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Benefits of Buying in the Current Market!

Although the Federal tax credit programs ended with purchases occuring no later than 30 April 2010, there are still plenty of reasons to make a purchase in today's market:

1. Mortgage interest rates are still at historically low rates - most recently being 4.75% APR. A one percent change in the interest rate on a 30-year $200,000 loan can [...]

Extended and Expanded Tax Credit for Homebuyers

The following article is reproduced in its entirety for the benefit of the readers of our Blog. Now is the time to buy your first home, or to sell your current home and move up to a new home! Don't miss out on this extended and expanded tax credit which is set to expire on June 30, [...]

My Favorite Meatloaf

This recipe is courtesy of Susan Amory who shared it with me and informed me that her mother is the Casserole Queen. You will see more recipes from Susan and her mother in the future.

2 pounds of ground beef
2 beaten eggs
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 cup V8 juice (Susan sometimes uses a bloody mary mix instead)
1 clove garlic
3/4 cup chopped celery [...]

Poppycock

This is a family recipe that my grandmother and her neighbor made at the holidays. As a child, I enjoyed it immensely and we called it poppycock, although it isn't exactly the same as what is labeled [...]

Pumpkin Bread

This recipe was provided by Josh Westlund of The House Inspector Company. His family bakes it every year during the holidays.
3 ½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
¾ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven [...]

First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit

As Fall has arrived and Winter will soon be upon us, I am reminded that the first-time homebuyer Federal tax credit will expire on 1 December 2009, so first-time homebuyers should be mindful of this date to ensure that they are closing on their purchase by no later than this date. There are also several other important facts regarding this [...]