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5 Overlooked Tax Deductions


It’s that time of year when many of us are likely starting to do our taxes. If you do your own, you no doubt know many of the deductions you can claim. But do you know ALL of them? Courtesy of USA Today, here are five deductions that are little-known, but might pay off big.

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Great Tips from a Serial Remodeler


Whether you’ve tackled a ton of home improvement projects on your own or haven’t so much as touched a paint brush, you can learn plenty of do’s and don’ts from this article written by a serial home remodeler from CNNMoney.

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Keller Williams Realty is Now #1 Real Estate Company in the United States by Agent Count


Keller Williams Realty Now #1 Real Estate Company in the United States by Agent Count
Company also announces franchise expansion into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Turkey
DALLAS, TEXAS (February 17, 2013) — Keller Williams Realty, Inc. announced today that it is the largest real estate franchise company by agent count in the United States, with approximately 80,000 associates. In recent years, Keller Williams Realty has posted record growth numbers, surpassing RE/MAX, Century 21, and now Coldwell Banker to secure the industry’s top position. The news, based on publically available information as of February 6, 2013, was announced in front of more than 10,000 Keller Williams associates during the company’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas.
During his standing-room-only, annual State of the Company address, CEO Mark Willis made the announcement, stating, “Keller Williams associates: We are one family. We have one destiny. We share one thing…We are America’s #1 real estate company by agent count!”
Willis also reported strong productivity gains by Keller Williams associates in 2012. Year over year, per-agent units increased 23 percent, closed volume was up 31 percent, and gross commission income rose 28 percent. Moreover, a record 91 percent of the company’s offices were profitable for the year. The company also announced its final profit share total for the year, which added up to more than $55 million in profits distributed to Keller Williams associates – an increase of 44 percent over the previous year.
Keller Williams Realty President Mary Tennant updated attendees on the company’s charitable 501(c)(3) entity, KW Cares, which in 2012 awarded $2.7 million in grants to associates and their families in need.
And finally, Keller Williams Worldwide President Chris Heller announced plans to expand into two new regions: (1) Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; and (2) Turkey. The company previously announced global franchise agreements in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Southern Africa. Heller also extended a big welcome to more than 70 international guests who were visiting from 18 countries.
“One of the keys to Keller Williams Realty’s phenomenal success has been our ability to grow organically – from agent to agent, from market center to market center, from country to country – earning our reputation one person at a time,” Heller said.
Willis’ presentation was followed by a 30th anniversary party. The No. 1 announcement and celebration capped a remarkable year for the Austin, TX-based company:

  • J.D. Power and Associates ranked Keller Williams “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” among both home buyers and home sellers.*
  • Keller Williams was ranked No. 9 on America’s Top 150 Workplaces – the only national real estate company on the list.
  • And in April, Keller Williams co-founder and bestselling author Gary Keller will publish his latest book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.
Willis thanked associates and implored them to “Never back down” from their new position as the largest real estate company in the United States: “Let’s celebrate tonight, but watch out, competition. Tomorrow we’re going to be working harder than we’ve ever worked before. The real prize we’re pursuing is to be #1 in agent count and transactions and volume all across the world!”
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*Disclaimer: Keller Williams received the highest numerical score among full service real estate firms for home buyers and home sellers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM. Study based on 2,994 total evaluations measuring five firms and measures opinions of individuals who bought or sold a home between March 2011 and April 2012. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed March-May 2012. Your experiences may vary. Visit
About Keller Williams Realty, Inc.: Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the largest real estate franchise company in the United States, with approximately 700 offices and 80,000 associates around the world. The company has grown exponentially since the opening of the first Keller Williams Realty office in 1983, and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards associates as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties. For more information or to search for homes for sale visit Keller Williams Realty online at ( For more information about KWWorldwide, please visit (
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Resolutions to Start the New Year Right

We’ve got New Year’s resolutions for your home that  you can achieve in one step.

Resolution #1: Make the most of your storage  space.
One-step solution: Donate or pitch everything  you haven’t used in a year.

goodwill donations

The first step in gaining storage space is  decluttering. We’ve got ideas for how  to responsibly get rid of hazardous materials, old technology, kids’ stuff,  books, and more. Bonus: It won’t cost you a penny.

Resolution #2 Use less energy.
One-step  solution: Install a programmable  thermostat.

programmable thermostat

The bulk of your energy costs in 2013 will be spent heating  and cooling your home. Put a dent in that bill with a thermostat that’ll  keep your house comfortable when you’re home to enjoy it, and saves energy when  you’re not. You’ll spend less than $100 for a basic model, and can save as much  as $180 per year.

Resolution #3: Beef up your  home security.
One-step solution: Install  outdoor motion  sensor lights.

motion sensor light
These lights, which plug into ordinary wall outlets,  provide a security boost by illuminating your home’s exterior when anything  moves outside. They take minutes to install and cost anywhere from  $13-$145.

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Important Message to Sellers and Investors from Josh Gidcumb…

If you have a property that is currently vacant, please make sure that the house is ready for the freezing temperatures that we are expecting

Homes should be winterized, especially when it comes to preventative measures to protect pipes from bursting in freezing temperatures, setting thermostats to provide a minimal amount of heat, closing fireplace dampers, etc.  Frozen/burst pipes are very expensive fixes – take steps to prevent this major repair!  If you have any questions regarding suggested winterization methods, please see check out a few of my recent posts.

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