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by Abigail Van Buren

Mortgage-Burning Party Could Cast Poor Light on Host

DEAR ABBY: I have a question about something you don't hear much about anymore. Do people still have mortgage-burning parties? If I had a party, do you think guests would feel like I was bragging because I have paid off my home and they haven't? Any advice would be great! -- JUST HAPPY IN MARYLAND

DEAR JUST HAPPY: Congratulations for having paid off your mortgage. However, unless your guest list is short and includes only people you are very close to, I'm not sure it would be appropriate to throw the kind of party you describe for exactly the reason you mentioned.

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