home ownership: 17 Tips for Packing Like a Pro - 07/29/11 09:49 AM
Moving to a new home can be stressful, to say the least. Make it easy on yourself by planning far in advance and making sure you’ve covered all the bases. 1. Plan ahead by organizing and budgeting. Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical on moving day, and create an estimate of moving costs. (A moving calculator is available at REALTOR.com) 2. Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle. 3. But don’t throw out everything. If your inclination is to just … (4 comments)

home ownership: 7 Reasons to Own Your Home - 07/11/11 02:33 PM
 

7 Reasons to Own Your Home
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-home sale prices have increased on average 6.5 percent each year from 1972 through 2005, and increased 88.5 percent over the last 10 years, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 15 percent … (4 comments)

 
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