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National Ledger - Strategic Landscaping Can Increase Home’s Value

Strategic Landscaping Can Increase Home’s Value

This is the time of year when many homeowners refurbish their landscaping, making their homes more salable and generally more attractive. "Good landscaping could potentially boost a home's value anywhere from...

National Ledger - Can I Drop Escrow from My Home Loan?

PITI - Can I Drop Escrow from My Home Loan?

Dear Edith: You discussed escrow in a recent column, but you didn't say whether I could talk my bank into letting me get out of it. Do you have any advice...

National Ledger - Splashes of Color Can Save Your Interior from Boring White Walls

Splashes of Color Can Save Your Interior from Boring White Walls

No doubt there is an element of freshness to the idea of an all-white room. But such a room also poses a challenge. Think of when we use the term "black and white" to mean "cut and dry," or no wiggle room...

National Ledger - If Donald Trump Asks Me to Be King of Social Security - This is the First Move

If Donald Trump Asks Me to Be King of Social Security - This is the First Move

In a recent column, I explained to readers who are under 66 and working how they could work with Social Security's complicated earnings penalty rules to avoid the oftentimes nightmarish...

National Ledger - Social Security Math - Don't Worry, Be Happy! It's Nickels and Dimes

Social Security Math - Don't Worry, Be Happy! It's Nickels and Dimes

I am always surprised at the number of people who are so darn intent on squeezing every last nickel they can out of their Social Security benefits. I get that people want to get all the benefits...

National Ledger - Buying a Home - Time Required to Save for Down Payment

Buying a Home - Time Required to Save for Down Payment

Many potential homebuyers are now making sacrifices to save for that all-important down payment. Sometimes it's really tough to maintain that saving program...

National Ledger - Real Estate - Worried About Deed Transfer on Death

Real Estate - Worried About Deed Transfer on Death

Dear Edith: When my parents died, my brother and I inherited their house. I live in it now. I'm 70 years old, and I have reasons for needing the house to only be in my name...

National Ledger - Real Estate, Preparing to Sell Your Home - What to Read

Real Estate, Preparing to Sell Your Home - What to Read

Ms. Lank: Please give us the names of books that neophyte home sellers should read before selling. -- D. N. I. Answer: The first book that comes to mind is one I wrote myself years ago...



 

 

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