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The Las Vegas Real Estate Search

Posted on: March 31, 2007 I Written By

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Everyone has been saying that the Las Vegas Real estate market is a buyers market. I didn’t really believe them. Now that we’re searching for a home, I’m becoming a believer. About a year ago, the cheapest home we could find was $270,000 and that was not negotiable. You just had to take the price they gave you. Our realtor has now done a search for Las Vegas homes and she got like 171 to choose from. That’s a decent number of homes to choose from. Plus, it looks like we can bargain with the price too. My guess is we should be able to negotiate somewhere between $10-15k off the listing price for the home. I guess we’ll see how it goes. Some people probably won’t budge.

We’ve already gone to see 4 homes in Las Vegas and Henderson. There was one home that was on the higher end of our price range and also had $150+ a month in home owners association fees. I knew that it wouldn’t be a place we’d want to live. Turns out I was right. The bad part was that the home had one of the most incredible views. Not to mention the hot tub in the back yard. I could just see Kristine and I sitting in our new hot tub in our backyard enjoying the beautiful view. Oh well, there were a ton of other things wrong with the house. It’s too bad that such a wonderful view has to be wasted on such a crappy house.

I must admit I’m still very nervous about buying a home. There are so many factors that you have to consider when buying a house. Price being number 1. I expect with the Las Vegas Real Estate market, we are almost guaranteed an increase in equity in 3-5 years. I guess we just have to have faith. I am a little concerned about the Las Vegas high rise condos that are popping up like rabbits. I would never want to live their personally. I want a home, but that doesn’t mean that a flood of high rise condos won’t affect the price of my future home.

Travel Travel and More Travel

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I’m not sure I can think of many things I like more than traveling. I’m trying, but so far nothing really comes to mind. I love seeing places. I’ve already got a trip to Italy planned in 2 months and I also am almost confirmed for a trip to Hawaii in November. However, 2 days ago I had a phone conversation with my friend who lives in Cyprus and I couldn’t help but think how much fun it would be to have Cyprus Holidays.

That Dialaflight website is pretty cool because it is a website that employs people who have actually been to the destination. I think this is a great feature of a vacation site. I know that I can tell people some really unique places to visit in Italy because I’ve been there and lived there. Same goes for Hawaii. It’s just different if you’ve been there. You know what to expect. You also know what not to expect.

Here’s a list of places that Dialaflight has information from people who’ve been there.

Algarve
Amsterdam
Athens
Barcelona
Berlin
Bruges
Brussels
Budapest
Cologne
Copenhagen
Cyprus
Dublin
Florence
Geneva
Hamburg
Helsinki
Istanbul
Lisbon
Madrid
Majorca
Malta
Marbella
Milan
Moscow
Munich
Naples
Nice
Oporto
Oslo
Paris
Prague
Reykjavik
Riga
Rome
Salamanca
Seville
Sorrento
St Petersburg
Stockholm
Tallinn
Tenerife
Valencia
Venice
Verona
Vienna
Vilnius
Zurich

I put the places I’ve already visited in bold. Not nearly enough. I think I might just want to take this list and make it my to do list of places I want to visit.

This post sponsored by dialaflight.

Taking the Plunge Into Las Vegas Real Estate

Posted on: March 26, 2007 I Written By

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I have to apologize beforehand, because I’m pretty sure this blog is going to be pretty inundated with posts about Las Vegas Real estate. It’s not my fault. It’s my wife’s fault. She is just itching and scratching and dieing to have a house. Ok, she really just wants a backyard and maybe a little more room for the family. I think it’s a simple enough claim. Here’s the way I look at it. My wife is a stay at home mom and so our home is basically her office. She’s basically asking me for a larger office. Makes sense doesn’t it?

So, our search has begun. Too bad there are like a million Las Vegas homes to choose from. Las Vegas has grown like crazy. People tell us that we are in a dip and that it’s a buyers market, but I’m a little concerned. The real question is, what if it is not a good time to buy and the market continues to go down? Well, it is Las Vegas and so you think I’d know about gambling, but I don’t. I guess I really shouldn’t be too worried considering the way they build casinos here. The housing prices are bound to go back up eventually. It’s just a reality with growth. Not to mention if we buy a house in the Henderson/Green Valley area.

