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Which Filter to Use?

A dirty air filter decreases the effectiveness of your HVAC system because it inhibits airflow and allows dirt, dust, pollen and other materials to blow through the system. The challenge is how often it should be changed to keep the system working efficiently and extend the equipment life. Too often and you’re wasting money and not often enough and your increasing the operating and maintenance... [Read more]


How’s Your Memory?

How old is your bedroom furniture and what did you pay for it? Don’t know? That’s okay, let’s try an easier question. When did you buy the TV in your family room and is it a plasma, LCD or a LED? Whether you are the victim of a burglary, a fire or a tornado, most people are comforted they have insurance to cover the losses. However, unless you’ve filed a claim, you may not be familiar with... [Read more]


Reverse Mortgage

With all of the encouragement from celebrity spokespersons like Fred Thompson, Robert Wagner and Henry Winkler, there is a growing awareness of reverse mortgages. The fact is that our population is getting older and more than 25 million homeowners meet the age requirement. A reverse mortgage will allow homeowners age 62 or older currently living in their home to tap into their equity. The amount available... [Read more]


How Was It Measured?

In an attempt to compare homes, one of the common denominators has been price per square foot. It seems like a fairly, straight forward method but there are differences in the way homes are measured. The first assumption that has to be made is that the comparable homes are similar in size, location, condition and amenities. Obviously, a variance in any of these things affects the price per square... [Read more]


The Reason They’re Called Benefits

The Veterans Administration guarantees home loans for eligible veterans. It is considered an attractive loan because the veteran can purchase the home with no down payment up to specific loan limits and no mortgage insurance. This makes the monthly payment considerably lower. Let’s assume a buyer wants to purchase a $200,000 home and can get a 4.5% interest mortgage for 30 years. A FHA loan would... [Read more]


Indecision Costs

More money has been lost to indecision than was ever lost to making the wrong decision. The economy and the housing market have caused some people to take a “wait and see” position that could cost them in lost opportunities as well as almost certain higher costs in the future. To illustrate what the opportunity cost might be, let’s compare what the value of the down payment two years from now... [Read more]


Every Renter Should Know

The first home purchase can be the culmination of years of planning and consideration. Buyers typically look for 12 weeks and use a variety information sources for research before purchasing. However, many renters are not near as thorough in their study. Like any other commitment a person makes, careful consideration and understanding is required. There are things that every renter should know before... [Read more]


Fifteen Will Get You Three

Freddie Mac chief economist, Frank Nothaft, says that affordability, stability and flexibility are the three reasons homebuyers overwhelmingly choose a 30 year term. However, for those who can afford a higher payment, there are three additional reasons to choose a 15 year term: save interest, build equity and retire the debt sooner. First-time buyers have a higher tendency to use a minimum down payment... [Read more]


Make Good Offers Better

It’s disappointing, frustrating and sometimes, discouraging when you lose a home you want to buy. One of the hardest lessons for today’s buyers is that writing an offer doesn’t mean that you’ll get the home or even a counter-offer. The low inventory affecting many of the housing markets requires a different strategy to give you the best chance to get the home you want. 1. Make your best offer... [Read more]


An Unexpected Expense

In a study released by TD Bank, 65% of buyers with mortgages that required mortgage insurance said the higher monthly payment was more than they originally expected. Private mortgage insurance is required on loans that exceed 80% of the home’s value. For conventional loans, the premiums range from 0.5% to 1% annually. The PMI could add close to $100.00 a month to the payments on a $200,000 mortgage... [Read more]


What is a Seller’s Market?

It is generally considered a seller’s market when the conditions favor the seller. This condition exists when demand is high and supply is low without any significant adverse economic conditions taking place. Demand is determined by ready, willing and able buyers. Low interest rates with indications that they will begin to rise fuels part of this demand. Rising prices also creates a sense of urgency... [Read more]


Don’t Leave Home Without…

Planning a summer trip is usually focused on what you’ll do, see and experience. Enjoy it even more by spending a little time before you leave to make sure your home is safe while you’re gone. Consider these suggestions along with your other normal efforts: Tell your neighbors you’ll be out of town and to be aware of any unusual activity. • Notify your alarm company . • Discontinue... [Read more]


