Tag: construction

‘Everything seems to go smoother when we’re together’: Companies dangle spa weekends and free meals to lure workers back to the office

Thomas Jepsen, founder of Passion Plans, a company that helps connect home buyers with architects and designers, is among the cohort of employers that are...

A million new jobs? That’s how many Wall Street thinks the U.S. created in April

The U.S. might have created a million-plus jobs in April as the economic recovery spread across the country and reached businesses that suffered the most...

We want moderate weather and live within an hour of the mountains and less than three hours to the beach — where should we retire?

My wife and I are 57 and looking to retire in five years. Here is what we are looking for in a locale: We will...

I’m a disabled police officer. My wife persuaded me to sign quit-claim deed so she could refinance our home at a better rate. Now she’s hinting at divorce

I have been married for almost thirty years. I worked the first nine years of our marriage, I was a police officer, and became disabled....

My wife inherited $800K. She put $300K toward our mortgage and $500K in her own bank account — after 35 years of marriage

Dear Quentin, I’ve been married 35 years. My wife is going to inherit $800,000 and told me she will use $300,000 to pay off our...

The No. 1 emerging property market in America isn’t in Texas or Florida — you may never even have heard of it

Home prices are rising across the country as Americans rush to purchase houses, driven in part by a newfound ability to work remotely as a...

Opinion: Before you move to a new town in retirement, check the local Walmart – and 5 other hard-learned lessons

Cost of living. Quality of life. Tax environment. Climate. We know all about these smart tips for finding the perfect retirement destination. And they are...

This man became financially independent at 36 and says the key to happiness is ‘owning your own time’

Chad grew up watching his father flip properties. Now, thanks to those lessons in real estate, he’s financially independent, managing rental units and living life...

Have you held any of these 20 stocks long term? Your current dividend yield might surprise you

Income-seeking investors love dividend stocks, many of which have attractive yields when compared to bond yields. They might like them even more when they realize...

Home prices surge 12% in February, the biggest jump since 2006 — a $35,000 gain for median-priced homes

The number: The cost to purchase a home rose by a record amount, according to two major barometers of house prices in the U.S. The...

My wife offered to ‘loan’ me money when I was having financial trouble. Now I make six figures — and she refuses to pay any bills

Dear Quentin, I’m wondering if I am paranoid, or if I have reason to feel used. My wife and I have two kids and own...

My husband and I bought a $387K building with my parents. We sold it for nearly $1M. We took care of it. Do we still split it 50-50?

I have a situation that seems to have no good answer, and I need an outside opinion.  Ten years ago, my husband and I entered...

How to get in line for homeowner assistance funds

States are gearing up to distribute nearly $10 billion in aid for homeowners who have been hard hit during the pandemic. So how can struggling...

Homeowners’ new safety net leaves many at risk

As the federal government hastily stitches together a new safety net for struggling homeowners, housing advocates fear the relief may come too late for some...

How much income should you spend on homeownership? How to avoid being ‘house poor’

Andy Hill discovered he was house poor soon after he bought his first home in 2004. When Hill put 10% down on the 1,200-square-foot house...

How tiny ‘beach huts’ became the hottest commodity in British real estate

The cost of renting a tiny “beach hut” is now more expensive than the average monthly rate for property in Kensington and Chelsea, one of...

Is now a good time to buy — or sell — a home? Here’s what Americans need to know about the hot real-estate market

With any purchase, people want to know if they’re getting a good deal. But when it comes to buying a home in today’s market, it’s...

Is the U.S. housing market heading for a crash? Here’s what the experts say

That’s the question a lot of Americans appear to be asking themselves. Data from Google GOOGL, -0.03% underscore the concerns that many people have about...

Germany’s federal election may be the Georgia Senate race of the autumn

When the U.S. Senate surprisingly fell into Democratic hands after the Georgia runoff race, the financial market impact was monumental. The move was most obviously...

Opinion: Tech’s COVID-19 boom won’t last forever, but it’s not going to end just yet

This article is part of a series tracking the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on major businesses. For other articles and earlier versions, go here....

More than 3 million people have died of COVID-19 and more than 140 million have been infected

The global death toll from the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 climbed above 3 million on Saturday and the case tally rose above 140 million, a day...

Get ready for stock buybacks to roar back

U.S. corporations ranging from financial powerhouses to technology titans also have been stockpiling cash as a ballast against the COVID-19 storm. Investment-grade companies ended 2020...

How do you compete with home buyers who can pay in all cash? Skip inspections and appraisals

Alissa Resnick and Brett Banhazl’s experience buying a home will sound familiar to many Americans negotiating today’s housing market. The married couple began seriously searching...

I’m on track to retire at 58. My fiancée is in debt and drives my old car, and I support her family. How do I ensure my son inherits my wealth after I die?

Dear Quentin, I have dated my fiancée for just over three years. Within those three years, I have been severed from a job and spent...

The streaming wars have a winner — in this real estate sector

Hollywood was running out of studio space even before the pandemic hit. Now after a stay-at-home year, appetite for streamed entertainment, including original content, is...