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Q: I read your article on using real estate attorneys in residential closings. What a bunch of drivel. I have handled tens of thousands, if not over 200,000 closings, settlements and escrows in all 50 states since 1996 and have found the greatest costs are always in states where we had to use attorneys.

Q: I have lived in a house for the past three years and received a letter stating the house was sold for unpaid taxes. I’ve tried reaching the homeowners, but they won’t respond. If I pay the back taxes on the house can I claim ownership in West Virginia?

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Most lease contracts allow another person to take it over. Websites such as leasetrader.com and swapalease.com connect lease sellers with people wanting to assume a lease.

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Whether you’re having trouble finding an affordable single-family home or you’re simply fed up with renting, a condominium can be a way to wade into homeownership rather than diving into…

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Q: We remodeled our basement about 10 years ago and used a company that is still in business. It doesn’t seem like they obtained any permits for the work in our basement. We still own the home and plan to be here for some time to come. Do we have to report this to the local housing department and what should we do about our home improvements?

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Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion of NerdWallet’s Best-Of Awards, which list the best financial products…

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This dehydrated dog food consists primarily of chicken, veggies and fruit, and is made with cage-free chicken raised in North Carolina with no antibiotics. It’s affordably priced compared to some high-end offerings, but some buyers thought it wasn’t chunky enough.

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