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Taxes dampen enthusiasm for Woodlands incorporation

April 12th, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012 As the time draws near for The Woodlands to seize its opportunity to become a city in 2014, many residents of the Montgomery County community are having second thoughts. A study showing what it would cost to incorporat...

How to Get Your PMI Tax Deduction

March 10th, 2012

Home owners who are eligible to deduct private mortgage insurance, or PMI, premiums can shave hundreds of dollars off their income tax bills. If you put down less than 20% on a house, expect to be required to purchase private mortgage insur...

10 Common Errors Home Owners Make When Filing Taxes

March 7th, 2011

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...

Why Hire a Real Estate Agent or REALTOR?

February 25th, 2011

As spring rolls in, many people start listing their home for sale. The weather warms up and buyers, having recovered from the holidays, begin to house hunt. Many buyers will go it alone. They hit the Internet for their first line of attack...

Existing-Home Sales Rise Again in January

February 24th, 2011

WASHINGTON (February 23, 2011)—The uptrend in existing-home sales continues, with January sales rising for the third consecutive month with a pace that is now above year-ago levels, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Exi...

Rates for 30-year mortgages drop for first time in five weeks

February 19th, 2011

Mortgage rates for 30-year loans declined for the first time in five weeks, reducing borrowing costs from a 10-month high. The average rate for 30-year fixed loans fell to 5 percent this week from 5.05 percent, according to Freddie Mac. The...

Owners, Renters Agree: Owning a Home is a Smart Decision

February 5th, 2011

Washington, January 19, 2011 A substantial majority of both home owners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. That’s according to the results of a National Association of Realtors® survey of...

Pending Home Sales Continue Uptrend

February 5th, 2011

Washington, January 27, 2011 Pending home sales improved further in December, marking the fifth gain in the past six months, according to the National Association of Realtors® The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator, inc...

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