My wife's sister's husband's family lives in a condominium on Florida's Gold Coast in which they are no longer making any mortgage payments. "How does that happen," my wife asked me. As always, I turned to experts to find out. I'll begin by saying my brother-in-law's brother, sister and mother, as a group, are not the most financially astute people in the world. Their story begins with my brother-in-law's mother who owned free and clear a Florida condominium, but the unit needed considerable repair after being pounded into submission by a series of hurricanes that hit the state a few years back. Instead of getting the condo immediately fixed and ready for occupancy, her children decided instead to move in with her and buy a new, bigger condo with one of those cheap, s...
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