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How Much Home Can You Buy With Your Income?

Miller Samuel President and CEO Jonathan Miller discusses the U.S. housing market. Bloomberg Intelligence’s Carl Riccadonna also speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)    

Solid gains in home values mean more homeowners could face a hefty tax when they sell. Keeping track of home improvement costs could help defray that tax.

By:  Robert Neubecker June 5th, 2015 The New York Times A tax time bomb is ticking for an increasing number of people who have been lucky enough to see big gains in the values of their homes.  This is especially true in and around cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and San Diego, where home prices have increased smartly over ...

Consider Cash When Buying a Vacation Home Overseas

Consider Cash When Buying a Vacation Home Overseas U.S. residents buying vacation homes overseas may find that financing their slice of paradise isn’t so dreamy. By: Anya Martin April 1st, 2015 The Wall Street Journal Breathtaking ocean views, a five-minute walk to the beach, and regular sightings of toucans, iguanas and sloths— Todd Harris and ...

Tips for Homeowners to Ease the Tax Bite

Tips for Homeowners to Ease the Tax Bite In addition to deducting interest payments, homeowners can use these strategies to reduce their taxes By: Anya Martin March 4th, 2015 The Wall Street Journal Jumbo borrowers enjoying low, low interest rates may have a bitter pill to swallow come tax time: The IRS limits the deduction on interest payments for ...

The Best Time to Refinance

The Best Time to Refinance A surprise interest-rate drop in January spurred a record number of homeowners to refinance. What you should know when rates fall again. Illustration: Chris Gash By: Anya Martin February 27th, 2015 The Wall Street Journal When mortgage broker Mathew Carson saw interest rates fall unexpectedly in January, he picked up ...

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Think Twice Before Helping Your Children Buy a Home

By: Ruth Mantell Updated June 16, 2014 1:16 a.m. ET It’s particularly hard for many young people to buy their first home these days without some financial support. But before stepping in with a gift or loan to help with a down payment, parents need to ask themselves some tough questions. Among them: What is helping my child going to cost me, not ...

How to Own a Vacation Home—With Someone Else

Figuring out how to share a vacation home is no day at the beach. But it may be the only way to have a day at the beach at all. That’s because the price of second homes is rising, and few people have enough cash to buy one on their own, let alone enough vacation time to justify the purchase. So increasingly they’re teaming up with friends ...

Powers of Deduction

For those weighed down by large mortgage payments, there are ways to save money when next year’s tax season arrives; beekeeping, anyone? By ANYA MARTIN One rueful lesson of tax season: Some deductions require lots of advance planning. Homeowners willing to do the legwork now can find some creative ways to lessen their tax bills next year. Jumbo-mortgage ...