6 Home Deduction Traps and How to Avoid Them

Get an “A” on your Schedule A Form: Dodge these tax deduction pitfalls to save time, money, and an IRS investigation.

Trap #1: Line 6 – real estate taxes

IRSYour monthly mortgage payment often includes money for a tax escrow, from which the lender pays your local real estate taxes.… Read the rest


Chester County PA Marketwatch – January 2013

The January 2013 housing market numbers, for Chester County, have been finalized by TREND. Stats continue to indicate a recovery in the housing market, both nationally and here in the Chester County area.

Market History
MarketWithin Chester County there was a 16.6% decrease in total number of homes on the … Read the rest

Time Heals All Wounds: Our Love of the Ocean

via Zillow Real Estate Research

The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy raised many questions for the New Jersey and New York housing markets. Will residents of the battered neighborhoods remember the destructive potential of this storm and migrate to safer ground? Will people look on those areas with newfound worry … Read the rest

Video: Homes In Chester County (February 2013)

Homes In Chester County (February 2013)
http://homesinchesco.com/ According to a recent KW research study, the top eco-friendly features buyers are looking for in a their next home include.Updating your house will not only make it more appealing to buyers when you decide to put it on the market,but it could … Read the rest

CBS Philly

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By Mark Abrams

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — A Chester County woman, set to go on trial for a murder in which she convinced her young lover to kill her husband, pled guilty on Tuesday and was sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities say 37-year-old Morgan Mengel convinced her lover, Stephen Shappell, an employee of the couple’s landscaping business, to kill her husband, Kevin Mengel in June 2010.

“She wanted to get rid of her husband,” says Chester County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Carmody, “and she manipulated a 21-year-old lover to do a crime with her. After she did the crime, she thought she covered her tracks.”

Shappell was captured and eventually confessed to authorities that he hit Kevin Mengel in the head after an attempt to drug him failed. He’s facing a sentence of 40 to 80 years in prison.

Carmody says a jury…

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