Archive for January, 2013

Straighten Your House for National Get Organized Month

January 28, 2013

At the beginning of the year, there are a lot of things to organize. You take down your holiday decorations, clean up after your big New Year’s bash and even start to get all of your paperwork in order to file your income taxes. It comes as no surprise that January is National Get Organized (GO) Month, so there’s an extra emphasis on “cleaning up”.

After reading through a recent Zillow blog titled “11 Creative Home Storage Ideas” and visiting Better Homes and Gardens® magazine’s Pinterest page, I’ve put together a list of great ideas for getting Organized for GO Month!

Use Every Inch

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I love this picture of a book shelf that extends over the doorway. (more…)

Hot Home Trends for 2013

January 22, 2013

2013_trendsWhen making design choices in 2013, homeowners need to consider what future buyers’ tastes may be. RealtorMag.com recently put together a list of their hottest design trends for the upcoming year.

According to design professionals and manufacturers, these changes are going to be popular in homes across the country in 2013:

  1. Smarter, Less Costly Automated Controls: It’s become more affordable to control a home’s systems – such as the temperature, security, electronics, lighting, and more – through a single device, even from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Doing so can eliminate multiple controls and make it easy for home owners to manage things around their home, even when they aren’t there. One of my favorite new examples is the Nest Intelligent Thermostat, which can be controlled remotely, react intuitively to home owners’ habits, and adjust to conserve energy costs. (more…)

Top 10 Contract Mistakes for 2012!

January 14, 2013

contract_mistakesIt’s that time of year again! Time to recap 2012 and highlight the TOP 10 of pretty much anything you can think of. Here, we’ll reveal the “BHGRE Metro Brokers / Billboard Top 10 Contract Mistakes of 2012” and what you can do to prevent making those mistakes in 2013. Oh, and before you say, “But the seller’s a bank and they don’t do that!”, we removed all the REO deals from consideration before tabulating the final results. (more…)

Good News: Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Extended!

January 7, 2013

fiscal_cliffWhen lawmakers dodged the “fiscal cliff” last week, they also decided to extend the tax break for forgiven mortgage debt that was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 has been especially important with the current glut of short sales and foreclosures, and it’s truly a “relief” that it has been extended until the end of 2013.

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 was enacted on Dec. 20, 2007. The Act protects homeowners from paying income taxes on the deficiency difference between what they sell their home for and what they owe. Whether the home is sold in a short sale or foreclosed upon by their lender, these distressed homeowners are protected by the Debt Relief Act of 2007. (more…)