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Saving for a down payment? Check out these pointers

Most first-time buyers say their biggest challenge is saving the money for a down payment, especially if they’re paying the high rents common in big cities.

Scammers share lists of targets

Underground networks of schemers buy, sell directories of potentially easy prey

Utility Concierge CEO Gabe Abshire, center, listens to operations manager Jordan Noble, right, during a meeting at the company’s Dallas headquarters. The company focuses on the residential market, partnering with real-estate agents, brokers, and others to find clients. (Kye R. Lee/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Easing the hassle of moving

Utility personal shoppers help arrange for service setups, find the best deals for new residents

Flat-roof leaks raise inspection questions

DEAR BARRY: Before I bought my house, several friends said, “Don’t buy a place with a flat roof. You’ll have leaks.”

Sarah Hutcheson, left, does a short interview with Leslie Wardman of Ambiance Matchmaking at a downtown Chicago office on Oct. 1. Wardman matches people on first dates. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Digital age niche for matchmakers

Online dating site behemoths are not for everyone; lovelorn gladly pay a premium for personal interaction

President Barack Obama’s lofty ambitions — changing the political map, building a new social network, building a new Democratic coalition for a new age — appear to be in tatters after a deep and wide defeat of his party in the 2014 midterm elections. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Can Obama’s legacy be salvaged?

Once the bright star on the political horizon, the 2014 election has left Barack Obama battered and his party in retreat

New leader blindsided by team

Reaction to change often fuels resistance; open communication will help