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Have you ever received a notice of an IRS audit? If so, you know that it can be a daunting experience. The thought of facing the IRS can be scary, but fear not. With proper preparation and some expert guidance, you can get through the audit process with ease. Do: Seek Professional HelpOne of the most important steps you can take if you are facing an IRS audit is to seek professional help. Having a knowledgeable tax professional on your side can help you navigate the process with ease. They can assist you in preparing for the audit, guide you through the questioning process and even represent you in front of the IRS. Make sure to look for a good tax professional and not just any tax preparer. A good tax professional will have experience in managing IRS audits and other tax issues and can...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
I always remember this junction in England, it was called Spaghetti Junction and there was usually a hold up for one reason or another. The number of times when I commuted that I have sat in a traffic jam and got frustrated at the delay and waste of my time sitting in traffic cannot be counted on toes and fingers.I am happy with the development of AI, because I think it will bring the day much closer where we will have flying cars. No traffic jams, or delays, a simple flight, controlled automatically from start to finish by a flying vehicle.Imagine, you exit your home, most likely with your personal robot alongside and enter your vehicle, there is plenty of space and you punch into the dashboard your destination. Nanoseconds later the vehicle lifts from the ground, finding the perfect h...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Discovering the ideal area to purchase a home is a daunting task. Everyone wants to find that perfect neighborhood with affordable housing, good schools, and a vibrant community without breaking the bank. As we look towards 2023, here are five emerging U.S. neighborhoods that offer these desirable attributes and are quickly gaining popularity among homebuyers.1. East Nashville, TennesseeA charming area located across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville, East Nashville is becoming increasingly known for its eclectic mix of art galleries, live music venues, trendy bars, and world-class dining options. With its focus on creative local businesses and easy access to downtown attractions via bridges or water taxis, this neighborhood attracts both artists and young professionals alike...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
If you are not dedicated to your pet's needs then you should NOT be a pet owner. Owning a pet calls for GREAT responsibility. It is not just a matter of providing nutritious food and clean water, it includes spending time with your pet even if you "don't feel" like it.One of the reasons we welcomed a rescue into our home last year was because I knew it would "force" me to get out of the house when I didn't want to to take her for a walk.Neglect leads to damage and damage leads to a lose of value to your home.The moral to the story (blog post) is if you are thinking:  now that I have my own home I should get a dog/cat you need to think it through. Are you ready to give that pet 24/7 care every single day for the next 20 years of it's life?As a dog owner I take care of my dogs nutritional...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
If you are contemplating the sale of your house, it is important to be aware of the current market conditions. With the limited number of homes available for sale there is a significant advantage to Delaware sellers. This is due to the fact that there are more potential buyers than there are homes on the market. Consequently, with a scarcity of options, buyers will be more inclined to consider your property, increasing the likelihood of attracting a larger pool of  home buyers.  Industry experts have shared their insights on the advantages of selling now. Let's take a closer look at their perspectives.Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR):“Inventory levels are still at historic lows. Consequently, multiple offers are returning on a good number of pr...
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By John Winzenried
(843, REALTOR)
Here are the electric vehicle (EV) fees in South Carolina:Electric vehicles: $120 + registration feeHybrids: $60 + registration feeInfrastructure Maintenance Fee (IMF): 5% of the purchase price, but no more than $500The IMF is a fee that is charged on all new vehicles sold in South Carolina. The fee is used to fund the construction and maintenance of electric vehicle charging stations.The registration fee for electric vehicles and hybrids is in addition to the standard registration fee. The standard registration fee for passenger cars is $40.The EV fees in South Carolina are higher than in some other states. However, there are also some state incentives for purchasing electric vehicles, such as a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.As of March 8, 2023, there are 1,285 public EV charging ...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Lannon WI Homes for Sale | Market Report for May 2023 Lannon is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The village has a total area of 2.46 square miles, 2.44 square miles of which island, and 0.02 square miles is water. It is bordered by Sussex to the west and Menomonee Falls to the north, east, and south.The village was originally mainly settled by immigrants. However, the first true sellers were Isaac Howard and William Lannon. The village got its final name from the latter, an Irishman who settled in the area with his bride in 1834.Eventually, the settlement expanded in both population and size. At present, there are just over 1,100 residents.Located just outside of Milwaukee, residents enjoy the advantages of a major metropolitan area without having to deal with the hustle and bu...
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By Michael Peron, Michael Peron, Dave Florida Real Estate
(South Florida Home Solutions)
The Best Time To Sell Your House Is When Others Aren’t SellingIf you’re thinking about selling your house, you should know the number of homes for sale right now is low. That’s because, this season, there are fewer sellers listing their houses for sale than the norm.Looking back at every April since 2017, the only year when fewer sellers listed their homes was in April 2020, when the pandemic hit and stalled the housing market (shown in red in the graph below). In more typical years, roughly 500,000 sellers add their homes to the market in April. This year, we saw fewer than 400,000 sellers entering the market in April (see graph below):While there are a number of factors contributing to this trend, one thing keeping inventory low right now is that some homeowners are reluctant to move ...
