How to Choose a Mortgage Banker

When I first started the process of buying an apartment in New York City, I thought I’d just choose the bank that offered me the lowest interest rate. But I soon realized that many other aspects were just as important as the rate on the loan — if not more so. Customer Service. Getting a […]

Clothing Tips for Short Men: A Chat with Brock from The Modest Man

I recently stumbled upon a blog that provides clothing tips exclusively for men under 5’8″. I know what you’re thinking, and I was thinking the same thing too. Finally, someone else understands! We’re no longer alone in this larger than life world where nothing seems to fit us. The founder, Brock, and I got a […]

ARMs and the Plan: Why We Got an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

I’ve been obsessing over whether to buy or rent an apartment over the last several months. But after renting for eight years, Jenn and I finally decided that buying an apartment in New York City made sense for us. When we started the process, I assumed that if Jenn and I did buy, we would […]

Angus Club Steakhouse Review

I’ve been to a lot of steakhouses in my day. But the truth is, I haven’t been to a steakhouse since Jenn and I started our cooking spree nearly a year ago. So it was a real treat to go to the recently opened Angus Club Steakhouse for a press dinner. The Space The dinner […]

How to Use the NYC Co-op Spreadsheet

Last week, I wrote about my changed view on the buy vs. rent argument and how Jenn and I ended up buying a place in Manhattan. In addition to going through my rationale for favoring buying, I posted a revised model specifically for NYC co-ops. Through some of the comments I received via Facebook, I […]

A Closer Look at Buying vs. Renting in NYC

A couple of months ago, I wrote about buying vs. renting an apartment in NYC and how I favored renting based on my rough calculations. Recently, I started thinking about the economics again, so I had my data geeks crunch some more numbers for me…seriously I did. Ok, fine, I’m kidding – I have no […]

Is First Class Worth It?

I’ve always wondered what it felt like to fly first class. When you fly coach, you get a general sense of the first class perks since you see these privileged fliers board first, you notice them sitting comfortably in their large cushy seats, and you see that the flight attendants just treat them better. But […]

4 Financial Lessons I Learned in My 20s

There’s a lot of things I’m glad I did (and didn’t do) in my 20s, including getting the hell out of Charlotte, not going to business school, and not buying an apartment at the peak. With that said, there’s always things you wish you would have done differently in various situations. Here are 4 financial […]

Pave: A New Platform to Crowdfund Your Dreams

“Livin’ the dream” was a saying that my fellow co-workers and I would throw around often while working our 15 hour days in finance. I often heard my peers justify that the job wasn’t a long term gig and that they would leave the industry once they had enough money. “I’ll just work here for […]

Tips for Buying a Mattress

I’ve always dreamt of having a king size bed. I still remember the terrible nights of sleep I got on that piece of crap twin size mattress in college. After school, I upgraded to a queen bed, but once I had to start sharing that queen bed with another person, it wasn’t so luxurious anymore. […]