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Rent vs. Buy Calculator
This calculator will compare the cost of renting vs. the real cost of buying a home. This calculator will compare the costs and benefits of taxes, fees, and interest you will pay when buying a home to the monthly rent you pay when renting. It does not include payments made against the principal on your loan, since those payments become equity in your home.
For help with a particular item, click on the “?” next to the item.
|Mortgage insurance: ?||$|
|Homeowner’s insurance: ?||$|
|Association dues: ?||$|
|Average monthly maintenance: ?||$|
|State and Federal income tax: ?||%|
|Your savings rate: ?||%|
|How much will your home appreciate each year?: ?||%|
|How much will rent increase each year?: ?||%|
|How long will you stay in this property?: ?||months|
|Total Monthly payment||3,000.00||6,034.13|
|Present value of all costs over 120 months ?||289,326.25||462,767.77|
|Home equity ?||-9,457.99|
|Total net cost||289,326.25||472,225.76|
You will save $182,899.51 if you rent instead of buy.
www.GrandCenteral.com allows you sign up and get a new number to control your phones.
Work, home, cell VoIP, all ring when someone calls. You can customize the settings for each caller. You can listen to voicemail messages online after they have been consolidated or you can simply e-mail the audio files.
- “You can listen to a message someone is leaving, just as you can on a home answering machine.”
- “You can actually record a different voice mail greeting for each person in your address book.”
- “You can pick up on a different phone in midconversation, unbeknownst to the person on the other end.”
- “GrandCentral maintains a database of telemarketer numbers that is constantly updated by reports from its own subscribers. Your phones don’t even ring when a telemarketer in that database tries to reach you.”
- “You can install a “call me” button on your Web site — a great, free way to field calls … without actually posting your phone number.”
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How to install the Explorer Destroyer scripts
webpage. When an IE user visits the site, the script will display a
block of HTML encouraging them to switch to Firefox.
Installation of Explorer Destroyer varies depending on how your blog or
website works. The instructions below should work for regular html
pages. If your site runs on PHP or another language, you may need to do
STEP 1: Download Explorer Destroyer
and unzip the file. Pick which level you want to install and open the
html file for that level in an html or text editor. See explorerdestroyer.com for demos of each level.
STEP 2: Grab the file for the front page of your site
and open it in an html or text editor. You should save a copy of the
original file in case something goes wrong.
STEP 3: Copy the entire contents of the script file
and paste it into your HTML. Where you paste it is crucial. The easiest
way to do this is to copy the contents of the script file, select the
<BODY> tag in your current page and paste the script over it.
That will replace your BODY tag with the correct BODY tag for the
script and will place all the script contents where they need to be.
STEP 4: Insert your Adsense referral code into your
html. In each of the three levels there’s a section of code that
displays the ‘Get Firefox’ button. This code is also how Google tracks
your referrals. You need to replace this code with the code for a
button from your own Adsense account. To find where your Adsense button
should go, look for the grey comment text that says:
<– REPLACE THIS BLOCK OF SCRIPT WITH YOUR OWN FIREFOX REFERRAL BUTTON SCRIPT –>
and ends with
To get your own referral button, login to Adsense and click on the
‘Referrals’ tab. Then click on the ‘Firefox’ tab and copy the code for
one of the buttons. We suggest using the medium-size square buttons.
STEP 5: Optional: customize the html. You can make any
changes you’d like to the HTML that displays when IE users come to your
site. Adding a personal message from you is a great way to convince
your readers to switch.
STEP 6: Test it. Visit the page in Internet Explorer and make sure everything is working like a dream.
Word Press Install
Installation into WordPress is
very simple. From the Dashboard, click on ‘Presentation’, then go to
the Theme Editor. In the list of files for your theme, click on
“Header”, then replace the <body> tag with the ExplorerDestroyer
script as normal.
Note: If these instructions seem too
difficult or if you have a blogging account that doesn’t allow you to
edit the site code, you can still switch people to Firefox and earn
Google referral money. Just sign up for Google adsense and paste grab
the code that they provide for the switch Firefox buttons. You can
paste this into blog entries or the sidebar for your site. It won’t be
as devastatingly effective as Explorer Destroyer, but it still helps
They have lots of great plugins