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    • Building Equity

      Owning a home is the first step to building equity. Tenants build equity but not for themselves; they build it for the owners. Equity is the difference in the value of the home and what is owed on the home. There are two dynamics that cause this to grow: appreciation and principal reduction. As the … Continue reading Building Equity
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Taxes and the Homeowner

      Whether you’re an owner now or expect to be one in the future, it is important to be familiar with the federal tax laws that affect homeownership. Since personal income tax was enacted in 1913 with the 16th amendment, homes have had preferential treatment. The mortgage interest deduction is based on up to $750,000 of … Continue reading Taxes and the Homeowner
      Written by Carla Higgins
    • Time to Buy Again

      For people who have experienced a distressed sale of a home and gotten their finances and credit back in shape, there can still be an unanswered question of “How long do we have to wait to qualify for another mortgage.” The loan types for the new loan will differ in amounts of time based on … Continue reading Time to Buy Again
      Written by Carla Higgins