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PARK RIDGE, IL - DECEMBER 29: A "House For Sale" sign is visible in front of an existing home December 29, 2005 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Sales of existing homes in November fell, reportedly, by 1.7 percent, spreading concern with economists on the state of the housing market. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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NJ lawmaker sees ‘tiny houses’ as solution to affordable housing

The tiny house trend may be finding its way to the garden state in the near future.

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Tax return extensions: What you really need to know

Q. My CPA was very busy this tax season and she wanted me to do an extension — not because I didn’t give her what she needed but because she was swamped. Is that a bad thing?

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How to plan for spendthrift children

Q. My wife and I (both 65+) have four children. We want to split our estate four ways when we are both gone. Two of our children are responsible adults. No problem. The other two never grew up and would spend away their legacy on trivia and questionably needy friends. Is there a way we can restrict their use of the inheritance to health/education/necessities?

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Thinking of becoming a landlord? Here’s what you should know

Q. I live in a retirement community and there are several open units. I’m thinking of buying them and renting them out, but I would have to take mortgages or take money from my retirement accounts. What should I think about?

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What businesses can’t do with your credit cards

Q. I cancelled a credit card to stop a company from auto-renewal charges I couldn’t get them to stop. I’ve heard that businesses can search for other credit cards in your name and charge that. Is that true?

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How NJ taxes your retirement accounts

Q. I have to take my Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) by the end of this year. Why does New Jersey tax my RMD when I paid New Jersey taxes on each year on money that I contributed to my IRA or 401(k).

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Why shouldn’t I cancel my unused credit cards?

Q. I’m 55, my house is paid and I have no debt. I have a large enough emergency fund and I’m comfortable with my investments. I’m considering canceling all my credit cards because I never use them. What do you think?
— Good credit

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How can I help my NJ college grad build good credit?

Q. My daughter is getting her first job. She still lives at home. What can we do to start her off with good credit so she will be approved for an apartment?
— Dad

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My spouse is hiding my tax returns! What do I do?

He says I shouldn’t worry about it. I’m getting worried that he doesn’t want me to see something.

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I got money from life insurance. Will the NJ taxman take it away?

Q: Say you have an estate worth $980,000 and life insurance of $100,000. Which amount is the estate taxed for?

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