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By Green & Sklarz LLC, Connecticut's Firm for Business Law
(Green & Sklarz LLC)
I am a legal assistant in our tax practice in New Haven, Connecticut and routinely work to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.  Most people are unaware that when a married couple files their returns jointly there is something called “joint and several liability”.  This means that both taxpayers are liable for tax, interest or penalties that occur from the return and the IRS does not distinguish between the two people.Did you know the IRS allows you to submit a claim for injured spouse relief?  The term injured spouse refers to one spouse being negatively impacted by the other spouse’s debt.  An Injured spouse relief claim can be used to help one spouse obtain their share of the joint refund that was taken due to the other spouse owing some of the following debts: Pa...
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By Karina Gafford, Military PCS/ VA Home Buying & Selling Specialist
(MilHousing Network San Antonio Team)
Looking for a spacious, move-in ready 4-bed home with an office on a large corner lot in a desirable neighborhood with excellent amenities? You’ve found it. Located in Steele High School district, Scenic Hills offers a great pool, playground, and trails, as well as excellent proximity to golf, shopping, restaurants, rivers, New Braunfels, and Randolph AFB. Enter inside the 2 story home to find a bright, open floor plan with recently updated wood floors and carpet (less than 2 years) and an ideal home office space with farmhouse-style barn doors that would also work well as a home gym or homeschool room. Downstairs also features a powder bath, storage space, a living room, and large eat-in kitchen with lots of space to entertain. The kitchen features refinished white wood cabinetry with ...
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Starting a business is hard work - but it's also exciting! If you're thinking about starting your own business, consider these successful ways to get the ball rolling.Why Start a Business?There are many reasons to start your own business. Some people want to start their own business because they want to be their own boss. Others started their own businesses because they were unhappy with the job that they were working in.Whatever the reason, starting a business is a big commitment. You have to be willing to put in a lot of hard work and dedication. However, the rewards can be huge. You can make your own schedule and control your own destiny. You can also set your own income and expenses.If you are thinking of starting your own business, there are some things that you should know first. ...
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By Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Atlanta Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
We are representing the buyer on this fine home situated on 11 acres in Rockdale County and would love to help you find your forever home as we have with these folks. They were prepared, prepped, and ready to strike and jump on the best home in Conyers.The market is cooling a bit which makes it the best time ever to find your forever home. Start your home search at and follow the prompt to get your new home. I am the help you need to find the home your want in this market!   Buyer representative Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Keller Williams Realty Cityside 770-874-6200 x 6233 Co-oping on this listing with Christie Thornton - Solid Source Realty GA     #JackyeMumphrey #TheMaven #TheMavenStrikesAgain #MovetoGeorgia #Atlantatopagent #LuxuryHomesGeorgia #Hom...
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By Jim Payne, CPA, CPA firm practicing in the area of IRS Collections
(Backoffice Squared)
I represent taxpayers in Gainesville and the state of Florida who have tax issues with the IRS.The IRS claims to have built a list of millions of non-filers with substantial income. They were ready to pull the trigger on a program to begin investigations of the people on that list when COVID hit. Everything went on hold. The IRS is now officially back in the office and picking up where it left off. What should you do if you think you might be on this list? Your number one priority should be to keep your case from going criminal. If you think the past due taxes are substantial, talk to a tax attorney with experience in criminal tax matters. Attorneys have confidentiality privileges that CPAs and other tax preparers do not, so do not go blabbing to them about your problem.  The next step ...
