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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: 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...

Home Prices Keep Shattering Records: How Can Buyers Cope?

November 19th, 2021
(TNS)—Home prices can’t keep going up forever. Can they? During the COVID-19 contagion, Americans proved willing to pay a premium for homes—so much so that home prices shattered all records. Spurred by historically low mortgage rates, lack of inventory and...

Real Estate Q&A: What’s the Best Way to Make Sure Sibling Is Taking Care of Mom’s House?

December 27th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: Our youngest sister lives with our 94-year-old mother and takes care of her. The family has agreed that she will be the sole owner of the property upon my mother’s demise. My sister is listed on the house deed...

5 Trends That Will Move Mortgages and Housing in 2022

December 30th, 2021
(TNS)—In the Amazon age, consumers are more pampered—and less patient—than ever. Tap your phone and, voilà—hot food from your favorite restaurant arrives in minutes. High-end electronics appear on your doorstep in hours. However, the mortgage industry has yet to deliver...

Real Estate Q&A: I Have No Debt but a Low Credit Score. How Can I Get Association Approval to Purchase Condo?

January 3rd, 2022
(TNS)—Q: I am having trouble getting approved to buy a condo due to my lack of credit. I do not use a credit card and have more than enough money saved up to purchase my new home without a mortgage....

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: 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...

Real Estate Q&A: What’s the Best Way to Prevent Title Fraud?

November 8th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: Recently, there has been an emphasis on stealing titles and the loss of a home. What is the best way to check on the status of our titles and prevent our properties from being stolen? — James A: Real...

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