Recharging your air conditioning system can really empty your wallet this spring and summer if you have a unit that’s more than two years old. The refrigerant that older air conditioning units use, R-22, is being phased out, and with less R-22 to go around, prices have spiked.
If your AC unit was manufactured in 2011 or later, it uses a different refrigerant, R-410A. Lucky you.
Fertilizers and herbicides can be poisonous to your pets.
Now might be the best time for home owners who have been putting off refinancing. After a slight increase, mortgage rates slipped back below 4% this week, but it’s unlikely that they will remain near historic lows. Home owners with FHA loans could also benefit from reduced mortgage insurance costs because of efforts to streamline the process. Read what else to expect during the spring housing season in this week’s Friday Five.
Tick tubes are filled with a pesticide that kills ticks, but not mice.
With tax deduction limits coming for 2013, medically related home upgrades are a smart project this year.
What a difference year makes.
For the 2012 tax year, you can take a tax deduction on medically necessary home improvements — like installing a wheelchair ramp and other projects that make life easier for an ill or injured family member — if you:
Consumer confidence, bidding wars, and smaller home inventories signal a bullish outlook for the housing economy.
In this week’s housing news roundup, short sales flex some muscle while regulators and legislators debate changes to mortgage loan rules.
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