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How Selling Your Home Impacts Your Taxes
Posted on 01/14/2020
How Selling Your Home Impacts Your Taxes
Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels In a nutshell, if you have owned a home for five years and lived in it for at least two out of five years, or if you’ve owned the house for two years and lived in it the entire time, a single person has a $250,000 tax exemption. If you are married,...
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1191 North Colony Road, Wallingford, CT 06492 is now new to the market!
Posted on 01/10/2020
1191 North Colony Road, Wallingford, CT 06492 is now new to the market!
This Commercial 4000 sq ft Building, built in 1978 by Owner, has been utilized primarily for Automotive Use but can be converted for other Business Opportunities. Ideal Location, at the top of the Hill, between Route 5 and Route 150 in Wallingford with High Traffic Count just past Home Depot, Lowes, Chick-fil-A, Staples and many other restaurants and franchises. The Building measures 50' X 80' and is a clear span for most of the interior. There is also a waiting room and managers office with storage above which was originally a second level in 1978. There are parking spaces for approximately 20-25 vehicles. The property has entrance and...
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When Should You Submit Your Mortgage Application?
Posted on 01/07/2020
When Should You Submit Your Mortgage Application?
If you plan to pursue a home in the near future, there is no need to wait to get a mortgage. Because if you enter the housing market with a mortgage in hand, you'll know exactly how much you can spend to acquire your dream house. As a result, you'll be able to map out your home search based...
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Key Things You Need to Consider Before You Host an Open House
Posted on 12/31/2019
Key Things You Need to Consider Before You Host an Open House
An open house offers an excellent opportunity for a seller to showcase his or her residence to a large group of buyers. As such, it is important for a seller to plan ahead for an open house. If a seller devotes time and energy to prepare for an open house, his or her residence may make a positive impression...
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183 Buck Hill Road, Canterbury, CT 06331 is now new to the market!
Posted on 12/31/2019
183 Buck Hill Road, Canterbury, CT 06331 is now new to the market!
Spacious Property and 1800 sq ft Cape Home Located off peaceful scenic Route 169. The Eat -in- Kitchen sliders lead to the trex decking boarded by stone pavers. Almost 1.5 acres of wooded landscape with stone walls, garden area, providing a perfect setting for outdoor activities & entertaining. Sparkling wood floors throughout the Home enhances the large living room and generously sized Dining Room. The Huge Master Bedroom extends to an open area for sitting room, office or sewing room with skylight. Beyond that is a walk in closet. There are 2 other bedrooms and a full tile bathroom on each floor. There is Radiant heat on the first floor...
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It’s a Balancing Act: Credit and Debt
Posted on 12/24/2019
It’s a Balancing Act: Credit and Debt
Image by David Pereiras from Shutterstock Your FICO score is a key factor used to determine if you qualify for a mortgage. The Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) is the creator of the most common credit score used by home loan providers. The algorithm used to create your score is a closely-guarded industry secret. But in general, it factors...
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Efficient Landscaping for Your Home
Posted on 12/17/2019
Efficient Landscaping for Your Home
Photo by Matt Chen on Unsplash When you’re creating a landscaping plan for your home it is essential to design around the local climate and weather patterns. When you opt for plants that thrive in your area, you know they are well equipt to handle the seasonal changes specific to your location. This adaptation makes them easier to...
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Outdoor Banquet Style
Posted on 12/10/2019
Outdoor Banquet Style
Photo by Agung Pandit Wiguna from Pexels You see it in your favorite magazines -- or maybe on Pinterest. The ultimate outdoor dining and entertainment experience has elevated basic hosting to an art form, and you can use your existing set up to create a truly spectacular experience for your family and your guests. Follow the tips below...
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Gentrification After Big Business: How Neighborhoods Can Preserve Their Identify
Posted on 12/03/2019
Gentrification After Big Business: How Neighborhoods Can Preserve Their Identify
Image by F. Muhammad from Pixabay Several years ago in an upscale comedy club located in a relatively downscale Los Angeles neighborhood, the owner gave an impassioned speech about how gentrification was affecting the Hispanic culture that once thrived there. The overlying, tear-filled message was that nothing could be done to preserve the integrity of her home and...
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Get Ready to List Your Residence
Posted on 11/26/2019
Get Ready to List Your Residence
Listing a home may prove to be challenging, particularly for a first-time house seller. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to prepare for the housing market. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready to list your home. 1. Upgrade Your Home's Curb Appeal How your home looks to prospective buyers...
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Things to Include in a Home Selling Roadmap
Posted on 11/19/2019
Things to Include in a Home Selling Roadmap
With a home selling roadmap in place, you should have no trouble getting the best price for your house. Now, you just need to figure out what to include in this roadmap. Lucky for you, we're here to help you craft a home selling roadmap that will ensure you can quickly and effortlessly sell your house. Let's take a...
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Energy-Efficient Tips for Bathrooms
Posted on 11/12/2019
Energy-Efficient Tips for Bathrooms
Photo by 영훈 박 via Pixabay Your bathroom can be a considerable source of energy use in your home. The Department of Energy states that water heating accounts for up to 18 percent of energy bills, which is the second largest expense in your home after heating and cooling. Showers and baths aren’t the only reasons for high...
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