Another Source for a Down Payment

Most taxpayers know that they will pay a 10% penalty if they withdraw funds from their IRA before they turn 59.5 years old. There is an exception for first-time home buyers that allows a penalty-free withdrawal of up to $10,000 per person if they haven’t owned a home in the previous two years. This would allow a married couple who each have an IRA to withdraw a lifetime maximum of $10,000 each,... [Read more]


Record Improvements Now Minnesota Homeowners

There is a significant difference in how the money you spend on your home is treated for income tax purposes. Repairs to maintain your home’s condition are not deductible unlike rental property owners who can deduct repairs as an operating expense. On the other hand, capital improvements to a home will increase the basis and affect the gain when you sell which may save taxes. Additions to a home... [Read more]


Cut Your Housing Costs in Half

Serious shoppers wait for a 50% off sale to make the decision because of the bargain factor. Renters who are serious about lowering their monthly cost of housing should consider buying with today’s low mortgage rates. For an example, let’s assume a person buys a $200,000 home with 3.5% down payment on with a 4.5% FHA mortgage for 30 years. The total house payment would be approximately $1,508... [Read more]


Who Saves the Commission? Is being or dealing with For Sale By Owner worth it?

One of the most common reasons buyers want to deal directly with the seller is because they feel they can save the commission. It’s a valid consideration but interestingly, it’s the same reason the seller isn’t employing an agent; they feel they can save the commission. Both parties cannot save the commission. The buyer feels they have earned it because they’ve had to find the home, determine... [Read more]


Consideration Could be the Key to Your New Home

Consideration associated with a contract is generally thought to be the price and terms but being sympathetic and courteous towards the seller could make a difference in getting the home you want. Business people, like store owners, expect to deal with customers and even become to expect behavior that might not be accepted in a purely social atmosphere. Homeowners, on the other hand, may not be aware... [Read more]


Mendota Heights Home

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Apple Valley MN Two Story-Wyndemere Neigborhood

Awesome 4 bedroom home in fantastic location. What the video http://homesite.obeo.com/Viewer/Default.aspx?tourid=882205 Call me for more information and a private tour. Powered By WP Footer Read More →


The Question Every Cash Buyer Should Answer

Paying cash for a home seems like a huge advantage to qualifying for a mortgage and an appraisal. However, for the fortunate few who don’t need a mortgage, there is a question they should answer before they make that decision: Do you think at any point in the future, you might put a mortgage on this property? It’s important because paying cash for a home could affect the ability to deduct the... [Read more]


A Lower Payment is Your Choice

94% of purchasers last year opted for a fixed-rate mortgage at some of the lowest rates in home buying history. Yet, some of them will pay more in interest than necessary based on the time they’ll own the home. If a person only plans to be in the home a few years, the adjustable-rate can offer significant savings. Not only is the interest rate on the adjustable-rate lower than the fixed in the initial... [Read more]


An Exchange Means More to Reinvest

Section 1031 exchange for rental and investment real estate is a tool that allows investors to move the gain from one property to another without immediate income tax consequences. An instant benefit is to postpone the tax due which gives the investor a larger amount of proceeds to invest. In the example shown, the investor has 21% more proceeds to invest and grow over time than if he had paid the... [Read more]


Is the Window Closing?

With interest rates lower than they’ve been in over 40 years, it may be difficult to think of a “window of opportunity” closing. However, it isn’t difficult to understand that it may very probably cost more to live in a home in the near future due to rising interest rates and prices. Zillow recently reported results from a nationwide study that home values are expected to appreciate by 4.5%... [Read more]


Looking for the Largest Deduction

IRS allows taxpayers the option to take the standard deduction or the itemized deduction. The astute taxpayer will compare to see which one will result in the greatest deduction and the election can be made each year. The 2013 standard deduction for a married couple filing jointly is $12,200 and $6,100 for a single taxpayer. It doesn’t require any proof of actual expense and has no requirement... [Read more]


What’s the Point?

Prepaid interest, sometimes called “points”, is generally tax deductible when a person pays them in connection with buying, building or improving their principal residence. When points are paid on a refinance, they are not a current deduction but have to be taken prorata over the life of the mortgage. For instance, if $3,000 in points were paid on refinancing a 30 year mortgage, a deduction of... [Read more]


Edina Minnesota Real Estate

Here is a fun video about real estate. I hope you enjoy it. Contact me if I can help you. Powered By WP Footer Read More →


How’s Your IQ on the QM?

