construction, with 4,500 SF, 6 bedrooms, and 5.5 baths. It's got a yard, nice community, and a short 5 minute walk to downtown Falls Church. It's also 7 minutes from two metro (DC subw...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: If you pay a high AMT, would you take out $1M mortgage?
Replies: 45
Views: 4000

Re: If you pay a high AMT, would you take out $1M mortgage?

This doesn't sound crazy. Btw, i believe you can also deduct interest on up to $100k of HELOC interest, on top of the mortgage. Here's a thought: model the effective interest rate and payment net of tax savings. Then see if you're comfortable with taking the risk you will or won't earn more than tha...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should we wait untill tax's are changed
Replies: 9
Views: 1427

Re: Should we wait untill tax's are changed

If you think timing the market is hard, try timing policy developments. I say that not as a political comments per se, but rather an inside-the-beltway observation about how our national policies are developed and all the ways they can change or become derailed along the way. Some of it is systemic ...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Advice needed for mother's inheritance/finances.]
Replies: 129
Views: 14497

Re: Advice needed for mother's inheritance/finances.

One option would be to combine the IRAs as stated above, and then move however much of the 500k cash you want to invest into a taxable account. Put both at Vanguard. Then , either do your proposed 3-fund portfolio across both accounts, or buy the same target date fund in both accounts (if you want t...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a homeowner/landlord in a college town?
Replies: 43
Views: 4204

Re: Becoming a homeowner/landlord in a college town?

I actually love the idea of retiring at least part time to a good college town. But I wouldn't rent the house to college students. Instead, I'd explore the following (in no particular order): 1. Rent yourself over the summer (you might even be able to find a professor who is going on sabbatical to ...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Xfr from ML to Vanguard, when does cost data come over?
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Re: Xfr from ML to Vanguard, when does cost data come over?

If I recall correctly, it took about 2 weeks for the cost basis for my shares to makes its way over from Schwab to vanguard.
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Baby on the way checklist
Replies: 34
Views: 3083

Re: Baby on the way checklist

ponyboy wrote:Travel now because when you have a kid you wont be traveling anywhere for a couple years.


Depends on the kid (and parents), but yes, consider some travel now if feasible. Even if the kid is a good traveler, it's not the same. If there's a destination several time zones away, it's easier now too.
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a homeowner/landlord in a college town?
Replies: 43
Views: 4204

Re: Becoming a homeowner/landlord in a college town?

Plenty of landlords are renting to students and they seem to make the money and headaches worth it. For most, being a landlord is just not right for them and being a landlord to students is even worst. However for a select few, they can make it work. I think the key issue here is OP wanting to live...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Baby on the way checklist
Replies: 34
Views: 3083

Re: Baby on the way checklist

Someone mentioned sleeping through the night (ha!), and that jogged a painful memory. If you have enough time, consider building up a slush fund for random support services you may need to buy on short notice, and which may or may not be covered by your insurance (it seems a lot of these aren't cove...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a homeowner/landlord in a college town?
Replies: 43
Views: 4204

Re: Becoming a homeowner/landlord in a college town?

Please don't do this to yourself. My friends and I rented a house my senior year of college. We were among the highest achieving students, all held leadership positions, etc. One weekend morning, I came downstairs to find an acquaintance /recent graduate who had lived in the house a few years ago (a...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Baby on the way checklist
Replies: 34
Views: 3083

Re: Baby on the way checklist

Also, a pro tip that Big Baby doesn't wa t you to know: for most baby items, used is just as good as new. Most things get grown out of in just a couple months, so with a quick wipe down they're practically new.

We wasted entirely too much money buying new pieces of plastic junk...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Baby on the way checklist
Replies: 34
Views: 3083

Re: Baby on the way checklist

Wills, guardians, powers of attorney, term life insurance. Get it in place now, even if you think you'll tweak it later. Decide whether you'll use a 529 and if, which plan. You can open those now with yourselves as beneficiaries and change it later. One less thing to bother with later. This might be...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [Advice needed for mother's inheritance/finances.]
Replies: 129
Views: 14497

Re: Too much inheritance to handle. Advice needed

In skimming this thread, I don't think I've seen anyone mention Vanguard's Personal Advisory Service. For 0.3%, Vanguard will recommend a relatively simply portfolio for your mother that is appropriate for her age and risk tolerance. It's close to but not exactly like the robo advisor services. They...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Uber
Replies: 64
Views: 5494

Re: Tips on Uber

I don't usually tip with Uber, I use it a fair amount, and my passenger rating is 4.8, so I don't think it is a problem. I tip if the driver goes out of their way in some manner or in the rare times there's a miscommunication and the driver stops the trip a block early. I'll also step back and put a...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home remodel / addition plans
Replies: 17
Views: 2018

Re: Home remodel / addition plans

PS - I grew up in homes with some separation between the master suite and the kids rooms. I liked it and felt like it gave me my own wing of the house. I wouldn't want to run across the house for a newborn every couple hours, but it should be fine with older kids.
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home remodel / addition plans
Replies: 17
Views: 2018

Re: Home remodel / addition plans

This reflects a frustration I have with my own home, which has a fully gutted, wall-less first level (it's a rowhome, so different space constraint issues), but consider adding some sort of architectural feature to create a visual break between your kitchen, dining, and living room. It could be a ce...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I cancel my whole life policy?
Replies: 80
Views: 8652

Re: Should I cancel my whole life policy?

I feel for you. I was sold one of these things (luckily half the death benefit and half the premium) a few years ago. I'm struggling with what to do it with it (and will probably post my own policy sometime this year), but that's in part because I'm somewhat closer to the breakeven period (but still...

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