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Check the statute of limitations for lenders (access required)

Dear Benny: I had two properties foreclosed on this year. Although we had short-sale offers on both properties, for some reason the banks would not accept the offers. One of them was my primary residence, which had a first loan of $417,000, and a second in the amount of $180,000. The second home was an investment property, for which the first loan was $290,000 and the second loan was $60,000.

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Boomers help children, buy homes (access required)

An interesting trend is surfacing in today's housing industry. More first-time homebuyers are being financially assisted by their parents. This is particularly noticeable when the parents are among the baby boomer generation. They are showing an intense interest in helping their children and grandchildren become homeowners.

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If you’re a believer, take a word to the wise (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I have $86,000 in CDs and have never been in the market. My new broker and I feel that the stock market will be great in 2012 and 2013, and he has advised that I invest in three mutuals. But I would also want to own different, good stocks too. Could you tell me the names of maybe six top stocks that'll do real well in the market?

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MF Global an opportunity for Fed to prove itself (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: My brother is an Ohio farmer who lost $63,000 that he put for safekeeping and a good yield at MF Global. Two of his neighbors also suffered losses that have put them in a serious bind because it was money they needed for feed, seed and expenses. All have had money at MF Global for years, but after Jon Corzine took over, the money disappeared.

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