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For some, Irene 
was big and bad (access required)

RALEIGH — Hurricanes prompt a strange human response. As the storms near land, everyone in their potential path is riveted. Fear of physical or financial harm, awe at the power of nature and curiosity about the situation’s unpredictability all enter ...

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Beware of hidden foreclosure fees (access required)

Dear Benny: I recently was the successful bidder on a condo. The closing was within 15 days of the sale, and a special warranty deed was conveyed for the amount of my bid. The closing agent told me after the ...

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Investing in strip malls is for stupids (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I’ve enclosed some information from a private-placement limited partnership that will own and manage a portfolio of strip mall shopping centers. According to my broker, this investment will pay 7.2 percent, most of which will be tax-free. ...

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