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Pros and Cons of Listing Your Property On AirBnB

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It’s a fairly simply concept. Folks who are traveling on a budget want to avoid the costs of hotels. You have a home (or room in that home) that can welcome guests. Travelers pay you money. They don’t stick around forever. According to their mission statement, AirBnB provides “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.”book your space will pay through AirBnB. They skim off a service fee and then pay the host once the trip is concluded.

Everything is copacetic, right? For the most part, it is, but if you intend on putting your home up for availability on a site like AirBnB, you need to be aware of the pros and cons. Where could you find such valuable information? Keep reading!

 

Vacation House

If this is your beach house, you could fetch a great price on AirBnB. Image Source: flickr user: Banzai Hiroaki

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Written by Rick B.

August 6th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Is It Time To Refinance Your Home?

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You could be sitting on a gold mine and not even know it. No, we’re not suggesting digging up your back yard to look for shiny nuggets. Instead, we’re talking about your home’s value. Even if you’re still paying on that mortgage (and who isn’t?), you could still find value in your home. That can come through refinancing your home loan. Perhaps one of the reasons you were able to buy that house was because you got a great deal on a loan in the first place. Good for you! However, there could be an even better deal out there. Once you’ve proven that you make your payments on time and you haven’t built up a lot more debt, it could be a good time to refinance your home loan. Here are some of the things to consider:

 

Home

There could be a lot of equity to use in your home. Go find it! Image Source: flickr user: ilovebutter

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Written by Rick B.

August 5th, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Follow The Reminders To Cash Rewards

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What do you do to remind yourself of something? Some folks like to tie a string around their finger. I tried that once, but then needed another string to remind me to a) look at the first string and b) what that first string was all about. Other folks swear by unique visualization. For instance if you have to pick up milk and butter from the store, you visualize something outrageous like elephants in pink tutus swimming in a pool of milk while juggling butter sticks. I get so caught up in creating these amazing images that I spend too much time on Photoshop trying to make them come true, and completely forget to go to the store. In the end, the most effective way for me (and probably most people) to remember something is to get a reminder on your iPhone. That is the quickest path to remembering, and in the case of iPoll, the quickest path to cash rewards.

Animals

I often use elephants to remind me of things. It works. Image Source: flickr user: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Written by Rick B.

August 3rd, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Clearing Out The Clutter Will Change Your Life

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Doesn’t everyone love the feeling of getting rid of junk? Although nobody likes moving, it is one of the few times most of us ever really clear any clutter out of the house. But even if you’re not in the process of moving, why not try to take on some of that clutter now? One messy drawer isn’t the end of the world, but when that clutter begins to spread through your home, it can have a direct impact on your quality of life. Clutter takes up space you could be using to showcase things you care about. It can be distracting and even cause stress. Before the summer is up, make it a goal to get rid of some of the clutter in your life. Try renting a small dumpster. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can fill that bin up with all the unwanted stuff you’re hanging on to. Want more reasons for clearing out the clutter? Consider these benefits:

Messy Garage

If your house looks like this, you could benefit from some decluttering. Image Source: flickr user: Unnar Ymir Bjornsson

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Written by Rick B.

July 23rd, 2015 at 4:34 pm

6 Tips To Take The Stress Out Of Moving

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If you’ve moved a few times, you probably hope you never have to move again. Between packing and unpacking, you could find yourself on the brink of a nervous breakdown. I have boxes I still haven’t unpacked from my last move and that was 12 years ago. Clearly, these are things I can live without. I look forward to someday getting to those boxes. Who knows what treasure I might find… But I digress. If you’ve got a move coming up on the horizon, then we’ve got some tips to take the stress out of moving.

Moving

If a scene like this is in your future, don't stress! It will all be over shortly. Image Source: flickr user: cambodia4kids.org

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Written by Rick B.