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By Teri Isner, GRI, CRS, CIPS
(Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes)
A summertime getaway is just what many need to visit faraway family, spend time learning about other places, or simply to relax and have fun. Keep these tips in mind to make your trip as safe as possible:  Before hitting the road in the family vehicle, schedule a check-up–for the car! Have a reputable mechanic to check the engine and parts thoroughly, including all fluids, belts, and the battery, and make sure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated.    Pack items that you will need for emergencies where they can be easily accessed. Purchase one of the many emergency car kits that suits your needs or make your own kit and keep them in a storage tote. A small first-aid kit should be kept in the glove compartment, especially when the kids are traveling, too.   Check the for...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Oconomowoc WI Condo Sales Market Report June 2022   Oconomowoc Condos For Sale, Oconomowoc Realtor Kristin Johnston RE/MAX My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Platinum.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Condos in  Oconomowoc WI. Are you looking to buy a condo in Oconomowoc?  Wondering what your Oconomowoc condo is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Oconomowoc Real Estate. Check out my website! Review my many happy client testimonials too! In the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Real Estate market 10 condos sold; 1 was listed and sold by the same company, and 9 were sold by a co-broke. In Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Real Estate market...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
July 5th Puzzle - National Apple Turnover DayI have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy.Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal.
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
When it comes to the real estate market, multifamily properties are considered solid investments. They can be one of the best ways to preserve capital and are tangible assets, however, if there are any problems such as damage or accidents, you could quickly get into some serious trouble. Prevent this and protect yourself and your business by investing in coverage for your multifamily property. There are 5 main types of coverage you should consider, and we’ll outline them here so that you can understand all the different ways that you should be protecting yourself if you own multifamily property. Property InsuranceThe first kind of coverage you need for your multifamily property is to secure property insurance. This will either be structure insurance which can separate every structure in...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
The three big credit reporting agencies now don’t include medical debt in reports for banks, landlords, etc.; and they won’t report small medical debts at all in 2023. Why just the small why not everything and at this rate the government will start taking homes where people own more than one and    acebookTwitterLinkedInPrintShareMost Credit Scores Stop Counting Medical DebtBy Tom MurphyNEW YORK – Help is here for many people with medical debt on their credit reports. Starting July 1, the three major U.S. credit reporting companies stopped counting paid medical debt on the reports that banks, potential landlords and others use to judge creditworthiness. The companies will also start giving people a year to resolve delinquent medical debt that has been sent to collections before reporti...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Last week’s scheduled economic news included reports on home prices, pending home sales, and inflation. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released. S&P Case-Shiller: National Home Price Growth Ticks Down in AprilHome price growth slowed in April according to the S&P Case-Shiller National Home Price Index as growth slowed by 0.20 percent to a 20.40 percent gain year-over-year. Slower growth in home prices suggested that affordability concerns have caught up with the rapid home price growth seen during the pandemic.The S&P Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index reported that Tampa, Florida home prices gained 35.8 percent year over year in April followed by a 33.3 percent price gain in Miami, Florida. Home prices in Phoenix, Arizona grew by 31.3 percent year-ove...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
U.S. home price growth continued but slowed in April according to the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. The national home price index posted year-over-year home price growth of 20.4 percent in April as compared to the corresponding home price growth rate of 20.6 percent in March. Analysts said that diminishing affordability was slowing rapid gains in home prices seen during the pandemic. 20-City Home Price Index: Florida and Arizona Report Top Home Price Growth RatesThe top three cities for year-over-year home price growth in April’s 20-City Home Price Index were Tampa, Florida with a reading of 35.8 percent; Miami, Florida reported 33.3 percent growth and Phoenix, Arizona reported a year-over-year home price growth rate of 31.3 percent.Nine of the 20 cities included in the index rep...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
If You're Selling Your House This Summer, Hiring a Pro Is CriticalIt can be tempting, especially with how hot the housing market has been over the past two years, to consider selling your home on your own. But todays market is at a turning point, making it more essential than ever to work with a real estate professional.Not only will a trusted real estate advisor keep you updated and help you make the best decisions based on current market trends, but theyre also experts in managing the many aspects of selling your house.Here are five key reasons why working with a real estate professional makes sense today.1. A Professional Follows the Latest Market TrendsWith higher mortgage rates, rising home prices, and a growing number of homes for sale, todays housing market is showing signs of a ...