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By John Watts
(Keller Williams Realty)
One important step that should be included when purchasing a new home is to request an inspection be done on the property.  This should be scheduled no later than immediately after a contract has been accepted by both the buyer and seller.  Normally, the contract allows a short period of time when this task can be accomplished.  The short period of time should be sufficient to inspect and negotiate repair costs if necessary.  Inspection identifies the condition of the property prior to finalizing the transaction.  Appraisal requires a professional to determine the market value of the property which the buyer desires to purchase.  This confirms to the lender the value of the property prior to lending the money.  Following is addition information about each of these important steps:Inspec...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr.,
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
You'll likely have numerous questions about the process when you have never bought or sold a home.One of the more common questions is how long a real estate closing takes to complete. I am not talking about the length of the entire process of buying or selling a house, but the time frame buyers and sellers sit at a closing table.A real estate closing is an essential step in purchasing a property. It can be a complex process that requires attention to detail and careful consideration of crucial factors.You with a detailed outline of everything you need to know about a real estate closing, including the property settlement, closing time frame, and length of real estate closing.We will examine what you need to know about how long closing day takes for buyers and sellers. Hint it is not the...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On May 23, 2023, Jennifer O’Neill published a very good interesting report on about list of things home sellers often forget to do.1: Google your address,2: Account for improvements and issues,3: Check your real estate agent’s references,4: Insist on social media marketing,5: Make sure the doorbell rings,6: Clean inside everything,7: Clarify which items are not included,Perhaps there might be other helpful list of things home sellers often forget to do.For complete more detailed information about Jennifer O’Neill’s report for list of things home sellers often forget to do, please click HERE
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr.,
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
Selling a mobile home in Charleston, SC can be a challenge. The market for mobile homes is limited, and the process of selling can be time-consuming and frustrating. In this article, we will delve into the challenges faced by mobile homeowners in Charleston, SC, and provide valuable insights to help navigate the complexities of selling a mobile home in this region. Limited Market The market for mobile homes in Charleston, SC is limited. There are fewer buyers for mobile homes than there are for traditional homes, which can make it difficult to find a buyer who is willing to pay a fair price. Time-Consuming Process The process of selling a mobile home can be time-consuming. It can take weeks or even months to find a buyer, and the closing process can also be lengthy. Frustrating Experie...
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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
We in Colorado can only be grateful it is raining, as this time of year can be a time with many wildfires across the State.    Late May we were so smoky from the Alberta fires (about 90 of them).    We have had our share of wildfires over the years, and still burn scars to show for them!   Plus all this rain is truly helping the fill the reservoirs and prevent another severe drought! The forecasters said we had the 8th wettest month of May on record - with 5.53", most of which came down in ONE day!    June so far has recorded 1.81", and each and every afternoon we see thunderstorms rolling through Denver. Denver's average is 14.5" annually, and so far we are at 10.13" for the year.Tuesday we got quite a bit, and some small hail.   Was pretty fun watching the trash cans rolling down the ...
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update for June 7 2023New properties for sale 486Back on the market listings 98Price decrease listings 466Price increase 144Active kick out 12Active option contract 352Active contingent 57Pending listings 376Sold listings 414Expired listings 26Cancelled listings 92Withdrawn listings 13Temporary off market listings 55Coming soon listings 152
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
 LATEST NEWS ON CHARLOTTE'S BALLANTYNE HOUSING MARKET...WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU... Key take-aways about the Ballantyne area housing market in May 2023 included: Closed home sales increased to their highest level since October 2022. A list to sale price ratio of 101.1%. Average days on market were low at 19 days, despite increasing from the previous month and year-over-year. Average sale price increased 21+% over April and 11+% year-over-year. May 2023 housing inventory was at its lowest level since June 2022. New listings were down year-over-year and up only by three homes versus the previous month.  BALLANTYNE AREA HOUSING MARKET HIGHLIGHTSMAY 2023 BALLANTYNE HOME SALE PRICES Median sale price in May 2023 was $540,000, increasing 3.96% from $519,425 in April 2023....
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
June 7th - National Chocolate Ice Cream Day:I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy.Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal.
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Whether you’ve been planning on buying a house in the near future or not, you’ve probably heard that people with higher credit scores are now paying higher fees, and people with lower credit scores are paying lower fees when getting a mortgage.Hearing that might make you feel one of two ways if you’re planning on buying a house: Yippee! I’m finally getting a fair chance. It’s not fair that people who don’t need lower rates and fees always get the better end of the stick, and now I have a chance at buying a home. Not fair! I’ve worked hard to improve and maintain a great credit score, and now I’m being penalized for it?! What was the point of caring? Does it even pay off to be careful with my finances? Regardless of which group you’re in, those are both valid feelings and perspectives to...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Tuesday June 6, 20231. In what part of the body would you find chyme? Stomach2. Who said: "Call no man unhappy until he is married"? Socrates3. What was Ronald Reagan's middle name? Wilson4. What digit does not exist in Roman Numerals? ZeroNo questions for today! The dog ate my homework. Second day in a row that the dog has been on the loose at 5:00am CT. Yesterday, luckily my post went through. Today, no way. So, rethinking this until the DOG is caged!Not a good day! But nevertheless, Enjoy yours!
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
The True Value of HomeownershipBuying and owning your home can make a big difference in your life by bringing you joy and a sense of belonging. And with June being National Homeownership Month, its the perfect time to think about all the benefits homeownership provides. Of course, there are financial reasons to buy a house, but its important to consider the non-financial benefits that make a home more than just where you live.Here are three ways owning your home can give you a sense of accomplishment, happiness, and pride. You May Feel Happier and More Fulfilled Owning a home is associated with better mental health and well-being. Gary Acosta, CEO and Co-Founder at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), explains:Studies have shown the emotional and psyc...
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