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Liz Weston: How to take a career break

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Back in 2016, Jamie Clark of Seattle was a software engineer who planned to take a year off of work to finish a master’s degree in computational linguistics. One year turned into three and a career change into financial planning.

‘Ghost homes’ haunt Baltimore’s housing market. City officials think they have a creative solution

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Stepping over needles on the sidewalk, Alexander Cruz walked up to the crumbling front stoop of a West Baltimore home. He craned his neck and looked through an open third-story window to see whether the roof had caved in yet.

In LA, hidden armies of workers keep mega-mansions on the market

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In Southern California, a mansion is a micro-economy.

Real estate Q&A: How can we get an extension on inspection period set in...

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Q: We had a water leak below the slab at our condo. We filed a claim with our insurance company which is paying for the repair. Our condo association won’t pay my deductible. Many residents have told me that since the leak was outside the condo, the association is responsible for the entire cost. What do I do? — Louis

Land transfers, Nov. 17-23

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The trend of the real estate market in Allen County is shown by the following report, for the week running Nov. 17 through Nov. 23. Figures reflect the selling price of the property, along with the address or lot number of same and are courtesy of Allen County Recorder Mona Losh’s Office.

The Week Ahead: Writing the story of the important holiday spending season for investors

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As he was starting his literary career, Charles Dickens was a journalist. Alas, he was not a business reporter — that would have been too appropriate for the son of a debtors’ prison inmate.

Seattle landlords accused of conspiring to raise apartment rents

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Several of the largest property management companies operating in Seattle conspired to drive up rents and decrease competition, three lawsuits filed this month allege.

The wrong Americans are buying electric cars

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Keller Strother got his first Tesla, a Roadster, in 2011. He still has it, though his garage now includes two more Teslas and a vintage Porsche 911 that recently had its gas-burning guts swapped out for a battery and electric motors.

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for felony...

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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to 135 months — or more than 11 years — in prison, following her conviction for felony fraud in one of the most closely and widely watched trials in Silicon Valley history.

Alexis Leondis: Buy that house. Your retired self will thank you

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Traditional financial advice typically tells savers to put retirement first — even before homeownership. That’s because over the long-term, the stock market tends to outpace real estate and there are tax advantages to putting money in a retirement account.