Taxes

February 17, 2017

Most Americans Ruin Their Credit by Age 30

A whopping 68% of Americans make at least one major financial mistake, or “credit fumble,” before turning 30, leading to a negative mark on their credit […]
February 16, 2017

Consumers’ Attitude on Housing Brightens

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose 2 percentage points to 82.7 in January, reflecting the more positive consumer outlook following November’s presidential election.  The […]
February 15, 2017

Home Sales Close Out 2016 on High Note

Hopes are high for this year as 2016 closed out pending home sales on a high note, however low inventory continues to dampen the high spirits.  […]
February 10, 2017

New Administration Brings New Tax Laws for 2017

As a new administration takes up residence in the White House, most Americans are preparing to file their 2016 taxes. But if the new administration has […]
February 2, 2017

Rising Interest Rates Take Toll on Home Affordability

November brought a reversal to the growing home affordability with a sudden drop, according to First American Financial Corp.’s Real House Price Index.  What the company calls “real […]
January 27, 2017

Tax Deductions: Are You at Risk for an Audit?

Like it or not, tax season is upon us.  As you begin to itemize your 2016 deductions, are you concerned that your numbers might be large […]
January 26, 2017

Higher Interest Rates Could Hit Some Homeowners Hard

Mortgage rates, while down over the past two weeks, have trended higher since the election of President-elect Donald Trump.  In December, the Federal Reserve made its first and last […]
January 20, 2017

Homeowners and Appraisers Don’t See Eye to Eye

For the past few months, homeowners’ estimates of their home prices grew closer and closer to the appraised amount, and in November they nearly hit the mark. However, […]
January 18, 2017

Will Higher Interest Rates Lead Buyers to Cheaper Homes?

Homebuyers haven’t had it easy lately. Prices were up nearly 8% in November compared to last year while inventory declined.  Add rising mortgage rates to the […]