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You could say he’s in a Mint condition (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: During the past 25 years, I purchased more than $47,000 in collectable silver coins and beautiful non-silver coins from the Franklin Mint for my retirement because I thought the scarcity and limited edition minting of these coins ...

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To sell or not to sell (access required)

Dear Mr Berko: I bought 100 shares of Sears Holding last year at $69, and it went to $80, and I wanted to sell it but my broker told me he thought it could easily go back to $100 because ...

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A good reason to buy HO-6 insurance (access required)

DEAR BENNY: In December 2007 I purchased a one-bedroom unit on the top floor in a mixed-income development. Nearly seven months ago, management ran a water test on the roof that resulted in water flowing into my unit, as well ...

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The other side of Tenopah (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: We have two questions. You suggested a reader watch your columns for high-yield convertible bonds and preferred stocks. Our paper stopped printing your column, so we don’t have access to investments paying 9 percent or better. We ...

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Commercial property owners need disaster plan (access required)

The greatest recession in the nation’s history is finally showing signs of recovery in commercial real estate, with parts of North Carolina among national leaders in appreciation of apartment values in 2011. Yet nature could quickly reverse those hard-fought gains if a tornado, hurricane or other severe weather strikes.

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Beware of first-year-free condo fees (access required)

DEAR BENNY: I am a real estate developer, homebuilder and property manager in California. The California Department of Real Estate requires extensive disclosure documents for the sale of property in all common-interest subdivisions. Those disclose great detail on the use ...

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