7 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

April 24th, 2019

A lot has changed when it comes to taxes and the related benefits of owning a home.  New provisions in the federal tax laws can impact both current homeowners, as well as those considering taking the leap from renter to owner. 

Realtor.com offers an excellent guide to the items that may, or may not, be deductible. This can include mortgage interest, property taxes, private mortgage insurance, energy efficiency upgrades, a home office, home improvements for aging in place, and interest on a home equity line of credit.  Before you start anticipating how you’ll spend your tax refund, take a look at this Complete Guide for Filing Now and Next Year

If the tax advantages convince you that buying a home works for you, check out the Sal Paone Builders website and see the exciting possibilities for owning a Paone!

Pre-Approved for a Mortgage? Don’t Do This!

April 17th, 2019

You might feel great about being pre-approved for a mortgage.  But, there are some things you should NOT do to assure your mortgage won’t be denied later in the home buying process.  The fact is that a pre-approval doesn’t mean you’ve locked in that loan – and there are money mistakes you could make that might lead to a problem Read More...

Only 8 Lots Remain at Washington Manor!

April 16th, 2019

It’s spring -- and the housing market is hot.  That’s definitely the case at Sal Paone Builder’s Washington Manor community, where only eight lots remain. If you’re looking for a home that combines, history, scenery, livability and absolute perfection in home design and finishes, take our advice: Do Read More...

Cool Features Every Kid’s Room Should Have

April 10th, 2019

Kids of all ages love having their own space.  When you design their rooms with today’s trendiest features, you can gain major points for being the coolest parent on the planet. What’s in?  Bunk beds, of course.  But today’s trend is to not have a desk underneath.  Better to have an extra sleeping space for when the BFF sleeps over Read More...

Cozy Soups

April 1st, 2019

It’s soup season -- the perfect time to snazzy up stick-to-your ribs stews and savory selections. Chicken noodle is so 50s!  Why not try a more modern soup recipe, like an Asian-influenced pot sticker or long noodle soup.  Love a good bratwurst? Throw it in a soup bowl with beans and peppers Read More...

Snowed In?

March 13th, 2019

School-closing snow days are here.  Are you ready to keep your kids busy while keeping your sanity intact?  If the weather is too frightful for them to play outside, make it a fun, stress-free day inside with some boredom-busting ideas from Mommy Poppins and Accuweather.  With a little wax paper and a carpet, you can create an indoor ice-skating pond Read More...

Why Do I Need Title Insurance

March 6th, 2019

When you purchase a home, you will most likely be required to have title insurance.  Why?  Because the chain of ownership of the property you’re buying could have resulted in problems that will cost you money if they are not detected.  Some of the most common include liens that could transfer to you as the new owner, omitted heirs who could claim ownership of the property, fraud in past transactions, or errors in the public record Read More...

Best Places to Live in Montgomery County

February 27th, 2019

Livability is what makes a community stand out as a “best place” to call home. Every year, Niche.com compiles its list of the most livable communities.  Niche ranks the overall quality of an area by reviewing a wide variety of factors, including schools, cost of living, housing, diversity, health, jobs, nightlife, outdoor activities, commuting methods – even the number of sunny days Read More...

Show Your Home Some Love!

February 14th, 2019

Love your home?  Winter in general – is a great time to give your home, sweet, home a little extra pampering!  Bring it flowers or give extra attention to something that needs fixing.  Consider buying your home a little “jewelry” to adorn spaces.  Art, lighting, or accessories that add beauty or eclectic charm are sure to please Read More...

How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

February 13th, 2019

Few things are as miserable as the winter woes created by frozen pipes. At the minimum, you’ll have trouble getting water where you need it. At the worst, your pipes may burst, leading to plumbing expenses, damage to your home and thousands of dollars in repair expenses. To keep costs and hassle from skyrocketing, be sure to protect your pipes when temperatures plummet Read More...