Homeownership can translate into tax savings

Homeownership can translate into tax savings
Owning a home can provide some significant advantages when it’s time to file a federal tax return.  From green energy credits to deductions for damage from natural disaster, there are a number of items homeowners may be able to claim that could reduce a tax bill…

 

 

 

 

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Websites help home buyers, renters hone their searches

Websites help home buyers, renters hone their searches
Among new Internet-based real estate ventures to pop up in recent months is one that enables house hunters to simultaneously search for just about every lifestyle criteria imaginable. Another protects would-be tenants from unwittingly renting from a struggling owner in the midst of a foreclosure…

 

 

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Sales contracts for U.S. homes up 2 percent in January

Sales contracts for U.S. homes up 2 percent in January
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® said recently that its index of sales agreements rose 2 percent last month to a reading of 97. That’s the highest reading since April 2010…

 

 

 

 

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Points lose favor

Points lose favor
With interest rates at or near record lows, many borrowers are seeing little reason to pay points when buying or refinancing a home. Some are even opting for what’s known as “negative points,” agreeing to a slightly higher rate to help pay closing costs…

 

 

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