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Renovation: Profiting from Real Estate

Originally Posted in BBC Capital Mark Ferguson has been buying and selling houses for profit since he graduated from university 15 years ago. “That house would have taken about $100,000 more to fix it up, so I just decided to sell it at a loss” Over the...

New Love: A Retirement Dream – or Nightmare?

Originally Posted on BBC Capital You’ve found true love in your 60s. It might be a dream come true, but there’s far more to consider than just companionship. By Kate Ashford 1 June 2016 After she lost her second husband in 2007, Edie Tolchin started dating again at...

The Surprising Downside of a Sunny Retirement

Originally Posted on BBC Capital You’re tired of winter. But before you move somewhere warm to retire, consider this. By Kate Ashford 21 March 2016 Kathy McCoy and her husband, Bob Stover, retired to Arizona from their home in California six years ago. It’s not...

When You Can’t Afford Your House, Do this

Originally Posted at BBC Capital It’s hard to admit that your house is a financial burden. These steps will help you face the numbers and find a fix you can live with. By Kate Ashford 28 December 2015 Your home is your castle — until the roof starts to leak or the...

Why You Don’t Want Your Child to Be a Genius

By Kate Ashford Originally published at BBC Capital Alina Adams’ 12-year-old son, Gregory, has a gift. He is passionate about computer programming and exceptionally good at it, with talents that belie his young age. When he was 10, he was accepted into a prestigious...

A Spender Marries a Saver – Now What?

Originally published by BBC Capital on October 28 2015. By Kate Ashford From the day they met it was clear: Taylor Murray and his wife are polar opposites when it comes to money. “I’m the spender and my wife is the saver,” said Murray, 33, who lives in...