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Education is Important Part January 6, 2010

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The important part of my Buffalo-Niagara cultural views is education.  This is why today I want to let you know about  HouseLogic, a new site for smart homeowners.  It’s full of great content and tools to help homeowners make informed decisions about improving , protection, and maintaining their real estate investments.  Ready to learn?  Click the link:  http://www.houselogic.com

Contact with question about real estate in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

New Rules for Home Buyers December 13, 2009

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The IRS has spelled out guidelines for eligibility for the home buyer credit when co-borrowers purchase a property.

When a home-owning parent of an adult child co-signs for a mortgage and both names appear on the note, the IRS says that under some circumstances, the first-time home buyer can qualify for the whole amount.
The IRS says the parent doesn’t qualify for any portion of the credit, but if the child hasn’t owned a home during the three years preceding the current purchase and can qualify based on income, he or she can be allocated the entire $8,000 credit.
When unmarried individuals co-purchase a home and only one of them is eligible for the credit, then the full $8,000 can be allocated to the eligible buyer.  More info can be found on htp://www.irs.gov

STAGING December 7, 2009

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What is staging, anyway? According to the Realtor.org, staging is the process of enhancing the impression a prospective buyer has about a home. Staging is all about removing things from your home that make it look smaller, drab or dated. It differs from decorating because decorating involves bringing things into the home to enhance the look of it.

The key of staging is simplicity and getting perspective buyers to a place where they can picture themselves in the home. Focus on these staging basics:
1. Declutter
2. Neutralize
3. Keep it clean

To learn more about staging go to http://www.realtor.org and enter “Staging” in the search field. You’ll find the FIELD GUIDE to PREPARING anf STAGING a HOUSE for SALE, offering in-depth staging and curb appeal information.