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Thu Jun 25

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footsox posted to the Tax Strategies board. 3:57 PM

Can I deduct tips to technicians, etc?

I own a couple of rent houses. When I hire a person, for example to come and service the air-conditioner at one of the rent houses, I usually pay them their fee (with a credit card) and then I usually tip them in cash. I figure if I tip the [more]

Thu Jun 18

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footsox replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 3:34 AM

Re: Russian River Cruise on Viking

We are researching taking a European river cruise also. There is a lot of information here: www.cruisecritic.com

They have message boards with a lot of people talking about their river cruise [more]

Tue Jun 16

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footsox replied to the Tax Strategies board. 8:53 AM

Re: Capital gains if low income

Thanks inparadise! That is exactly what I needed.

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Mon Jun 15

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footsox posted to the Tax Strategies board. 4:02 AM

Capital gains if low income

We are both newly retired. We have 3 rent houses that bring in income. After expenses from the rent houses, our income will be reasonably low this year. If we sell some of our stock (to augment our income), is the capital gains tax 15% no matter what [more]

Sun Jun 14

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footsox replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 1:37 AM

Re: Pop-up sink drain?

Thanks. I kid of thought so. I did a little more reading and it seems that if I buy one with a really big drain cover, the curvature of the sink by the drain hole can effect if it will close properly. Otherwise, it looks like a normal sized one will [more]

Sat Jun 13

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footsox posted to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 12:12 PM

Pop-up sink drain?

Does anyone know if I can install a pop-up sink drain in ANY sink? I would like to install one of those pop-up sink drains in the bathroom we are remodeling. They are the ones where you simply push the drain cap down to close the drain, and push it [more]

Wed Jun 3

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footsox replied to the Tax Strategies board. 2:10 AM

Re: Capital Gains and sale of Home

If I am to understand correctly, if one spouse dies, then the exclusion is the $250K, since the person selling the house is now a single taxpayer? That kind of doesn't make much sense. I mean, let's say a married couple lives in the same house for 40 [more]

Tue Jun 2

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footsox replied to the Tax Strategies board. 11:47 AM

Re: Capital Gains and sale of Home

Well, we would not consider making it a rent house, so that's off the table. Also, no divorce planned after 23 years together. ;-)

Since we did most of the remodeling and improvements ourselves, we have thousands of receipts. For example, if [more]

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footsox replied to the Owning Rental Property board. 11:16 AM

Re: Online Bill Pay for tenants to pay rent?

Just an update. From a recommendation on this board, we chose Dwolla to do the online payments from our tenants. We signed up for an account with them and then notified the tenants how to do it, and we have just received our first payment from the [more]

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footsox posted to the Tax Strategies board. 10:53 AM

Capital Gains and sale of Home

(I also posted this on the "Buying and Selling a Home" board

If I am to understand correctly, on the sale of a home, a couple can take a once in a lifetime tax break of $500,000 capital gains on their home. So, if I sell my home [more]

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footsox posted to the Buying or Selling a Home board. 10:49 AM

Capital Gains and Home sale

If I am to understand correctly, on the sale of a home, a couple can take a once in a lifetime tax break of $500,000 capital gains on their home. So, if I sell my home for anything under $500,000, then I do NOT pay capital gains on it?

I am [more]

Fri May 29

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footsox posted to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 2:29 AM

How to choose a new router

It looks like we need a new router. (We have a very old D-link that we constantly have to reset) Can anyone give me a quick course on what to look for when buying a new one? We have internet through Comcast, we run 2 computers - one connected [more]

Thu May 14

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footsox replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 1:29 AM

Re: Poll: Flood Insurance

We are in Southwest Florida and we have flood insurance on our house that is paid for (no mortgage). We also have flood insurance on 3 rent houses -- all paid for with no mortgages. We constantly mull over getting rid of it, but it would be just my [more]

Wed May 13

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footsox replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 4:38 AM

Re: Painted popcorn ceiling

We just did this last week. I agree with jeffbrig (previous post). Just REALLY cover the floor and up the walls. Use some plastic sheeting you can roll up and throw entirely away. We used a cheap spray bottle and a 12 inch drywall knife. The popcorn [more]

Mon May 11

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footsox replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 12:10 PM

Re: Lawn mowing prices?

Thanks for the replies. If the mower stops working, we will have it repaired, so we will always be supplying the mower and gasoline. He will not have to do much trimming - there is no fence to trim up against and the shrubbery is such that he can mow [more]

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footsox posted to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 12:07 PM

Low VOC caulking?

Can anyone recommend a low VOC sealant/caulking I can use to install a glass shower door? The actual shower door is glass, but it has a metal frame around it. We will be screwing through the metal frame and into the wall tiles and then into the wood [more]

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footsox posted to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 12:13 AM

Lawn mowing prices?

I am hoping to get a little help with lawn mowing prices. I am responsible for doing the upkeep on my brother's house. He is handicapped and lives in upstate NY. I live in Florida. He used to try and mow it himself and it was a fiasco, (rarely [more]

Fri May 8

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footsox posted to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 4:01 PM

Caesarstone vs. Silestone

Has anybody done any research on which is better - Caesarstone or Silestone? After having granite counters in the kitchen, we are definitely going to do some kind of quartz-like counters in the bathroom. I think these are the top 2 brands. Just [more]

Mon May 4

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footsox replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 12:58 PM

Re: Glass shower doors?

Thanks guys! I think I am squeegee "challenged." LOL It sounds like most of you have adjusted to it, so I shall try also. The thought about being the first one into the shower and making the spouse do it, is a great idea though. [more]

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footsox replied to the Owning Rental Property board. 2:35 AM

Re: Online Bill Pay for tenants to pay rent?

Hi Shannoncreek,
Thanks for all the info. I really appreciate it. Just one more question.... it appears from your time frame -- that a tenant could pay you on the first of the month, and it could take 5 days for the money to show up in your [more]

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