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  • Priority for retirees, even well-off ones, is to reduce living expenses

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I am a 49-year-old who plans to retire from my current job by age 55. My 401(k) is now worth $1.1 million, which is up 20 percent since January. It is invested in several different mutual funds. I also have...
  • After foreclosure, mysterious eviction record surfaces

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I had a mortgage with a big box lender. I lost my job and hung on as long as possible. My home was actively listed for sale, and we had a short sale contract after jumping through every hoop they said. At the last...
  • Owners wax poetic about their home

    Owners wax poetic about their home
    In addition to being known for a variety of architectural designs, many of the homes in Baltimore's Guilford neighborhood are often referred to by the names of their former residents of note. Within the space of a few acres, the community includes the...
  • Flipping homes hot again

    Flipping homes hot again
    Seasoned real estate investor Kurt De Meire led an eager group of students on a field trip to a recent foreclosure auction. He wanted to show them how to flip homes — find bargains and resell them quickly at a profit. At one point, he...
  • Lack of comps hindering homeowner's ability to refinance

    Q: I built my home in 2006 for $750,000. I have a loan with a balance of about $525,000 and an interest rate of 6.625 percent. I have been trying to refinance my mortgage for the past three years but cannot find anyone willing to loan me money. I have...
  • Appraising not an exact science

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: You've had a bunch of letters lately involving appraisers, and I wanted to share my story. My experience with appraisers is they sometimes use very sketchy information. My first experience involved getting an...
  • When unmarried friends buy property, a partnership agreement is a must

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I hope you can help me out with the following problem: My husband owns 50 percent of a house. The other 50 percent belongs to another couple -- let's call them the "Smiths" -- who each own 25 percent. My husband...
  • Low-balance mortgage may be difficult to refinance

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I was listening to you today on the radio and wanted to ask about my condo loan. I refinance my home in 2000 at a rate of 6.125 percent with a loan balance of $55,000. I am now 13 years through the 30 years on my...
  • Prepayment penalties rare on home loans

    Q: You recently answered a question from a rental property owner about whether to refinance into a 15-year vs. a 30-year loan. I bought my house in 1976 for $70,000 with a 30-year loan where the mortgage payment was $410 per month. At some point, I...
  • Co-owner helped brother buy house, now wants to avoid tax liability upon sale

    Q: I own a house with my brother that we bought for $243,000. We now plan to sell it for about $323,000. My brother lived in it until last year and then rented it out. My tax bracket is very high and his is low. Since he was living in it, I have...
  • Naya Rivera buys and sells homes between 'Glee' episodes

    Naya Rivera buys and sells homes between 'Glee' episodes
    “Glee’s” Naya Rivera is keeping her real estate agent mother busy so far this year. The 26-year-old actress bought a house in Los Feliz for $2.6 million and has another for sale in a 90210 neighborhood. The East Coast-inspired...