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Is it okay to walk away from a...

My husband purchased two Florida properties as an investment in 2006 for $600,000. Today, the properties are worth $225,000, at most. It gets worse. In 2006, he co-signed a business loan for a son in the amount of $350,000. This son never made any payments. Since the...

Online rental tax resource for...

Renting out a vacation home may seem like a great way to make extra cash. But it can also cost you a great deal of money if you don’t pay your taxes and fail to adhere to state and local licensing regulations regarding vacation properties. HomeAway, a vacation rental...

Former fire house/opera house/...

Nearly two hours northwest of Washington in Shepherdstown, W.Va., is a building with a colorful history. It’s more than 100 years old and in its eighth incarnation. It started as an opera house, then was converted to a firehouse and several other uses before finally...

High deductible makes quake in...

Question: I’m president of a 44-unit homeowner association in the Torrance area. Every year we purchase earthquake insurance, which carries a 20% deductible and a premium for each owner of about $350 a year on a $12-million policy for the association. Many owners...

Why an agent might refuse to s...

It’s one of the dark corners of American real estate that doesn’t get much attention from consumers: When realty agents representing potential buyers don’t like the commission split offered on a particular listing, they might boycott it — simply not...

What if tenant's roommate...

Question: My roommate and I have been living in an apartment for the past three years, splitting the rent. Last year, she was laid off, so we made an arrangement that she would handle most of the housework and pay 25% of the rent, while I pay the rest. We recently had...

Tech leaders give $5 million t...

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Friday announced a new public-private partnership to construct new housing for formerly homeless veterans and families in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. …read...

Palo Alto: Buena Vista owner r...

The long-time owner of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park has no plans to comply with recent directives from the City Council that would potentially increase the amount of relocation assistance residents are entitled to receive as a result of the park’s closure. ...

Concord Naval Weapons Station ...

Neighbors of the Concord Naval Weapons Station worry about traffic, property values and maintaining open space as development of the former military base finally draws near. …read...

Oakland to choose developer to...

Michael Morgan gazed wistfully across the Calvin Simmons Theatre, the concert hall in the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center where the maestro for years skillfully guided ensembles. …read...
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Is it okay to walk away from a house while in bankruptcy? My husband purchased two Florida properties as an investment in 2006 for $600,000. Today, the properties are worth $225,000, at most. It gets worse. In 2006, he co-signed a business loan for a son in the amount of $350,000. This son never made any payments. Since the son has filed bankruptcy, this forced my...
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Found a Job? Next, New Grads Must Find an Affordable Home Filed under: Economy, Lifestyle, Renting Getty ImagesIn the 25 largest rental markets, fewer than 19% of listings are affordable for recent college graduates. By Ralph McLaughlin School is (nearly) out for the summer. That means millions of newly minted college graduates will strike out on their own to...