The Qualified Mortgage Rule came into effect on January 14, 2014 as one of the results to the Dodd Frank Reform Act to protect consumers from predatory lending practices. This will affect the underwriting standards that the majority of lenders will use to qualify borrowers. The ability to repay rule states that financial information must be supplied by the borrower and verified by the lender. The... [Read more]


Twin Cities Real Estate and Minnesota Related Presentations

These are some presentations I have put together. Hope you enjoy them. Please call me with any questions or if I can be of assistance. Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Every Homeowner Needs One

A water meter key is like insurance; buy it before you need it. Imagine a pipe has burst and there is water flowing like a river through your home. There may a cut-off valve to each sink if it works and if that’s where the leak is coming from. Your home may have a master cut-off valve but if you haven’t used it before, you might not know where it is. The last resort is to cut off all the water... [Read more]


Twin Cities Luxury Home Marketing

Do you have a luxury home and are looking for some enhance marketing to get your home sold? Let’s meet and discuss how I can be of service. Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Edina Minnesota Real Estate

Watch my latest TV show as I discuss the local Minneapolis St Paul real estate marketplace. Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Reasonable Expectations

Coffee should be hot. Beer should be cold. Mexican food should be spicy. However, if these things are less than the standard that you expect, there are not any lasting consequences. As the value of the object in question rises, either in price or gravity, the expectations usually increase and decisions become progressively more important. Marriage, children, health and careers are certainly a few... [Read more]


Making Room in Your Rooms

The more things you have, the more you have to take care of. And in this case, the more that you have to store that gets in the way of finding the things that you actually use. Periodically, you need to go through every closet, drawer, cabinet and storage area to get rid of the things that are just taking up space in your home and your life. Every item requires the decision to retain or remove. ... [Read more]


Rate/Payment Relationship

A ½% increase in interest rate may not sound like much but it is roughly equivalent to a 5% increase in price. It becomes obvious when you compare the payments. If you financed 100% of the cost of a $250,000 home at 4.5% interest for 30 years, the payment would be $1,266.71 per month. If the mortgage rate went up to 5%, the payment would be $1,342.05. If the home increased 5% in value, the $262,250... [Read more]


Rent or Buy – the cost is going up-Don’t Wait!

Whether you continue to rent or decide to buy a home, according to recent Zillow 2014 housing projections, the cost is going up. Zillow projects home prices to increase nationally by 3%, mortgages to rise to %5 interest rate by the end of the year and rents to go up by 2.5% on average. If it will cost a person more whether they rent or buy, the conclusion can be made that one way or the other, they... [Read more]


Find a Better Return-Look to rental property-call me for a PDF copy of my book

A certificate of deposit will generate a cash flow based on the interest rate that it pays which is the only way it generates a return for the investor. An investment in a stock that doesn’t pay dividends, would need to be worth more than you paid for it to earn a profit. On the other hand, a stock that paid dividends could make the investor a profit even if it sold for the same price that he paid... [Read more]


Home Warranty-learn more about it!

I recently sat down with a home warranty vendor. Take a look at this video and think about if it might be of benefit to you-either a buyer or seller. Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Where are you spending your money? Saving Tips

You’ll need to earn $2.00 for every $1.00 you want to spend assuming you pay 50% of your earnings on income tax, social security and Medicare. On the other hand, you get to keep 100% of every dollar you save on your personal expenses because the taxes have already been paid. Periodically, review your expenditures with the diligence of an exuberant IRS agent on commission. It’s an exercise that... [Read more]


NEW expanded program guidelines for Woodbury Down Payment Assistance programs

Dear Lending and Real Estate Partner: The City of Woodbury’s DPA programs have been amended both to increase the income limits and increase the maximum purchase price. These changes will make more homebuyers and more properties eligible for our programs. As a reminder, with the recent changes to FHA financing and increasing mortgage interest rates, Woodbury’s funds can help your clients reduce... [Read more]


Interviewing a Mover

“I’d wish I’d know that before I made a decision.” If you’ve ever regrettably said this to yourself, having a checklist might have prevented the issue in the first place. This list of questions can provide you with things to discuss when interviewing a moving company. Fees • What is the charge for packing? • Does it include boxes? If not, what do they cost and will you deliver them? •... [Read more]


What Can You Expect?

