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Fundamental vs relative (or positional) value in real estate

Two useful concepts to understand in real estate (or indeed, in any business) are the concepts of fundamental and relative or positional value. Fundamental value is best thought of as “cost plus”or “cost savings”.  As in, if the land costs x, … Continue reading

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Surface Pro 3 impressions

I got a chance to check out the new Surface Pro 3 at the Microsoft store today.  Most of the stores should have demos ready by now. Overall, it’s a big improvement from a Surface Pro 2. It’s surprisingly light … Continue reading

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The NYTimes Rent vs Buy calculator

One of the often pointed to resources when deciding whether to buy a home is the New York Times Rent vs Buy calculator.  This is a fully interactive web page that takes in many assumptions and spits out how many … Continue reading

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pfSense is great if you want to build your own router/gateway

I’m pretty hard on my networking hardware.  For a few years, I’ve been quite happy with OpenWRT running on a WNDR3700 by Netgear.  Just the routing and gateway functions … I always separate wireless access point functionality onto other devices. … Continue reading

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The best vacuum cleaner (for me)

Dust seems to be one of those things that just invades and clutters your home no matter how much you try to prevent it.  And while it’s a pain to clean it up (and believe me, I don’t consider myself … Continue reading

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Real estate – one bedroom vs two bedroom

One topic of interest that I haven’t commented on my blog is my recent obsession with real estate. Rather than going into a huge overview, I think deep diving on particular real estate topics of interest in individual blog posts … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Black Swan

I enjoyed this book very much when I read it a couple of years ago.  While lengthy, it provides a very enjoyable insight into the mind of a very intelligent man, and argues against some fundamental human biases and the … Continue reading

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Review – iPad Mini with Retina Display

Introduction The original iPad Mini was fraught with compromises.  A low cost product from a company that doesn’t like to make low cost anything, it was clearly built to fill a burgeoning niche being addressed by cheap Android tablets that … Continue reading

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Thinking in time-value of money

It is important to not let your old habits define your behavior today.  A great example that I’m writing about today for you is time and money. Not everything is worth your time Like a poker player sizing his bets … Continue reading

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Adventures in home WiFi

I’ve spent a lot of time struggling with different home WiFi setups.  I really can’t count the number of times I’ve had different routers go out on me or just get flaky.  But I’ve settled on a solution that works … Continue reading

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