March 2014 Real Estate Newsletter

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March 2014 Real Estate Newsletter presented by Jeana Cowie of RE/MAX Real Estate Ltd  Cell 201-982-2200

 

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Remove Road Blocks
To Sell Your Home

  Very seller has a common goal in mind: sell the home quickly and for the most money. Yet when it comes time to sell the home not every seller will be prepared.
      Many forget or don't know how to remove road blocks that can stall the sales process or kill it completely. If you're getting ready to list your home for sale, pay close attention. What you do before you list it can help or hurt the process.
      Remove or limit the areas where your home is lacking. Study your
Mortgage Rates
U.S. averages as of February 27, 2014:

30 yr. fixed:   4.37%
15 yr. fixed:   3.39%
1 yr. adj:        2.52%



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neighborhood and the homes that are for sale. If your home is consistently coming up short in comparison, maybe it's not landscaped enough or it hasn't had any

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Homeowner Tax Breaks
On The House

     Tax season can make most of us cringe. But, if you're a homeowner, make certain you meet with experts to see how you may benefit at tax time by owning a home.
      Minimizing your tax liability is always the goal. Start first by getting all your paperwork together. Hopefully you've kept good, clean records of everything pertaining to your home. Remodeling projects can often be deducted, so go through your files and search for the paid invoices. However, repairs to restore items to their original state usually aren't tax deductible.
      If you haven't kept good records, now is the time to start. It'll pay off in 2015 when it comes time to do your taxes. Here are a few tips to get you ready for tax season this year and beyond.
      The largest savings is the mortgage interest deduction. Homeowners love this one because, especially in the early years of a loan, it can save tons of money. The deduction can be claimed on both primary and secondary homes. Two requirements: your home is less than a million dollars and you itemize your tax return.


Remodeling? Recoup Your Investment When You Sell
     Before you pour your savings into a new kitchen and a rainforest shower for the master, think about whether or not you'll be able to recoup your investment when it comes time to sell.
      If you have equity in your home, you can make improvements, but don't go over the limit of what other buyers can spend for a home similar to yours in your neighborhood.
      While it's tempting to make your home more beautiful, you have to consider the rest of your neighborhood. If most residences in your neighborhood are three-bedroom single-story homes, buyers are unlikely to shop in your area for two-story four-bedroom homes.
      Buyers want to shop for a home where there is the most selection of homes that fit their criteria. If they want a swimming pool, they're going to look in neighborhoods where many homes have pools. They won't be aware of your home if you have the only pool in your subdivision.
      That's why over-improving for the neighborhood is a bad idea. Not only will you not get your money back for some updates, your home my be harder to sell because of them.
      Another reason buyers don't tend to pay as much for updates as you might think is broad differences in taste. Your updates may include choices your buyer wouldn't have made because of several reasons:

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Hacking & ID Theft:
Don't Be Next?


     At least 110 million consumers were affected by the hack involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone's guess, says identity theft recovery expert Scott A. Merritt.
      "By necessity, I became an expert on identity theft. My information was stolen in 2006, and in repairing the damage, I learned some not-so-obvious ways we can all protect against identity theft in the first place," says Merritt, CEO of Merritt & Associates and author of "Identity Theft Do's and Don'ts."
      Merritt's problems began quickly. While disputing financial charges and



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Jeana Cowie, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, Broker Associate/REALTOR©
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