Monthly Archives: June 2012

Paying Appraisers – Who Gets the Cash?

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is currently reviewing appraisal charges.  While these fees seem fairly standard, the truth about who exactly gets the money is somewhat murky to homebuyers. In addition, I have seen appraisal fees range from $350 … Continue reading

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4 Home Technologies for Energey Efficiency

Our energy bills are “HUGE” and seem to be growing every year. Are you interested in shaving off $200-$400 off your energy bills annually?  I am! Here is what the National Association of Home Builders offers as some high-tech tips: Automated HVAC Systems. … Continue reading

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Local Day Family Trips

Now that summer vacation is upon us, looking for something to do?  How about a trip to a local animal park or zoo.  Here are some good ones. SAN FRANCISCO ZOO: San Francisco; Feeding time for the grizzlies and penguins … Continue reading

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The New Retiree

65 has been the magic age at which an American worker is supposed to leave the workplace behind and retire.  Given relatively recent economic conditions, Baby Boomers who watched their parents retire comfortably are now left wondering if they will … Continue reading

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First-Time Homebuyer Credit – Repayment Time!

It’s repayment time if you bought a house in 2008 and claimed the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. Luckily the IRS has a tool to help you manage these repayments.  The IRS will no longer send reminder letters to taxpayers who need … Continue reading

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