San Mateo, CA
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Registered Jan 29, 2011
gordo's most recent comments:
- On 28 Aug 2012
Honest Abe, you're a blithering idiot. Either it's legal for him take those deductions or it's not. In this case, it is legal, yet you think the President should be held to a higher 'moral' tax standard that requires him to pay more taxes than he's legally obligated to pay... because you don't like him?
If that's the case, why don't you put your money where your mouth is and donate to a good cause yourself:
- On 5 Aug 2012
How to invest 80K?,
Yes, please don't give your money away to a broker in fees. I second the suggestion to use Vanguard Index funds. If you have a high risk tolerance and expect to leave your money untouched for *at least* 5-8 years, choose Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTSMX or similar.) If you need your money sooner, consider mixing with the Total Bond Market fund, CDs, treasuries or a money market fund.
Keep in mind, risk and reward go hand in hand, so if you put all your money in the US stock market, be aware that you could hit a rough patch and end up with roughly 0% return over 10 years or longer (just like the last 12 or so). However, over the long-run you're unlikely to find an investment that offers higher risk-adjusted returns than the stock market and no better way to capture that return than with low cost index funds.
- On 24 Apr 2012
Why is the owner never present at his own open house?,
I walked into an open house 2 years ago where the owner (a middle aged lady) insisted on being present with the Realtor. She was trying to sell her place for about 20% more than it was worth according to even the inflated prices at the time and felt that she needed to personally show prospective buyers how much love she'd put into the house.
She was the most annoying person ever, who talked our ears off and turned off both my wife and I. She insisted on showing us upgrades that she had made that were important to her but not us. You could see the realtor in the background forcing a smile while trying not to strangle this lady.
Then she took us down to some unfinished cellar that made the real age and structure of the house quite evident, which immediately turned us off.
Net-net, having the annoying owner present made all the difference for us as prospective buyers as she was too naive(?) to shut up at the appropriate times, focus on the positives and sweep defects under the carpet as the Realtor would have done.