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Time and Planning

Most of us live for the time that lies right ahead of us.  A few days, weeks, years.  One of the most painful moments in a person’s life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead.  And when time no longer lies […]

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Determine Your Cost Basis When Selling Your Home

Buying a house is an important step in your life. Typically you buy a house and then make it your home.  The specific details were chosen by you and the changes and improvements which were made over the years have made this home uniquely yours.  Selling a home that you have lived in for many […]

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Choosing a Paint Color

One of my favorite television channels is Home and Garden television or better known as HGTV.  The various shows center on decorating or re-imagining living spaces.  I can spend hours watching the different hosts tackle projects and successfully re-invent the spaces from beginning to end. As the decorating comes to a conclusion the house is […]

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Some Tips for Living Longer

Recently I came across an article in AARP magazine that highlighted 50 Great Ways to Live Longer. Many  of the tips were related to your health and how to increase your chances of a longer life by eating well, exercising and taking better care of yourself. However, there were a few that highlighted some interesting […]

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The Business of Life

The word business usually conjures up the image of work…. not necessarily life.  But I recently come across the following quote: “The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.” The individual choices that we all make in our lives are personal and significant.  How we choose to […]

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When to Downsize?

You have raised your family and while doing so, you have established friendships and relationships in the community.  And you are comfortable in your home.  But now the children are adults and no longer live in the home and come to visit for only short periods. Is it the right time to downsize? Dan and […]

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What is your part to play?

Maureen and I were late to the game with the hit TV show “Downton Abbey”  This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family’s Edwardian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey’s future in jeopardy. The highly acclaimed […]

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Preparing Financially to Buy a Home

This guest post was written by several of the experienced realtors at Gloria Nilson Real Estate Co. in New Jersey and eastern PA.   They sell houses of all shapes, sizes and price ranges.  This post discusses what to consider when purchasing a home for the first time and tips on preparing financially for this purchase. […]

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Dear Me at 83!

I am not one for lamenting about my birthday.  It doesn’t usually cause me anxiety about the number or wonder about how I actually got to be 53.  However, this year it has given me a reason to pause and think about the last thirty years.  There has been much accomplished that I probably didn’t […]

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Considering a Reverse Mortgage?

I wrote this article for the Bergen County magazine “Autumn Years” concerning a topic that has gotten more attention lately. Autumn Years is a quarterly regional magazine whose mission is to inspire and inform members of the sixty-plus generation. The topic is the Reverse Mortgage.  If you’re 62 or older – and want money to pay […]

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