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Tax-Efficient Investing: 7 Ways to Minimize Taxes and Keep More of Your Profits

November 9th, 2021
(TNS)—If you’re an investor, be sure to give special attention to the taxes you’ll have to pay on your investments. In many cases, you have ways to legally reduce, defer or even eliminate taxes on your investment gains and keep...

Real Estate Q&A: I Co-Own a House With a Friend. Is it Better to Leave My Share in a Will, or Should I Draft a Deed?

January 3rd, 2022
(TNS)—Q: I own my home 50/50 with a friend. Neither of us has any close relatives that we would want to leave our half of the house. I read your article about owning a property with other people. Would it...

Real Estate Q&A: Can We Build Another House in My Side Yard?

November 13th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: My property’s large side yard is more than big enough to fit another house. I want to deed part of my property to my son so he can build his home there. Should I get my mortgage lender’s permission...

Thinking of Waiting Out the Housing Market? Non-Buyers Regret Sitting on Sidelines

January 4th, 2022
(TNS)—As home prices spiked during the pandemic, some people decided to put their home shopping on pause in the hopes that prices might drop, a decision they are coming to regret. Now, a year-and-a-half into record price growth and dwindling...

10 Tips for Buying Rental Property

November 17th, 2021
(TNS)—If you’ve been watching reruns of HGTV’s “Income Property” and wondering if it’s time to buy an investment property and become a landlord, you’re not alone. Between a recent jump in inflation, historically low interest rates, and the mood of...

How to Manage Buyer’s Remorse

January 4th, 2022
It’s natural to second-guess your choice after making a significant purchase like your first home. Here are some strategies to help you cope. Buyer’s Remorse Is price haunting you? If you see more affordable houses coming on the market, you...

Real Estate Q&A: Who Pays Balance of Special Assessment if Property Is Sold?

November 26th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: Our association will be remodeling the clubhouse, and there will be a significant assessment. We will have the option to pay off the amount in one lump sum or over 10 years. If I sell while paying off the...

Real Estate Q&A: What Are My Legal Options After Handshake Deal Over Vacant Lot?

January 7th, 2022
(TNS)—Q: In 2014, I struck a deal to buy my neighbor’s vacant lot behind their house. We shook hands in front of a witness. According to our deal, I immediately wired the money to his account and paid the property...

Is That House You’re Considering a Flip? Here’s What to Know

November 26th, 2021
(TNS)—Not all houses are created equal. In any given price range, every property you’re going to look at will have its pros and cons. This applies even more so if you’re considering a home that was recently renovated by a...

Pets Are Increasingly Influencing their Owners’ Housing Decisions

November 29th, 2021
(TNS)—Hannah Wood, a work-from-home product manager for a healthcare company, would like to relocate to Philadelphia to live near her mother, but she’s struggling to find a place that will welcome her roommate, Lea, a 55-pound, mixed-breed dog. Wood initially...
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