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Can I get a fair deal on vacant land?
Want to tackle something difficult and complex? Buy an unoccupied lot and build a house on it.
Can't ignore the hoarder next door
Someone must confront your hoarding neighbor. Enlist others first, but it might have to be you.
Seller was deceptive about triplex defects
The seller didn't mention that the building is unsafe. Should we tattle, or shrug it off?
What are the options besides walking away?
When a family outgrows a house but can't afford to sell, the situation isn't hopeless.
Contract probably obliges you to pay agent
A buyer showed up after the home was taken off the market. Does the agent merit a commission?
Lease to buy a house: What's the catch?
I have iffy credit, and I can buy my house at the end of my lease. Is it a good idea?
Is there really a new tax on home sales?
Worried about a home-sale tax to pay for health care? That's just an "Obama-scare."
Neighbors over the line with gate, fence
Look for a disability exception to the law that lets people snag pieces of neighbors' land.
Now's the right time for going green
The stimulus package offers incentives for going green on homes.
Can I prune neighbor's sap-dripping pine?
The "heritage" pine next door has a tradition of dripping sap on cars. Time for a chainsaw trim?
Flapping, snapping flag drives nappers mad
Who's more American: The guy who flies a noisy flag all night, or his sleep-deprived neighbors?
Who has to fix neighbor's retaining wall?
An uncomfortable talk with the guy next door won't be as messy as a collapsed retaining wall.
Split ownership through tenants in common
Banks offer fractional loans that make it possible to divide ownership of a home.
Wait how long to rent out your home?
Consider these factors before you rent out a house that's been on the market for a while.
How can I time a home sale and purchase?
Mess up the timing, and you end up with two homes -- or none. Here's how to avoid that fate.
Downsize for a tiny profit now, or wait?
When you move from a stagnant housing market to a livelier one, timing is only one factor.
Neighbors funnel their rain into our yard
When the adjacent property uses your backyard for drainage, try diplomacy first, then threats.
Grill the owners, locals when buying 'raw' land
You don't want to spoil your purchase of unimproved land, so ask plenty of questions first.
Avoiding capital gains tax on sale of home
A home sale delay endangers the owners' capital gains tax exclusion. Can this break be saved?
Make sure to have easement to get to house
Before you buy, make certain that you have road access to your new home.
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