July 22nd, 2015 at 3:14 pm

How Downsizing Your Home Will Save You Money

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In honor of the release of Marvel’s Ant Man, let’s talk downsizing.  But not everything–just your home. Apparently, building and moving into tiny homes is a thing now. At least according to the slew of tiny home shows on HGTV. Although I look at those tiny homes and think, “Not a chance of me moving in there,” they do hold a lot of appeal for smaller stature people without a lot of stuff (or children). But you don’t have to move into a tiny home in order to benefit from downsizing. In fact, many folks are hopping on the downsizing bandwagon as way of simplifying their lives and saving money. Is downsizing your home right for you? Consider these benefits:

Downsizing

This is what downsizing your home could look like. Cute, right? Image Source: flickr user: Krystian Olszanski

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Written by Rick B.

July 21st, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Super Cool Geek Travel Destinations

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Have you heard of CCWS? It is a medical condition known as “Comic-Con Withdrawal Syndrome.” It happens every year to the legions of fanboys and fangirls who attend Comic-Con, and then come home wondering, “Now what?” Sure, they’ve got bags full of action figures to play with, and autographed comic books to read, but can those items really fill the void left by all the wonderment found at Comic-Con? Probably not. The best way to combat CCWS is to pack your bags and head out to a geek travel destination. Let’s stipulate, for the record, that places like the Smithsonian Museum, any NASA space center, or Roswell, New Mexico can do in a pinch. However, if you really want to get your geek on, you might have to have your passport in order.

New Zealand

The place where Hobbits once roamed. Great selfi opportunity. Image Source: flickr user: Tom Hall

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Written by Rick B.

July 15th, 2015 at 10:51 am

Mobile Army Monday: Use Your Smartphone To Earn Extra Cash

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Show of hands: Who remembers when cell phones could only make phone calls? Yes, there was actually a time when we thought a portable telephone was all we needed in life. We could call anyone from anywhere (provided there was a signal, and we had taken the time to enter their contact info via T9). This changed how people kept in contact with each other, and practically put pay phones out of business. Yes, we all needed a mobile phone. What could be better than that? Well, how about a mobile phone that lets you send text messages or give you directions or takes photos or allows you to surf the web? Welcome to the age of Smartphones–where our cells have become our personal assistants.

 

Apps

What has your Smartphone done for you lately? Image source: flickr user: Maurizio Pesce

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Written by Rick B.

June 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 am

Get The Most Out Of Your Cruise Ship Vacation

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A battle is looming over the horizon, and it has to do with a cruise ship. See, I want to take a cruise, but the wife isn’t sold on the idea. She embraces all the cruise horror stories, while I embrace the all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course, we’ve got our little one warming up in the wings, who I know will be on my side, if I throw in a little mouse action. I’d be happy to go on a Disney Cruise, if it’s my only shot at a chocolate fountain and make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae bar. Thankfully, by the time we’ve finally agreed to go cruising, we’ll be well armed with these fantastic tips on how to get the most out of a cruise ship vacation.

 

Cruise Vacation

Will a cruise ship be your next vacation? Image Source: flickr user: davitydave

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Written by Rick B.

June 17th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Don’t Get Frozen Out From The Rewards

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Full disclosure: It’s not Monday. Well, technically when you read this post it will be Monday (or beyond) but as of this writing it is actually Friday afternoon. This is a long weekend that I hope to take full advantage of. That means not working on Monday.  Actually, I’m glad it is Friday instead of Monday, because as I checked in with my iPoll app just moments ago, I realized I have a lot of potential Mobile Missions to complete this weekend that could earn me some serious bank. Not the least of which is the special month-long beta test for the iPoll app I just signed up for. I’ll know shortly if I’m selected, but I would advise you to get in on this action ASAP. Just for having iPoll on your phone (which you should already have) and listening to the radio (which you all do), you can earn a whopping $30! That’s almost crazy–but then when it comes to crazy earning, iPoll never disappoints. The goal is to get in before the slots are filled up. You don’t want to be frozen out of this Mobile Mission. Speaking of frozen…

Barbeque

My weekend should look a lot like this. How about yours? Image Source: flickr user: Steven Depolo

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Written by Rick B.

May 25th, 2015 at 10:00 am