10 Things Buyers Should Know When Purchasing a New Home

10 Things Buyers Should Know When Purchasing a New Home

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Times are indeed tougher these days and we are all ardently watching our dollars. While banks are not as quick to lend money as they were a few years ago, this doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t consider purchasing a home if you don’t own one already. While the housing market is down, inventory is […]

7 Home Improvement Projects for $1,000 (or Less)

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Americans still think buying a home is one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. Here are some ways to increase your home’s value and comfort for less than $1,000. We knew reports of the death of American home ownership were greatly exaggerated (nod to Mark Twain), and now we’ve got the numbers to prove […]

Tips for Insuring Luxury Homes

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

1. Insurance Companies like homes that were built 2001 or newer, have a HIP roof, are completely Wind Mitigated and concrete block construction. 2. Wind Mitigation Discounts – Roof must be FBC Compliant and all openings of the home covered by impact resistant material following Miami-Dade building code. When listing your home, obtain the Wind […]

Real Estate Transactions and the New 3.8 Percent Medicare Taxes

November 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Steven Harless, CPA A lot of confusing, conflicting and sometimes erroneous information has been circulating about the new 3.8 percent Medicare tax that goes into effect on January 1, 2013, and its effects on real estate transactions. This tax is a part of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which imposes an additional […]

Halloween Home Maintenance: Spooky Sounds and Strange Smells

October 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you haunted by strange noises and weird odors? With the proper maintenance, you’ve got more than a ghost of a chance to rest easy. Zombie odor It’s either time to throw out the garbage, or you’d better call your gas utility to check on your gas lines and connections. Natural gas is odorless, but […]

Why Home Equity Beats Facebook Equity

October 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Facebook’s IPO and subsequent stock value points up a simple truth: It’s easy to get caught up in the notion of getting rich quick. But there’s no surer way to wealth than home ownership. As Facebook’s IPO approached, it was easy to start traveling down the “what if” path: “What if I had equity in […]

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