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How to Document Possessions in Your Home in Case of Disaster

Natural disasters occur regularly throughout the world, often taking everything in their path with them. Although no one wants to experience these events, it’s important to document the possessions in your home and protect your assets in case of an emergency. Watch this video to find out more.

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How to Qualify for an Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate

The federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocated $300 million to fund state run rebate programs for residents in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia to replace existing appliances with new energy efficient models. Read on to find out how you can qualify.

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What is the Return on Investment for a Kitchen Remodel

The return on your investment for any home improvement project, including remodeling your kitchen, will depend on the real estate market in your area as well as how large a renovation you have in mind. Watch this video to find out more.

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Home Improvement Projects Rate of Return on Investment

Thinking about adding a deck or revamping the kitchen so you can up the price of your home before you sell? You might want to crunch the cost vs. value numbers, complied by Remodeling magazine, before you do. Read on to see the projects that gave the best and worst rate of return on investment

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How to Prepare Your Own Home Inventory Report

If your home was destroyed by fire or vandalized by theft, could you recreate from memory a list of all your possessions including purchase date, cost, serial number and model number? A detailed list of damaged or destroyed possessions is required for all insurance claims. If you don’t have a home inventory, read on to find out how to prepare one.

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Homebuyer Federal Tax Credit Extended and Expanded

If you’re considering buying a home, now is the time! The $8,000 federal tax credit for new homebuyers—which was to expire November 30, 2009—has been extended through April 30, 2010. In addition, it’s been expanded to include a $6,500 tax credit for existing homeowners who buy a home as well.

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How to Claim the Federal Homebuyer Tax Credit for Existing Homeowners

Homeowners who have lived in their current home for at least five years, and meet certain other requirements, may be eligible for a refundable federal tax credit of up to $6,500 if they purchase a new home by April 30, 2010. Read on to find out how you can qualify.

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Home Inventory: How to Document Your Personal Property

A home inventory is a comprehensive report which includes detailed descriptions and photos of the personal property in and around your home. While considered a key component in documenting insurance claims, a home inventory is also valuable for estate and financial planning. Read on to find out more.

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