DEAR BENNY: I built my own house. At first I stuffed receipts into a folder but toward the end when things got hectic, I forgot. I probably have receipts amounting to a quarter of what I believe I spent, land ...
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DEAR MR. BERKO: I’ve worked for the government for 23 years. The government does all my retirement stocks and bonds, and it also gives me a good pension and pays for all my health insurance, which is lucky for me. ...Read More »
DEAR BENNY: I have been considering a 1031 action for some time, and I have wondered what happens if the intermediary holding the escrowed funds goes bankrupt. Is the intermediary allowed to co-mingle my funds with funds of the company? ...Read More »
‘Tis spring, when homeowners’ thoughts turn lightly to images of vacation homes. Sales of those properties are rising, as they have been over the past two years. Vacation home sales rose 10.1 percent to 553,000 in 2012 from 502,000 in ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: Please tell me what you think of VCA Antech, which sells for $21 a share. A couple of folks we know have had good results with a VCA clinic. – SA, Wilmington, N.C. DEAR SA: VCA ...Read More »
DEAR BENNY: My mother had to be moved to a nursing home from her “independent living” house. This is a very small retirement community and is connected to an “assisted living” facility next-door. People who live in the independent homes ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: I would like to invest $100,000 of my individual retirement account (which is worth $330,000) in safe dividend-paying stocks and bonds. I am 65 and probably will start using some of this money for living and travel ...Read More »
Does homebuyer counseling really lead to significantly lower mortgage default rates? The answer is yes, according to several recent studies. One such study by NeighborWorks America found that borrowers who went through a prepurchase counseling program were nearly one-third less ...
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