Buying Instead of Renting Makes Sense for Most Everyone

2018-06-01T11:18:44-04:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Homeownership, Mortgage, Mortgage Sense, Mortgage Watch, Residential|

Even with mortgage rates up, buying instead of renting makes sense for many and tax changes haven't changed the calculus on home ownership very much. Buying season is in full swing, but the landscape has changed a lot from last year. Congress has curtailed tax incentives to purchase a home, mortgage rates are up and homes [...]

Green Spaces are not only Beautiful but have Health Benefits, too!

2018-04-26T11:43:47-04:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: Homeownership, Residential|

Parks are emerging as important public health solutions in urban communities. Nearly 40 years of research evidence confirms that nearby nature, including parks, gardens, the urban forest and green spaces, support human health and wellness. The research about active living and opportunities to avoid chronic diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory problems) is particularly [...]

7 Paint Colors that can Boost the Value of Your Home

2018-04-05T17:13:33-04:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Homeownership, Interiors, Residential|

A Zillow analysis of more than 32,000 photos from sold residential properties finds specific colors can either boost or crimp a home's selling price. The analysis controlled for square footage, the age of the home, the date of the transaction and location, and then compared the sale prices of homes with white walls versus those [...]

Time to Spring Clean

2018-02-23T16:33:13-05:00February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Interiors, Mortgage Sense, Residential|

How to Take on Spring Cleaning Obviously, spring cleaning is quite the task. Sometimes I struggle with getting myself to clean the bathroom, yet spring cleaning consists of cleaning the entire house – which isn’t easy. The key is to find the most manageable approach for you.  Here are a couple of ways to go about [...]

MI Tax Deductibility – MI Premiums Paid in 2017

2018-02-22T12:51:42-05:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Mortgage, Mortgage Watch, Residential|

Mortgage Insurance Tax Deductibility Mortgage Insurance Premiums Paid in 2017 The President signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, H.R. 1892, on Feb. 9, 2018. The bill extends a number of tax provisions that expired at the end of 2016 and were retroactively reinstated for 1 year through 2017 Families with total adjusted gross [...]

Affordable Housing – Is It Just a Myth?

2017-10-23T14:48:11-04:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Residential|

Housing is at near record levels of affordability. At least that’s what the experts say. However, you may find that it feels more expensive than ever. If you’ve been searching for a home lately, you’ve probably been confused by the fact so many people are telling you home rates are affordable – because to you they [...]

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