• Selling home less than the two year waiting period
    If you owned and lived in the property as your main home for less than 2 years, you may still be able to claim an exclusion in some cases. You can claim this reduced exclusion if either of the following...
  • Assault on the American Homeowner
    Sixty-nine percent of Americans are homeowners, and they are under siege. A number of "unfriendly" policies, proposals and court decisions within the past year have produced an atmosphere which is arguably...
  • Sold my home last year. Do I have to report the sale?
    Report the sale of your main home on your tax return only if you have a gain and at least part of it is taxable, or you have a gain and choose not to exclude it. Report any taxable gain on Form 1040, Schedule...
  • Real Estate Terms - From Appraisals to Comps
    When youre selling your home or other real property on your own, you dont have to know everything about the process. It does help to have a practical knowledge of the terms that come up during the process....
  • Buy The Most Expensive House In The Neighborhood?
    When looking at homes, one is tempted to buy the best home in a neighborhood. Should you buy the most expensive home on the block? No.
    Think Long-Term
    Assume you fall in love with the masterpiece home...
  • Moving into rental property as residence
    You may be able to exclude your gain from the sale of your main home that you have also used for business or to produce rental income if you meet the ownership and use tests. However, if you were entitled...
  • The Secret To Marketing Your FSBO Home For Sale
    Youre ready to put your home or land (house, townhouse, condo, apartment, farm, ranch, finished lot, raw land, etc.) on the market as a FSBO (for sale by owner). Youve priced your property appropriately...
  • Why FSBO fails
    For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is popular in America and the UK and where up to 30% of properties are sold without the use of real estate agents. The trend is on the increase in Australia where it is also known...
  • Selling by Owner Escrow or Closing Checklist
    Home sellers should keep on top of their pending sale; especially when selling without the assistance of a real estate agent. Sometimes busy real estate agents forget to monitor all aspects of a pending...
  • Home improvements and repairs to my home
    Home improvements add to the value of your home, prolong its useful life, or adapt it to new uses. Home improvements costs are not deductible. However, you add the cost of improvements to the basis of...
  • Should I Buy This Home - Heating Issues
    When considering whether you should buy a home, heating issues are something you should take a close look at. This is particularly true with rising energy costs.
    Heating Issues
    As you inspect potential...
  • Home Inspectors - Negotiating a Lower Price
    To help you negotiate a fair sale price for a home, its best to get an appraisal and inspection report. Even if you agree directly with the home seller on a sale price, you may want these items to safeguard...
  • Home Selling: How To Set The Right Asking Price
    Many homes remain unsold for a long time because theyre over-priced. Pricing your home right is essential if you want to sell your home in quick time. Expecting more for your home than the rates that...
  • How to achieve financial freedom with your home
    The secret disclosed on how you too could achieve financial freedom through property (and tell the pension companies just where to stick their measly, worthless pensions) Geoff Morris is a self-made...
  • Is It Time To Buy A House?
    At some point as youre writing out your rent check, you get to the point where you look at the amount and think to yourself - at this rate, I could BUY a house. If youre fed up with paying rent every...
  • What is a Home Equity Loan?
    A home equity loan is a loan that is guaranteed by the equity you have built in your home. Are you in urgent need for cash and want to get the same without selling off your property? Getting a home equity...
  • Sell Your House Fast
    There is nothing worse than putting house up for sale and watching it sit on the market. Here are a few tips to sell your house fast.
    Sell Your House Fast
    The following tips will help you sell your house...

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