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  • How buyers can protect their deposits if a home sale turns sour Aug 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    There are a few options that homebuyers should consider to bolster their chances of getting their good-faith deposit back if the proposed transaction falls apart.

  • Co-investing in real estate can raise sticky problems Aug 8, 2014 12:01 AM
    Buying a house or rental property with someone else, even if a sibling, always is a complex task. It’s often complicated when one owner wants to sell but the other doesn’t.

  • Why sellers shouldn’t attend their own open house Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Nearly every agent agrees that it’s a bad idea for sellers to hang around when their home is shown to prospective buyers.

  • New roomies should sign a contract before moving in together Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Whether buying a home with someone else or simply renting an apartment, it’s important to establish basic rules to help avoid a nasty court battle later.

  • More landlords, tenants take video as a precaution Jul 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    Some might find it “creepy,” but there’s a good reason why a growing number of owners and renters alike take a video recorder or similar device with them while visiting a property a few days before the scheduled move-in date.

  • Tips for buyers wanting a successful walk-through Jul 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    Savvy buyers always include a contingency in their offers to allow for a last-minute check of the property before the sale closes.

  • Tips to find a ‘legit’ locksmith Jun 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    More than 50 million people need the help of a locksmith each year, but many become easy pickings for thieves who pose as hardware pros.

  • If you plan to start loan-shopping soon, get your paperwork together now Jun 6, 2014 4:23 PM
    Q. I am getting ready to apply for a mortgage. What kinds of documents will the lender need to process my application?

  • 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.

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