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10 Reasons to Sell Your Home in the Winter with us!

1.Serious & Motivated Buyers!
Chances are, the buyers you meet are more serious about purchasing. Not that spring and summer buyers aren’t, but winter buyers tend to be more motivated to find a home that is best for them and to get the deal done.
2.Less Competition
Most people think waiting for the 2018 spring and summer market is ideal, so there is a rush of homes hitting the market once the spring season hits. By listing a few months earlier, you don’t have nearly as many houses to compete with and your house is more visible to buyers.
3.Marketing
Since the market is slower during the winter months, most agents and offices have less inventory, which then means, your home should be advertised more often. Less inventory means more free time to increase marketing efforts.
4.Fewer Showings
During the cold weather and holidays, there are fewer buyers which mean fewer showings but again, those buyers are usually very serious about making a purchase if they are out house hunting durin…

Want to throw the ultimate #SuperBowl party? Here are some tips!

So you want to throw the most memorable Super Bowl Game party that your friends will be talking about until … well, next year? Here’s a few things you can do to score a touchdown of your own this season.PLAN YOUR GUEST LIST Your number one to-do for the big game is be prepared. Plan your guest list before sending out any invites. Build your list according to how many people you can comfortably fit in your home or specified venue. Think about who will need a spot to sit and watch the entire game in comfort and who will be up moving and mingling with friends. An extra rule-of-thumb: be sure that everyone can see a TV!CLEAN UP, STOCK UP, SET UP The week before the party give yourself plenty of time to do a deep clean. Vacuum, dust, windex, get rid of all of the dog hair… you know what to do. Once your home is squared away and there’s room for supplies, it will be time to stock up with groceries, party supplies, ingredients for the best game day dishes and cocktails (keep reading!), and …

Q and A with Chris Fritch #heirs #taxes written by Benny L Kass

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My wife and I are retired and are in our seventies. We have two children, and our house is currently worth approximately $300,000. We purchased the property many years ago for $32,000, and currently have a very small mortgage and a $40,000 home equity loan. We are debating on whether to sell the house and take the up-to-$500,000 exclusion of gain or to let our children inherit the house when we pass on.

What are the implications of all of this appreciation on our estate if we do not sell our house before we die. Must my heirs pay tax on the entire appreciation? How is this covered in the Tax Code? A.  This is a very complicated issue, and you must seek advice from your tax advisors. It is especially important now that Congress has enacted a major change in the tax laws -- much of which is still under review by the tax experts. You should also discuss your concerns with your children, although the final decision can only be made by you. Oversimplified, the basis of inherited property…