The IRS recently published guidelines for what is required in order to claim the First Time Homebuyer or Repeat Homebuyer Tax Credits. For both credits, you will need to complete IRS Form 5405 and submit that with your tax return. In addition, you will need to submit a copy of your HUD-1 Closing statement. The…

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With buyers scarcer, sellers must up the ante to convince them that their property offers what many want most — top value for dollar expended. Here are eight fast fixes: Buff up curb appeal. You’ve heard it before, but it’s critical to get buyers to want to look on the inside. Be objective. View listings…

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  • Buff up curb appeal. You’ve heard it before, but it’s critical to get buyers to want to look on the inside. Be objective. View listings from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, house number, and even how window treatments look from the outside. Add something special—such as big flower pots or an antique bench — to help viewers remember house A from B.
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