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  • VA mortgage program can be used time and again May 30, 2014 12:01 AM
    Many veterans of the armed services don’t realize it, but the low-down-payment mortgage plan that is operated by the Veterans Affairs can be used more than once.

  • More homebuyers using real estate ‘escalators’ May 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Buyers, especially those in hot markets, are now including a provision in their contracts that automatically raises their offering price if a competing bid comes in.

  • Few parents need to worry about federal gift tax May 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most parents don’t have to fret about the tax consequences of helping a grown child with the purchase of a home, but there are some exceptions.

  • Homemade drain cleaners may do the trick Apr 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Commercial drain cleaners usually are safe to use on your home’s pipes, but a simple homemade concoction can work just as well — saving you money and the environment at the same time.

  • Items homeowners should never buy at a yard sale Apr 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    Spring has sprung, but savvy people won’t purchase many household items available at the mushrooming number of yard sales that bloom this time of year.

  • Telltale signs that a roof is going kaput Mar 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    No homeowner wants to pay to repair a worn-out roof, but fixing the problem now could save thousands of dollars later. Here is a telltale sign you may have a problem.

  • Parents shouldn’t use college fund to bankroll son’s home Mar 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We are not rich, but we managed to put $19,500 into an account for our daughter to attend college and another $19,500 for our son to go to school too. Our daughter is in her second year of college and is doing great, but our son is 17 years old and wants the $19,500 to make a down payment on a fixer-upper house instead of furthering his education. What should we do?

  • Some states don’t follow daylight-saving time Mar 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Federal law allows states to eschew changes in moving their clocks ahead as spring begins or setting them back in the fall.

  • Selling ‘as is’ often a poor choice for homeowners Mar 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    Making major repairs to a home before selling can be costly and time-consuming, but it’s usually cheaper — and safer — than marketing the property in “as is” condition.

  • Valentine’s flowers are gone, but ‘pre-nup’ questions never die Feb 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most betrothed couples don’t need a prenuptial agreement when a home is involved, but there are some exceptions.

  • Pets are cool, but irresponsible pet-owners are not Feb 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My neighbor has two Chihuahuas. They are nice little dogs, but they’re always squeezing through the fence in his front yard to tear up my garden and poop on my lawn. I have talked to my neighbor several times about this problem, but he just shrugs his shoulders and says that there’s nothing he can do. I don’t want to harm the little buggers, but I’m at my wits’ end. What do you suggest?

  • Home purchase raises key tax issues for recently wed gay couple Feb 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    A recent change in the federal tax law is confusing some gay homeowners, accountants and even state tax agencies themselves.

  • Debt-ridden homeowners can pose dilemmas for grown children Feb 7, 2014 12:30 AM
    It’s especially sad when older people face foreclosure of a longtime home. It also can force some tough decisions upon their grown children, too.

  • Real estate advertisements becoming more ‘politically correct’ Jan 31, 2014 12:57 AM
    A growing number of builders and realty agents are avoiding some traditional marketing words or phrases, fearing their use could offend a sensitive homebuyer and trigger a lawsuit.

  • Rebounding market is no guarantee of riches for potential agent Jan 24, 2014 12:49 AM
    Home sales in most neighborhoods continue to rise, but it’s not an automatic ticket to millions for folks who want to get a real estate license. The National Association of Realtors says its 1.05 million full-time and part-time members earned a median income of $43,500 in 2012 (the latest results available).

  • Winter can be the best time for buyers to shop for a home Jan 17, 2014 12:20 AM
    Many homebuyers can get the best deals in January or February, because sellers are anxious to make concessions instead of marketing their property when the weather improves and more houses go up for sale.

  • Grease from turkey clogs homeowners’ insurance claim Jan 3, 2014 12:38 AM
    Whether you’re pouring grease down a drain or filling it with other stuff, don’t expect your insurer to pay the bill if your sewer system gets plugged up.

  • About real estate: Borrowers to feel changes in mortgage market next year Dec 20, 2013 12:52 AM
    Another banking collapse is unlikely, but many borrowers in 2014 will feel the pinch of tighter loan requirements.

  • Online home value estimates can vary widely Dec 13, 2013 12:09 AM
    It’s fun to get on the Internet to see how much a property supposedly is worth, but the estimate can be misleading.

  • Homeowners should act fast to slash upcoming income tax bill Dec 6, 2013 12:49 AM
    Paying your January mortgage bill and the second installment of your property taxes now can trim your income taxes or fatten your refund when April arrives.

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