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. 

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Projects To Add Charm to Your Yard This Summer

With your backyard being the new summer hangout, it’s about time to spruce it up. But what if your budget is already stretched tight?

Well, if you don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty, we’ve got just the ticket: eight oh-so-easy outdoor DIY projects that will keep you busy on these long summer days while you stay home and add some serious charm to your yard.

Read more HERE.

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Give Your Home a Makeover Without Spending a Dime

As we spend more time at home, the itch for a fresh, new space becomes hard to avoid. But if this doesn’t seem like the right moment to hire a professional interior designer for a full decor reboot, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck with looking at an unattractive space.

In fact, you can give your home a total makeover—without buying a darned thing.  

Read more HERE.

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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. 

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Make Your Move Less Stressful

There are few things as stressful in life as moving house, but you can ease the tension by a lot if you just plan your moves carefully.  Watch this VIDEO HERE for tips.

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Tax Filing Deadline is Next Week!

Don’t forget the deadline for most filers is Wednesday, July 15, 2020. HERE are some tips to help you prepare.

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Glam Up Your Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is even more important as more home buyers shop for homes from a distance and narrow the lists of which homes they want to view in-person. Realtor.com® recently consulted with Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell of HGTV’s “Boise Boys” to learn how to increase a property’s curb appeal. HERE are some of their ideas.

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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.

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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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Aid Extended for Landlords, Renters

With federal protections about to expire, landlords are being offered additional help as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Monday that multifamily property owners currently in forbearance can request an extension of their payment suspension for three additional months. That will amount up to half a year in total.

The FHFA guidelines apply only to properties that have loans secured by the government-backed enterprises Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

Renters in these complexes should also, therefore, be protected from evictions as long as the forbearance lasts, Forbes.com reports. Landlords must be flexible in allowing renters to repay missed payments and cannot charge fees.

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