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5 Ways the Government Can Save You Big Bucks on Your First Home

Rubberball/Mike Kemp/Getty Images Itching for the key to unlock your dream of a new house? Here’s yet another reason to love your country: The U.S. has plenty of programs and incentives that could make that goal a reality. If you’re a first-time buyer—and even if you’re not, in some cases—there are some government benefits that can help …

What Is An FHA 203(k) Loan? The Funds Your Fixer-Upper Needs

Ridofranz/iStock Related Articles Before You Buy a Fixer-Upper, Read This The Worst Home Renovation Advice You Might Actually Try Want an FHA Loan? It’s About to Get More Difficult What’s an FHA 203(k) loan, and are you 203(k) eligible? No, it’s not a fancy new term for a retirement account. Whether you’re buying a fixer-upper or just …

Are You a Homeowner Seeking Forbearance on Your Mortgage? Watch Out for These Red Flags

monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images Homeowners are asking for breaks on their mortgage payments in droves, as millions of Americans face the prospect of unemployment or reduced income because of the coronanvirus pandemic. But requesting forbearance on your mortgage isn’t foolproof. The $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus package requires servicers to provide forbearance — a temporary postponement of payments …

The Top 10 Real Estate Tax Deductions for 2012

Looking for tips for the 2013 tax year? See 10 Important Tax Deductions for 2013 As the time to file income taxes approaches, we need to take a new look at the changing tax landscape for homeowners. The dynamic atmosphere in Washington, D.C. has a different effect each year on which tax breaks are proposed, …