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  • Finishing a basement or attic may require building permit May 3, 2013 3:51 AM
    Simply painting or paneling a basement or attic usually doesn't require the building department's permission, but upgrading the electrical system or adding plumbing is an entirely different matter.

  • Preapproval of mortgage important as home inventory drops Apr 26, 2013 5:02 AM
    Visiting a banker or mortgage broker to find out exactly how much can be borrowed can give buyers a big advantage in today's tightening housing market.

  • Smart sellers fix little things to speed sale, get best price Apr 19, 2013 4:42 AM
    Savvy home sellers make even the smallest of repairs if they want to get an offer quickly.

  • Homeowner growls over neighbor’s barking pets Apr 12, 2013 3:47 AM
    Homeowners who live next to loud dogs or other noisy animals have several options to seek some peace and quiet.

  • Debunking some common real estate ‘urban legends’ Apr 5, 2013 4:46 AM
    Dog-eating spiders, federal subsidies for utility bills and a fat payout for a dorm-room "mooner" make for good stories. None of them are true. Yet theses types of "urban Legends" abound on April Fools' Day.

  • About real estate: Seller must refund excess sales proceeds Mar 29, 2013 11:49 AM
    "Finders, keepers" works in the schoolyard, but not in the real estate world.

  • Ireland beckons, especially to retirees Mar 22, 2013 5:02 AM
    Real estate prices on the Emerald Isle are about half what they are in the U.S., making it a great spot for retired people with plenty of equity in their U.S. homes. A tough economy, though, makes it a bad choice for younger people who need jobs.

  • How long should home components last? Mar 15, 2013 5:43 AM
    Just about everything in a home eventually will need to be repaired or replaced. Savvy owners budget accordingly. is a relatively new website that provides free estimates of the average cost of hundreds of typical housing-related projects, based largely on a homeowner's ZIP code.

  • Many housing-related costs aren’t tax deductible Mar 8, 2013 5:43 AM
    Most homeowners know that they can deduct their annual interest charges and property-tax payments, but there's a host of other housing-related costs that don't qualify for a quick write-off.

  • Realty pros name ‘Top 10’ reasons why homes don’t sell Feb 22, 2013 4:57 AM
    Homeowners who want to sell quickly should first clean up their house, a survey says. Other big turnoffs include uncontrolled animals and odors from last night's dinner.

  • The pros, cons of renting home instead of selling Feb 15, 2013 5:46 AM
    There are advantages and disadvantages for owners who consider renting their home to tenants instead of choosing to sell it.

  • Steps to take when an ‘ex’ meddles with a home refinancing Feb 8, 2013 5:14 AM
    Federal law prohibits a former spouse from gaining access to the other's current credit report, even if it involves the refinancing of a home that they once owned together.

  • About real estate: Congress, Obama extend two key tax breaks for homeowners Jan 31, 2013 11:48 AM
    The "fiscal cliff" legislation that was approved earlier this month restored deductions for private mortgage insurance payments and an important tax rule for owners who sell at a loss.

  • Fiscal cliff deal gives new life to old scam Jan 25, 2013 5:20 AM
    Q. I received an email last week stating that the deal to keep the U.S. from falling off the "fiscal cliff" includes a provision that makes all homeowners and renters eligible to receive up to $1,000 from the federal government to pay their utility bills. Is it a scam?

  • Home equity can reduce college student’s financial aid Jan 18, 2013 5:00 AM
    Some colleges and universities consider a parent's home equity when doling out loans or grants for incoming students, but others don't even ask.

  • A deadline nears for former owners seeking foreclosure refunds Jan 11, 2013 4:37 AM
    A Jan. 18 deadline looms for about 2 million homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure between the start of 2008 and the end of 2011. Five lenders could give each of those borrowers as much as $2,000.

  • Nation’s housing market to continue strenghtening in 2013 Jan 4, 2013 4:37 AM
    Home sales and prices are expected to keep rising in most areas in the year ahead, but mortgage rates are likely to climb, too. Housing markets in some parts of the country began showing new signs of life last spring, and all indications are many more markets will begin a full-fledged recovery in 2013 from the housing bust that began about six years ago.

  • There’s only one Santa, but three different North Poles Dec 26, 2012 5:08 PM
    The Earth has a trio of North Poles, but only one is habitable. The "geographic" and "magnetic" North Poles are both at the top of the Earth, about 400 miles apart. There's also North Pole, Alaska.

  • About real estate: Clock is ticking for owners to file claims over faulty foreclosures Dec 21, 2012 7:16 AM
    Q. I recently received a letter from a group called Rust Consulting stating that I may qualify for a free "Independent Foreclosure Review" and perhaps get some money back because I lost my home to foreclosure in 2010. Is this offer legitimate, or is it a scam? Also, what do you know about Rust Consulting?

  • Prospective heir has trouble finding late mother’s assets Dec 14, 2012 5:39 AM
    Q. My mother passed away three months ago, leaving behind a house with a mortgage that is fully paid and some other assets. The problem is that we never discussed her wishes for her estate because it made us both feel uncomfortable, and I don't even know if she had a written will.

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