Category Archives: Other Stuff

What I’m currently researching: Reverse Mortgages

August 07, 2012

In my last newsletter, the NW Way of Life News, which I mail out to about 200 households every other month or so, I shared 3 specific financial areas to audit, thereby reducing your monthly expenses. I re-published those tips … Continue reading

Ninja “Money Hack” Part 3: Refinance Your Home Mortgage (and other properties!)

July 06, 2012

This is Part 3 in the series of Ninja “Money Hack” techniques for saving some real money right now! In yesterday’s post, we looked at how exactly to audit your home and auto insurance — a quick experiment I did … Continue reading

Ninja “Money Hack” Part 2: Insurance

July 05, 2012

This post is Part 2 in the Ninja “Money Hack” series. In Yesterday’s Post, I told the story of how we saved a total of $69/month by auditing our cell phone AND home phone (land line) plans. Now, read up … Continue reading

3 Ninja “Money Hacks” that WILL Save You Real Money

July 03, 2012

It’s an understatement – in this age of $4.59/gal. gas & $5.99/ <½ gal. ice cream – to say that saving money anywhere we can is now a priority for us all. And when you just GOTTA do something, you … Continue reading

Duncan Howat on Winning

January 31, 2010
Duncan Howat

“I got out in front… and then it was over.” — Duncan Howat, on taking the overall win in the 2004 Lake Samish Salmon Roe.

Will You Go To Battle?

January 29, 2010

A quick message to anyone out there thinking of becoming a Realtor, and any buyers shopping for the screaming good deals: You better LOVE going to battle. I mean, you better think of going to battle to get what you or your clients want … Continue reading

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense

January 22, 2010
Failure of Lehman

I finished a great book recently, and if you’ve come to enjoy this blog, I bet you’ll enjoy the book. It’s titled “A Colossal Failure of Commen Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers”  and it was written by … Continue reading

Is Having a Roommate a Tax Shelter?

December 16, 2009

Home-owners Bill and Jane have an extra bedroom in their single family residence. They decide to rent it to Sammy the student for $300 per month. It’s a good deal for Sammy, because the rent he pays covers his share of … Continue reading

Bellingham Landlord Licensing: The Council Has Met

December 08, 2009
Bellingham City Hall

On Tuesday the Bellingham City Council met behind closed doors to discuss proposed landlord licensing and rental property inspections. The proposal is to introduce a new mandatory license and inspections on tenant-occupied properties in Bellingham — to potentially punish the landlord … Continue reading

Special Whatcom Middle School Alert

December 07, 2009
whatcom middle school

The following letter was sent to me by a Whatcom Middle School parent, regarding the near-future plan for either keeping displaced Whatcom students and teachers separated, or possibly finding a solution to bring them back together. Please read and TAKE … Continue reading