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Tax Benefits of Homeownership

‘Tis the season…tax season, that is. Despite the drag that filing your taxes can bring, there are some deductible tax benefits that would behoove you to know about. Specifically, we’re talking about tax benefits for homeowners. The U.S. tax code is designed to attract homeowners by offering certain incentives to those whom qualify. If you’ve […]

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How Mortgage Interest Deduction Affects Homeownership

Twenty-six years after Congress last reformed the tax code, Washington is once again saying it’s time to start over with a “blank slate” approach to tax reform. Senators have been tasked with presenting any current deductions, exemptions, and credits they’d like included in the code. Drafting of a tax reform package will occur during the […]

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Austin Board of REALTORS® supports the call to restructure Austin Energy

Did you know the Austin City Council is considering reorganizing Austin Energy? Austin Energy is the only public utility of its size currently run by an elected city council in lieu of an independent appointed board. As you can imagine, when you operate an electric utility, there are a lot of important decisions to make […]

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New HUD rule expands protections to LGBT individuals

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced recently that new regulations have been put in place to ensure equal housing opportunities for those who may previously have been discriminated against due to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status. The final rule, effective March 5, 2012, will affect several programs that fall under […]

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Six ways to avoid foreclosure

No homeowner wants to think about the possibility of losing their home, but foreclosure can become a reality if you fall behind on your monthly mortgage payments. Whether you’re dealing with foreclosure now or worried about impending financial hardship, it’s crucial to remain calm and tackle the issue as soon as possible. Below, we’ve provided […]

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