Selling Your Home? Think SAFETY FIRST!

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Part of the necessary process of selling your home is allowing strangers into your home. Although your agent will take every precaution to verify the identity of persons entering your home, there are certainly reasons to be cautious.

If you are looking for a home, you are entering other people's homes where you also need to be thinking about safety.

Here is some valuable advice to protect yourself against the potential for crime:

Make the Most of Tax Breaks When You Sell Your Home

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When selling your home, you may qualify to exclude from your income all or part of any gain from the sale of your primary residence when filing your tax return.

There are rules of ownership to determine if you qualify for the exclusion, as well as special treatment of gains and losses and special exceptions. You should always consult with your accountant or the IRS before making any decisions regarding tax compliance.

Here are tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home:

The Many Ways Homeownership Affects Your Taxes

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Whether your home is a house, condominium, cooperative apartment, mobile home, houseboat, or house trailer that contains sleeping space and toilet and cooking facilities, there are things you should know about home ownership and how it affects your taxes.

Things like how you treat items such as settlement and closing costs, real estate taxes, sales taxes, home mortgage interest, and repairs. There are items related to buying, selling, moving, and owning a home that you can and cannot deduct on your tax return.  

Why You Shouldn't Wait Until Spring to Buy or Sell

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If you're thinking of selling or buying real estate in the Chicagoland area, you have probably heard about the very low inventory of available properties to buy.  At the moment inventory levels have plunged to new multi-year lows in many areas.  There is very little competition for sellers, and there are lots of buyers just waiting for homes to come on the market.

In most Chicago communities inventories are down from 10-30% from this time last year . . . and inventories were low last year at this time.

No Time To Prepare Your Home to Sell? Do These 4 Things

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There is a ton of advice out there on how to get your home ready to sell.  It's all good advice, and even complete home staging is a good idea, but a lot of people just don't have the time or the money to do the things they would like to do to make their house the best it can be.

If you're one of those people who is seriously time-challenged or financially challenged, then here are a few things you can accomplish that will have the most impact on getting your home sold in the least amount of time for the most money.