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Disaster Strikes Your Second Home: Are You Prepared?

Once you decide you’re financially ready to buy a vacation home, one important step is insuring your new pad. It’s different than buying insurance for a primary residence. Factors such as where it’s located, who stays there and what amenities are available will help determine your home insurance needs. Your Vacation Home Versus Mother Nature For many people, the whole idea of a vacation home is to be closer to a sandy beach or among the crisp mountain air. That perfect location for rest and relaxation may come with some additional insurance costs. Hurricane season and intense rainstorms underscore the importance of knowing your coverage. The point applies to primary residences and vacation homes. When hurricane Florence hit in September 2018, more than 30 million people were under a flood watch and media outlets reported only about 3 percent of North Carolina and South Carolina homeowners held insurance policies.  And…

Ready to Buy (and Insure) Your Vacation Home?

There’s something so enticing about the idea of owning a vacation home. It’s the vision of a special place that feels both familiar and an escape at the same time. It is a place to make memories. And a place your hard-earned dollars translate not only into luxury, but a return on investment. However, like all large purchases, a vacation home isn’t something you should jump into without lots of thought and number-crunching. Here are five things you need to consider before making an offer on a vacation home:   Practicality Okay, so being practical is probably the furthest thing from your mind when you’re dreaming about a vacation property. But you need to make sure your choice is the best one for your lifestyle. Is the location somewhere you’ve visited often? Can you travel there easily from your primary residence? Are there activities you’ll be able to enjoy as you…

Moving to “Level Up” Your Real Estate and Finances

In real estate, there is a concept known as a “starter home.” A starter home is a lower cost home that works great for current needs, but may not be a perfect fit for the long-run. While moving is expensive and can be quite a hassle, it can help you level up your real estate and personal finances at the same time. Needs Change Over Time When you move into your first home, you may not have kids, you may not have a dog and you may not have a significant other. But fast forward a few years and life could look a lot different. That is one of the most common reasons people decide to move. Few people can move right into their lifelong dream home right after college or even in their 20s. Due to closing costs, many experts suggest not buying a home unless you plan to…

Auto and Home Tax Write-Offs You Never Knew About

While most of us are aware of certain tax write-offs like charitable donations and medical expenses, car and homeowners are entitled to more deductions than they often realize. That’s why SelectQuote Auto & Home has compiled this list of commonly overlooked auto- and home-related expenditures, all of which can be deducted from your income tax bill. Just be sure to consult a financial professional or visit the official IRS website before filing. Auto  Your New Car. Yep, you read that correctly. If you’re self-employed, you may be able to write off the purchase price of a new vehicle. Got your eye on an SUV? You may be looking at an ever bigger tax benefit.  Your Commute. On a project that requires more driving time than usual? The IRS lets you write off 56.5 cents for every mile that you drive for your job – provided that you’re on a temporary assignment.…

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