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Use Funds in 401K as a Down Payment?
April 19, 2004 "Is it advisable to use funds in my 401K as a down payment?" You don?t want to withdraw funds from a 401K to make a down payment, but you might want to borrow from your account. Whether you do or not should depend on whether it costs more or less than ... more...

The Fully Amortizing Mortgage and Savings Discipline
February 7, 2005 ?The equity from sale of our old house will cover the first 6 months of payments on the new one. To avoid spending this money, we plan to make 6 payments immediately, then we have 6 months to save enough from our current income to repeat the process. Is this ... more...


Adjustable Rate Mortgage, ARM
Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) Also known as a variable rate mortgage. The interest rate on these mortgages changes periodically. Variable or adjustable loans are loans whose interest rate fluctuates over the period of the ... more...

Tax Sale
Tax Sale Property on which current county taxes have not been paid is "sold to the state." At this stage no actual sale takes place - the title is transferred to the state and the owner may redeem it by paying taxes, penalties and costs. If it has not been redeemed ... more...



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"How Much Interest is Your Home Equity Earning?"
How much interest are you earning on your home equity? If you answered nothing, zero, zilch, zip you are correct. What would you do if you could get triple compounding on your equity? Would you take action and build a fortune that would allow you to pay off the mortgage and create a retirement ... more...

The Most Important Number on Your Tax Return
Most taxpayers concentrate on ways to reduce their "taxable income". However, beginning with the Tax Reform Act of 1986, your "Adjusted Gross Income", or AGI, has become the most important number on your tax return.Many tax credits and deductions are phased-out, or altogether eliminated, based on ... more...

How Tax Deductions Work
Many people know that the interest paid on a mortgage is deductible on their income taxes. But they don't understand how it really works.When you understand the way a tax deduction works, you should be able to estimate the amount of tax relief you would receive from owning your own home and paying ... more...

Honey, I Eliminated The Mortgage Interest Deduction Plan 2
A bipartisan committee has made two recommendations to President Bush regarding tax reform. In this article, we take a look at the second option.Tax ReformA year ago or so, President Bush decided to spend his political capitol on tax reform and fixing social security. Social security reform went ... more...

Offset Mortgages: A Dream for Well Off Homeowners
Offset mortgages represent one of the biggest mortgage innovations seen in recent years. Six years ago there was hardly an offset mortgage to be seen. Now they and the current account mortgage, to which they are closely related, account for 10 out of every 100 of new lending.Whats more, one of the ... more...

Home Equity Loan Tax Deductions
Interest - is an amount you pay for the use of borrowed money.Several lenders are currenty offering amazing deals for 125% home equity loans. As highly advertized as these loans are they don't highly advertize that the interest payments on these loans are not neccessarily fully tax deductable.To ... more...

What is Tax-Deferred Exchange?
Under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, owners of real estate held for investment or use in a trade or business can swap their property tax-free for "like-kind" real estate. Exchanges are made for people wanting to stay invested in real estate, increase their leverage and to avoid paying ... more...

5 Simple Steps for Serious Saving and Financial Growth
1) Pay off your loan, credit and store card debt and resist the temptation to keep on spending money you dont yet have.Credit cards and store cards attract the highest rates of interest and are the most inefficient way to work your finances. The average annual percentage rate (APR) for credit ... more...

Creative Home Equity Strategies for Retirement
The Baby-Boom generation is nearing retirement and it is clear that millions of aging Boomers are financially under prepared. Reasons are many - poor savings habits, rising medical costs, the demise of guaranteed corporate pensions, and the dreaded squeeze faced by many: i.e. having to pay college ... more...

Home Loans and Mortgages The Myth of Tax Deductible Interest
Home ownership has risen sharply in recent years, and the percentage of Americans who own their own homes is approaching a record seventy percent. Thats a good thing; wed all rather live in our own home than consider the alternatives. The most common method of purchasing a home is by taking out a ... more...

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