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Tax Deductions for Homeowners

  • Written by the Blue Team: Ashley Farrington & Michelle Blue, Windermere Woodinville

The tax reforms enacted in 2018 are likely to have changed your taxes in many ways – some positive and some negative.  You should work with a tax expert to make sure you can take advantage of all the tax benefits that apply to you.  If you are a homeowner, here are a couple of tax tips specific to you.

Determine if you should Itemize Your Deductions. Taxpayers only benefit from itemizing if the total itemized deductions are bigger than the standard deduction. 

$12K for single taxpayers and $24K for married taxpayers filing jointly. So what can you deduct if you itemize?

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Show Your Home Some Love

  • Written by Blue Team: Ashley Farrington & Michelle Blue, Windermere Woodinville
Love your home and it will love you! Here are some things you should do in the winter to keep your home (and you) healthy and happy.
 
Winter home maintenance tips:
 
Maximize Your Winter Heating. Reverse ceiling fans to run clockwise and push the heated air down. Wrap your hot water tank with an insulating blanket. Have your furnace inspected and serviced (if you haven’t already). Remove window screens – that will boost natural light and improves solar heat gain. Keep your fireplace flue closed when you are not using it.
 
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WATER LIKE A PRO

  • Written by Jean Satti of Molbak’s
Cool water splashing overhead, sliding on wet grass, remember running through the sprinkler on a hot, summer day?  But who knew that a sprinkler uses about 600 gallons of water an hour!  The water crisis is on the forefront of the news with demand for water in some states exceeding the natural supply.  As we head into the driest part of the gardening season, Molbak’s garden + home in Woodinville has some tips and tools that can help you conserve water, save money and keep your garden healthy.
 
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Call Blocking Specialists Provide Support to Washington Veterans

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

A call blocking specialist has launched a free e-toolkit to help prevent veterans becoming the victims of telephone fraud. In light of the recent AARP research, which revealed that veterans are twice as likely to be targeted by fraudsters, CPR Call Blocker has created a downloadable resource to empower veterans when handling telephone calls.

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