Why Are People Moving During the Pandemic

Americans have been on the move for more reasons than just to snag record low mortgage rates, shows a new survey of 2,000 real estate agents from HomeLight, a company that provides software and services to the real estate industry, a company that provides software and services to the real estate industry. The survey was conducted in a series of seven separate polls from April to the end of June.

The top moving motivators cited include the need for space (44%), a desire to buy versus rent (41%), and to relocate to the suburbs (37%).  Read more HERE.

Mistakes Veteran and Military Home Buyers Make

Having a place to call your own—whether you’re going to be there for four years or forever—is an essential part of the American dream. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers plenty of great programs to help those who have served in the military get a home loan, but the process isn’t foolproof. First-time home buyers aren’t the only ones who make buying mistakes. Even people buying their second home, or their 10th, can be thrown off course when buying a new home and dealing with lenders.

You can avoid your own buyer’s tale of woe (or headbanging frustration) by avoiding those mistakes before you start your home search. 

Outdoor Projects You Can Do Yourself

Half the battle of lawn and garden tasks is actually finding time to spend in your yard. But since we’re already staying put at home much of the time because of the novel coronavirus, popping out to tackle a few projects isn’t as much of a challenge.

DIY outdoor projects are a win-win for homeowners as they’re a great source of exercise and they help beautify your home.  Check out these seven outdoor projects that you can tackle after work or on the weekend. 

This Might Be The Best Time to Sell

Talk about a strange summer. Between the continued threat of the novel coronavirus, a wobbly economy, and layoffs happening left and right, it’s no surprise that many who may have hoped to sell their home this season are wondering whether to put those plans on hold—or they’ve already thrown in the towel.

Such hesitancy is understandable. Yet the irony is that, after closely examining the current housing market conditions, many real estate experts believe this summer could be one of the best times to sell a home in years.

Read more HERE.

IRS Stands Firm on July 15 Tax Deadline for 2019 Returns

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Internal Revenue Service announced Monday that it was sticking with the July 15 tax-filing extension deadline for 2019 returns.

Those unable to meet that deadline are encouraged to file for an extension to Oct. 15. The form for filing for an extension is at IRS.gov.

The IRS had postponed the original tax filing deadline from April 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states may have initiated different deadlines. USA Today has compiled a list of those tax deadline extensions, broken out by state.

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