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Making the Most of a Buyout Offer

The ink on my last column hadn't yet dried when the market gods presented a potential answer to my problem. (The problem: no cash in my portfolio, which means no ammunition to take advantage of any buying opportunities that might arise.)

The possible solution came in the form of an announced buyout of one of my holdings, residential development company AV Homes (symbol , $21.50), by, $21.17). But Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taylor Morrison hasn't made it easy for me. The company's buyout offer gives me three choices to evaluate: Take the payment in cash, receive 60% in cash and 40% in stock, or simply exchange my AV Homes stock for Taylor Morrison shares on a nearly one-for-one basis.

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