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Earthquake Insurance: Solid Investment or Shaky Spending?

When most people hear the word ‘earthquake,’ they automatically think of California. And it makes perfect sense. Many of the newsworthy tremors that occur stateside do take place throughout California, so many may think that only Golden State residents need earthquake...
Posted On 24 Nov 2015

Telematics Explained: What It Is, And How Its Changing Home Insurance

Telematics already is making inroads into auto insurance, and it could be coming soon to a home near you – even yours. What’s telematics? It’s the use of wireless equipment to transmit information over long distances. Doesn’t affect you, right? Maybe not now,...
Posted On 12 Nov 2015

Earn Tax-Free Rental Income. No, Really.

It isn’t often that the Internal Revenue Service says that income of any kind doesn’t have to be reported, but for clients who rent out their primary or vacation homes, that may be the case. The IRS instructs those who rent out their homes for 14 days or less in a year not to...
Posted On 23 Oct 2015

Residential Building Sector Confirming Slowing Economy or Simply Less Need?

This was one of the slowest weeks I can remember in seeing new economic data released. In my usual weekly economic highlight, I try to hone in on an element which is positively or negatively affecting the economy. Recently, data which would indicate increases in the rate of...
Posted On 23 Oct 2015

Why You Should Start Your Home Search at a Fire Department

Beginning your search for the perfect home at a fire department may sound strange, and few people actually would do it. That begs the question of what fire departments have to do with home purchases. The answer? Buying a home near a fire station – or even near a fire hydrant –...
Posted On 22 Oct 2015

Beware Home-Selling Myths

Like many folks, you sell a home only a few times in your life and so likely don’t know the potentially tricky rules and laws concerning real estate sales. Here are some half truths, both new and established. Recent Source
Posted On 19 Oct 2015

South Carolinas Floods Underscore Importance of Preparation

By Laura Scharr-Bykowsky Learn more about Laura on NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor The recent devastating flooding in my hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, was a stark reminder of how quickly disaster can strike and how important it is to be prepared for emergencies. Many of those...
Posted On 11 Oct 2015

5 Tax Tips for Home Sellers

For home sellers, times changed dramatically almost two decades ago in the tax-planning world. But those 18-year-old reforms still catch some home sellers pleasantly by surprise. No longer — indeed not since 1997 — do they need to buy a new house in the same year as...
Posted On 09 Oct 2015

When Kids Spurn a Bequest

What if the things you want to pass along to your children aren’t what they want? Figuring out the answer to that question is a key first step in inheritance planning. Almost all the financial decisions parents make around Source
Posted On 08 Oct 2015

How Is Income Taxed? Well, What Do You Mean by Income?

By Craig Smalley Learn more about Craig on NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor Income seems like a simple concept, but when it comes to tax treatment it can actually be quite difficult to understand. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines income as “money that is earned from work,...
Posted On 06 Oct 2015