Senior DeferralsPosted On: 01/10/2018
Tax reform has upended a long-time homeowner practice: Deducting the full amount of property tax paid annually when filing federal income taxes.
Even before the new tax law, which limits the deduction for all state and local taxes, including property taxes, to $10,000, seniors on a fixed...
Moving DamagePosted On: 01/03/2018
It takes good credit to make buying and moving to a new home possible.
But if movers aren’t careful about leaving things behind, they risk losing their good credit record.
In a 2016 survey, credit.com found that 26 percent of Americans who claim they have never checked their credit...
Stay the Night?Posted On: 12/20/2017
Whether it’s air conditioning or an in-unit washer and dryer, renters have certain requirements in an apartment before they sign a lease.
Usually, what’s a top priority for one renter will be desirable, if not necessary, for another.
But now, what some renters want most is the...
Lenders Warm Up To First-Time, Struggling BuyersPosted On: 12/12/2017
Hopeful buyers who’ve worried they’ll never pass muster with a mortgage lender could be surprised by approval in 2018.
More than half of the 200 mortgage professionals polled recently predict that growth in first-time buyers will beat overall housing market growth next year, in...
Buyers Energized By Utility CostsPosted On: 11/01/2017
“We’ve found the perfect home! It has above-code attic insulation!”
You don’t hear that phrase, or anything like it, because we focus on more eye-catching features, like new kitchen cabinets.
But research shows that buyers pay more for energy efficient homes.
It’s the Little ThingsPosted On: 10/18/2017
The average homebuyer generally has a must-have checklist: a master bathroom; an open kitchen with no obnoxiously colored tile in the kitchen; plentiful outdoor space, perhaps.
Beyond these quantifiable items, though, there are aspects of choosing a home that take more time and effort to...
Corporate SalesPosted On: 10/04/2017
Sellers: If your home is priced in the low six-figures, is in a good school district and has three bedrooms and maybe two baths, prepare for the possibility of a lightning-fast sale, even if you haven’t spruced up the place.
Families looking to purchase an affordable home are sometimes...
House MoneyPosted On: 09/27/2017
One of the first questions many soon-to-be homebuyers ask themselves is if they will be able to handle the mortgage payments.
Now, many homebuyers are hoping they can ease their mortgage pain by letting their house make money.
The idea is fueled by internet sites, such as Airbnb, which...
Projects for a Perfect Next SummerPosted On: 09/13/2017
It may seem a bit premature to think about getting your house ready for next summer when this summer has just past. But now is the ideal time to get your outdoor projects completed before the 2018 summer begins. While the sky’s the limit in terms of what you can tackle, here are a few to...
Closing TimePosted On: 09/06/2017
Knowing what to expect from the pile of closing paperwork – and how to be prepared – can make the process go a lot smoother.
For starters, plan to have all your financial ducks in a row well in advance of your closing date, says Jeremy Gulish, a realtor with Keller Williams Towne...