Homeowners who fall behind on their property taxes may be tempted to take out a loan to pay off those taxes. However, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) strongly recommends doing a little homework first.According to the BBB, the homeowner should:
Call the taxing agency first. Most government agencies are willing to create payment plans and make other arrangements with those behind on t...
Corpus Christi is seeing explosive economic growth from Eagle Ford Shale oil play.More than $3.8 billion in projects are under construction at the Port of Corpus Christi, with $12 billion more in the permitting phase, according to port officials. Some projects include:*A $10 billion Cheniere Energy Inc. natural-gas liquefaction plant, handling shale product.*Trafigura is undergoing a $500 mil...
Don’t get in hot water over fuel bills. If you installed an efficient water heater in 2012 or will in 2013, you might be eligible for a tax credit.Doing the dishes, taking a shower, or cleaning your clothes — you need hot water and lots of it. The government understood, and offers an energy tax credit for adding a more efficient hot water heater to your home.Tax credit limits and deadlines:Y...
If you’re debating replacing your hot water heater with a tankless version, also known as an on-demand water heater, here’s what you need to know to make the right decision.What’s the Advantage of Going Tankless?Traditional hot water heaters typically live in your basement and provide gallons of hot water at one time: an 80-gallon tank heats enough water to shower, run a dishwasher, and do a...
If you installed an
energy-tax-credit-eligible heating and cooling system in 2012, or will in 2013,
here’s what you need to do to collect.Through 2013, the Feds
allow a suite of energy tax credits for
heating and cooling systems and related energy-efficiency improvements.
Lifetime credit max of
10% of costs, up...
Congress extended an energy tax credit for adding insulation
Whether its summer heat
or winter cold, insulation makes your house a lot more livable. If you add
insulation before the end of the year, you’ll be eligible to collect a $500
energy tax credit.
Tax credit limits and deadlines:
Did you install an
efficient biomass stove in 2012 or will you in 2013? If so, your foresight
makes you eligible for a $300 energy tax credit.
Here’s what you need to know:
The credit is limited to
10% of expenditures, up to a lifetime amount of $500, for all energy
improvements combined, although the stoves themselves have a $300...
Did you literally put a new roof over your head this year?
You may be eligible for a $500 energy tax credit.
If you added a
heat-efficient metal or asphalt roof to your house, you'll be better equipped
to fight August's heat. And since the government extended the energy tax
credit for existing homes, you may be able to claim the $500 energy tax credit by
THE HOUSTON REAL ESTATE MARKET SHOWS NO LET-UP IN SEPTEMBER
Home sales and prices soar again as inventory shrinks
HOUSTON — (October 15, 2013) — If the Houston real estate market were a car, it would be fair to say its driver had the pedal to the metal. September sped its way into the history books as the 28th consecutive month of positive home sales, and there still is no let-up in sight. ...
Property owners can expect to pay a little
more in Houston ISD taxes next year.
On Thursday night, HISD trustees voted 4-3 to increase the
district's tax rate by 3 cents, putting it at $1.1867 per every $100 of
property valuation. According to the school district, trustees Larry Marshall,
Paula Harris, Harvin Moore, and Rhonda Skillern-Jones in favor, and trustees
Anna Eastman, ...
10 Things To Do After You Sell
sold your house: Escrow has closed, and you’ve handed your keys to the new
owners. But while the deal is done, you have a few more things to do. In
“House Selling for Dummies,” authors Eric Tyson and Ray Brown lay out things
you can do to save money and increase your peace of mind, post-sale. Here are
10 of their tips:
Sugar Land home values have gone up in the last 8 months. The amount depends on the subdivision and price point. The highest has been in the heart of Sugar Land closest to the highway 59 corridor. Home buyers are seeking value, mobility, stability and well, a nice home. SugarWood is a sleeper in the heart of Sugar Land. At the intersection of Williams...
Tax Lien Errors – How You Could Lose Your Home Even If
It’s Paid For
Rita James, a 76-year old from
Atlanta, GA, had no idea 18 years ago that the Fulton county tax commissioners
office had made a mistake on her property tax bill. As reported in the
Atlanta Journal – Constitution, Ms. James spent years trying to save the home
she had owned since 1963. A home which she apparently ow...
An economic outlook that says you’ll be busy next year“The good news is that the housing market in Texas has turned the corner,” reported Mark Dotzour, chief economist at Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, during the association’s board of directors meeting. Dotzour said three factors indicate that transaction volume is going to rise in Texas next year: job growth, lowinter...