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Home Office Safe Harbor, Other Tax Changes

On February 10, 2014, in Breaking NewsManaging Your Business, by Robert Freedman

 

The IRS has made it easier for you to claim your home office deduction and it has increased the amount of deduction you can take for driving people to and from listings in your car. These are two of the changes that can help you save money as you prepare to file your 2013 taxes. 
If you’re in a higher-income bracket, there are some additional changes you need to be aware of. Here’s a look at six changes that can affect how you prepare your taxes this year.  Read the story.

 

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The Northwest Flower & Garden is alive. Head down now to see…wait for it…what’s grow’n on! Oh yes, plant humor.

8 Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes

Until recently, not many people knew what an Arctic Vortex is, but with one bearing down on the northern U.S. over the next few days, everybody’s talking about it. As it brings record-breaking cold, here’s what you need to know to keep your pipes from freezing. Read the story.

 

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Subprime loans are back — with a new name

These mortgages, aimed at low-credit-score borrowers, are marketed as ‘nonprime’ loans.

By Kathleen M. Howley, Bloomberg 

 Bill Dallas, whose last two subprime lenders went bust during the global credit crunch, pledges to get it right this time around.  Read the story…

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Saturday, February 8, 2014
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On Saturday, February 8, from 10am to 12pm, urban explorers are invited to join Feet First on one of eighteen guided neighborhood walks on Stairway Walks Day, ranging in location from Bellevue to Burien and everywhere in between.  Read the whole story.

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February home-maintenance checklist

The transition between winter and spring is the time to get a jump on moisture damage and heat loss, make quick work of organizing storage areas and work in some garden prep before spring.

By Marilyn Lewis of MSN Real Estate

Don’t let winter slip away without using the cold, wet weather to help you detect where your home is leaking water and heat, giving you a chance to seal it up tight and develop a wish list for energy-saving improvements. Your first order of business inside your home is to make sure no water is getting in.  Read the whole story

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FHA To Widen Acceptance Of Electronic Signatures On Home Loan Documents

The FHA and HUD have issued a press release announcing a wider acceptance of electronic signatures on FHA loan documents.

 

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NEVER FINISHING WHAT YOU START IS MORE THAN A BAD HABIT–IT STEMS FROM FEARS AND HESITATIONS. HERE’S HOW TO GET PAST THE PROCRASTINATOR’S PARALYSIS.