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Alex Silady

Home Buying and Banking Expert

Alex is a graduate of New York University's journalism school. He has penned and edited articles, features and videos for news, politics and entertainment websites, both in the US and abroad. His specialties are archival research and the history of finance. His areas of expertise include home buying, small businesses and banking. Alex's hobbies include video games, especially RPGs, and following NHL hockey.

Posts by Alex Silady:

by Alex Silady May 20, 2014

Cars are some of the most complex machines we use in daily life. With so many moving parts, slight mishaps are a case of when rather than if, and most non-mechanics lack the know-how to fix them. Fortunately, having access to a quick fix for a malfunctioning car anywhere and anytime is as easy as signing up for a roadside assistance plan. TopTenReviews estimates full-service roadside assistance companies cost between $48 and $108 a year to use, and they offer a broad spectrum of commonly-needed services. If you notice yourself falling into any of these five driving habits, you’ll thank yourself later for getting a roadside assistance subscription. Read more

by Alex Silady Dec 22, 2014

Ah, San Diego – Birthplace of California itself. Europeans first hit the West Coast in what is now SD 450 years ago or so, and a lot of them were Spanish friars, hence the name of the current very fine MLB franchise, the Padres. Nowadays it’s known for the massive presence of the US Navy, a staggering variety of beautiful bird species that are resident to the area, and, unfortunately, devastating brushfires. See? It’s more than just San Fran with an inferiority complex. Read more

by Alex Silady Dec 21, 2017

SmartAsset wanted to know who in the country is getting the best deal for their property taxes. To find that out we answered 3 questions: how good are the schools, how safe is the area and how much are the property taxes.  Read more

by Alex Silady Dec 22, 2014

It’s not just cowpunchers who hang their spurs in Dallas, the country’s ninth-largest city, anymore. From the place where America got its meat and textiles, Dallas has become one of the major places… Read more

by Alex Silady Jan 02, 2015

The long and difficult winter that much of the United States faced is gone, and with its departure comes warmer weather, the promise of renewal, and, of course, baseball season. Both idealistic views… Read more

by Alex Silady Jan 02, 2015

When you get delivery or takeout from your favorite restaurant on the job, chances are you’ll get, along with your plastic cutlery, a handful of tiny paper packets of salt. If food needs it, we… Read more

by Alex Silady Jan 02, 2015

Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5 (as the name suggests), commemorates the Battle of Puebla, Mexico when 2,000 poorly equipped Mexican soldiers crushed 6,000 of the well-armed invading French army.… Read more

by Alex Silady Aug 20, 2018

They’re as much of a holiday obligation as a card, a fancy dinner, or a phone call, de rigeur for certain people in our lives, as well as the go-to gesture for congratulations or apologies. And they… Read more

by Alex Silady Sep 20, 2018

A computer is only as good as the information that’s fed into it. That’s one of the truisms of programming that has held for as long as computers have existed, and ever since Charles Babbage and Ada… Read more

by Alex Silady Dec 21, 2017

Ilse Blansert rearranges her stick-straight brown hair so that it’s out of her face and puts on a couple dabs of makeup to even out her pale complexion. Satisfied after checking her appearance in her… Read more

by Alex Silady Jun 25, 2018

Thousands of fans attending in person, as well as millions more watching at home, strike up a cheer as the teams make their entrances for the playoff match. There’s been a bitter rivalry between the… Read more

by Alex Silady Dec 22, 2016

It’s been a long, hard, snowy winter for much of America. Many people are relieved and excited to welcome the warmer weather of spring. But there are some people, and some businesses, who will miss… Read more

by Alex Silady Jun 11, 2018

Wall Street bigwig Bernie Madoff became infamous about five years ago when a fraudulent securities operation he was running collapsed and cost his investors, including hospitals and charities, $17.3… Read more

by Alex Silady Sep 25, 2017

A well-known real estate truism is that housing prices in America’s biggest cities are much higher than the national average. New Yorkers, for example, often complain that thousands of dollars a… Read more