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June 22, 2012

Chris asks…

How to plan for decorating new apartment?

I’m in a sorority and I’m living with another sister and we don’t know the other two girls who will be in the apartment. I am a planner, I like to have everything planned out months before hand so I’m not sure how to plan to decorate. My sister wants to decorate with our sorority colors and letters but we don’t know the other girls so idk how we are going to decorate the common area. If you have any cute idea out kitchen and living room are open layout.

Administrator answers:

You can Buy Stylish Beds, designer beds, lighting, sofa etc

Nancy asks…

studio apartment home theater planner?

here is a list of home theater parts i was told by the local store that i needed. i am not sure if the sales man was trying to sell me something i don’t realy need or if he was right on the money or even if he left something out. could anyone tell me if this is to much or just right? by the way, if you need to know, i am looking at getting the system for watching mostly the older 20th century movies and tv shows. thanks.
37″ sony xbr; bose cinemate 2 speakers with sub woofer; samsung isso blue ray w/dvd upscaling; hdmi cables for blue ray-tv; optical cable for tv to sound system

Administrator answers:

Get the Sony XBR but forget about the Bose. Bose systems are overpriced and use non-standard connectors. For $500 you can do much better. For example, for the same price you could get the Onkyo HT-S5100 which is actually real 5.1 surround sound, not that 2.1 nonsense that Bose peddles.

I know nothing about Samsung “isso” Blu-ray players. In my opinion the Panasonic DMP-BD35 is the only player worth buying. It has most of the bells and whistles (i.e. Decoding HD audio) and is one of the least expensive to boot. But if you want to buy a Blu-ray player that doesn’t decode HD audio formats (i.e. DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD) then make sure your receiver can. For example, the receiver featured with the Onkyo HT-S6100 home theater system can decode these audio formats. Shop around for some good prices.

Http://www.onkyousa.com/prod_class.cfm?class=Systems

You’ll want HDMI from Blu-ray to your receiver and then HDMI from the receiver to the TV. Make sure you buy your HDMI cables online. Never pay more than $15 for one.

Linda asks…

Professional help to buy apartment building?

I have been looking for an apartment building in the Ohio area, where I will be retiring, and found one that I like. I am not as familiar with the area as I would like to be and do not have enough experience buying property to be 100% confident I am making a sound decision.

What type of professional would be best suited to assist me in my decision. I have considered contacting a local real estate lawyer, account, and or a finical planner. I am just not sure which one of these would be best to start with or maybe there is another professional I would be better off using.

Administrator answers:

Probably a real estate attorney AND a CPA experienced with real estate law and investments would be your best bet. Typically these 2 will look at your investment from different perspectives so the most important factors in your purchase should be covered.

The most important thing about buying investment properties is to be sure the property income will cover all expenses and still give you some positive cashflow. Before purchasing you should also check into property management companies policies and fees unless you are planning to manage the property yourself.

This is a great time to invest as there are some really good deals out there. A good commerical real estate professional can help you with negotiations as well as the necessary purchase paperwork if you don’t opt to have a real estate attorney. A good commercial Realtor will also be able to give you information on current rental market conditions and rental rates which will help you get a realistic income figure. Good luck!

Lizzie asks…

CAN YOU LIVE BEING A WEDDING PLANNER?

I want to be a wedding planner when i get older, i was woundering can I live off being a wedding planner and live in a nice apartment in New York if the economy stays how it is for a while would i be able to live off being a wedding planner?

Administrator answers:

Don’t know about that but see www.sarbliny.com > jobs; ask for their FAQ/Photo brochure and have an amazing time reading it. However you’ve got to be between 18 and 88 years old though. No kidding, I’m at age 70, my spouse and I each are making great money while mostly sitting on a beach somewhere, “doing nothing” but soaking in the sun and having fun.

A happy beach bum :)

PS. We didn’t pay any fee to get into this. Good luck.

Donna asks…

Can Anyone Recommend a Financial Planner to Help Me Decide Between Saving and Buying a Condo? I’m in San Diego

I am currently saving a large portion of my paycheck each month in my employer’s tax-deferred 401(k) plan. With now being such a buyer’s market for real estate, though, I am seriously considering buying a condo (I currently rent an apartment). However, buying a place means that I will have almost no money left each month to put into my 401(k), so I’m trying to find a financial planner who can look at my situation and help me decide whether it will be best for me IN THE LONG RUN to keep saving for retirement or to buy a condo while the prices are low. I’m 37 years old now but again, I’m looking long-term, i.e. – what will result in the most financially secure retirement possible? Does anyone know a good financial planner in San Diego who can help me with this?

Administrator answers:

619-283-7343 Saul Klein

Laura asks…

Ex boyfriend hid things around my apartment? Was this some mind game?

My ex from a few years ago broke up with me and moved out after cheating and finding a new girlfriend. I stayed in the apartment for a couple of years after that. As I was moving I found that he stashed a lot of weird items throughout the apartment. For example, a newspaper with my birthdate, a cartoon picture under the couch with his horoscope sign, his mothers number written in highlighter pen in the back my planner page and clothes behind my dresser. Was this some kind of voodoo or sick joke? I have never heard of anyone doing this before ?

Administrator answers:

These could all have been accidental. You didn’t find them until you moved out, so he wasn’t going to find them when he moved.

Jenny asks…

Is my salary good enough to ?

I’m doing a project in my 12th grade economics class where I’m a public relations manager/event planner living in New York City. My savings starting out are $2500 and my yearly salary is $40,100. Is that good enough money to make it on my own in NYC? Would I be able to get a nice apartment?

Administrator answers:

No and No. I am adding a web site for you to compare the cost of living in New York City to wherever you are (see below) which should help you.

Good luck!

George asks…

Is an hour commute everyday on the NYC subway uncommon?

So im moving to Brooklyn on monday, i got a job and a apartment share. Im new to the city. I live in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and work in Canarsie, Brooklyn. The trip planner on MTA’s site says its about an hour with a transfer or two, which sucks but its the only nice area i could find in my price range. By my work didnt seem like too good of an area, so i didnt want to live there being new to the city and all. thanks

Administrator answers:

The average commuter in NYC spends about 41 minutes reaching their job (and this is counting people who drive to work, which would probably cut down on commutes like yours)

All in all, you’re not too far from the city average, so your commute is reasonable.

My 2 mile commute to school can take anywhere from 25-45 minutes, while your 7 mile commute takes about an hour, just to give you an example of an NYC commuter.

I hope this information was very helpful.

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