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You need a great team when buying your first home

You need a great team when buying your first home

We recently closed on a Townhouse in San Jose, CA. Yay. Our first home.

We had been in the market for a while. First, it seemed like 2014 was not the year we make the move. Bay area housing market is on fire. For every home, there are at least 12-15 offers on average and every offer is over the listing price by good 10%-15%. Thank you IPO millionaires, investors from other states and foreign cash buyers.

In January, we got pre-approved from a mortgage company in a different state. We did that to gauge our finances and the market. Also, we didn’t have a Realtor at that time. We figured, let’s just use Redfin, Zillow, Trulia etc to search and if something peaks our interest, we can find someone to represent us.

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Indiegogo campaign for XGear ends in 48 hours

XGear is a small auto accessory that plugs in to your car’s data port and extracts data being continuously collected and quantifies it. All this is done seamlessly without any human interaction and with pinpoint accuracy.

You get to learn about your car and understand your driving behavior. At the same time, it also provides you information about your car’s maintenance and other safety related issues. Bye bye unnecessary oil changes every 3000 miles.

Currently, XGear is trying to raise money on Indiegogo. Their goal is a modest $10,000 out of which they have already raised $5,134 as of this post. 48 hours remaining…

IoT is all the rage and this product is extremely promising. I can’t wait to get mine…

Short visit to Chicago for training

Short visit to Chicago for training

On my recent visit to Chicago for Corptax training, I checked in on Foursquare when I got to O’Hare International Airport and shared it on Facebook and Twitter. I don’t always post to Facebook my Foursquare checkins, but when I do, I am pleasantly surprised.

A friend from college, who once told me he might move to Chicago is actually in Chicago and has been for over 2 years. Great.

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