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 There's really no sure way to avoid an audit. Most audited tax returns are selected for review either because the filer is part of a target group or because a computer program selects the return. The computer selects many returns randomly, but there are red flags that will draw the IRS's attenti...
 U.S foreclosure filings continued their upward climb in December, rising 97% from the previous year and 7% from the month before. Total foreclosures rose 75% in all of 2007.According to MSN Real Estate's latest report, hardest-hit markets were along both coasts, which experienced a more severe b...
 Owning a home tops the dream list for most Americans, and for plenty of good reasons. It's a shelter for your family, a gathering place for your friends and a good long-term investment.Tax breaks are also frequently cited as motivation for moving from renting to owning, and there are many ways a...
It takes flexibility, communication and realistic expectations to work successfully with an architect. Here's a round-up (by MSN Real Estate) of some tips from architects and homeowners.Pay attention to personality. Most people hire an architect only once in their lives. Searching for one is akin...
 Every parent of young children has an unwanted-toy graveyard somewhere in the home. Today's prized playthings inevitably become tomorrow's cast-offs, ready to be given away, discarded or boxed up in the garage. According to the folks at Springwise however, the alternative, offered by Texas start...
According to the Center for Media Research and the BIGresearch Consumer Intentions & Actions Survey in February, over 8,000 consumers provided unique insights & identified opportunities in a fragmented and transitory marketplace. On the downside, only one in four (26.2%) are confident/very confid...
Whether you have your own office or are part of a larger office environment, you can make some dramatic changes for your pocket book and the environment quickly and easily. Here are some ideas from RISMedia to get you started.- Use both sides of writing paper. Copy documents on both sides as well...
  When it comes to the environment, being a good global citizen starts at your doorstep. From recycling to using alternative cleaning materials, minor changes at home can add up to real benefits for the planet, not to mention your own health and happiness.It may be a cliché, but the best way to b...
 Does it ever make sense for a homeowner to pay off a mortgage early?According to, the answer depends on the interest rate of the loan and the timing of the payoff.Paying down a 6% mortgage is the equivalent of earning a 6% taxable return on your money. You should be able to beat th...
 Looking for a commanding view of the collapsing housing market? According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, some 138 mountaintop acres next to the landmark Hollywood sign in Los Angeles are going on sale Wednesday for $22 million.Abutting the largest urban park in the country -- an...

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