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10 Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Because nobody wants to be stuck inside scrubbing and dusting all spring. Spring is the perfect time to open up the windows in your house and clean every surface inch. But don’t waste precious hours of spring sunshine while you stay in and clean. Have a plan. When it comes to spring cleaning, the best approach is an organized approach. “I recommend having a plan, which includes an outline of the areas you plan to clean, a schedule with time slotted to do that work (for you and any family members), as well as a list of products, tools and even cleaning techniques or tips pertaining to those...

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8 Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

You may not qualify for all of them, but don’t you want to know for sure? Owning a home can be a big expense, but the good news is some of your expenses are actually tax deductible. Read on to see how you can maximize home ownership write-offs on your tax return. Mortgage interest You can deduct all of the mortgage interest (not principal) payments you make on your home, up to a $1-million loan for a couple filing jointly. This applies to your home equity line of credit (on a loan up $100,000) and second mortgage as well. If you own a second home, such as a vacation cottage or mobile home,...

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How to Tackle Downsizing in 5 Steps

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Don’t let the thought of downsizing strike terror in your heart. All you need is a smart strategy … and we’ve got it! Moving house, in general, is notorious for being one of the most stressful and demanding experiences in life. Moving to a smaller home presents an even greater set of challenges. Not only will you have to adapt to a radical change in your lifestyle, but you will also be forced to part with a number of cherished belongings that won’t fit into your new tighter space. However frustrating and upsetting this idea may be, realize that with fewer possessions to weigh you down, your...

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Winning the War on Pet Hair

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

As the weather warms up, dogs and cats start shedding their winter coats … and allergy sufferers start sneezing. Proper care and thorough spring cleaning can help combat the effects of dust and dander. March is officially the start of spring. And, in terms of dogs and cats, it’s also the start of the fur-shedding season — nature’s attempt to get rid of thicker winter fur. Fortunately, there are lots of ways for pet parents with allergic reactions to pet hair to keep things under control. About 30 percent of people with general allergies also have allergic reactions to cats and dogs,...

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How to Prepare Your Home for an Elderly Relative

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Grandma is moving in! But is your home safe for an elderly relative? Here are tips for transitioning your home to multigenerational living. But is your home ready to support a senior family member as they age? Before move-in, make sure your home is prepared. Some small changes will reduce the risk of a dangerous fall or accident, and increase senior comfort in your home. You want all the fun of a sitcom without any of the drama. Doors, stairs and walkways Use nightlights. Nightlights prevent stubbed toes and falls in the dark. Install them in all hallways and bathrooms. Clear clutter. Reduce...

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Tax Tips for Rental Property Owners

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Whether you bought, sold, or maintained a rental property in 2015, you’ll want this advice If you own a rental property, your tax strategy is more complex than for the home you live in. Here are some important tax tips for rental property owners. Here are some points to keep in mind when you file your annual return: Your rental property shows up on Schedule Eof your tax returns, which logs rental income and expenses. The expenses include mortgage interest, property tax, maintenance, repairs, utilities, property management fees, depreciation, and all other costs associated with owning the...

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