For Safety Sake: What Every Homeowner Must Know

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Obviously, there are countless things you should know about your home. The more you know about how your home operates, the better prepared you will be for upcoming maintenance or replacement, and the better you will be able to deal with emergencies. 

Here are a few of the basic things every homeowner absolutely should know to prevent everyday hazards and keep everyone safe.


Know Your Exit Plan

Are You Doing Things This Summer That May Affect Your Taxes?

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From buying a new house to cleaning your existing house, you may be doing things this summer that will affect the tax return you file next year.

The higher standard deduction brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means fewer taxpayers are itemizing their deductions; however, if you are planning to itemize, you should keep these things in mind:


How To Find Out What Your Home Is REALLY Worth

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If you're reading news publications, consuming social media posts, and/or watching the evening news, then you have probably been hearing a lot about the housing market and how home prices are increasing by healthy percentages around the nation.

What does this really mean to you?  If you saw a report that said home prices increased by 5% since this time last year, does that mean that the value of your home increased by 5%?

What You Need To Know About Radon In Your Home

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January has been designated as National Radon Action Month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To support the efforts of the EPA, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with some useful information about radon gas in your home, how much is considered dangerous to your health, and what you should do about it.

The Passing of Tax Reform and What It Means to Current and Prospective Homeowners

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The tax reform legislation passed the House and Senate today, and will soon be signed by the President and become law.

The National Association of Realtors remains concerned that the overall structure of the final bill diminishes the tax benefits of homeownership and will cause adverse impacts in some markets. NAR is projecting some local markets, particularly in high cost, higher tax areas, will likely see price declines as a result of the legislation’s new restrictions on mortgage interest and state and local taxes.

Open Your Home Up To The World???

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Ever thought about renting your house out for a few nights, or for a week?  How about renting out a bedroom in your home?

There are now easy and reliable ways to do this that are becoming very popular.  You can make extra money, especially during big events where hotels are booked or are charging exorbitant fees.  Depending on your location and what's going on nearby, especially if you are near a big special event, you could earn a couple of  months of mortgage payments by just renting your house out for a week!