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Using Your Tax Return for Your Home’s Down Payment

Posted on April 6, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

Tax Season Ending Soon It’s almost time for the last tax returns to be sent out and the final time to file if you haven’t already. Every year when this time rolls around people update their cars or go on family vacations, but did you ever think about using your tax return to buy your […]

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2018 Tax Reform & Housing Market Update with YPN

Posted on January 23, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership, Informed Investor Alliance, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: |

Hey everyone! Today I’m at the Orange County Young Professionals Network breakfast; and Tony Capitelli, Government Affairs director at OCR, gave us the update on taxes and our housing market. If you’d like in on the scoop….read on 🙂 Not Fake News – Orange County Needs Housing Inventory As previously stated in our post with […]

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Consider Paying Property Taxes Early – Big Tax Changes are Coming to Town

Posted on December 23, 2017. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Lenders & Loan info, Los Angeles property, Making Life Easier, OC Property Management, Orange County Real Estate |

As you’re hearing on the news and seeing on social media…the way we are taxed and the things we can write off will be changing a lot within this next year! As a Realtor I can’t legally give tax advice…. so I’ll preface this post by saying it’s best to consult your CPA before the […]

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Orange County 1031 Exchange & Other Investor Property Tax Shelters

Posted on September 14, 2016. Filed under: Informed Investor Alliance, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Got investment property? It’s surprising how many property investors we meet who aren’t familiar with 1031 Exchange. Since money doesn’t grow on trees, maybe we can save you some when you decide to sell – read on! Recently Debbie Bannister with Exchange Resources spoke to our Real Estate Focus group with some 1031 Exchange tips. If […]

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Tax Benefits For Home Owners – Make the Most of Orange County Real Estate

Posted on February 11, 2013. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Informed Investor Alliance, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , |

As an Orange County Realtor, I can’t technically offer advice on taxes, but I always try to network and meet great tax professionals who can help our clients! Today I sat in on a great session by Irene Mack, CPA, and I wanted to share some notes and insight with you. Irene’s website is http://www.oc-cpa.com […]

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More Good Tax News For Orange County Home Buyers

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

The Weeks Team has great news they recently received from a local tax specialist – home buyers DON’T have to wait until next year to get their tax credit! In fact, qualified buyers can get a check this year. All they need to do is amend last year’s Federal tax return. Patricia Yeckel, an Enrolled […]

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Expecting a Tax Return? There’s No Place Like Your Own Home

Posted on April 20, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

There’s no place like home… The words are as true today as they were for a young girl prepping for a return trip back to her Kansas homeland. This is especially true when the residence is your own – lock, stock, and barrel. True, achieving home ownership requires a bit more than focused heal clicking. […]

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Califorinians to Benefit From Home Buyer Tax Credit

Posted on March 27, 2010. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

Home Buyer Tax Credit is Gift for Golden State The California government has done it. And thousands stand to benefit. No, they’re not giving away money. But they’re doing something close to it. On 3/25/10 Governor Schwarzenegger signed the Home Buyer Tax Credit into law. That means, fellow Californians, if you’re a resident of the […]

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Good news about Short sale taxes, and Mortgage PMI from an expert ;)

Posted on September 1, 2009. Filed under: Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Orange County CA Foreclosures |

Hi everyone! Thought you’d enjoy this real estate update from Suze Orman – feel free to post questions below!

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Dodging the Orange County Tax Collector, legally

Posted on February 22, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Informed Investor Alliance, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , |

For those of you upset your home prices have declined, we have a little good news for you.  If you purchased a home prior to 2006 during the “hot” OC market, here is your chance to save some extra money.  It’s tax time, and your property tax bill is one of many.  Because the market went down, your taxes can go down, […]

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Orange County Real Estate Tax Benefits

Posted on February 21, 2008. Filed under: Orange County Real Estate |

Its tax season and that means that if you’re like most people, your getting ready to figure out exactly how much you owe the government or, better yet, how much of a refund you will be getting.  Of course, the more deductions you have, the less taxes you pay.  And the one of the biggest […]

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Endorsed by NAR for Foreclosures and Short Sales

Posted on June 16, 2020. Filed under: Divorce, Foreclosure Assistance, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership during divorce, Lenders & Loan info, Making Life Easier, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , |

Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Struggling to make your mortgage payment? Today we sharpened our short sale and foreclosure sword – YES, it’s a battle! Armed with a new designation from the National Association of Realtors (NAR); called Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR), now we’ve got the most recent tools to fight a foreclosure […]

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Global Real Estate – Hot Spots & Tips to Buy in them

Posted on April 23, 2020. Filed under: AirBnB, Costa Rica Real Estate, First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Informed Investor Alliance, International Properties | Tags: , , , , , , |

CIPS designee Angie Weeks helps you learn where the hot vacation rental areas are at, and get tips on how to buy internationally.

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Going Global with California Real Estate

Posted on November 23, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help |

Going Global!  The world just keeps getting smaller! We attended a great forum this week by Orange County Association of Realtors Global Committee – they went over 4 of the most common countries that Californians move to and from. Have you ever considered an international investment property? Such fascinating info, read on! United Kingdom buyers  […]

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From Renter to Homeowner – How to Make the Leap

Posted on August 28, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Los Angeles Real Estate, Orange County Real Estate, Real Estate Stories |

Renting has its perks – short-term lease agreements, low upfront costs and the flexibility to move anywhere you want on a short notice. However, it’s exciting to have a place you can actually call your own! You want the freedom to paint the walls the color you want, tackle a DIY kitchen project, or to […]

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Assuming A Property After The Death Of A Relative

Posted on June 22, 2019. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership |

Losing a relative can be a very difficult time. We are very sorry for your loss. As you are figuring out your next steps, you may have questions about handling existing mortgage affairs. It is important to remember that you have options and we are here to help you consider the best options for your […]

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Real Estate and your Divorce in OC – Protect Yourself!

Posted on September 29, 2018. Filed under: Divorce, divorce attorney, Homeownership, Orange County Real Estate | Tags: , , , , , |

A Divorce team on YOUR side Going through a divorce is a stressful life event that unfortunately happens to about 72% of us here in Orange County, which is 22% over the national average. It is much more common than we think, and we are never prepared for it because we think we will be […]

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Owning vs Renting in OC

Posted on September 15, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Homeownership, Making Life Easier, Orange County Real Estate, Renting | Tags: , , , , , |

Are you struggling with the increase in rent here in OC? Most people are having a hard time staying in one place with the increase in rent for current residents every year. The Orange County Register posted that Orange County rent is up $73 a month or 3.8 percent year over year in May of […]

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​Michigan & the Marijuana Debate

Posted on April 20, 2018. Filed under: Informed Investor Alliance, Property Mangement, Real Estate Stories | Tags: , , , , , |

​This blog post comes from deep in the country of MI, a little township called Richmond. My grandparents have owned property there since before I was born, and two years ago my sister, cousin, & I purchased their 10 acres of land; because it is ‘Our Happy Place’. Recently we received a postcard invitation to […]

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2018 Housing Market Forecast by Steven Thomas

Posted on January 8, 2018. Filed under: First Time Buyer help, Home Seller Tips, Homeownership, Informed Investor Alliance, Making Life Easier, Orange County CA Foreclosures, Orange County Real Estate |

Always love to hear Steven Thomas’ yearly real estate forecast – he’s locally famous here in Orange County for his great quantitative economic forecasts. Today he spoke at Orange County Association of Realtors and gave us the scoop….here goes! It’s a HOT Seller’s Market in OC. Already. The average OC resident moves every 21 years. […]

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