Uncategorized Get A Deduction For Giving Home Fixtures A Second Life Get A Deduction For Giving Home Fixtures A Second Life If you’re planning a remodel, don’t throw away your washer, bed frame with matching dresser or the tile floor from your bathroom. Instead, give them to a salvage store like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore chain or your local salvage yard. Other homeowners can find your […]
Uncategorized 5 Reasons the Tiny House Movement Will Stick Around 5 Reasons the Tiny House Movement Will Stick Around The American Dream is to have a nice big house, a couple of cars, and enough disposable income to travel. Unfortunately, fewer people are living that dream because the cost of living eats up much of their monthly income. That’s where the tiny house movement comes […]
Uncategorized Capital Gains Tax Rates (and How to Minimize Them) Profits earned from the sale of real estate are also taxed as capital gains, even if you sell your primary home. However, there is a large capital gains tax exemption that allows you to avoid paying taxes on up to $250,000 in gains as a single filer or $500,000 as a joint filer if you […]
Uncategorized New England’s Housing to Benefit from Amazon Expansion The recent announcement by Amazon that it will create 3,000 new jobs in Boston continues a trend by technology and other companies of diversifying their geographic footprint. The move is an acknowledgment that, in today’s environment, companies see the need to shift recruiting practices to attract top talent. Boston and New England’s Housing to Benefit from Amazon […]
Uncategorized What buyers should ask when selecting a realtor to represent their property… GoLocal interviewed Kim Marion of Mott and Chace Sotheby’s International who discussed what buyers should ask when selecting a realtor to represent them. She says it is more complex in this highly competitive real estate market.
Uncategorized I can deduct THAT? Cesspools, Subsidies & Summer Camp By Richard Streitfeld, CPA & Mortgage Mensch  The change in the itemized/standard deductions in no way affects your ability to claim business or rental deductions. If you receive health insurance subsidies through Obamacare, you will receive Form 1095-A, used to reconcile the subsidies to your actual taxable income. You may pay more or less tax as a result. This is NOT affected […]
Uncategorized What is PMI insurance and can you avoid paying it on your mortgage? By David Sampson, US Bank Private mortgage insurance, also called PMI, is a type of mortgage insurance you might be required to pay if you have a conventional home loan. Like other kinds of mortgage insurance, PMI protects the lender—not you—if you stop making payments on your loan. PMI is arranged by the lender and provided […]
Uncategorized It’s Time to Protect your Virtual World Author, Laura Wheeler, Triton Insurance Personal cyber protection is no longer just a nice-to-have — it’s a need-to-have.  As our homes and personal lives are becoming more virtually connected, homeowners need to be covered for cyber risks against attacks both in and out of the home. In the home, a hacker can access your network […]
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Uncategorized Understanding The Contents of A Will Author: Attorney Joseph R. Marion, III, Adler, Pollock & Sheehan You probably don’t have to be told about the need for a will. It’s been said over and over again. But do you know what provisions should be included and what’s best to leave out? The answers to those questions may not be as obvious. […]
Uncategorized 7 Reasons to List Your House For Sale This Holiday Season Every year at this time there are many homeowners who decide to wait until after the holidays to list their homes for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. My experience this so far this season is that I’ve been […]
Uncategorized When Life Disaster Strikes: Financial suggestions for life’s tougher times When Life Disaster Strikes: Financial suggestions for life’s tougher times I received the text at 11:42pm on a Tuesday. I’d just finished getting laundry folded, and kid prep completed for the morning, when my text tone cut through the quiet. It was just a few words, “My god, it’s his high school girlfriend!” but it […]
Uncategorized House-hunting 101: A good read even if you are not a newbie. House-hunting 101: A good read even if you are not a newbie. There are so many reasons people decide to go house hunting. Maybe your roommates “drop-in” boyfriend has dropped-in like it’s hot, and has little intention of ever dropping out. Maybe your significant other has decided to move forward…with that cute chick he met […]