Thursday, December 8, 2016 / by Tom Curtin
Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year? 2016 is flying by…and it's time to start prepping for tax time!
I wanted to share a few quick tips that will help as you are preparing/filing your tax return:
Don’t forget your mortgage interest deduction: This one is a no brainer, but I can’t tell you how many people forget it. You can deduct 100% of the interest portion of your 2016 mortgage payments when you file your return.
Deduct your property tax: Property taxes paid on both primary residences and vacation homes are fully deductible.
Closing costs: If you bought a home in 2016, you can claim the “origination fees” on your loan as being tax deductible.
The capital gains exclusion: If you own a home that has been your primary residence for more than two years, and you sold it in 2016, you qualify for this exclusion. When you sell a home, up to $500,000 for married couples ($250,000 if you’re single), your profits ...
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 / by Tom Curtin
Ahhhhh … The Holidays.
Don’t you just love ‘em? Everything about a holiday celebration just makes you feel good.
Before you know it, the towns in and around Atlanta will be decked to the hilt with lights, garlands, bows, bells, and every other sort of holiday decor you could shake a stick at.
We love the sights, but also the smells! The scent of cinnamon from hot cider lingers all around, the sweet aroma of cookies, and OH!, the smell of those fresh, fragrant Christmas trees.
If you like to have a fresh-cut tree in your home and you’re looking for a place to get one, there are a bunch of great tree farms in our area. You can march off into the forest primeval and cut your very own (whether you envision something from Norman Rockwell or more Clark Griswold is up to you).
Some places to check out are:
Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm
Berry Patch Farms
Deerwoods Christmas Trees
Thursday, December 1, 2016 / by Tom Curtin
"Should I rent a home or should I buy?" It's a great question and one whose answers are different for everyone.
As REALTORS, we generally think that it's always a good time to buy, but we understand that "always" has a little gray area. When it comes to renting vs. buying, which is better depends on a whole host of factors.
In Atlanta, it's generally cheaper, in the long run, to buy, but that's not true across the board. Things vary from town to town and even from neighborhood to neighborhood. Before you decide what's best for you, it's best to get the facts.
Let's look at the black and white of it.
There are several things to consider with respect to how to decide what's best for you, but the easiest thing to look at is flat costs. Buying a home costs more than just its list price–there are mortgage closing costs, insurance, home repairs–all kinds of things–that go into the costs of owning a home, whereas renting is pretty straightforwar ...
Thursday, November 10, 2016 / by Tom Curtin
How to sell faster, and for more money. That's what most of our Seller's goals are-- so we put together a free guide with 7 tips on how to achieve this.
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Thursday, October 6, 2016 / by Tom Curtin
Most of what I know about real estate is local: home values around us, information about neighborhoods and school districts in our area, mortgage rates, those kinds of things. But sometimes I see something about houses around the country that I just find fascinating.
Recently, the folks at Curbed published a list of the most expensive homes in America.
The most and least expensive homes on the list are actually on the same street - there’s a $120 million difference between them!
Click here to see the 25 most expensive homes in the USA
Some of the amenities include: private ocean access, a life size chess set, a view of the Statue of Liberty, bowling alleys, basketball courts, helicopter landing pads, private spas, makeup refrigerators, movie theaters, even season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets!
If these homes have you thinking about what Atlanta's most expensive homes are, here's a list of the most expensive homes in and around Atlanta ...