Lil’ Ugly: Driving my Way to Financial Freedom

That’s my mom’s nickname for my car: Lil’ Ugly. She came up with that a few weeks ago. I don’t know if she’s just sick of the multiple dents and scrapes peppering the body of my beloved 2008 Honda Accord, but she has been on a pretty aggressive campaign to sow discord between me and ...


I Create my own Sales

While I have a 9-5 where someone else tells me what to do and how to do it, I like to see myself as a “boss” in every other aspect of my life. I make my own schedule with my real estate work, I set my own prices for my rental properties, I determine what ...


Kors & Choo: A Case Study in Brand Marketing

If you don’t know by now, Michael Kors will be acquiring Jimmy Choos in a billion-dollar deal. The news broke late Monday and I heard it on the radio while driving to work on Tuesday. Perhaps I’m not well informed, but this has to be one of the most mismatched, or should I say backwards, ...


Prey to Play: Exploiting Black Misinformation

In a country built on a legacy of race-based abuse and marginalization, it should be a surprise to no one that segregation was the norm until HUD decided to outlaw discriminatory norms that after several decades (excluding centuries of slavery since “property” cannot own property) of people of color, mainly blacks, being locked out of ...


Loyalty: How We Treat Ourselves for Less

One of the most common overspending traps that we fall into is the idea that we deserve that (expensive) purse, that (overpriced) gadget, or that trip to Hawaii. While that is a slippery slope to getting off track financially, we should still seek to have balance in our lives. Budgeting can quickly become a chore ...


Screen, Screen, Screen: The Real Estate Professional’s Protection Against Scammers & Time Wasters

Disclaimer: Any resemblance to actual luxury wives, persons living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. Location, location, location? If you’re a buyer yes. If you’re a real estate agent, due diligence might be your mantra. There have been stories in the news for decades about real estate agents setting up their final appointments ...


Your 7-Day Guide to Financial Discipline

While you can’t strike it rich in 7 days, you certainly can organize your life enough in 7 easy steps (1 per day)┬áto improve your financial┬ámanagement skills. Monday: Maximize your retirement contributions, either to the maximum amount you can afford or to the IRS limit. If you have not yet started contributing, do at least ...


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