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Can fees be added to tax basis? (access required)

I recently heard that the portion of one's monthly condo fees that go into a reserve fund for capital improvements to the overall property can be added to an individual condo unit's tax basis. Is this true?

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Home inspection protection (access required)

My husband and I are in our 60s and have been married for five years. We both own homes that are fully paid for. Both homes, before the market downturn, most likely would have sold for around $200,000 each. In today's market, we're not so sure.

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Need TIPS? Don’t go for the gold (access required)

I asked my broker about a good inflation hedge, and he pushed us to invest $25,000 in American Century Global Gold Fund. My wife and I are very concerned about inflation when we both retire in nine years at age 67. We have a $141,000 portfolio of income/growth stocks you recommended in the past, and we reinvest all the dividends as you recommended.

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Avoiding FHA restriction by renting (access required)

I am currently trying to purchase a home from my daughter. The loan was approved, but the lender told me there is a law that if you purchase a home from a family member, they can finance only 85 percent of the sales price.

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Intel is swell as long-term investment (access required)

I'm a married, 37-year-old, self-employed plumber with three children and have barely managed to keep my head above water these past few years. Because I'm a conservative investor, the broker for my small pension plan wants me to buy $5,000 of the Goldman Sachs Growth & Income Fund, which is up over 12 percent for this year.

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HELOC after foreclosure (access required)

I lost my home to foreclosure in August 2011. I had a second mortgage on the home that was secured by a deed of trust for $99,000. This was a home equity line of credit that I used to pay off a pool loan, used for home improvements and later tapped each month to make the mortgage payment.

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Study: Owner-occupied homes benefit children (access required)

A new study recently completed by two California universities puts a new spin on the effects of homeownership on children in owners’ families. The study showed that homeownership is associated with lower high school dropout rates and lower teen birth ...

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Limiting liability for rentals (access required)

DEAR BENNY: My wife and I are purchasing a two-bedroom condo. We are paying cash and intend to have her parents live there for a year, and then we will likely turn it into a rental. Our current single-family home ...

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