Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Acquires Move, Inc. for $950 Million Cash Deal

News Corp and Move, Inc. announced Tuesday that News Corp, the massive media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move, Inc. for $ 950 More »

Six Credit Report Tips for Homebuyers

(MCT)—Whether you plan to buy a home in six months or a year or two, you’ve probably been told to request your free credit report to check for errors and to see More »

Buying a Home from a Foreign Seller? Don’t Forget FIRPTA!

Recently, I talked about the growing number of multicultural home buyers entering the American Real Estate market. But there is also some very important information American buyers need to heed if they More »

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Acquires Move, Inc. for $950 Million Cash Deal

News Corp and Move, Inc. announced Tuesday that News Corp, the massive media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move, Inc. for $ 950 million in an all-cash tender offer. REA Group Limited (“REA”), which is 61.6 percent owned by News Corp and is the operator of the […]
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Six Credit Report Tips for Homebuyers

(MCT)—Whether you plan to buy a home in six months or a year or two, you’ve probably been told to request your free credit report to check for errors and to see what a lender can learn about you from the report. “We usually tell people to request one of their three free credit reports […]
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Buying a Home from a Foreign Seller? Don’t Forget FIRPTA!

Recently, I talked about the growing number of multicultural home buyers entering the American Real Estate market. But there is also some very important information American buyers need to heed if they are buying a home from a foreign owner. Thomas L. Smitha, JD CPA is Associate Director of Tax Services at Berkowitz Pollack Brant […]
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Know When to Hold or Pitch Common Household Items

Every few weeks, I decide whether it’s time to pitch out certain household items. While many things we use around the home including most food items have expiration dates, are they really a valid indicator that the item in question is obsolete? A recent post at grandparents.com responds to that concern with a list of […]
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Your Place: Necessary to Redo Attic Spray Foam after 4 Years?

(MCT)—Question: I had our attic spray-foamed in 2010. Our HVAC contractor recently did a semiannual service. The technician came down from the attic, where he was checking the air handler, and he was wringing wet with sweat. Another technician says we needed an energy consultant to check the spray-foam job since leaks in the foam […]
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Cooling Housing Market Highlights Best Markets for Buyers, Sellers

U.S. home values rose more slowly in August than they have in a year, and the cooling market offered a clear view of local markets that favor either buyers or sellers. The nation’s hottest markets, on the West Coast, continued to favor sellers with quick sales and high asking prices. But some still-recovering markets remained […]
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Putting a Garden to Bed for the Winter Requires Special Tools

(MCT)—Even if you’re tending to the same garden, you’ll need different tools in the fall. “In the fall, you’re putting the garden to bed, so it’s important to have large multipurpose tools to work the soil,” says Maree Gaetani, director of gardening relations at Vermont-based Gardener’s Suppply Co. “In the growing season, you’re using smaller […]
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Your Place: What to Do If You Smell Gas in Your Home

(MCT)—Art is imitating life here. As I write this, I’m waiting for our utility to replace a 1924 steel gas line that was found to be leaking. So the gas is off for a couple of hours, and a three-man crew is digging up the street in front of my house to fix the problem, […]
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Getting Started: Considering Moving Money from a 401(k)? Here’s What to Know

(MCT)—It was a silly oversight. Back in high school, I had worked for my town’s library and accumulated a tiny retirement savings account. Years later, I was told I could transfer the funds to another retirement plan. If I did nothing, I’d get a check for the balance, minus taxes and a penalty. Can you […]
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Hot Property: Following in Celebrity Footsteps

(MCT)—Vince Vaughn has bought a Hollywood Hills West home from Kate Bosworth for $ 2.375 million. Set at the end of a long gated driveway, the updated home was built in 1955 and sits on more than half an acre. Patio space, decks, greenery and a lap pool surround the 2,890-square-foot house, which has canyon and […]
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