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Getting Started: Reasons to Consider a Roth while Young

(MCT)—Saving for retirement when you’re young is a prudent financial step. ...


Housing Market’s ‘Normal’ State Difficult to Gauge

(MCT)—This might be the year in which U.S. housing markets return to normal, judging by real estate industry statements and predictions. But what exactly is “normal” in housing, and how close are local markets to that standard? ...


The Truth Behind College Cost Myths

(MCT)—Whenever we write about how much it costs to go to college, we hear from a lot of readers. ...


Hot Property: Dr. Dre Moves His Money around LA’s Westside

(MCT)—Dr. Dre has popped his Hollywood Hills West home on the market at $35 million. ...


Home Theaters Are Growing in Popularity

(MCT)—Joe “J.C.” Ganote celebrated Father’s Day with his son and grandchildren at his home in Lee’s Summit, Mo. But if the younger Ganotes hadn’t made the cross-country trip from San Diego, you can bet that grandpa would have logged on to Skype ...


What Is Sick House Syndrome, and What Causes It?

Sick House Syndrome occurs when a house can’t “breathe” and rid itself of indoor pollutants, resulting in poor indoor air quality – a “sick house.” Inadequate ventilation allows these pollutants to build up, causing potential health risks to the home’s occupants. Young ...


For Your Client: 7 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent

With millions of homes across the country being sold each year, and the increasing number of foreclosures and short sales, the process of selling your home has become more complex than ever before. ...


Your Place: What Recourse for Rain Damage in Basement?

(MCT)--Question: My son and daughter-in-law purchased a twin ranch home with a finished basement in the Northeast in September. ...


For Your Clients: How to Find the Best REALTOR®

There are good apples and bad apples in every bunch. The same can be said for myriad professionals who become involved when you are thinking of buying or selling a home. ...


Casey Kasem’s Ordeal Offers 5 Estate-Planning Lessons

Beloved radio personality Casey Kasem passed away last Sunday, leaving behind a media legacy and some eye-opening lessons regarding end-of-life/estate planning. ...


Great Spaces: Michael Bay Sees Action for Bel-Air Estate

“Transformers” head honcho Michael Bay has sold his Bel-Air estate for a hefty $11.45 million. Now he can probably afford to make some more terrible films! ...


Living Smart: Consumer Gag Orders

(MCT)—Online sites that allow consumers to describe or rate their experiences with contractors and other service providers are a fact of modern life. ...


Adjustable-Rate Loans Can Be a Smart Risk

(MCT)—The Mortgage Bankers Association reports that only about 1 of every 10 home mortgages being written today carries an adjustable interest rate. A combination of negative press on adjustable-rate mortgages and a widespread belief that interest rates are bound to start rising ...


Email Etiquette for Generation Text

Most likely, you already understand that you’ll need to structure your professional emails differently than you would a text or a tweet. But unless you had the good fortune to take an “Email Etiquette 101” course in college, you might be unsure ...


FHA Offers First-Time Homebuyers Discounted Loans for Taking Class

(MCT)—Home loans are about to go on the discount rack for first-time buyers willing to spend a few hours learning the ropes of homeownership, from applying for a mortgage to choosing a contractor for a kitchen remodel. ...


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