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Read Post [Posted on 11/21/2014 By Susan Greer]
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded $1.2 million to Pharr to build a $2.2 million international bridge center there. The project is small — a 3,000-sf facility for trade seminars and to house the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge's administration offices — but state and local officials expect the economic implications to be big. “This is one tool that can glue all...
Read Post [Posted on 11/18/2014 By John Askins]
Property taxes in Texas If you’re moving to Texas, you need to understand a little bit about how property taxes are determined in this state. According to Texas law, all property, whether personal or used for business, is taxable at its market value.The total tax burden for any given property starts with the appraised value given to the property by the appraisal district of each county.  ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/18/2014 By Connie Inmon]
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Read Post [Posted on 11/03/2014 By Carolina James]
Facebook’s IPO and subsequent stock value points up a simple truth: It’s easy to get caught up in the notion of getting rich quick. But there’s no surer way to wealth than home ownership.As Facebook’s IPO approached, it was easy to start traveling down the “what if” path: “What if I had equity in Facebook?!? How rich would I be?”If my parents had only bought me Berkshire Hathaway st...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Which tax benefits do home owners miss? Will you get audited if you take the home office deduction? Find out the answers to these questions and more before Tax Day.There are a lot of home ownership tax benefits — if you don’t forget to take them. To make sure you get your due, HouseLogic asked tax expert Abe Schneier, a senior technical manager with the American Institute of CPAs, f...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Property taxes are an important source of revenue for city governments, but rates can vary substantially across the country.  Property taxes make up about one quarter of home ownership costs over the median duration of ownership, according to a study by two researchers with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.  The study’s authors—Benjamin H. Harris, policy director of the Hamilton P...
Read Post [Posted on 10/12/2014 By John Askins]
A new study finds high demand for quality public transportation nationwide, although that demand mostly goes unmet, according to the Who’s on Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey from Transit Center, a look at attitudes about public transportation. Fifty-eight percent of survey respondents say their ideal neighborhood would be in a transit-friendly community that contains “a mix o...
Read Post [Posted on 10/07/2014 By John Askins]
Knowing what to expect from property taxes, and what tax relief you can use, is an essential part of budgeting for home buying.The last thing you want is to be caught off-guard by a large tax bill you aren’t in a position to pay.What are Property Taxes?Property taxes vary by area and are used to pay for local government things like education, emergency workers and libraries.Property...
Read Post [Posted on 10/06/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
1. If you've owned and lived in your home for two of the five years prior to selling it, you can generally exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income ($500,000 on a joint return, in most cases).2. You are not eligible for this exclusion if you sold another principal residence within the past two years and excluded the allowable gain from your income. 3. If you can exclude ALL of the ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/18/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
The Woodlands Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new buses September 10, 2014 Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new bu 3 of 4 View All Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new bu Township budget includes tax rate cut, more police hires, new bu 4 of 4 View All Township budget inc...
Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By Cecelia Smith]
While being a landlord certainly has its cons, tops among its pros are the tax deductions rental homeowners enjoy.From finding tenants to fixing faucets, renting out a home can be a lot of work. If that doesn’t dissuade you, you’ll appreciate collecting the rent checks and taking advantage of tax deductions.In fact, you can use many rental property expenses to offset your rental income. IRS Public...
Read Post [Posted on 09/04/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
 Plan for Property Taxes the Right Way   Knowing what to expect from property taxes, and what tax relief you can use, is an essential part of budgeting for home buying. The last thing you want is to be caught off-guard by a large tax bill you aren’t in a position to pay. What are Property Taxes? Property taxes vary by area and are used to pay for loca...
Read Post [Posted on 09/03/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Are you paying more or less every month than the typical American homeowner?The median amount American homeowners pay per month for their mortgage is $1,015, says new data from the Census Bureau’s 2011 American Housing Survey.The midpoint price paid for homes was $110,000 and the median home value was $160,000. The median U.S. home was built in 1974 — half were older and half were newer....
Read Post [Posted on 08/26/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Watch out for the common tax-filing errors, and you'll get a maximum return without raising any red flags with the IRS. Image: Jenna Sue/jennasuedesign.blogspot.comAs you calculate your tax returns, consider each home tax deduction and credit you are — and are not — entitled to. Running afoul of any of these nine home-related tax mistakes — which tax pros say are especially common — can cost ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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