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Your choice: a bonus or a pink slip

The other day I had a question from a reader: In light of all the bad publicity in recent years about banks, when Wells Fargo engaged in its high-pressure sales scam, what were the bank leaders thinking? Good question, simple answer: The...

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When grown-ups don’t step up, government steps in

If you’ve read anything about post-recession financial regulation, you’ve probably seen the wry comments regarding the Dodd-Frank Act, and the deluge of regulations flowing from it. Often the raft of regs is compared to “War and Pe...

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Is Rushing Slowing you down?

Are you a rushaholic? Sure, we all want to be efficient with our time – it’s our most precious commodity. But what if it’s more efficient to do things slowly? What if going faster actually slows us down? Take your time. Get it done rig...

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Home Flipping is Hot Again

Home flipping zoomed to a six-year high in the second quarter of 2016, as more investors eyed properties to spruce up and turn over for a quick resale. A total of 51,434 single-family homes and condo sales were completed flips in the sec...

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A Troubling Shortage of Homes

Inflation may be in check, but the lack of inventory around the country is fueling a sharp rise in housing costs. There is no inflation, says the federal government. The consumer price index rose by only 0.4 percent in 2015 so there will...

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Putting a Lens on Listing Photos

Is limiting professional photography to upscale listings a form of ‘financial profiling’? Some of the real estate practitioners who use my photography services tell me they hire a professional photographer for listing photos only whe...

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Buyers Adjusting Parameters For Higher Prices

Real estate agents could be seeing weaker traffic at open houses this summer, as some demoralized shoppers drop out of the hunt – facing minimal choices at lower price points, strong competition and home prices growing faster than their incom...

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The Biggest Regrets of Real-Life Home Sellers

Even homeowners who’ve successfully sold their place can be plagued by the shoulda-coulda-wouldas—meaning that, looking back, they wish they’d done certain things differently. Sometimes very differently. Regret can be a beast. One with te...

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Buying Foreclosed Properties

Should I consider buying a foreclosed home as a way to get a better home for less money? In parts of our state there are supplies of foreclosed and pre- foreclosed homes available for purchase. Whether or not you should make an offer on one...

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