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You always want to get your pre-approval before you start house hunting. Knowing what you're pre-approved for can help you avoid the heartbreak of losing out on a home you may not get qualified for.

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Buying a second home is a great way to lock in a great vacation spot and earn some extra rental income. However, there are also some financial realities that many homeowners aren’t aware of before they purchase their second home.

IRS Limitations

If you rent your second home more than fourteen days a year, the IRS qualifies that home as a rental/investment property. As such, the income you gain from your home is taxable. Your second home also won’t qualify for the same deductions as your primary home.

Risk & Liability

It’s easy to overlook problems like leaks and water damage in a home that goes unoccupied for long periods of time. Empty homes are also more likely targets for vandalism. Hiring a property management company to keep an eye on the

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Are you planning to add or replace a deck this year? Before you stock up on lumber, here are some details you should address to ensure your deck will improve your home’s value and curb appeal.

Design

What you plan to use your deck for will have a big impact on other considerations you’ll need to make. Will your deck include a grilling station? A hot tub? Built in benches? Size Choosing the right size deck to fit your needs and visually balance the home can be tricky. As a general rule, the deck shouldn’t be more than ¼ the size of your home. There are of course exceptions to the rule, especially if you’re planning on having a large number of people on your deck at the same time.

Materials

A lot of time and resources go into making a deck, so

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After years of careful planning, searching, and saving to buy a home, it’s normal to take pride in your home. However, that doesn’t mean you plan to stay in the same place forever, and you can’t control who your neighbors are and whether or not they maintain their home.

If you’re getting ready to list your home and the condition of your neighbor’s home is negatively impacting your own home value, here are some steps you can take.

Talk to your neighbors. Your neighbor may want to improve their home’s exterior but may not have the time, tools, or know-how necessary to accomplish their tasks. Consider offering your neighbor your lawn mower, ladder, or some of your time to help them.

Consult your HOA. If your neighborhood has a homeowners

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As predicted last year, Austin is likely to surpass 1 million residents in 2020. Now, the city demographer says it's just months away from hitting that mark. As of January 1, Austin was home to 996,369 people, according to a new estimate from Austin City Demographer Ryan Robinson. By now, that number has gone higher. But wherever the figure stands at this point, Robinson predicts Austin’s population will reach 1 million by June. That’s less than 4,000 people below the current level. “I’ve always thought we’d breach the 1 million mark as a city just prior to April 1, which is Census Day, but I’ve since cooled on making it by then — maybe I’m simply hedging my bet,” Robinson tells CultureMap. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide

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Winter is traditionally the toughest time of year to sell a home in colder climates. Potential buyers loathe to leave the warmth of their homes and deal with walking through inclement weather to view a home for sale. But if you take the time to put in some effort to create an inviting open house for people to tour, you're more likely to get people through the door and not wait until spring to find a buyer.

Here are some tips to help you create an inviting open house.

Keep the sidewalks and driveways free from snow and ice. Eliminating these hazards can make the home feel more inviting and welcoming.

Set the home's temperature slightly above average. Keep the space warm and hedge against heat loss from people coming and going through the doors.

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With the winter and the holiday season arriving, now is a good time for homeowners to take some simple precautions to help protect their family and property from fire. Here are some tips that can help prevent fire hazards in the home and can save property and more importantly the lives of the people and pets you love.

Check holiday lights for fraying or broken wires and plugs. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines as to how many strands can be joined together, as a fire hazard could result from overload.

Enjoy indoor holiday lighting only while someone is home and turn it off before going to bed. Candles add lovely ambience to a holiday home.Never leave burning candles unattended, even for a short time.

For peace of mind, use

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