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Smart Moves by Ellen James Martin

July 16, 2014

How to Save for a Home and Curb Over-Shopping

The Great Recession was supposed to make Americans less materialist. But researchers who track consumer behavior say there's no data to show that spending habits have changed. But people in the habit of shopping as a "pick-me-up" can put at risk financial goals that are extremely important to... continue

July 09, 2014

Horizontal vs. Vertical Living

Michael Crowley lives in a handsome Victorian with nearly 6,000 square feet of living space. He and his attorney wife bought the 107-year-old domicile for its charm, glorious interior moldings and shiny oak floors. Plus the spacious house has proven perfect for entertaining. But fast-forward a few years, and... continue

July 02, 2014

How to Plan as a Widow

Patricia Nowak was thrust into widowhood suddenly at the age of 47, when her husband was struck and killed crossing a street. She was overwhelmed by grief and the realization that she'd become both the sole parent and provider for her young children. But her problems multiplied when, just 18 days after the accident,... continue

June 25, 2014

How to Sell a Run-Down Home

A couple in their 40s -- a truck driver married to a convenience store manager -- were in the throes of a nasty breakup when they rang Sid Davis to say they wanted to liquidate their property promptly. Davis, an experienced real estate broker, knew from their address that the couple lived in a strong... continue

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