House for Sale Weekend

May 8, 2010

Our family has been building a “house fund” for a few years in anticipation of someday moving into another house.  We bought our current home soon after we were married and didn’t really intend to be here as many years as we have.

We actually bought a lot more house than we needed as newlyweds and had many rooms sit empty for years.  Over time we setup an office, added two kids, and accumulated a lot of stuff for my wife’s teaching jobs.  The advantage of having more space than we needed is that we’ve been able to grow into it.

Selling Our Home

Of course there were some things we didn’t know as first time home buyers; aspects that turned out to be not so perfect about our house, especially with a gaggle of little kids running/crawling around.  Since we hope that our family will continue to grow, we could use a house with more space and a more family-friendly layout.

We finally decided to put our house on the market and have spent the last two weeks making decisions and getting it ready to sell; hence the recent how to prepare your house to sell for more post. 

Over the coming weeks I’m sure you’ll hear a lot from me about the different aspects of selling a home.  It’s the first time we’ve gone through this process and I’ll be sure to share what we learn.

Also, here are a few personal finance posts you might want to check out this weekend:


How to Adjust Federal Tax Withholdings @ No Debt Plan
How the Age and Pension Amount Tax Credit Works @ Million Dollar Journey


The European Sovereign Debt Crisis and Your Investments @ The Digerati Life
Vanguard Mutual Funds vs. ETFs: Which Are Better? @ Bargaineering
InvestForLess: American Funds With No Load? @ My Money Blog
Vanguard Now Offers Commission Free Vanguard ETFs @ Suns Financial Diary


A Plea for Credit Score Transparency @ Lazy Man & Money
Chase Sapphire Bonus @ Money Smart Life
Stop Identity Theft with a Security Freeze @ Fiscal Geek

Personal Finance

Putting the Brakes on Overspending @ Generation X Finance
Secret Costs of Moving Out on Your Own @ My Dollar Plan
44 Ways to Ruin Your Financial Life By Age 30 @ Frugal Dad
Six Ways to Get Top Dollar for Your Car @ Free Money Finance
5 Tips for Raising a Financially Savvy Family @ Moolanomy
5 Dangerous Misconceptions People Have About Money. @ My Two Dollars
5 Financial Items We Tend to Procrastinate @ Fiscal Fizzle
Five Things You Should Do Before Tying the Knot @ Get Rich Slowly


How to Bail Out Family Members Without Going Broke @ Cash Money Life
Simple ways to improve your debt management skills @ Good Financial Cents

Real Estate

10 Tips for Homebuyers in Next Wave of Foreclosures @ Financial Highway
When Will the Housing Market Recover? @ Five Cent Nickel


Insurance Companies Work for Shareholders, Not Customers @ Consumerism Commentary
How to find Disability Insurance @ Brip Blap
How Much Life Insurance Should You Buy? @ Free From Broke

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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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