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Debts = Good American?

Debts = Good American?

19 Feb 2018 Karina S. Henkel

In Germany I never had debts or loans. I probably overdrew my checking account at the end of some months, but that was not a big deal, at all. When I moved here I learned that you need a good credit score when you want to be seen by the banks as a valuable client who can be trusted with money. They determine that by how much debt a person accumulates and how this person is paying this debt off.

debts, house, moving
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In Limbo

16 Feb 2018 Karina S. Henkel

In Limbo Man. This. Is. Hard! My stomach feels as if I had rocks for lunch. My heart pounds and I feel as if I am under the influence of a constant delivery of adrenalin. Actually I have no reason to complain.

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Under contract!

9 Feb 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Under contract! Wow! What a ride this is! 48 hours after our house got listed on the market, we got a very good offer and accepted it. This whole experience is just so amazing. I would have never thought that this would all go so quickly or that it would be fun!

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Most Exciting Day Ever

7 Feb 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Most Exciting Day Ever This was a crazy, fantastic day. After all these days of cleaning our house and staging it for the photographer and potential buyers, it got finally listed. It was the day before yesterday, at noon, when it officially went online. All of our work in the last week had paid off.

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We Found It !!

31 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

We Found It !! And now the stress begins! Last weekend we found a house that we liked sooo much. This time we were quick. We put an offer in immediately, got a counter offer, and we accepted. We are now under contract with our new house.

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Money, Money, Money

25 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Money, Money, Money My friend is looking for a job after running her husband’s fishing business for more than 15 years. Being self-employed and taking care of the three children, she enjoyed the flexibility that self-employment can provide. But now that the children are adults and out of the house she would like...

salary,salaries,hourly rate
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Broken hearts

22 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Broken hearts Nooooooo! Someone snapped our dream house away. When I told the realtor that we are going to buy it, he noticed that it was taken off the market just a half hour before. It was six months listed and no one was interested in it for months.

house,new house,moving
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Love at first sight

18 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Love at first sight We found our dream house! In December we hired a realtor to help us find a new house and sell our old one. The realtor gave us clear advice on how to stage our little house to make it more attractive for potential buyers.

house,new house,moving
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Baby, it’s cold out there

15 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Baby, it’s cold out there Here all radio stations play the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” first recorded in the 1940s, every winter, several times a day. I like this song, but I think I heard too much of it by now.

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America Suits You

8 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

America Suits You My mother really misses me and had a tough time when I decided to move to the U.S. And the times got even harder for her after I left. I am her only child, and she lives alone, and we don’t have a big family.

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Real Cowboys

4 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

Real Cowboys I am sure I have seen them before. I must have. But for some reason I can’t remember that I ever saw men dressed like that before our visit to Las Vegas. There were important rodeos going on when Andrew and I visited that city, and wherever we went we...

cowboys,rodeo
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