November 20, 2022

Want to sell your home during the holidays? Read this first

Eager to sell your home before the end of the year but concerned about lower interest over the holidays? You’re not alone. Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day can be a challenging time to list, market, show and ultimately find a buyer for a home for sale.

But just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean your window of opportunity has slammed shut. By understanding the pros and cons of selling a house during the winter holidays and following some home selling tips, you can increase your odds of unloading that property without undue delay or a big ding to your net proceeds.

My newest article for Bankrate, available here, covers this topic like a blanket of snow.

November 10, 2022

Cineversary podcast explores why Casablanca gets better as time goes by

Kenneth Turan and David Thomson
For Cineversary podcast episode #53, host Erik Martin revisits one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed films ever made: Casablanca, which celebrates an 80th birthday this month. In this installment, he’s joined by David Thomson, a renowned film critic, cinema historian, and author of Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire; as well as Kenneth Turan, film critic for National Public Radio, former film critic for the Los Angeles Times, and author of Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film. Erik and his guests return to Rick’s CafĂ© Americain to hear Sam play it again and to examine why Casablanca continues to resonate and how it has transcended time.

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November 1, 2022

Is tuition insurance worth it?

Pursuing a college education involves a significant investment. Case in point: The average annual tuition for public in-state four-year universities is $10,740. Public four-year out-of-state university tuition averages $25,760 a year. Private four-year universities charge $38,070 on average, based on College Board data for the 2021-2022 academic year.

But what happens if you send your child to college and they drop out? You might get a refund, but depending on when the withdrawal happens it may not be the full amount paid for tuition, fees, room and board and other expenses. In fact, the entire amount may have to be forfeited. Tuition insurance can help protect against this situation.

Learn more about the pros and cons of tuition insurance by reading my newest story for Forbes Advisor, available here.

October 25, 2022

Where's the housing market headed in 2023? Let's find out...

We’re rounding the corner on 2022 and quickly heading toward a new year. That makes this a perfect time to prognosticate real estate matters for 2023. With mortgage rates escalating higher, home sales — and, in some areas, home prices — hitting the brakes, and increased uncertainty felt throughout the market, many homeowners, prospective sellers and prospective buyers are nervous about next year.

Eager to learn what the experts predict in 2023 regarding mortgage rates, home prices, buyer competition, housing supply, sales activity and home affordability? Check out my newest article for Bankrate (available here), which forecasts these housing market matters.

October 18, 2022

Reduce your risks of breast cancer with these tips

If you’re a woman in the United States, there’s a 13% chance you’ll be diagnosed with breast cancer in your lifetime. Fortunately, the five-year survival rate is 90%. But it remains the fifth leading cause of death worldwide.

While you can’t change your genetic predisposition to or a family history of the disease, learning the facts, taking precautionary measures consistently and early on, and making recommended lifestyle changes can alter the odds in your favor and help decrease the likelihood that you’ll ever be diagnosed with or succumb to breast cancer.

Learn more by reading my latest article for CTW Features, available here.

October 15, 2022

Cineversary podcast celebrates Nosferatu and Cat People anniversaries

David Kalat and Gregory Mank

For Cineversary podcast episode #52, host Erik Martin takes a double dip into the Halloween candy bowl by spotlighting two seminal early horror films: First, Nosferatu, which marks a 100th anniversary this year, for which he’s joined by film scholar and Nosferatu expert David Kalat; and Cat People, commemorating an 80th birthday in 2022, for which he’s joined by classic horror historian Gregory Mank, author of The Very Witching Time of Night: Dark Alleys of Classic Horror Cinema. Erik and his guests peel back the cobwebs on these macabre masterworks to explore how they remain relevant today, why they’re worth celebrating, and the long shadows of influence they’ve cast upon the horror genre.

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