Tag: construction

Why buying a condo for your college kid could be a smart financial move

Prices are booming in many residential real estate markets, including college towns. Is it too late to take advantage? Maybe not. The idea of buying...

Dow edges higher as investors weigh tech earnings, ahead of Fed update

U.S. stocks on Wednesday were set to climb tentatively higher as investors awaited a fresh policy update from the Federal Reserve and parsed many corporate...

I successfully renovated a condo building. My new husband offered to manage my next project — and it all went horribly wrong

I come from a very poor background. I have been homeless a few times. Through hard work and sheer sacrifice I was not only able...

My aunt and uncle had no children. My cousin, the executor, changed their will to inherit a $400K estate. Should we pursue this?

My aunt passed away last month at the age of 92. One of her nieces and her husband took it upon themselves to become her...

My father died recently, leaving me and two siblings a house with no mortgage. Should we sell it?

Dear MarketWatch, My father died recently and left me and two siblings a house with no mortgage. I am in the process of being declared...

Opinion: Should seniors get reverse mortgages?

I keep seeing Tom Selleck and Henry Winkler on TV hawking reverse mortgages. I’m pretty sure “Magnum P.I.” and “Fonzie,” now 76 and 75, respectively,...

I will not leave my house to my boyfriend in my will. I don’t want his daughters, who hate me, to profit

Dear Quentin, I have been living with my boyfriend for five years. When I met him he was separated from his wife and they later...

I lost everything, but started over and bought a home. My boyfriend wants to pay off my mortgage and split the proceeds

I’m 43 and finally made it out of my own financial hell. In my early 20s, I dated a man for over a decade who...

My in-laws are still paying off the mortgage on two homes and want to build a third. What should they do?

I read your posts often and never would’ve thought I’d be emailing you one day. I’m reaching out to get your thoughts on what my...

I earn $35K, have $20K in credit-card debt, and $200K in stock. I dream of turning my studio into a rental unit and building a pool

Dear Quentin, I read your column on a regular basis and feel almost out of league to be writing. Unlike most of your writers, I...

What does a mature streaming service look like? Netflix is about to show us

Netflix Inc. proved to the world that streaming video could be a big business. Now it will show the world what that business looks like...

My husband and I bought our late neighbor’s foreclosed home. My stepdaughter moved in — then the problems began

My husband and I bought our neighbor’s home that went into foreclosure after he died. I agreed to purchase the home with my husband if...

Here’s what’s coming to Hulu in August 2021, and what’s leaving

Hulu is loaded for August, with some big names, highly anticipated originals and new seasons of fan favorites on the way. The biggest of the...

My husband wants to buy his sister out of their late mother’s $150,000 dilapidated home — and let her to stay there rent-free

My mother-in-law recently passed away. She left her estate to her two children, my husband and his sister. She had a lot of outstanding debt...

Overpricing and other home selling mistakes that can cost you

It’s a seller’s market in real estate, which means that buyers have much to feel anxious about. But sellers have reasons to lose sleep, too....

I paid off my fiancé’s $40,000 truck. He wants me to refinance my home with a VA loan — and only his name on the deed

Dear Quentin, I’m a teacher, widow and mom of a toddler. I support myself and my daughter on one income. My fiancé was struggling with...

I earn $54K. My wife earns $28K. I pay most of our bills, but she’s upset that she pays our $3K annual taxes

Dear Quentin, My wife and I have been married for six and a half years. I bring home about $54,000 per year after taxes as...

This is the No. 1 reason unemployed Americans aren’t looking for work

Amid a record number of job openings, Americans are taking their time looking for work, with only about 10% of job seekers actively searching for...

This U.S. city has the highest share of superrich residents in the world — and it’s not New York, Seattle or San Francisco

If you’re hoping to mingle with multimillionaires this summer, you can skip the Hamptons and Lake Como. Where you’re most likely to bump into an...

My mother-in-law bought shoes for my nieces to wear to a wedding, but not for my daughter — even though they wore the same dresses

I come from Eastern Europe and have no immediate family in the U.S. I am married to an American — who is a middle child...

My intelligent, talented retiree husband moonlights as a handyman. He charges $20 an hour, but is not insured and doesn’t pay tax

My very intelligent and talented husband retired from a government job about 10 years ago. He has a modest pension and Social Security income. I...

The difference between a vacation home and a rental property — and what it means for your taxes

Do you own a second home that you sometimes use for vacations and sometimes rent out? The IRS wants to know how much time you...

Home price growth hits a record high — but homeowners shouldn’t celebrate just yet

The numbers: Home prices rose at the fastest rate on record in April, according to the latest edition of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price...

‘From the start, problems began’: My sister persuaded me to rent my condo to my niece at below-market price — then they both moved in

About 10 years ago, I bought a condo as an investment property. Because I had heard the horror stories of people dealing with renters, I...

I’m a renter, but I also own an investment property. Should I cash out the equity to buy my own home?

Dear MarketWatch, I bought a house in my home state seven years ago. I purchased the home using an FHA loan and down payment assistance....