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Moving season is almost over. But if you're one of the many people settling into a new home right now, you might feel like the furniture-buying season is just getting started. And that can get expensive.

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Q: The very competitive housing market is making it difficult for my daughter (and her partner) to win a bid for purchase. They have been pre-approved for a loan. I have ready cash. What would be the pros and cons of making a short-term loan, including tax implications, so that they can make a cash offer? And, what are the various ways we could go about it? Thank you for sharing your experience and expertise!

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Sure, it’s fun to support your friend when they go car shopping. You get the vicarious thrill of a big purchase and a whiff of intoxicating new car smell. But…

Q: I found Ilyce’s book, "100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask," to be extremely helpful. However, there was one section that I felt received “short shrift,” and that was the section about receiving the keys from the owner after the closing.

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COMMENT: Your column from a couple of weeks ago was like the Marx Brothers’ bit from “A Day At The Races” when Groucho bought a racing form. He was informed that he also needed a breeder’s guide, a tip sheet, then a code book and a master code book to understand the Racing Form.

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Q: I had a contract with a buyer to sell my home. A week before the closing, the buyer canceled the deal. The buyer said they couldn’t get the interest rate for their loan as listed in the contract, even though they were approved by the lender and the rate was well below current market rates according to our agent.

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