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“Should I Invest In Real Estate?  Or Buy Stocks?”
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“Should I Invest In Real Estate? Or Buy Stocks?”

A reader writes: "My spouse and I are in our late 60s and we've wanted to buy an investment property near our home for a long time. Our current home is almost paid for and we have no consumer debt. "I'm looking to make a move on the condo purchase with IRA funds, but have not done it yet. Looks like if I rent it ...

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Don’t Buy a Home on Active Duty
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Don’t Buy a Home on Active Duty

A reader writes: "My spouse and I don't have a house to use as a tax shelter. We are transferring to a new duty station on the coast for 22 months and I am seriously thinking about buying a house there. Why throw away money on rent when we can buy and have a mortgage of about half of our housing allowance? It's in a ...

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Seven Benefits of the VA Home Loan
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Seven Benefits of the VA Home Loan

This guest post is from Randy Prothero, a Hawaii real estate agent and team leader of “The Prothero Group” at Island Style Realty, an Oahu Real Estate Team.   The VA loan is a government backed, but privately lended, home loan available to veterans or those currently serving in the military (including ...

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Extreme home improvement: DIY photovoltaic array
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Extreme home improvement: DIY photovoltaic array

Local solar? Last week's post on photovoltaic systems presented the finances without much engineering. We had a guest post this week on more photovoltaic "rent vs own" decisions, but this post will focus on the construction. When I describe the system that we built, our choices were mostly driven by finances. ...

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