The two most frequently quoted constants in life are death and taxes. Two more things would-be homeowners can expect in the near future are increases in mortgage rates and housing prices. Interest rates have been kept artificially low for several years by the Federal Reserve in an effort to strengthen the economy. Policy is shifting to allow them to seek their own natural level and that will surely... [Read more]


What Kind of Showing Was It?

One of the most frequent calls from homeowners to their agents is about the listing’s inactivity due to the lack of showings. The homeowner commonly believes that the home is shown only when a buyer walks through the house with an agent. Today’s buyers are more sophisticated than in the past due to the abundance of information available to the public on the Internet. There are seemingly inexhaustible... [Read more]


Can You See the Savings?

If you’ve considered changing your light bulbs to energy-saving LED bulbs but decided not to make the investment because the prices were too high, you might want to investigate again. The prices have come down considerably. An initial investment now will generate immediate returns through energy costs and because they last longer, you won’t need to replace them for years. The life of LED bulbs... [Read more]


Winter Maintenance

With a 2,000+ mile long winter storm affecting much of the country, there are plenty of home owners who wish they were better prepared. Even when you live in warm climates, some of these things are important to check periodically. Preparing for the change of seasons can make your home more comfortable and protect your investment. Regular maintenance extends the various components of a home and can... [Read more]


Motivated Sellers, Better Prices and Less Competition

The Winter Home Buyer Report conducted in the second week of November by REALTOR.com® revealed the sentiments of current home buyers expecting to buy a house during the winter months. It appears that there is pent-up demand with buyers who were unable to purchase a home recently. Most cited as an impediment to purchase was the challenge of low inventory. Strong demand coupled with short supply explains... [Read more]


Thanksgiving is Always in Season

Most school children would probably say that Thanksgiving dates back to the Pilgrims at Plymouth as early as 1621. By the late 1660’s, it had become traditional to hold a harvest festival in New England. President George Washington declared the first nation-wide thanksgiving in 1789 “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal... [Read more]


Using my new green CFL light bulbs

Tonight I replaced old light bulbs with new CFL bulbs. Was I surprised at the better white light the bulb generated. In fact, the fixture requires 4 bulbs. Two were new and two were old. Boy what a difference. I also had my home energy tested this past year and I’ve started making the recommended changes as well. Are you a “green” buyer or seller? Consider some of the points mentioned in the... [Read more]


Refinance to Remove a Person

Most people are familiar with the various reasons a homeowner refinances their home which generally result in two major benefits: saving interest and building equity. There is however another reason to refinance which may not be as common which is to remove a person from the loan. In the case of a divorce, when one party wants to keep the home and the other party wants their equity out of the home,... [Read more]


Who’s Paying Your Mortgage?

As a homeowner, you obviously pay for your mortgage but as an investor, your tenant does. Equity build-up is a significant benefit of mortgaged rental property. As the investor, collects rent and pays expenses, the principal amount of the loan is reduced which increases the equity in the property. Over time, the tenant pays for the property to the benefit of the investor. Equity build-up occurs... [Read more]


All Dollars Not Equal

The division of assets between the spouses is an important decision to finalize a divorce. The exercise looks relatively simple: assign a value for each of the assets and divide them based on a mutual agreement between the parties. The challenge is to make a fair division which requires an analysis to determine their value after they’re converted to cash. Assume the two major assets in the example,... [Read more]


Twin Cities Real Estate Foreclosure Trends

Would you like to know more about the trends and what is happening in our local market? Check out my newsletter on this topic http://www.realtytrac.com/MarketTrends/NewsLetter.aspx?guid=9cb9d436-8910-4207-a42c-2747150d288c Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Real Estate 411

When you’re buying or selling, the obvious source to get your real estate question answered is your agent but where do you go the rest of the time? As a homeowner for many years to come, you’ll need reliable help and solid suggestions. Our business goal is to have a select group of our friends and past customers who consider us their lifelong real estate professional. We want to earn that trusted... [Read more]


