Don’t let these tax breaks pass you by

Many older homeowners are missing out on this big tax break If you’re an older homeowner in need of more cash, many states offer a little-known way to slash your property tax bill.  In about two dozen states, older homeowners can legally defer their property tax bills, Money magazine reports. These programs allow you to … Continue reading Don’t let these tax breaks pass you by

Homeowners: How much have you gained?

US homeowners gained $1 trillion in the last year as their housing values jumped The average borrower gained $16,300 in home equity from 2017 to 2018, according to CoreLogic. Home equity jumped 13.3 percent from to a year earlier. Despite the big value gains in the past few years, 2.5 million borrowers, 4.7 percent of … Continue reading Homeowners: How much have you gained?

Clearing up smoke alarm laws for residential properties

~ some good info for you in case you need it ~ Clearing up smoke alarm laws for residential properties Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and, if you’re compliant with the law, a smoke detector, too! Read on to ensure you and your clients comply with new and existing rules controlling smoke alarms in … Continue reading Clearing up smoke alarm laws for residential properties

Bird house Ideas

Check out these from Buzzfeed 19 Bird Feeders That Will Bring You Inexpressible Joy   So many ideas!! Enjoy  

California starter home crisis tops national charts

First-time homebuyers in the Bay Area need to pay between 69% and 110% of their total household income to support a 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) for a starter home, according to a new report by Trulia. Conventional wisdom concerning a balanced economy holds this allocation for shelter ought to be closer to 30% for … Continue reading California starter home crisis tops national charts

Here’s How Often You Should Wash 10 Household Items

Here's How Often You Should Wash 10 Household Items Mental Floss Kate Horowitz 3/11/2016 Adulting is hard when you don't have the facts. Here's a cleaning schedule for 10 items that don't come with instructions 1. SHEETS: EVERY 1 TO 2 WEEKS Skin cells, sweat, dust mites … don’t even think about what’s building up … Continue reading Here’s How Often You Should Wash 10 Household Items

States who pay the least in Home Insurance

Here's who pays the least in home insurance -- and why From Investopedia.com 3/2/15 Homeowners in the U.S. face home insurance premiums that continue to inch upward. A December 2013 study conducted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) says the average homeowners insurance premium rose by 7.6 % in 2011 after a 3.3% … Continue reading States who pay the least in Home Insurance

Homeowner’s Insurance

Merely discussing an insurance claim, without filing one, can raise homeowner's rates; so can previous owner's claims From MainSt 1/15/15 Most homeowners are unaware and surprised to learn that claims made by a previous owner can raise their insurance costs.Only 17% of Americans are aware that insurance companies can and actually do penalize homeowners for … Continue reading Homeowner’s Insurance

How to compare home insurance companies

From Yahoo Homes 9/26/14 Photo: Thinkstock Comparison shopping is widely considered one of the most effective ways to save money. And the tool relied on to whittle the price of new cars, furniture and services is an effective means to reduce the price of homeowners insurance, too.But comparing insurance companies is only effective if you know … Continue reading How to compare home insurance companies

Don’t Rush Final Walk-Through

Why You Shouldn’t Rush Through the Final Walk-Through From Brendon DeSimone 6/6/14 The final walk-through in real estate was designed so that the buyer could literally “walk through” one last time before the closing. From time to time, a buyer and seller will have negotiated any number of fixes during escrow. The walk-through gives the … Continue reading Don’t Rush Final Walk-Through