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Feature Home
 

110 Stone Ridge Rd, Ashford AL  $339,900

Country living at its finest in this picturesque farmhouse with attached and detached garages, screened in pool and hot tub and a private pond stocked with catfish - all on an open 2.6 acre lot! Relax on the great wrap-around porch or on the covered back patio overlooking the pool. There is a large living room with wood burning fireplace, lovely kitchen with oak cabinets, and formal dining room. The main floor Master bedroom with ensuite bath features dual sinks, garden tub and walk-in shower. Three upstairs guest bedrooms share a hall bath with dual vanities. All bedrooms have large walk-in closets. You have tons of privacy with large lots throughout the subdivision. Additional amenities of the home include a metal roof installed in 2016, 2 A/C units (1 unit installed in 2013) and sprinkler system. The detached garage even includes a wonderful workshop space! For more information or to schedule a tour, call Betty Brewer (334)701-8848!

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November Showcase Agents!!!
 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Showcase Properties would like to recognize the “Showcase Agents” for the month of November-

Danita Murdoch, Tesi Conte, Jackie Johnson, Ramona Miley, Angela Blissett, Betty and Robert Brewer of The Brewer Team and Tim Vierkandt!

These highly trained and motivated professionals continue to set the standard for productivity, professionalism, client satisfaction, and commitment to career development. Our team of professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Showcase Properties is “Committed to Excellence - Every Day in Every Way.”

 
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FINANCIAL ADVICE
 

Is It Time To Buy a Vacation Home?

You may be feeling fairly flush these days, with a bigger salary, job security, appreciating homestead and other wise investments. Now might be the right time for you to buy a vacation home.

According to the 2019 U.S. Vacation Home Counties Report compiled by the National Association of REALTORS, the median price of vacation homes between 2013 and 2018 appreciated 36% compared to existing and new homes at 31%.

Like many vacation home buyers, you may be thinking of a great family getaway, but you can also use a second home as an additional way to build equity. You can lease it for income, and then use the property as your primary residence upon retirement.

Banks have stiffer qualifying requirements and charge higher mortgage rates for non-primary homes. Federal tax laws allow you to deduct interest for both a primary and second home up to $750,000 for married couples and $375,000 for singles, as well as local property tax amounts paid. However, you only have one homestead that qualifies for the owner/occupant tax rate from your local taxing authority.

If you rent the property fewer than 14 days, you don’t have to report rental income to the IRS. Otherwise, you should go to IRS.gov or ask your accountant to explain rental income rules so you can be better prepared at tax time.

 
HOMEBUYERS’ ADVICE
 

Loving the Ranch-style Home

All housing reflects the culture and the economics of their day, and the ranch-style home of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s is a symbol of post-World War II prosperity and an icon of the space age.

The mid-century saw the first real sprawl in communities away from town centers, made accessible by the increasingly affordable family car aided by President Eisenhower’s new highways. Land was plentiful, so most of these single-story or split-level homes are situated on comparatively large lots, with kid-friendly front and back yards.

These homes were designed as machines for living, with streamlined designs of the space age. Ranch homes were easy and quick to build, and a snap to remodel, as most load-bearing walls are on the outside perimeter.

Mid-century ranch-style homes are the perfect answer for today’s two-income, time-starved families. The only thing they need is a little 21st century flair. Just replace those linoleum floors and Jetson-era Formica countertops with contemporary stone. Install elegant French doors in place of sliding glass patio doors. Hang your flat-screen TV in place of the starburst clock, and buy some stylish retro furnishings and you’re cool, man.

 
HOMEowners’ ADVICE
 

5 Quick Declutter Questions You Need to Ask

We’ve all felt that urge to panic when we feel overwhelmed by clutter in the house. It can sneak up at any time of year, but especially after a holiday or birthday that results in more stuff in the home. Whatever the reason for your panic, there is a simple way to quickly declutter by asking yourself these 5 questions.

Have I Used This in the Last Year?
Remove items you haven’t used in the last year. If you didn’t use it last year, you are unlikely to use it this year. Ditch the aspirational hobby items and leave more breathing space to use the items you really love.

Does This Item Have a Home?
The mantra “a place for everything and everything in its place” only works if you have room for all the items you have. But if your item doesn’t truly have a spot, there is a chance you don’t value it enough to keep it. Donate it and borrow one from a friend or library next time you are in need.

Would I Re-Buy This Now?
Ask yourself if you would buy the item in question in the store now. Be honest about your current living space, tastes and priorities. If you answered no, it may be time to pass it along to someone who would.

Can I Replace This Easily?
If there is an item for which you are on the fence, ask yourself if it’s easy to replace. Inexpensive tools or kitchen items can be donated if they’re not being used but can be easily replaced in the event you change your mind.

Would I Bring This in a Move?
When the chore of packing outweighs the pull of nostalgia, we become more ruthless when culling items. If you wouldn’t take the time to pack this item during a move, don’t bother keeping it now.

Sometimes a quick declutter is all we need to get our homes back on-track. These questions can help you vet through your belongings to quickly restore peace to your home.

 
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