Home financing is one of the most complicated aspects of buying, building and/or owning a house. There are so many things to consider that it can be overwhelming. We aim to help you navigate your most pressing questions so you can focus on the joy of home ownership. From construction loans and mortgage rates to pricing and hidden costs, we’ll cut through the noise and give you the answers you need from industry experts.
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When it comes to mortgages, there is a lot at stake. Especially for first-time homebuyers. Picking the wrong one can cost you thousands of dollars in interest payments, and negatively impact your financial future. In this article, we’re covering the ins-and-outs of finding the best mortgage, so you can rest easy knowing you made the right decision.
Think of a new home estimate with a very low price as an iceberg. Like an iceberg, the misleading price is comprised of two parts: the part that’s visible above the surface and the part that’s hidden below the surface. Some home builders minimize the less obvious expenses just to get your business. Hidden costs may not be visible, but they will still impact your plans.
Purchasing an available, pre-owned home from a real estate listing is much different from building a custom house that includes your most desired amenities, especially when it comes to preparing for your property taxes. Without an exact amount based on historical figures, how will you know how much to save up or roll into your mortgage?
You’re thrilled to be building a home. Finally you’ll be able to live in your dream house, complete with all the comforts and features you want. You’ve done your basic research, and are starting to get bids. That’s when you run into an unexpected, seemingly-unexplainable puzzle: The cost-per-square-foot conundrum.
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Don’t rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary — know the score on each home tax deduction and credit.As you calculate your tax returns, consider each home tax deduction and credit you are — and are not — entitled to. Running afoul of any of these 9 home-related tax mistakes — which tax pros say are especially common — can cost you money or draw the IRS to your doorstep. Sin #1: Deducting the wrong year for property taxes You take a tax ded... [Read More]
Property tax deductionYou can deduct on Schedule A the real estate property taxes you pay. If you have a mortgage with an escrow account, the amount of real estate property taxes you paid shows up on your annual escrow statement. If you bought a house in 2012, check your HUD-1 Settlement statement to see if you paid any property taxes when you closed the purchase of your house. Those taxes are deductible on Schedule A, too. This article provides general informa... [Read More]
Home buyer tax creditThere were federal first-time home buyer tax credits in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
- If you claimed the home buyer tax credit for a purchase made after April 8, 2008, and before Jan. 1, 2009, you must repay 1/15th of the credit over 15 years, with no interest.
- If you used the tax credit in 2009 or 2010 and then sold your house or stopped using it as your primary residence, within 36 months of the purchase date, you also have to pay ... [Read More]
Vacation home tax deductionsThe rules on tax deductions for vacation homes are complicated. Do yourself a favor and keep good records about how and when you use your vacation home.
- If you’re the only one using your vacation home (you don’t rent it out for more than 14 days a year), you can deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes on Schedule A.
- Rent your vacation home out for more than 14 days and use it yourself fewer than 15 days (or 10% o... [Read More]
Energy tax creditsThe energy tax credit of up to a lifetime $500 had expired in 2011. But the Feds extended it for 2012 and 2013. If you upgraded one of the following systems this year, it’s an opportunity for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your tax liability: If you get the $500 credit, you pay $500 less in taxes.
- Biomass stoves
- Heating, ventilation, air conditioning
- Roofs (metal and asphalt)
- Water heate... [Read More]