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How to Take a Home Office Tax Deduction When You Work From Home

iStock Of all the tax breaks available, the home office tax deduction is among the murkiest and most misunderstood. And the passage of the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has made things even more complicated. So if you work at home, what should…

February 18, 2020

‘Help, My Husband and I Can’t Agree on a House!’

PeopleImages/iStock My husband, Rob, and I have been together almost 20 years, and never once in those two decades have we agreed on a house. I hate a cookie-cutter home. Those rows and rows of suburban abodes all look like they were cut from…

February 5, 2020

Grave Mistake? The Truth About Buying a Home Near a Cemetery

jacquesvandinteren/iStock Whether or not you believe in ghosts, there’s no denying that a cemetery is a spooky place—especially after dark. Some people also fear the potential of criminal activities taking place in the various hiding spots between tombstones. But despite those possible perils, it…

February 5, 2020

The Sneaky Way We Won a Bidding War (and Beat 3 All-Cash Offers)

porcorex/iStock Here’s one of my favorite stories to tell as a real estate agent, about a young family who achieved what many assume is impossible. Saddled with a mortgage and other baggage, they were nonetheless able to win a bidding war—against three all-cash offers…

February 4, 2020

7 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home: A Complete Guide for Filing in 2020

WilshireImages/iStock; Neustockimages/iStockdavidmariuz/iStock; ChristianChan/iStock What are the tax benefits of owning a home? Plenty of homeowners are asking themselves this right around now as they prepare to file their taxes. You may recall the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—the most substantial overhaul to the…

February 4, 2020