Why Borrowers Pay Different Rates

Lenders, like any business, have to make a profit. The cost of acquiring the funds, the operating costs to service and the expected profit margin are easily identified. The variable in pricing is the type of mortgage and the credit worthiness of the borrower. A loan with a 3.5% down payment is riskier than a loan with 20% down payment. If the lender has to take the property back to recover their... [Read more]


Lower Anxieties/Improve Marketability

One of the anxiety highpoints during the sale of a home is waiting for the buyer’s home inspection report. Most sellers willingly disclose what they know about their home to any potential buyers. The concern stems from the inspector finding something that they’re totally unaware of and that it will either cost them a lot of money to correct or the buyer will simply use it to void the contract.... [Read more]


Rating Your Best Friend-It can be issue with your insurance company

Man’s best friend enjoys many of the benefits of his master’s home besides food and shelter and a comfortable place to live and play. In return, dog owners expect companionship and possibly, protection; after all, even a small dog can bark to signal intruders. Few people doubt that most dog owners love their pets and treat them well. The costs associated with having a dog can include medical... [Read more]


Don’t Do It! Make sure you are aware of the loan process and procedures!

You’ve seen lists telling buyers what to do to find the right home but knowing what not to do can be just as important. After finding the right home, negotiating a contract, making a loan application and inspections, buyers, understandably, start making plans to move and put their personal touches on the home. In today’s tenuous lending environment, little things can derail the process which... [Read more]


Home Equity Dynamics

Equity is the difference in what your home is worth and what you owe. Ideally, as the value goes up and the unpaid balance goes down with each amortized payment made, the equity grows from two directions. This dynamic leads to increasing a person’s net worth much faster than many other investments. A homeowner has minimal control over value. It is necessary to maintain the property to avoid depreciation... [Read more]


Where Is It Invested? Consider an investment property in the Twin Cities!

You’ve saved for a rainy day or retirement. Congratulations but don’t get too comfortable yet; where is it invested? It’s estimated that over 25% of Americans have their long-term savings in cash instead of investments like stocks, bonds or real estate. The memories of the financial crisis of 2008 are recent enough to understand why some people may want to avoid the stock market and real estate.... [Read more]


If I’d Only Bought-Will you have a Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda moment?

We’ve probably all said or at least thought “if I knew then, what I know now, I would have done things differently.” We should have stayed in school longer. We should have listened to our parents. We should have bought Apple stock in 2002 for $8.50 or gold in 2000 for $300. Years from now, if we look back at 2012, it may be clear that this was the best buyer’s market ever. The... [Read more]


Rent Vs Own? Consider doing an Analysis

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Gift or Inherit

Transferring the title of a home from one person to another may seem simple but it could have a significant tax implication. When a person inherits property, the basis is “stepped-up” to fair market value at the time of the decedent’s death. On the other hand, a gift has a carry-over basis which means that the recipient receives the unrealized gain also. As an example, let’s... [Read more]


Woodbury First Time Buyer Programs, Foreclosure Purchase Programs, Home Improvement and Green Opportunities

I recently received the attached flyer that gives an overview to some of Woodbury’s home buying and home improvement programs. Many cities have similar programs. If you are a buyer who would like to utilize these programs or explore them, please give me a call and I will help you find the resources and options that might help us complete a real estate or mortgage transaction. Pin It Powered... [Read more]


Independent Foreclosure Review-PSA

This is important! If you had a loan in the foreclosure process in the past years-From 1/01/2009-12/31/2010, you MIGHT be eligible for a review and possible relief. Watch and share this video and link with Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Protect Yourself-Ideas for your home

Home is a place you should feel safe and secure. Sometimes, we take it for granted and unfortunately, we do need to remain vigilant about things we do that could compromise our well-being. Here are a few tips you might want to consider. 1. Everyone loves an inviting home including burglars. Make sure it looks occupied and is difficult to break in. Always lock outside doors and windows even if you’re... [Read more]


Pre-approval Gives Everyone Confidence

The benefits of buyer’s pre-approval are without question; it is good for the buyers, the sellers and the agents. It saves time, money and removes the uncertainty of knowing whether the buyer is qualified. The direct benefits include: Amount the buyer can borrow decreases as interest rates rise Looking at “Right” homes – price, size, amenities, location Find the best loan... [Read more]


Paul Harvey said this in 1965!!!!!!

