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What every homeowner should know about the new clean energy tax credit

(BPT) – Whether you are in the market for a new home or ready to upgrade your current residence, investing in energy-efficient home improvements could help you save money thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act.Signed into law in August 2022, the federally funded Inflation Reduction Act includes a record $370 billion reserved spending for energy initiatives, including significant tax credits, rebates and other incentives …

Investing in Rental Properties: Tips for Generating Passive Income

In today’s economic landscape, many individuals are turning to real estate investment as a means of generating passive income. Among the various avenues available, investing in rental properties remains one of the most popular and reliable methods. However, like any investment endeavor, success in real estate requires careful planning, strategic decision-making, and a deep understanding of the market. Here are some essential tips for …

Safety Alert: Toxicity Risk Prompts Urgent Warning on Water Beads

In a recent warning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has alerted consumers to the immediate dangers posed by Jangostor Large Water Beads, citing the product’s violation of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act due to high levels of acrylamide. This toxic substance can lead to serious health risks if ingested, particularly in children. The urgency of the warning is underscored by reports of …

Exploring Herkimer County’s Buyer-Friendly Real Estate Landscape

Herkimer County, nestled in the heart of New York State, boasts a serene landscape dotted with charming homes and picturesque vistas. As we delve into the housing market report for February 2024, prospective buyers and sellers alike are keen to uncover whether the county leans towards favoring buyers or sellers in its real estate transactions. Housing Market Conditions: The current state of the housing …

Springing Forward: Gardening Post-Pandemic Trends

As the world emerges from the pandemic, garden centers find themselves at a crossroads. The surge in interest, particularly among millennials seeking solace in green spaces during lockdowns, propelled a remarkable boom in the industry. According to the National Gardening Association’s 2023 National Gardening Survey, a staggering 80% of U.S. households delved into lawn and gardening activities in 2022, marking a five-year high. With …

It’s Affordable to Live in Oneida County, NY

Nestled in the heart of upstate New York, Oneida County offers a lifestyle that combines affordability with charm. With a Cost of Living score of 85.7, this picturesque county proves to be a haven for those seeking economical living without compromising on quality. Housing Costs: Oneida County boasts housing costs that are significantly lower than both the national and state averages. The median home …

 What Every Buyer & Seller Needs To Know About Radon Testing

If you are buying OR selling a home, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says you should have it tested for radon.  Radon Is a cancer‑causing, radioactive gas you cannot see, smell, or taste, but it still may be a problem in your home. Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes …

Biggest Taxpayer Fraud Threats For 2024

In 2022 alone, the IRS identified more than $5.7 billion in tax fraud. In many cases, tax-related identity theft victims don’t know they’ve been targeted until it is too late. Luckily, there are proactive steps you can take to help protect your identity and restorative steps should you fall victim to identity theft. LifeLock has identified several of the biggest threats taxpayers should be …

Homebuyers Struggle Amidst Housing Crunch in Mohawk Valley: Shortage and Bidding Wars Plague Market

Home buyers in the Mohawk Valley are facing significant challenges in purchasing homes this year, grappling with a shortage of desirable properties and soaring interest rates. Local real estate professionals are witnessing bidding wars, with some homes receiving over 15 offers after open houses. John Brown, a broker at Coldwell Banker Faith Properties, attributes the current housing crunch to events dating back over two …

Before You Hand Over Your Money – Understanding Warranties

If you’re like most people, you can’t help capitalizing on a good deal. But before you hand over your hand-earned money, let’s take a minute to consider the importance of warranties and what they mean. A warranty is a written promise of performance regarding the quality and durability of a product. It is the company’s assurance to its customers guaranteeing the reliability of their product to …

Tree Buying Tips For Spring

Trees provide many benefits, they create the oxygen we breathe, reduce air and water pollution, reduce storm water runoff, provide shade, reduce energy costs, reduce the urban heat island effect, and act as wind breaks, sound barriers, and visual screens. They improve our quality of life in enormous ways. Trees are among the longest-living organisms on earth, but in urban and suburban areas the …

The Current State of the Rome, NY Housing Market: Trends and Insights

The housing market in Rome, New York, presents an intriguing landscape for both buyers and sellers, characterized by competitive dynamics and notable shifts in pricing trends. Understanding the nuances of this market is essential for anyone looking to navigate the realm of real estate in this historic city. Here’s an overview of key aspects shaping the Rome housing market: Homes for Sale As of …

Navigating Oneida County, NY: Exploring Top School Districts and Real Estate Opportunities

Are you considering a move to Oneida County, NY? If so, you’re likely weighing various factors to ensure you find the perfect place to call home. For many families, the quality of education offered by local schools is a top priority. Fortunately, Oneida County boasts several exceptional school districts that not only provide top-notch education but also influence the real estate landscape. As a …

Ensuring Uninterrupted Power: 6 Essential Considerations Before Purchasing a Standby Generator

In an era marked by increasingly frequent and severe weather events, the importance of reliable power cannot be overstated. From hurricanes to ice storms, the threat of power outages looms large, disrupting daily life and posing risks to safety and comfort. In such uncertain times, investing in a standby generator has transitioned from a luxury to a necessity. Before making this crucial decision, there …

Updates You Should Make Before The Housing Market Changes

With demand rising and interest rates expected to drop, experts predict the local market is likely to be more friendly to sellers in the coming year. “The real estate and housing markets can shift quickly, and we recommend homeowners plan ahead so they’re in position to take advantage of any opportunities that arise,” said Joel Tucciarone, general manager of The Plumber Heating & Cooling. “Proper …

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