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Forum: FIRE and Money 12-09-2010, 11:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,243
Posted By CoopersBeach
I have had experiences appealing property values...

I have had experiences appealing property values in CA and AZ, and I must say that your situation seems very odd.

Based on your profile, I assume your property is in NJ, but I think the appeals...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-09-2010, 09:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,615
Posted By CoopersBeach
I don't trust any FAs. I think the vast majority...

I don't trust any FAs. I think the vast majority of them are either incompetent, or dishonest, or both.

My parents have a substantial amount in CDs in a couple of major banks. The "FAs" in these...
Forum: Life after FIRE 11-17-2010, 11:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,743
Posted By CoopersBeach
My grandfather is 95 and still mentally very...

My grandfather is 95 and still mentally very sharp and physically mobile. Still puts in half a day in the office every day, lunches at his favorite restaurant, comes home to some fine Cognac,...
Forum: Life after FIRE 11-14-2010, 03:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,743
Posted By CoopersBeach
Article in LA Times About Growing Old

A sobering article in LA Times about growing old, getting sick and frail, and being forced into a old folks' home. Better enjoy your life while you can. Money can buy a lot of things, but it can't...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-06-2010, 12:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,995
Posted By CoopersBeach
It's actually pretty hard to immigrate to OZ...

It's actually pretty hard to immigrate to OZ unless you're young, have desired skills, or have money to invest and start a business there. Unlike the US, OZ doesn't just accept all comers. They...
Forum: Other topics 11-05-2010, 11:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,194
Posted By CoopersBeach
I use low-tech way of dealing with risk of...

I use low-tech way of dealing with risk of keylogger. I never type in a user ID or password directly when logging in. Instead, I copy and paste each letter one by one from some other text or...
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-26-2010, 01:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,541
Posted By CoopersBeach
Some questions: How much do you owe on the...

Some questions:

How much do you owe on the land? How much does it cost you for maintenance and property taxes? Does the land generate any income? What kind of raw land it is (e.g. farm, ranch,...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 10-25-2010, 05:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,646
Posted By CoopersBeach
My parents lived next door to a man in his...

My parents lived next door to a man in his mid-80's. He was very active when younger, but age had taken its toll. He was largely immobile but refused to move into with his children or a nursing...
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-24-2010, 02:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,565
Posted By CoopersBeach
No for me and DW. Just out of curiosity,...

No for me and DW.

Just out of curiosity, for those who answer yes to the question, I wonder how many could afford to retire early without a government pension, and what is the percentage of...
Forum: Young Dreamers 10-22-2010, 02:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,457
Posted By CoopersBeach
Based on my personal experience, I would advise...

Based on my personal experience, I would advise against it.

I bought a farm in New Zealand back in 2003, when DW and I were in our mid-thirties, because we fell in love with the country and...
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-15-2010, 04:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,675
Posted By CoopersBeach
The last two invitiations I received were for...

The last two invitiations I received were for Todai. Rather than going myself, I sent my father-in-law. He never turns down a free meal, plus he doesn't speak English, so he could just focus on...
Forum: FIRE and Money 10-14-2010, 12:04 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,407
Posted By CoopersBeach
I am curious as to how much of your portolio can...

I am curious as to how much of your portolio can be attributed to your stroke of good fortune (i.e. inheritance) vs. savings/investments on your part. No offense, but it appears to me that someone...
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-28-2010, 02:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,555
Posted By CoopersBeach
Sorry, I should have clarified my intent in...

Sorry, I should have clarified my intent in posing the question, which was to get the perspectives of the folks on the board, rather than seeking specific advice regarding my personal situation.
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Forum: FIRE and Money 08-23-2010, 02:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,555
Posted By CoopersBeach
Taking Inheritance into Account for Retirement Planning

Just curious to see of folks here take any inheritance they expect/hope to receive into account when doing their retirement planning.

Yes I know it may be considered insensitve, greedy, even...
Forum: Hi, I am... 08-22-2010, 03:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,372
Posted By CoopersBeach
This is an interesting topic and close to my...

This is an interesting topic and close to my heart. Wife and I are not retired yet, but on the way there. We own 8 farms/ranches in several states and another country (affectionly known as "Godzone"...
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