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Many Americans have been keeping an eye on the newest tax bill and thinking about how it affects their finances. However, if you own a home, or are planning to buy in the near future, you have probably paid extra attention to mortgage interest deduction reforms. The new US tax bill does include changes to this popular deduction, as well as a few other updates that may mean big changes for homeowners. Here’s what you need to know.
When it comes to filing your taxes, owning a home is a huge benefit. There are deductions available for mortgage interest, mortgage points, property taxes and more—but some homeowners fail to take full advantage.
"Nearly 80% of Americans receive a tax refund every year, averaging about $3,000 per filer. We can all find ways to spend some extra cash, but how can you take full advantage of your refund? Depending on your financial situation, paying down your mortgage could be a great option."
PennyMac issues the Year End Statement (also known as a Form 1098 or annual tax statement) annually to mortgagors for income tax reporting purposes. This statement includes the total amounts for interest paid and property taxes paid from your escrow account (if you have one) for the entire year.
Do you have childhood lake house memories or dreams of beachside retirement? Not sure how you can afford to purchase a vacation home of your own? Sharing your second home with others as a vacation rental is a path that can lead to great investment returns and maybe even a few new friends. We talked to vacation property gurus to get their top tips and advice for rental owner rookies.
Have you been inspired by one of the numerous investment property television shows? Or, have you seen friends or family find success in real estate? If so, you are probably intrigued by the prospect of investing in rental property, but figuring out how to get started can be a difficult task in and of itself. Here are some tips from real estate experts on how to evaluate whether buying a rental property is right for you.
When most mortgage borrowers sit down to crunch the numbers, they often focus on how much money is needed for a down payment, the home purchase price, and the estimated costs of their monthly principal and interest payment. Yet, many people overlook the costs of their escrow impound account.
America's mortgage industry is slowly recovering. But, according to real estate site Zillow, 16 million homeowners still owe more than their homes are worth. And, while taxes may not be top of mind for these underwater homeowners, there are some helpful advantages afforded to these borrowers via the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act.