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Vacationers longing for a coastal getaway in Coronado but who can’t afford pricey hotel rates may inevitably find their way to Airbnb where there are plenty of private rooms to rent, yet without the budget-busting price tag. Trouble is, many of those rentals are also skirting the law.

In Solana Beach, cottages, bungalows and “cozy” bedrooms are advertised online, but don’t even think about a weekend stay. Local regulations forbid short-term rentals that are fewer than 7 days.

Then there’s San Diego, where the law doesn’t expressly prohibit vacation rentals nor clearly define what they are. Nevertheless, hundreds of homeowners are now being advised they’re scofflaws for having failed to pay thousands of dollars in required room taxes.

Blame all this confusion on the rapid rise of a sharing economy that has spawned savvy matchmaking enterprises, at the ready to pair consumers with everything from a vacation abode through Airbnb and a ride home from Uber to temporary lodging for a pet via DogVacay.

More at…http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/mar/08/airbnb-vacation-rental-growth-causing-confusion/

How does an all-inclusive resort for under $100 a night sound? Now, imagine eight of them along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where infinity pools and swim-up bars meet the ruins at Tulum and the glittering, warm Caribbean. We rate them, you pick the one that best suits your style.

Read more: http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/8-amazing-all-inclusive-caribbean-resorts,21496/#ixzz3VF0Z9AMo

 

Relax — a cheat sheet is not really cheating. It’s a checklist to make sure you stay focused before, during and after the interview. Creating a cheat sheet will help you feel more prepared and confident. You shouldn’t memorize what’s on the sheet or check it off during the interview. You should use your cheat sheet to remind you of key facts. Here are some suggestions for what you should include on it. More at…

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/interview-preparation/interview-cheat-sheet/article.aspx

When shopping for plane tickets, we won’t settle for anything but the cheapest deal. We’ve got our usual lineup of fare-finding sites to check, yet a nagging feeling always leaves us wondering if we really found the lowest price possible. Is there any way to know for sure?

Yes, there is. ITA Matrix is probably the most efficient flight-finding site on the Internet, and yet you probably haven’t heard of it.

More at…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/18/ita-matrix-cheap-flights_n_6471244.html

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The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who turned 70½ during 2014 that in most cases they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

The April 1 deadline applies to owners of traditional IRAs but not Roth IRAs. Normally, it also applies to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans.

More at…http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Many-Retirees-Face-April-1-Deadline-to-Take-Required-Retirement-Plan-Distributions

 

How to Live a Happier Financial Life: (5 Simple Notions I agree with)

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-live-a-happier-financial-life-1423358859

The annual scramble for badges to the world’s largest gathering of geeks begins this weekend.

Comic-Con International is launching its open online registration at 8 a.m. Saturday for people who obtained a valid member ID before 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 13 and have a special registration code.

Organizers said a link to the special registration landing page will be emailed to eligible members at least 24 hours before the sale begins, along with their registration codes. A preregistration period for entering the special codes will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the actual sale at 9 a.m. The codes must be entered before 9 a.m.

Comic-Con International is scheduled for July 9-12 this year at the San Diego Convention Center.

The prices for adult badges have gone up since last year, now ranging from $35 for Sunday to $50 each for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Prospective attendees can purchase badges for all four days, but there are no four-day passes. Each eligible member can buy badges for up to three people, all of whom must have their own eligible member IDs.

Comic-Con organizers warned that there are “far more eligible attendees than available badges,” and that entering a registration code before 9 a.m. does not guarantee any member a pass.

Last year, Comic-Con International changed up the process for doling out its badges, choosing to give them out randomly instead of on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more on how to prepare yourself and your computer for the sale, visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/2015/open-online-registration-0

Best Buy is getting into the wedding business.

The Minneapolis-based electronics retailer said this week it is launching a wedding registry Monday, on the heels of the winter “engagement season” that ends on Valentine’s Day.

More than 1.5 million couples register for gifts each year, according to The Knot’s 2013 Bridal Registry Study, and people spend more than $10 billion on bridal gifts every year.

About one in five of those couples register for electronics, and told The Knot they would register at an electronics store if it were offered.

Now they can. More at… http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/13/best-buy-launches-wedding-registry/

San Diego County’s real estate market had a mixed start to 2015, with the pace of annual home price appreciation increasing, but activity falling.

Last month, the median price for a home sold in the county was $435,000, up 7.4 percent from January 2014, real-estate tracker CoreLogic DataQuick reported Tuesday. The value fell from $440,000 in December.

Activity in the market declined both over the year and over the month. In January, there were 2,233 transactions in the county, down from 2,338 in January 2014. The number of transactions was down 32 percent from the 3,290 in December.

In January, a record low 74 new homes sold at a median price of $519,000.