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Twin Cities Real Estate Market

Ever wonder what’s happening? Here are the statistics for our metro area. Homes are selling, prices are moving up, and there is a lack of inventory. If you are considering selling, now is the time to do it. If you looking to purchase, rates are again at a 50 yr low. Don’t wait-Look at doing something now. Pin It Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Just a thought-What loan term is right for YOU?

Whether you’re refinancing your current home or buying a new one, something worth considering is a 15 year loan rather than a 30 year term. The payments will be a little higher but you’ll get a lower interest rate and you’ll build equity much faster. Let’s look at an example of a $200,000 mortgage with the choice of a 30 year term with a 3.75% rate compared to a 15 year term... [Read more]


It’s Worth Checking Out-Your Tax Assessed Valuation-Is It Accurate?

“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible…for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.” Judge Learned Hand This opinion refers to federal income tax but the logic and spirit can easily be applied to any tax including property tax. Most property tax is based on a valuation called an assessment placed on the property by a government... [Read more]


Save Money…Be Comfortable

Automatic thermostats can lower your monthly utility costs while conveniently regulating your comfort by adjusting temperatures on your heating and cooling systems. These can be particularly effective in homes with zoned systems where you live in one area during the day but sleep in a different zone. There are programmable thermostats available at home improvement stores that can make the adjustments... [Read more]


How does RE/MAX compare against it’s peers?

It is no surprise to me-RE/MAX is the leader. See for yourself why RE/MAX is the company of professionals. If you want to see how we can help YOU-give me a call at 952-929-2577 Pin It Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Have You Backed Up Your Home?

Personal computers have been around long enough that everyone has experienced or knows someone who has lost their data due to a hard drive crash, accident or burglary. If they had a backup, the loss was inconvenient but not critical. Do you have a backup for your personal belongings? Not that you need duplicates of all the items but do you have a journal listing of all the items with a description... [Read more]


MID Limited per Residence

A recent U.S. Tax Court ruling clarified the IRS position that the $1.1 million limit for mortgage interest deduction applies per residence and not per taxpayer as some high-priced homeowners were hoping. A married homeowner filing jointly can have fullly deductible interest on a mortgage of up to $1,000,000 of acquisition debt and up to an additional $100,000 of home equity debt. If the married couple... [Read more]


Foreclosed Home Fix Up Loan

Did you know that many of the cities in the Twin Cities metro area are offering rehab loans and/or grants if you buy a foreclosed home and fix it up? Bloomington just released their program details in the attached brochure. I have a client that is going to use some neighborhood money in Minneapolis for rehab as well. I can generate a coupon from Lowes for up to 1K (10% off of purchase of up to 10K)... [Read more]


Choose Your Deduction – Just In Time For TAX TIME!

One third of all U.S. households, 75% of households with more than $75,000 income and most homeowners itemize their deduction on their federal income tax returns. It makes sense because the interest paid on their mortgage and their property taxes probably exceeds the allowable standard deduction. However, with interest rates as low as they have been in the last two years and the price of homes having... [Read more]


Don’t Miss the Recall-you might want to bookmark this site

Occasionally, you hear about an important recall on a product you have and you take care of it immediately. However, if you were to miss such a notice, it could put you or your family in jeopardy. You can subscribe to the U.S. government’s service to notify the public when recalls are made on vehicles, tires and child restraints through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on their... [Read more]


Embrace Your Day

Watch this little dude do his thing. If we all approach our day with as much confidence and excitement, we can’t help but have a better day. Pin It Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Foreclosure trends in the Twin Cities

Check out my newsletter with foreclosure information about Minneapolis/St Paul and surrounding areas. Pin It Powered By WP Footer Read More →


Positive Signs In The Real Estate Market

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What Happens When Mortgage Debt is Cancelled?

The Mortgage Forgiveness Relief Act of 2007 was passed by Congress to avoid additional financial hardship that some homeowners might experience due to a foreclosure or short sale. The law affects mortgage relief that occurs from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2012. Normally, IRS considers partial or total debt forgiven by a lender to be treated as ordinary income. This not only affects foreclosures... [Read more]



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