Child-Related Tax Tips and Benefits

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Having a child is a significant milestone, and during tax season, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® is reminding parents that there are many valuable tax benefits available to taxpayers with children.

“Parents know that having children can be expensive, but come tax time they can also be money savers,” said Mark Steber, chief tax officer, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services Inc. “For many hard-working American families, child-related tax credits can bring back significant, and much needed, refund dollars. The first step is to make sure your children meet the qualifying criteria, which include age, relationship, support, dependent status, citizenship and residence. A qualified tax preparer with current knowledge of tax laws can work with you to determine eligibility.”

Fairmont Homes Open House at Sienna Plantation Open Homes Tour – April 13-29

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Come out and see us during the Sienna Plantation Open Homes Tour at 24 Big Trail! View the listing on HAR.com

Another Masterpiece by Mike Pellitier of Fairmont Homes. A Unique Design for Casual, Relaxed Living.

4791 Sq Ft Living Area. 4 BR (3 down, 1 up), 4 1/2 Baths, 3 Car Garage. Arched Entry and Gallery leading past the Study and Formal Dining, with French Doors opening to Side Courtyard with Outdoor Fireplace, and then to the Family Room, Kitchen, and Breakfast Area. Family Room opens to 20x 26 Covered Outdoor Space with Summer Kitchen. Master Suite with large separate closets. & MORE

Designers and Realtors®: A Winning Combination

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Professional interior designers excel at turning ordinary houses into dream homes for their clients. Realtors®, on the other hand, show potential properties to interested buyers and qualify their clients to purchase these properties. Combining the creative talents of a designer with the more technical experience and approach of a Realtor® allows the homebuyer to come out ahead.

Whether a Realtor® is dealing with spec, trade, resale, or new properties, partnering with a designer can be a powerful sales tool, contributing to better communication between the real estate agent and potential homebuyers during the search for their dream property. Everyone comes out a winner, because the home buying process becomes more personal, targeted specifically to the client and the client’s particular circumstances.

It’s a better time to buy than to rent

Researchers from several universities have just completed a paper that looks at what they call the hurdle rate. This is the point at which it’s equally smart to rent or buy if your only criterion is to build wealth. Based on today’s hurdle rate, it’s...

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If finances improved, what would you buy?

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Source: Realtor Magazine

Fifty-one percent of Americans in a recent poll say that if their financial situation were to improve, they’d buy a home. Coming in second on the list of wishes, they’d make repairs or improvements to the home they already have, according to the poll of more than 1,400 Americans conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling Web site, www.DebtAdvice.org.

Meanwhile, 17 percent of Americans polled said they’d upgrade their car and 9 percent said they’d take a vacation.

Are you traditional or eclectic?

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Every decorating style includes distinguishing elements: brass candlesticks and highboys, for instance, translate Colonial; curvaceous side chairs and wall-hung porcelain dishes speak to French provincial. If you’re searching for a style, compile a list of favorite rooms.

Maybe you like your grandmother’s kitchen or a friend’s library? What can you borrow from those rooms to forge your own perfect space? Finding a style that suits your lifestyle and setting doesn’t mean starting over so don’t panic.

Furnishings are recyclable; heirlooms blend. The rigid rules of the past are gone. Have the style you want your way. Familiarizing yourself with popular modes of decoration will jump-start those creative juices.

Real Estate Agent makes list of 2012 Best jobs!

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USNews.com posted an article: Best Jobs 2012: Real Estate Agent as one of the Best Jobs of 2012, and that this profession should see significant growth over the next decade.

The article goes on to state in the following excerpts that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 12.2 percent employment growth for real estate agents between 2010 and 2020, which is slightly faster than average. An additional 45,000 jobs will need to be filled within that time period.

According to the Labor Department, the median annual salary for a real estate agent was $40,030 in 2010. The best-paid 10 percent made around $95,220, while the lowest-paid earned roughly $20,460 in that year. The field’s best-compensated usually work with agencies, brokerages, and other insurance-related activities, with wired telecommunications carriers, or with natural gas distribution. The highest paid in the industry work in Wilmington, N.C., Syracuse, N.Y., or the Bridgeport, Conn., metropolitan area.

What happens if you get rid of streets?

Fill the streets with housing and office space. Make it pedestrian friendly, and eliminate the tax burden of upkeep on roads.  A possible look at housing after the foreclosure crisis? Call us today to view our new home plans: 713-539-0048 - Sign up for our New...

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89% of Buyers use a Real Estate Agent

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Taken from NAR 2011 Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers

Each year, NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) surveys home buyers and sellers to get more information on their buying and selling experiences. This year’s report shows trends that have not been seen in the last 10 years as tighter credit standards are changing who purchases homes, who sells homes, and how homes are financed.

What every first-time homebuyer needs to know

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Source: A first-time homebuyers guide on AOL Real Estate

Buying a home means so much more than paying a mortgage.

Below are critical steps first-time homebuyers need to follow:

Fix Your Credit

The first step toward buying a home takes place months before walking into your lender’s office. It’s crucial to check your credit score at least three to six months ahead of your mortgage application, says Rod Griffin, director of Public Education at Experian. You can request a free copy of the report from each of the three credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) at annualcreditreport.com.