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Buying a home should be fun, not stressful. As you look for your dream home, keep in mind these tips for making the process as peaceful as possible.  1. Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It's critical that...
03/06/2010
Orange-Garlic Jerk RubINGREDIENTS1 tablespoon zest grated from,large orange,large garlic cloves, minced, (about 1 tablespoon), 1 tablespoon chopped fresh, sage leaves, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon orange marmalade (substitute honey), 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspo...
03/05/2010
Tax Benefits of HomeownershipThe tax deductions you're eligible to take for mortgage interest and property taxes greatly increase the financial benefits of homeownership. Here's how it works. Assume: $9,877 = Mortgage interest paid (a loan of $150,000 for 30 years, at 7 percent, using year-five i...
03/04/2010
1. Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home.2. Appreciation. Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, median existing-ho...
03/03/2010
Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Here are five reasons why it pays to work with a REALTOR®. ...
03/02/2010
5 Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes 1. They don't ask enough questions of their lender and end up missing out on the best deal.2. They don't act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house. 3. They don't find the right agent who's willing to help them through the homebuy...
03/01/2010
10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership    1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income. 2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of t...
02/28/2010
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Tips for Pricing Your Home •·       Consider comparables. What have other homes in your neighborhood sold for recently? How do they compare to yours in terms of size, upkeep, and amenities? •·       Consider competition. How many other houses are for sale in your area? Are you competing against n...
02/27/2010
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Teriyaki Marinade INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup prepared teriyaki sauce 2 tablespoons dry sherry 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Marinate meat for at least 6 to 8 hours, or overnight, in a resealable plastic bag. Turn occasionall...
02/26/2010
Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting INGREDIENTS: 1 cup canola oil 2 cups sugar 2-1/2 cups flour 2 eggs 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla 4 cups chopped and peeled tart cooking apples 1 cup chopped pecans DIRECTIONS: Preheat ...
02/25/2010
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