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3 reasons no one wants to buy your house

Kiplinger.com, Online Editor, and Andrea Browne Taylor •
Kiplinger

You checked the comps and the price is right, but you’ve gone weeks without an offer. Time to face the facts: No one wants to buy your home. Here’s why. For starters, your house might lack curb appeal. Real-estate agents are in agreement: If you can’t get buyers past the front yard, you’re not going

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Reverse mortgages continue to evolve

Editor, Rachel L. Sheedy, and Kiplinger's Retirement Report •
Kiplinger

With almost all new reverse mortgage loans backed by the federal government, Uncle Sam continues to wield his power to overhaul the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, or HECM, program. The goal is to reduce a surprisingly high default rate on the loans–about 10%, far above the default rate on regular home mortgages. The government hopes

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3 most dangerous myths of retirement planning

Unique Financial Advisors, Founder & President, CFP™, and Vid Ponnapalli •
Kiplinger

Recently I was talking to a good friend of mine, who is in his early fifties, about his retirement planning. I asked him how prepared he was. Here is what he said: “I am all covered. I will retire at 65. I expect my retirement expenses to be 70% of my pre-retirement expenses. I will

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