A lot of people say that the Summerlin real estate market is where it’s at, but I just don’t personally see it. Well, maybe I do see why it’s exploding. It’s a beautiful area. However, I don’t see how anyone can handle living in Summerlin and commuting on the 95 to downtown Las Vegas. Maybe some people love driving. I don’t! I’d honestly rather find myself one of the plenty of Las Vegas Condos before I submit myself to the travel time required if I lived in Summerlin.

Either way, I’m up for an adventure. I don’t think the problem is really finding a house. It’s really about finding a house that is a good deal. Maybe I just need to stop worrying and just enjoy the American experience of owning a home.

More on talks with the mortgage lenders later.

Taxes When You Make So Much Side Money

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Well, this last year I have done quite well with bringing in some side cash. It’s a great thing to bring in some side money. It’s not so great a thing when taxes come due. I’m just lucky that I have made $1798.15 doing PayPerPost. Yes, that’s right. I’ve made that much money blogging for payperpost. Blogging is the best and I’m sure most advertisers will agree that blog marketing is on the way up. Too bad almost all of my money is going for taxes. I guess it’s better that it goes to pay my taxes then trying to have to find that money somewhere else. Either way, taxes suck. I normally get them done near the beginning of the year. This year I’ve been waiting as long as possible since I know I’m going to have to pay a heft amount. Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to make some more money blogging. I must admit that I still like doing PayPerPost, but I have become much more picky with which opportunities I am willing to take. I remember near the start of PayPerPost I was perfectly willing to take a $2.50 opportunity. Now I don’t remember the last time I took something less than $10. I think it is also because the topics that were available at the beginning of PayPerPost were more interesting. I mean I got to blog about So You Think You Can Dance. That’s a great TV show and I got paid to write about something I would have written about anyway. I guess we’ll see how they are able to innovate over time. We may need the extra money at some point. Like for taxes next year.

Hot Captcha

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I recently created a captcha for a website. They are pretty cool even though a robot can still be taught to read them.

Well, someone took the captcha to the next level. It’s called the Hot Captcha. It takes the photos from Hot or Not and creates a captcha where you have to choose 3 girls that were ranked as Hot. Otherwise, it tells you that you must not be human. Great fun.

Help Me Out By Digging Robin Hood Fund

Posted on: March 14, 2007 I Written By

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Someone posted Robin Hood Fund to digg and so I’m asking for all of your help in getting Robin Hood Fund to the main page of Digg. If you’ve never seen digg, all you have to do is go to this page on digg. Create an account and then click the button that says Digg. The more people we get to Digg the story the better. Help ouT Robin Hood Fund.

I won $500 on Robin Hood Fund and so I know it’s a good website. In fact, you should all visit the site too and submit your own wish.

Make Your Blog an Email Newsletter

Posted on: March 10, 2007 I Written By

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A little while ago my wife went on a trip with my son and so I was home alone. When I’m home along I usually find something cool on the internet that I can play with and implement. During this trip, I found phplist. Essentially it crunches an RSS feed and then sends it out as a newsletter.

I wanted to use this for an LDS news website (and I still think this could do well if someone wants to do the work of compiling LDS news for me) and then I rolled it out for my BYU Football and Basketball Blog. PHPList wasn’t an easy app to figure out. It wasn’t too bad of an install for me, but some of the details of reading in the RSS feed weren’t very good.

I should have just looked around for some other way to do email marketing like Zookoda. Turns out that Zookoda will do all the work for you. It’s everything that you could want in an email subscription to your blog. It’s a great application, because you can really use it to build readership and market your blog. Sure, many of us techies have RSS feed readers and the like. Well, let me tell you that the majority of the population doesn’t have a feed reader and doesn’t know what a feed is. However, most people know how to read an email and click on a link. Ta da!! You just increased the number of regular readers you have.

Of course, the best part of Zookoda is that it is FREE!! If nothing else it’s worth a try.

Tips on Getting Discounts from Verizon

Posted on: March 5, 2007 I Written By

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I saw this great article on how to get discounts from your Verizon store. It says it came from a past Verizon rep, but my guess is that it is just clever writing. Either way it has some great things to think about. I would have to personally get a cell phone to use this. However, for all the rest of you out there with cell phones you might like this.

I should mention that I think some of them are unethical and you shouldn’t do. Like saying that your phone was lost or stolen. Like we tell children. That’s a lie. Of course, unless you really did get your phone lost or stolen.