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N. Mark Kramoltz, JD, GRI, CIPS writes blog articles on the metro Phoenix, Arizona, national and global real estate markets. Written from his perspective as a designated broker and real estate attorney, his articles avoid the inaccuracies and vacuous industry propaganda common to most real estate writings. Due to his love of animals and military history, he also frequently writes about dogs, cats and horses that have played a role in military conflicts. Subscribe to his blog now!

Its IRS Form 8840 Time Again.

Its IRS Form 8840 Time Again.

Canadians who received money in 2019 from a U.S. source while here may have to file a U.S. tax return. But if you are a snowbird or spend a limited amount of time in the U.S., you can establish your tax “home” as Canada, avoiding that requirement. You would then be...

Labradors in Combat.

Labradors in Combat.

Despite the perception that only so-called fierce breeds were used as war dogs, America’s most popular dog got into the action in WWII. Although Labs aren’t known for having war dog properties, a black Labrador Retriever named Skipper performed admirably on Guam in...

Moving Abroad?

Moving Abroad?

Are you moving out of the country? The best source I’ve found for the information you need to know is MoveHub. It has guides on the cost of a global move, articles on what it takes to move to various destinations, and guides for moving to Canada, New Zealand,...

Appraisal Concepts, Part 1.

Appraisal Concepts, Part 1.

How Real Property Is Valued. Having an understanding of appraisal concepts will help you understand how your property’s value will be determined. Appraisers find market value by analyzing real estate data utilizing three methods: the market data or comparable sales...

5 Repair Request Must Dos.

5 Repair Request Must Dos.

If you are buying a home, there may be items or components that need repairs. Here are 5 things to know when asking the seller to do corrective work: Let the small stuff go. You may offend the seller by asking for everything and so get nothing. Also realize you may...

Don’t Overprice Your Home.

Don’t Overprice Your Home.

When you hear from the media that it's a sellers market that's still not a reason to overprice your home. An intelligent price will be based on recent sales of comparable properties in the immediate area. If you price your home at or close to market value, it will...