Q: I read your recent article on timeshares with great interest. I would also like to get rid of a timeshare. We enjoyed the timeshare for many years when our son was growing up and the maintenance fees were at a reasonable rate. At this point in time, our son is no longer interested in vacationing with us and the maintenance fees for the timeshare have skyrocketed.
These small changes pack a big punch, and they only take a few minutes to do.
Q: I purchased a home in June. My real estate agent hired an inspector and collected a fee from my husband and me. The inspector wrote an inspection report that minor problems were showing. I paid a second fee for him to return after the owners repaired the problems to ensure that everything was in great shape.
Airlines always seem to have one more trick up their sleeves for adding fees to the cost of airfare. Anyone who has flown in the past few years knows that…
Q: A year and a half ago I listed a parking space for sale with a real estate agent. When the listing was about to expire, I relisted it for six months. Last week I got a request from the agent to list it for another year. I instead opted for three months and she had a fit. She demanded that I renew for a year. When I resisted, she said that she didn’t want to work with me anymore and that I should send the cancellation fee of $350 to her office.
Q: I have a friend who purchased a home in 2019. He bought the home even though the home inspection found the property had a bad septic system.
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Utility fee also up for vote Wednesday
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Music mogul Dr. Dre has been told by a court in Los Angeles that he must pay $500,000 to the lawyers of his estranged wife.
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With the end of a GOP slowdown in the Oregon House, the sluggish pace of bills moving between it and the Senate has turned into a torrent.
Q: I have a condo that I rent. The condo association has started a new annual fee of $600 to cover administrative costs for rentals. The association also now charges $350 every time a renter moves in or out of the building.
Although an international trip is likely still a ways off, you should grab your passport and check when it expires. Now is one of the best times to renew your…
The Corvallis Fall Festival, the outdoor arts and crafts fair that has been a mid-valley cultural staple since 1973, is seeking fundraising as…
Q. I purchased a condominium from my mother in 1997 for a small nominal fee after living in it for 10 years. My question is, if I sell the unit now, would I pay taxes based on the county’s appraised value in 1997, of which I am unaware, or do I pay taxes based on the purchase price from my mother that is stated on the deed transfer?
If you know you’re getting a refund come tax time, filing your taxes can almost feel fun. But if you suspect you’re going to owe the IRS money you don’t…
Imagine being anxious about affording your federal student loan payments. And then you receive a phone call from someone who says he’s affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education. His company can help you qualify for federal programs to permanently reduce your monthly payments. All you have to do is pay an advance fee of […]
If you register at the Social Security website you can get an estimate of your Social Security benefits if you were to claim at 62, at your full retirement age or at age 70. Then you can decide if you want to withdraw your FRA amount (or less) from your 401(k) so you wait to claim Social Security as long as possible.
Q: I read your response to the 66-year old buyer who was considering the purchase of a home.
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