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1/12/2007
Set personal finance New Yearís resolutions
As 2006 spun away, certain financial trends seem to be accelerating: As a nation, weíre spending 106 percent of what we earn. That means our nationís debt is growing, as is our personal debt. Americans are still saving less than zero ó make that a lot less than zero.


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1/5/2007
New Years resolutions for home buyers
As we say goodbye to 2006, itís worth looking back at the year that was for home buyers. With more than 8.5 million existing and new homes sold, and with 30-year mortgage interest rates still hovering at 6.5 percent, itís been a banner year for residential real estate.


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12/30/2006
Use an attorney in family real estate dealings
Q: My brother-in-law is willing to lend me money for a down payment on a house. How do I go about defining him as a fractional owner of the house? He wants to be on the title so he can list the home as an asset.


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12/23/2006
Sellers can opt for extra perks to sell homes
Iím starting to get letters from desperate sellers who are quite anxious to unload their properties. They donít want to lower their price further, and in some cases have made additional improvements to their property. Whatís left? You can give a cash bonus to the buyer, or the buyerís agent.
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12/16/2006
Market your home during the holiday season
Itís December, and winter holiday decorations have been up for weeks. But if youíre selling your home during the holiday season, be careful. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza. If you over-decorate, you might turn off prospective buyers.


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12/9/2006
Proving seller lied on disclosure forms takes work
Q: My husband and I purchased a home nearly two months ago. The seller disclosure form stated that the owners had no water or leaks in the basement. We bought the house with the intent to finish the basement for additional living space.


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