December 12, 2013
I know we’d all much rather be thinking about fun stuff like the holidays, snow, maybe some time off from work… But in the next couple weeks, home owners might want to take some time to make some strategic tax moves that could lower your 2013 tax burden:
Here are some tips from Forbes.com:
- Pre-pay your property taxes.
- Accelerate mortgage payments.
- Make energy efficient improvements.
- Finalize your foreclosure sale.
- Clean out and give away.
The article gives more detail and also explains deductibility of points and PMI, the exclusion on capital gains from home sales, and home office deductions. Read more at Forbes.com…
November 20, 2012
Lots of frost on the ground this morning, which got me thinking about how much I miss the little woodstove I had in my old apartment. Alas…
For those of you lucky enough to have a fireplace, here’s a great piece recently run in the NYT on chimney cleaning & maintenance — part warning, part informative DIY, part just fun reading — enjoy!
November 11, 2012
The NYT recently ran a great piece about what standard homeowners’ hazard/disaster insurance covers and what it doesn’t, and makes a good case for purchasing a separate flood insurance policy, regardless of whether you live in a “high risk” area. Thought it was worth sharing, since these so-called 100-year storms seem to be getting a lot more frequent.
November 8, 2012
If you trust that this guy knows what he’s doing (how could you not), then things are looking good for the country’s housing market. Not that we’ve suffered here, but hopefully the hardest hit parts of the country will see prices rise, and fewer homeowners under water on their mortgages.
June 3, 2012
I know it’s June, and we’re all thinking about air conditioning, not heating, but if you’ve got an old boiler (from 1983 or older), it might be worth shifting gears for a bit… Mass Save is currently offering rebates of $1,750 to $4,000 if you switch out your old boiler to a new, more efficient one before July 31, 2012. For more info on this deal and other current rebate programs for homeowners, visit Mass Save’s website.