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The Scoop on Home Tax Deductions

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Are You Getting All the Home Tax Deductions You’re Entitled To? Owning a home can pay off at tax time if you know what home tax deductions you’re entitled to. Take advantage of these home ownership-related tax deductions and strategies to lower your tax bill: Mortgage Interest Deduction One of the neatest deductions itemizing homeowners can take advantage of is the mortgage interest deduction, which you claim on Schedule A. (For more details on this and other deductions in this post, see IRS Publication 530.) To get the mortgage interest deduction, your mortgage must be secured by your home — …

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Refreshing Your Yard

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While Southern California doesn’t experience severe winters, this is a great time of year for refreshing y our yard. With generally mild weather, February and March make for a great time to make some changes. Give yourself an afternoon for these little yard pick-me-ups, and enjoy well into the summer. The added benefit of the curb appeal is just icing on the cake. Give the Entry Some Love The front entrance is one of the first things guest see. It’s also one of the easiest things to brighten up, needing little more than some color, a personal touch, and maybe a …

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Dealing With Common Home Emergencies

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When we think of emergencies, the house isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. However, a house is full of potential disasters that may not end in bodily harm, but certainly mean property damage. Being able to respond during these emergencies can make all the difference. With some quick solutions, these common emergencies can be solved at home. (Or at least allow you to hang on until you can get professional help!) Gas Leaks The smell of gas in the house signals a clear and present danger for most people. First and foremost: if you happen on this smell, …

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Casitas, Mother-In-Law Suites, and Second Units 101

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Homes with additional living spaces separate from the main house are growing in popularity. Not only are they great for those who want to live in one space and rent the other to help pay the mortgage, but they’re also ideal for multi-generational living. So what are the options if you’re a buyer or a homeowner who’d like to have a property with separate living spaces? There are several setups that are most common, and a recent legislative development that makes it easier if you’d like to add an additional “granny unit” or “mother-in-law suite.” Casita: The Little Bungalow House …

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A Day in the Snow

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Going to The Snow From Long Beach January proved to be record snowfall for California, with white mountains all along Los Angeles County as well as the Sierra Nevadas. Here in Long Beach, the line of the mountains has been a tease from across the clear skies, with the promise of a snow day just within reach. The forecast for Southern California promises a few more storms in the next week, so where can you and your family go for some snowy fun? Big Bear Mountain Big Bear has been a hot spot for skiing and snowboarding for ages, and …

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Taking a Flight From the Long Beach Airport

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Flying away for a weekend trip is no problem at all for Long Beach residents. The Long Beach Airport, built in 1941, has continued to evolve with the city while still retaining its historic character. Acting as a convenient hub for residents of the surrounding neighborhoods and cities like Lakewood and Signal Hill, LGB provides easy access and a great alternative to the hassle of the behemoth LAX. Destinations The places you can go from Long Beach’s airport are quite diverse from coast to coast. The flights to and from Long Beach are largely furnished by JetBlue and Southwest. Multiple flights …

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Takeaways From A Multi-Million-Dollar Mansion

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The $250 million asking price of a mansion that hit the market in January caught the attention of many people. Touting details like a helipad, 21 bathrooms, 12 bedrooms, and a sizable car gallery, this grand estate fits the ideal of the Californian Hollywood lifestyle. But even in Bel Air, 38,000 square feet is big and the price tag is out of reach for most. By the property’s developer’s own consideration, there’s probably only 3,000 people worldwide that are even in the market for this kind of ultra mansion. The asking price of these kinds of properties can be kind of …

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New Smart Objects for Your Smart Home

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas continues to add new smart objects year after year. With an increasing focus on an internet connected house, and more people embracing this market, the 2017 CES offering were strong for smart homes. Here’s some of the newest and best innovations for this year’s smart homes, with practical applications in any household. Breezi Airpulse: AC Maintenance The Breezi Airpulse touts itself to be the “check engine light” for your air conditioner and heater. As a primary interest that home buyers have when looking into houses, Breezi represents a unique opportunity to keep …

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Perfect House, Wrong Neighborhood?

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The time for your house hunt has come. You’ve decided on a city, have a short list of things you’d like to have in your future home, and a few requests in terms of neighborhoods to check out with your buyer’s agent. You sit down to look online at properties that are available. There it is: the house you’re looking for. It’s charming, old but well maintained. There’s a nice front yard, great patio space in the back, and it’s on a quiet street. The only problem is it’s not necessarily in the “best” neighborhood. You wouldn’t have even considered …

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It’s OK to Snoop When You’re House Hunting

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Ah, house hunting. It may technically be shopping, but it can feel more like breaking and entering. Even though you know the seller wants you there, does anyone really want you traipsing through their bedroom? Or looking through their closet? Or digging around in their basement? Awwwwkward.But here’s something that should feel weirder: buying a home without knowing absolutely everything you can about it. The only way to avoid the second awkwardness is to face the first head on. When you’re house hunting, don’t think of poking around in someone else’s home as nosiness. It’s a smart, must-do investigation. Here …