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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305
Max power!!! Go!!!Until we can't go any more?? Our personal battery completely drained? I had a recent conversation with a builder rep as she finished her final days prior to retirement.  She was my go-to rep for one of the biggest local builders and I knew she'd take great care of my clients and she was a solid source of builder related information for our blog.  It was a win-win situation.   I knew she often burned the midnight oil taking care of buyers for her communities.  As with real estate agents, sometimes that extra effort paid off, other times prospects would decide the final numbers didn't work for them.One of the things that really stuck with me from her conversation was her comment "this business will take every minute you give it".Too often that everything is critical, jus...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On July 1, 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide construction spending lower 0.1% to $1,779.8 billion in May of 2022 from $1,782,5 billion April of 2022, but rose 9.7% from $1,621.9 billion in May of 2021.Nationwide private construction almost the same 0.0% to $1,436.0 billion in May of 2022 from $1,435.9 billion in April of 2022.Residential construction increased 0.2% of $938.2 billion in May of 2022 from $935.9 billion April of 2022.Non residential construction declined 0.4% to $497.8 billion in May of 2022 from $499.9 billion in April of 2022.The public construction fell 0.8% to $343.8 billion in May of 2022 from $346.6 billion in April of 2022.The educational construction dropped 0.4% to $78.4 billion in May of 2022 from $78.7 billion in April of 2022.The highway construc...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
 HELP EMPTY CHARLOTTE'S SHELTERS THIS SUMMER The Summer 2022 Empty the Shelters event sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation returns to Charlotte on July 11th and continues through July 31st. Empty the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption initiative whose purpose is to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay and neuter programs, microchipping, and emergency support. To-date, the Bissell Pet Foundation's efforts have resulted in almost 96,000+ adopted pets in 47 states and Canada through 512 participating partners. Thanks to the Bissell Pet Foundation, adopters pay no more than $50 for a fur-ever friend that is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. During the Spring 2022 Empty the Shelters drive, approximately 6,035 cats and 7,46...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Real Estate Market - Bubble or No BubbleI often get asked about the market and about things people hear and read in the news.  Over the weekend my friend Nic asked this:Can someone please explain to me all of the news and speculation about a housing bubble and how it relates to an ordinary person?If I hear a housing bubble is coming am I supposed to sell my house put all my things in storage and go live in a rental for a year or two and then buy at the bottom?Am I supposed to burn money on rent for a year and try to time the market?You don't day trade your house. You buy a house to live in for supposedly at least 5 years.And having lived through all at least three or four housing bubbles if you go back to the 80s. The only thing I come away with is saying that I should have bought at th...
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By Chris Dunham, The Real Estate Guy™
(NexGen Brokered by eXp Realty)
3 Bedroom home for sale in Gilbert - Gilbert AZ Home for SaleThis Gilbert home for sale was built in 1996 and is located in the community known as Finley Farms South. Located just off Val Vista and Warner in the 85296 ZIp Code. This home for sale in Gilbert features nice upgrades, including Plank Style flooring, kitchen appliances, upgraded bathroom vanity and so much more. A large back yard, filled with plenty of grass for your four legged family members and/or those littles ones. Along with a covered patio make this a great spot!
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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
The Denver real estate market has slowed a bit, but with some properties, buyers are having to make quick decisions with other offers coming in.    When homes are priced well, in great condition, and in a great location, you will see multiple offers. It is imperative to call the listing agent to not only find out if there are other offers, but what the Seller prefers for possession, and to verify what will convey.   With more listings that have come on the market over the last few months, we are seeing fewer multiple offers.   There are times you "hear" about another offer, but is there?   This past weekend the listing agent said they had one offer and over listing price.    This morning, the home remains active.   My Buyer liked the home but wasn't completely SOLD on it.    When Buyers...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Monday July 4, 20221.  Who provided the original voice for Mr. Magoo? Jim Backus2. "2001 A Space Odyssey" features which artificially intelligent computer? HAL90003. Who was the last US president to run effectively unopposed? James Monroe4. How many US states share a border with Alaska? NoneTrivia questions for Tuesday July 5, 20221. What does the legal term "Persona non grata" mean?2. What kind of animal is Chuck E Cheese?3. How many arms does a typical snowflake have?4. What type of cloud is often described as cotton-like?Enjoy your day.
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