Tax Tips for Homeowners

A huge benefit of homeownership is a variety of tax deductions that you should be aware of before you file your returns with the Internal Revenue Service. It’s important to consider each home tax deduction and credit you are entitled to, as well as avoid common tax-filing errors. Property TaxFirst, be sure to deduct the …

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HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program

In an effort to both strengthen distressed urban communities and reward local public servants, HUD launched the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program (GNND). This program offers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians the opportunity to purchase a single-family home at 50 percent of the list price, as …

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Crunching the numbers on competing purchase offers

Sellers are inclined to go with the highest-priced offer when they receive more than one. But, price is only one factor to consider. An offer with a lower purchase price but a large down payment and a quicker close could be best. The terms of a purchase offer can make or break a deal, particularly …

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The advantages of preapproval

The housing market is warming up in many areas, with multiple offers becoming more commonplace. Buyers who want an advantage in the bidding process will need more than a mortgage prequalification – they will need a preapproval. The differences between mortgage prequalification and preapproval are significant. Prequalifying for a mortgage is based solely on what …

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