By the time spring rolls around, many of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of waiting until next January to get on track, make it a point to renew your resolutions right now. Here’s how: 1. Get rid of the New Year’s resolution mindset. [...]
Get year-end tax tips for 2013 directly from tax experts as the year 2013 comes to a close. These tax tips can make a big difference in your income tax return for 2013. That’s why I brought in tax experts Bill Nemeth, Merry Brodie and Chet Burgess to discuss year-end tax tips for 2013. Our [...]
Paying taxes is a part of life, but taxes can be easy to budget for when you know about them well in advance. Unfortunately, you may be on the hook for taxes you don’t regularly take into account—and these so-called “hidden taxes” can quickly bust your budget. Tax tips: Scan your receipts for hidden taxes [...]
The arrival of winter means we’re bundling up in coats, hats, and scarves, but is your house ready for low temperatures? Here are some easy weatherproofing and winterizing strategies. Add these tips to your winter home maintenance checklist to help keep your home toasty warm and to lower your gas bill. Inspect and maintain home [...]
How many times have you read articles about saving money on your taxes at the last minute? Are you bored out of your mind by repeatedly reading about the same things? Well, as it happens, the same things tend to work and make sense for saving money all year. Are there any new ideas I [...]
Right about now, you’re preoccupied with holiday parties, gift wrapping, Secret Santas, and where you’re going to spend your Christmas break, if you get one. The last thing you want to think about is taxes. So let’s make this as painless as possible. Here is a checklist of things to do this week. Get all [...]
Most investors have their eye on the wrong ball. They try to time the market, pick stocks, and pick “hot” fund managers. There is no data indicating anyone can engage in these activities successfully over an extended period of time. Much-touted winning streaks of the investment guru du jour are a consequence of luck and [...]
The 2008 mortgage crisis increased the numbers of foreclosures and short sales in the U.S. Lenders responded by tightening rules for new home loans. If you want to buy a home in 2009, what do you need to know before looking for your home and home loan? What can you do to make yourself a desirable mortgage borrower so that banks will issue you a home loan? Check out these New Year's resolutions for home buyers to improve your changes of getting a great home loan and the property you want.