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Real Estate MattersIn the nearly 20 years that we've been writing this column, we've offered New Year's resolutions for home buyers and sellers, plus New Year's financial resolutions that everyone can use to start their year off right. This is the first year since 2007...
When a real estate deal is in the offing, it's typical for the buyer to pay for an inspection. It's a good way to avoid buying a pig in a poke – to make sure that potentially serious flaws in the house don't escape notice. But there are reasons...
Tags: Rentals, Home Inspection, Real Estate Buyers, Realty, Allentown
The Hartford CourantThe successful scam letter looks authentic. But what happens when an authentic offer looks like a scam? Shirley Stewart of South Windsor recently received a multi-color form letter — the old style, U.S. Postal Service type — inviting her...
Re "Lenders get off too easy in deal," Column, Jan. 8 Having dealt with the problems David Lazarus describes as an attorney representing borrowers, I agree wholeheartedly with him. There is no amount of money that can reimburse people who are getting...
Matthew Gordon Lasner is the official biographer of the condominium. (Well, as official as these things get, anyway.) Several years ago, the assistant professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College in New York became curious about how condo...
Blog Sponsored by Taylor & Carls, P.A. On September 13, 2012, in response to current market conditions, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued Mortgagee Letter 2012-18 wherein it established temporary guideline...
Sun SentinelA Federal Housing Administration mortgage is a favorite of many homebuyers because of the low down payment required. But Stephen B. McWilliam, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors, says buyers may actually save money with a conventional...
Tags: Fort Lauderdale
L.A. NOWLos Angeles County district attorney candidate Jackie Lacey’s campaign was quick to blast her opponent, Alan Jackson, for having taken campaign contributions from a convicted felon who served prison time for his role in a multimillion-dollar...
Q: I put my estate in a trust. I would like to make sure that I understand everything correctly. I am leaving my house in the trust to my son. I was told that when I die the trust prevents probate. I want to make sure that when I go my son will just...
Tags: Washington, DC, Rentals, Finance
Kiplinger's Money PowerCondos have traditionally attracted first-time buyers who are ready to own but don't want the upkeep a single-family detached home with a yard requires. They also appeal to empty-nesters and retirees who want to trade a house and yard for convenience and,...
Tags: Condos, Real Estate, Mortgages, Freddie Mac, Finance
Travis Poole understands school issues To the editor: Of all the elections coming up next week, none is more important that the choices we make for the four open positions on the Washington County Board of Education. I have known and worked with Travis...
Jan 4, 2013 |Column| Tribune Media Services
Dec 30, 2012 |Story| Allentown Morning Call
Jan 14, 2013 |Column| Hartford Courant
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