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4 Ways to Decrease Your Energy Bill This Winter

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As temperatures drop, your energy bills start to climb. Here is a list from Trulia for an energy efficient home that will help lower your energy bill this winter.

Get Rid of Drafts

If you keep the heat from leaking out of your house, your heating system won’t have to work as hard. Take care of drafty windows and doors you have been avoiding. For a quick fix, try weatherstripping, spray-foam insulation, plastic window film and heavy curtains. For a more permanent fix, upgrade to high performance windows and doors. Upgrading doors and windows will also increase the value of your home.

4 Real Estate Moves That Have Surprising Tax Implications

Landlords beware.

Top 10 Things First-Time Home Buyers Need to Know

Buying your first home is not something you (or anyone) should take lightly. You should be prepared with as much information about the process as you can learn before you begin. You should understand your real estate market and the current mortgage market. The more you know - the better.

Top 10 Home Buying Tips For Short Sales – A Guide To Understanding Short Sale Foreclosure Real Estate

by Todd Foust and Jennifer McNamara

Why it’s a Good Time to Become a Land and Home Owner

Owning your own home can be extremely satisfying and can create a sincere sense of accomplishment and pride. Luckily, in today's economic situation, it's beneficial for you to become a land and home owner if you have the financial means.

End of Tax Credit? Not the End of the Homebuying World.

There is little doubt that the federal homebuyer tax credit, which expires today after two years, has had an impact on the real estate market. Estimates from The National Association of Realtors are that two million Americans qualified for the credit in 2009, and 900,000 in just four months this year. It also approximates that 1.5 million people will take advantage of the $6,500 repeat buyer tax credit in 2010. The Census Bureau reported that home sales rose 27% last month, as buyers sought to get in under the wire and claim their credit.

Top 10 Real Estate Blog Posts of 2009

Here we are, right at the end of 2009, and in retrospect, a lot has happened in the real estate industry this year. But there has also been a lot that has not happened this year. Weren't we expecting the economy and the real estate industry to start turning around this year? I took a look back at the entire year's blog posts and articles and came up with a list of the best real estate blog posts of 2009.

Understanding the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program

Because the US has been having trouble in the housing and real estate markets, the United States Government has taken steps to make homes more affordable. For instance, we recently talked about how the US Government has given home buyers tax credits and their extension of that successful program. They've also taken steps to help lower payments for distressed homeowners: those who are having trouble paying their mortgage. This program is known as the Home Affordable Modification Program, known as HAMP.

Building on Your Own Land? There's a Tax Credit for That!

Home Buyers to Get Additional $6500 Tax Credit

As we have talked about before, first time home buyers have been getting tax credits of up to $8,000 when they buy a new home. That program, as part of the economic stimulus package, was set to expire at the end of this month, the end of November 2009. The United States Senate voted on Wednesday November 4, 2009 to expand and extend the tax credits for home buyers. The United States House of Representatives voted on the bill on November 5, 2009, and the President Obama is expected to sign it into law today, November 6, 2009.