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Tax Savings for Homeowners

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Many Americans got some depressing news recently: Either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either the Federal or State government or both. One way to save on taxes is to own your own home. According to the Tax Policy Center’s Briefing Book -“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. …

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Fall Home Repairs To Watch For

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Homeownership is a year-round job just as much as a joy, and for many of us, fall home repairs are the ones that need to get in before the weather turns nasty. Many of these repairs to watch for can become worse with the progression of winter conditions, and while here in Southern California we don’t experience the snowstorms and …

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Buying After Foreclosure

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Foreclosure is an awkward word in the world of homeowners. It represents a lot of disappointment and unhappiness with the entire process, which normally is a great source of pride and joy. The last great recession left a lot of families in this position. Despite many having recovered their credit, there’s a notable reluctance to go back into the process …

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Homeownership Encourages Community Engagement

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  Congratulations! You’re looking to buy a home soon, or have already committed to homeownership. How do you like the neighborhood you’re in? How are the schools? Are you excited for the events in the area? Are the parks nearby in good condition and well cared for?  Do the other homes in the blocks you like or live in take pride …

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Homeownership Still Part of American Dream

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Where did the term “American Dream” come from? The American Dream term was first coined by Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence in 1776. Since then, Americans continue to search for their version of an existence defined by life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, the history the American Dream ideology actually started when the first settlers arrived in America. …