My house in the Cotswolds is the first house I’ve owned but never had sex in.
In 2011 my wife, Alina, and I decided to leave New York City, where I owned and operated several well-known restaurants, and move to London. Like many affluent families living in a city, the moment we settled into our new house we began rapaciously searching for another one. This time for the weekends.
After two years of looking we bought Great Brockhampton Farm. There was nothing Great about Brockhampton Farm. It wasn’t even a farm. Just an ungainly 1919 stone house that had been “modernized” in the 1950s into something genteel and suburban. The formality of its dining room expressed a sad, aspirational quality that made me wonder which of the changes I was about to make would have me looking equally sad to the next owner. But one terrific feature redeemed the
This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.
By Brian Lesko, All Things Finance
If you are a homeowner or thinking about becoming one, then there may be some major projects or renovations that you’d like to do. These could be expensive such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel or an addition. If you are planning on financing such an endeavor, then one of the more common things to do is to pull equity out of your house in the form of a loan or refinance and then use the funds for your project.
But what if you don’t have enough equity in your home to do this? Or, what if you simply don’t want to tap your home’s equity? Thankfully, you have a few options. Let’s look at a few of the most common.
An unsecured loan is a loan that is not backed by any collateral
L.A.’s favorite personal injury attorney-turned-billboard mogul is moving on up in the 90210. Jacob Emrani, the flamboyant self-promoter famed for his highly unconventional “Call Jacob!” marketing techniques, has purchased a nearly 10,000 sq. ft. manor of a home just off Sunset Boulevard, in what is arguably Beverly Hills’ most coveted neighborhood pocket.
Before his big marketing push, Emrani was just another accident lawyer swimming in a veritable sea of L.A.-based accident lawyers. But then came an avalanche of catchy radio jingles and TV commercials. Soon there were billboards, plastered all over the Southland, with Emrani’s smiling face beaming down on the hellacious traffic below. And within a couple years, the Iranian-American legal guru was a SoCal household name.
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Eventually, the advertising began getting increasingly strange — there were eyebrow-raising stunts like the infamous billboards showing Emrani’s head
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