Owning a Home

 

Buying a home is a big step, but it's only the beginning. As a homeowner, you'll want to stay apprised of your home's value and how to improve it, when you should refinance, issues surrounding taxes and insurance, and even HOA dues. We've collected helpful answers to some of your biggest questions.

 

Home Price Appreciation

 

How can I improve the value of my property?

 

How can I increase the value of my property?

 

Will buying a bigger home increase my profit?

 

How do I find out how much my home is worth?

 

What is the differences between market value and appraised value?



Condos and Home Associations

 

Are condos a good investment?

 

What kinds of rules and regulations do Associations regulate?

 

What fees can I expect to pay a home association?

 

Are homeowner association fees tax deductible?



Improving Real Estate

 

Are there government programs for rehabilitation?

 

How much can I expect to spend on maintenance?

 

What repairs should I make before putting a home on the market?

 

Can neighbor problems de-value the property?



Insurance

 

What kind of insurance do I need?

 

What is guaranteed replacement cost insurance?



Taxes

 

Can property taxes be deducted?

 

How are property taxes configured?

 

How does home mortgage tax deductions work?

 

What is an impound account?

 

Are points deductible?

 

Are there tax breaks for first-time buyers?

 

Are home improvements deductible?



Refinancing

 

When is the best time to refinance?

 

What are the advantages/disadvantages of no-cost loans?

 

How does bankruptcy affect my refinancing?

 

Which home buying costs are deductible?

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