DEAR MR. BERKO: What is your opinion of the water industry ─ especially Middlesex Water Co., which pays a 3.5 percent dividend. We’d like to buy several water utilities to add to our portfolio of telephone, gas and electric utilities. ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: I read your five T. Rowe Price recommendations with great interest. I know that T. Rowe Price is a very good organization. However, we prefer to own Fidelity funds for our children’s college education. We have three ...Read More »
DEAR BENNY: I am hoping you can clarify debt relief as it applies to rental property. My sister has a single-family residence that she rents out and is now letting the house follow the path to foreclosure. She received info ...Read More »
The income required to purchase a median-priced home in today’s market depends largely on location and varies quite a bit across the country. In Cleveland, you could earn $22,000 a year and still afford a house, but in San Francisco, ...
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RESPONSE FROM A READER: Read your recent column regarding the house rehab project which stopped in the middle. Just a thought: Most building permits have an expiration date, which local authorities may enforce, or ding the homeowner with some sort ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: Why has the stock market continued to make new highs while unemployment remains high? Why has unemployment remained high when the Federal Reserve adds $85 billion a month to the economy? And why has the gross domestic ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: My significant other and I are in our early 50s, and in March 2008, we rolled over our 401(k) accounts – which were stuck in some stupid, pitiful mutual funds offered by our company – to a ...Read More »
DEAR BENNY: I am not a U.S. resident, and my wife and I are selling our house for less than $300,000, with $100,000 profit. We are selling the house in order to buy a new one. I searched and saw ...
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A new study has revealed that seniors who own their homes are much more likely to enjoy good health and a generally good life during their senior years than those who rent their residences. The study was sponsored by the ...
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