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Busy agents, When will the bidding wars stop?

Dear David: I’m interviewing a few real estate agents. Some of them sound very busy. How do I know they’ll have enough time to take care of me? – CONCERNED DEAR CONCERNED: For many Realtors, day to day operations can be a bit of a juggling act. Every one of the 101,000 licensed Realtors in

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Have seniors avoided moving during lockdown?

Dear David: Have seniors been putting off moving during the pandemic? – SHELTERED SENIOR DEAR SHELTERED: No matter what their age, real estate buyers and sellers fall into two basic camps: those who need to move, and those who want to. Many of the folks who didn’t need to move got through the last year

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How do I start flipping houses?

Dear David, I bought my home in early 2020. It has appreciated since then and I would like to sell. I’m not sure if this is a good time, where I should go, or what to buy next, but I want to make some money in this crazy real estate market.  Eventually I would like

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Can our kids’ down payment go on our mortgage?

Dear David: We are empty nesters. We own a big house and have about a million dollars’ worth of equity in it. Our two children are in their mid-twenties and each is saving for a condo. We would like to help them out. We have a mortgage and can afford some extra payments but would

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Am I responsible for condo insurance?

Dear David: My wife and I are moving into a condo for the first time and are wondering about condo insurance. Our insurance agent needs to know if our condo corporation carries insurance for the exterior of the building and “other perils”. I understand I’m responsible for coverage for the interior (fire, contents, etc.) but

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Do I need a guaranteed sale program?

Dear David: I’ve been watching the real estate market for the last several months and thinking about moving. A few local agents are advertising a guaranteed sale, saying they’ll buy my house if it doesn’t sell. Properties around here seem to move quickly. Under what circumstances would an agent need to buy my house?  —

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