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5 costly reasons you hate your HOA

Kiplinger.com, Online Editor, and Bob Niedt •
Kiplinger

When you rent, it’s understood you’re playing by the landlord’s rules. But when you buy your own home, you expect to be in charge, deciding what to plant, what color to paint, where to walk the dog. Unless, that is, you live in a “common-interest community” governed by the most local form of government you

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What 9 hugely successful people would tell their younger selves about money

Business Insider •
Business Insider

We sometimes forget that even the wealthiest, most successful people weren’t always on top of the world. “Every master was once a disaster,” T. Harv Eker writes in his bestseller, “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind.” “No one comes out of the womb a financial genius. Every rich person learned how to succeed at the money

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Investors slow Chicago-area home purchases

Mary Ellen Podmolik •
Chicago Tribune

For institutional investors, Chicago’s housing market just isn’t as desirable as it was a year ago. Rising home prices, along with a decline in foreclosure activity, is shrinking the number of local homes purchased by deep-pocketed institutional investors that turn the properties into rentals. That slowdown may be welcome to homeowners and local governments, which

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