Thursday, December 18, 2014 / by Jason Stockwell
Realtors® Applaud Final Passage of Legislation to Extend Key Real Estate Tax Provisions
WASHINGTON (December 17, 2014) – The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron:
“The package of tax extensions approved by the U.S. House and Senate, and headed to the President’s desk for signature, includes important provisions that will help distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions made during 2014. NAR applauds Congressional leaders in both chambers for their effort to pass this legislation before adjournment.
“Realtors® strongly supported the bipartisan Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which was included in the package to prevent underwater borrowers from paying taxes on any mortgage debt forgiven or cancelled by a lender in a workout or after their home was sold for less money than was owed. We are grateful to Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Dean Heller, R ...
Friday, December 12, 2014 / by Jason Stockwell
10 development projects that will transform minneapolis-st. paul in 2015 - PHILLIP KOSKI | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014
Shared from TheLine.com; http://www.thelinemedia.com/features/10developmentprojects12102014.aspx
When we first planned this roundup of exciting architectural and development additions to Minneapolis and St. Paul, we confronted the gargantuan elephant in the room: The new Vikings Stadium. While yours truly has gone on record admiring the formal design of the building, far too many questions linger about other critical aspects of the project. Will the perimeter of the building and landscaping around it really add vitality to the neighborhood as promised—or will it just be Metrodome 2.0? Will fans need to scramble over piles of dead birds to get inside due to the building’s sheer glass walls? Will the promised new park, the “Yard,” really be a boon to Downtown East, or will it simply be a windsw ...
Thursday, December 11, 2014 / by Jason Stockwell
To many homeowners, selling a home during the holidays sounds like a stressful, unproductive experience. The objections come from two categories:
Holiday listings are a hassle:“Mom won’t be able to put up all of her favorite decorations.”“The phone will ring all through Thanksgiving dinner.”“We’ll have to kick Grandma and Grandpa out every day during nap time for showings.”
Holiday listings are unproductive:“Almost all home sales happen in the summer.”“Everyone travels during the holidays, so all of the buyers will be out of town.”“There are very few home buyers in the winter, and they will still be looking in spring.“
While many of these old stand-bys were true in years past, the way real estate is conducted and the way consumers buy homes has shifted dramatically in recent years. There are a lot of significant reasons today to have your home listed for sale during the holidays.
Here are 10 ...