Life Events

The Last Social Taboo

  In the last 4 months, we’ve really broken through a lot of the social taboos. When I was growing up, I was taught never to talk about sex, politics or religion in social gatherings. Those walls have been broken through if not trampled upon. But there is one conversation that people are very hesitant to talk about. Marriage and money. As a financial…

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A Single Mom Plans Her Next Act

Then: Katherine Engel, 43, talked about the challenges of raising her two teenage daughters on her own in the April 2006 issue of Kiplinger’s. An immigrant from Russia, Engel earned $40,000 a year teaching English to new immigrants at a Tucson, Ariz., high school. That left her with little extra money after paying for her…

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A Genetic Test to Spot Health Risks

Scientists first mapped the human genome 14 years ago. Since then, they have learned a lot about genetics, and someday that wisdom may lead to a cure for many diseases. But we’re not there yet. There’s “a ton we don’t understand,” says Lawrence Brody, director of the genomics and society division at the National Human…

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Going Back to Basics

Buying a house or condominium involves not only finding the right property, but also finding the right mortgage. Fortunately, the choices are less confusing than in the recent past. Since interest rates are significantly lower, the types of mortgages commonly available have decreased. The biggest question is: Given the available options, which mortgage is right…

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Home, Asset or Hassle?

There’s no question about it — the real-estate market in the Seattle area is downright crazy. But whether you’re looking to buy, sell, manage an investment property or just transform your existing house into the home you’ve always wanted, there’s one question you should ask yourself first. And it’s not about square footage, market trends, or…

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Coming to “Terms” with Real Estate Investing

Have you ever considered investing in real estate? As with all types of investments, there are risks and time horizons that may or may not be consistent with individual goals and objectives. With this in mind, here is a quick overview of some of the different types of real estate investments. Multi-Family Housing: These homes…

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The Best Ways To Save Family Recipes

(And Why You Should Do This Today) Last year my grandmother turned 102 years old, and right before her birthday her three daughters started arguing about her possessions — not her jewelry or her dishes or her furniture, but her 3×5- inch recipe cards. My grandmother was an avid cook. She cooked dinner every day…

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Boomers

The Changing Face of ‘Retirement’   My stepmother turned 60 this year — but if you think that means she’s slowing down, think again. She’s in great shape, works in a technical field and volunteers regularly. She’s not planning to “retire” in the traditional sense anytime in the near future, either. She calls it “the new…

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Up On the Green Roof

Especially in parts of the country where the sun shines brightly and temperatures are high, “green” roofs can offer an environmentally friendly, durable, and cost-efficient alternative to conventional roof surfaces, providing a longer roof lifespan, greater acoustic insulation, lower heating and cooling costs, and reduced storm water runoff. While green roofing was first applied to…

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