Buying a home becomes, for many, the first time it makes sense to itemize tax deductions. Some deductions will apply right away, others not until you sell -- but it's worth planning ahead for these. Also get tips for other ways to reduce house-related expenses, including when and why it might make sense to refinance.
Who Owns the Minerals Under Your Property
As a property owner, if someone told you they were going to start drilling for oil on your land, you’d probably try to kick them off as a trespasser. But you might not have that right.
Getting Rid of PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)
Save money by asking your mortgage company to cancel your private mortgage insurance (PMI).
What Happens If My Mortgage Is Sold to a New Owner?
Dealing with the transition when your lender transfers your home loan.
What's the Worst That Could Happen When Leaving a House Vacant?
Tax liens and lockouts and vandals, oh my!
I just found out my mortgage servicer changed, but I sent my payment to the old servicer. What now?
How to keep track of where you need to send your home mortgage payments.
Determining Your Home's Tax Basis
"Basis" is an important tax word that every homeowner should know. It simply means the monetary value of a property for tax purposes.
Tax Reasons to Keep Good Records of Home Improvements
How and why to document home improvements to the IRS.