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Repairs vs Improvements: Tax Deductions for Land Lord

May 11th, 2018 |

The question of whether a physical rental structural adjustment should be taxed as an improvement or a repair has been the subject of huge debates within the tax community over decades. In an effort to resolve the various issues, Congress instituted recent changes to the tax code that supposedly settled the various issues in the Updated LBI Directive. These changes were made after intense deliberation and study.

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How to Choose the Best Non-Slip Bathroom Tile

April 24th, 2018 |

If you are thinking about updating your bathroom, flooring will be an important piece of the puzzle and you have many options to choose from. Each has its pros and cons. Some are a better fit for your budget, while others are a better fit for your aesthetic. And, because you will be putting these tiles in your bathroom, you should be concerned about their slip-resistance. Here is a run down of the five most popular options along with some of the pros and cons of each.

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How to Choose Flooring Type: Wood, Tile, Laminate, Vinyl, or Carpet?

March 20th, 2018 |

With all the flooring options available, it can be hard to figure out what to choose for your rental property. Finding the right balance of cost, durability, and style can seem overwhelming, but there are a few guidelines that can guide you in the right direction. The best choice really depends on what type of property you are renting, so here’s the breakdown to help you choose the best flooring for a rental property during your next interior remodel:

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10 Questions You Should Always Ask a Potential Tenant

March 7th, 2018 |

Being a landlord doesn’t have to feel like a second job. It can be easy if you choose the right tenant, but how do you know who the right tenant really is? Professionally screening a potential tenant will give you information on criminal history, credit history, and whether or not that tenant has been through an eviction, but that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. Make use of these 10 questions when interviewing potential tenants to gain a better understanding of whether you should rent to them or not.

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Aging in Place Bathrooms: 5 Must-Have Features

February 7th, 2018 |

Most of us want to stay in our own homes indefinitely, a dream that can get tricky as we age, especially in one of the rooms that we frequent daily — the bathroom. The way to turn hope into reality is to start now and create a bathroom with features that are functional and stylish-looking, and that become more essential as we enter our golden years. Here are 5 must-haves to check off of your aging in place renovation checklist, and a few other ideas that aren’t as crucial, but will still serve to make life easier when moving around isn’t as effortless as it may be now…

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Top Boston Investment Properties: 3 Most Profitable Neighborhoods

January 23rd, 2018 |

Boston is not only one of our nation’s earliest settlements, but it is now a prime real estate investment location and one of the most cultured cities on the East coast. Boston’s many diverse and charming neighborhoods have made a name for themselves as a wonderful place for both families and singles to thrive.

Looking to make an investment in this ever-growing seaside city? Check out the following neighborhoods, currently ranked as the top three Boston neighborhoods for investment properties.  (more…)

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Remodel or Move? When Remodeling is the Wiser Choice

January 16th, 2018 |

As your needs change and your family grows, it may seem like the only option that makes sense is to start looking for a new home that fits your lifestyle better than the one you’re in. Moving might make sense if you’ve never liked your home’s location. But what if the reverse is true? What if you love where your house is, but the layout or size just isn’t working for you anymore? That’s one of the times when remodeling just might be the perfect solution for you and your family! (more…)

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Renovating vs Remodeling: What’s the Difference?

December 18th, 2017 |

You’ve heard of people “renovating” a home, and you’ve also heard of people refer to a home improvement project as a “remodeling” project. What’s the difference between the two terms? Is there a difference or is it just a question of semantics? The two terms are often used interchangeably by laymen, but to designers and builders, they’re two entirely different things …

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