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Pros and cons of annexing property (access required)

DEAR BENNY: Our double-lot property is at one end of an unincorporated island in the midst of a city of 13,000. The extra amount we pay for water/sewage surcharge and county trash pickup is currently about the same as what ...

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Don’t buy without contingencies (access required)

DEAR BENNY: I am in the midst of house hunting right now. Do you have an example of contingency language for financing and inspections that you have used in the past? We are about to make an offer and would ...

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Party poopers should help budget (access required)

DEAR BENNY: I thought condo fees were for the maintenance and repair of homes and grounds and for lawn care. Our association fees also pay for parties. I think the people who participate in the parties should pay for the ...

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‘You will not like my response’ (access required)

DEAR BENNY: We are California residents who own an investment property in another state. The property is a condominium unit in a new, quiet, well-maintained, 12-house subdivision. We bought this property in a 1031 exchange as a rental property, leased ...

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The cons of early mortgage payoff (access required)

DEAR BENNY: I owe $13,000 on my home and would like to pay it off. My son thinks there is some legality that protects a homeowner when the bank still holds the mortgage. Is this correct? Any information would be ...

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