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Struggling to pick a downsizing option

DEAR DAVID: my spouse and I are in our sixties and will be retiring soon. We want to sell our family home and downsize, but we’re struggling with having so many options. This will be our final move and we want to get it right. Any tips? – WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS DEAR WEIGHING:

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Should we buy a fixer-upper?

You may not be able to afford a ready-made version of the house you want right now, but adding the components over time can get you there eventually.

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Impact of hydro tower, new build condo on fixed income

Dear David, We visited an open house last weekend and really liked the home, but there’s a hydro tower directly behind it. The tower doesn’t bother me, but my husband thinks it’ll make the house hard to sell down the line. What’s your opinion? – WIRED DEAR WIRED: If you were to compare two identical

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Repeat open houses, Aging in place

Dear David, Why won’t my agent do another open house this weekend? – OPEN DOOR POLICY DEAR OPEN DOOR: By the sound of it, your home may have been on the market for a while. As a seller, this must be very frustrating. Many variables can affect the sale of a home, yet regardless of

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Sorting through possessions, ID check at open house

Dear David, I found a great retirement community and am ready to move. Before that can happen, I need to sort through 30 years’ worth of posessions in my current house. Where do I start? – OVERWHELMED DEAR OVERWHELMED: It’s amazing how much “stuff” we can accumulate over the years. The challenge you’re facing is

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Visits prior to closing, Downsizing family traditions

Dear David, When we sold our house, the buyer asked to have three visits prior to closing. It sounded OK in the heat of the moment, so we agreed. Now we’re finding it inconvenient. Is there anything we can do? – ENOUGH ALREADY DEAR ENOUGH: These pre-closing visits may seem untimely, especially when you’re knee

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