New Tech Makes Real Estate Easier

Posted by Richard on April 1, 2021

If your real estate agent flipped through a printed copy of the Multiple Listing Service the last time you bought or sold a house, you might be surprised at how things have changed. Namely, advances in technology have completely upended the market. Consider this: Most potential buyers have already done a virtual walk-through of a […]

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Nice Surprise! Stimulus Doesn’t Count As Income

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Tax free money? Is that even possible? It seems so with stimulus checks. Stimulus payments are not considered taxable income and will not be subject to income taxes, according to the IRS. More than half of Americans don’t know that stimulus payments are non-taxable, a statistic that reflects the widespread confusion surrounding this year’s tax […]

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Vaccine Passport May Boost Travel Industry

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The global travel industry is still reeling from worldwide coronavirus travel restrictions. According to CNN, the world remains largely locked down, and if the current travel restrictions continue, 2021 demand could recover to just 38 percent of 2019 pre-pandemic levels. While this would represent an improvement over 2020, when international travel demand was just a […]

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Care-Giving: How To Get Into A Smaller Place

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Sometimes, perhaps at retirement or maybe after the loss of a spouse, seniors quickly realize it is time to move to a smaller place with fewer responsibilities relating to home and garden maintenance. It is a huge task: Finding a new place, sorting through belongings, selling the old and buying the new, moving, setting up […]

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Spring Home Buying Season Opens Soon

Posted by Richard on March 3, 2021

Spring remains the best time to sell a home, with many buyers out looking while school is out and the weather improves. It’s a great time to sell, too. In November, home prices rose 14.6 percent higher than the previous 12 months. Sellers should not have much of a problem moving their homes to the […]

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Still Missing Stimulus Money? Tip From The IRS

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Those who aren’t required to file taxes may want to file those taxes anyway in April if they never received stimulus payments. People who do not file taxes have been eligible for two stimulus checks, the first from March 2020, when they should have received $1,200. The second is from December 2020, when they should […]

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Planning A summer Vacation? What Countries Are Open For Travel?

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If you’ve got a serious case of cabin fever, you’re not alone. March marks a full year since anyone in the U.S. could travel without concern over COVID-19, and many Americans are itching to go somewhere. But where to? Normally, March is borderline late for booking summer travel. This year, much is still unknown, including […]

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Stimulus Payments Won’t Increase Taxes

Posted by Richard on February 3, 2021

The second stimulus payment is not taxable income and for Social Security recipients, taxes on benefits will also not increase. The top level tax for Social Security is 85 percent of the total benefit. But not everyone is taxed that much. People with few sources of income other than Social Security aren’t taxed on their […]

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Home Prices Up On Surging Demand

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The housing market is booming and experts predict further growth in 2021 and continued record home price increases. According to Forbes, surging buyer demand, lagging supply, the ongoing economic recovery and low mortgage interest rates will continue to push home prices higher. Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com, notes that price growth will likely slow […]

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