Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Your Mortgage Saves You Taxes

Many first-time homebuyers that I work with come to me with a budget of how much they can afford on a new home. Often overlooked is the fact that mortgage interest is tax deductible and the cash savings can be pretty amazing. For example, a $500,000 loan has a payment of about $3,000 a month. But when you itemize deductions on your taxes, you'll receive over $600 a month back for the first year! So your actual monthly payment is $3,000 - $600 or $2,400! Don't forget to account for other monthly payments that come with home ownership like utilities, insurance, maintenance and property taxes (which is also tax deductible).

Of course, the tax savings varies on the loan's interest rate and your tax bracket. Yahoo has set up a nice little calculator that gives you an idea of how much money your mortgage deduction will get you.

Friday, March 09, 2007

San Diego Region's New Traffic Service

We already know how bad San Diego traffic can be. Thankfully, there is a new way to assess traffic before you venture out. SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) has a new website that provides real-time traffic information, accident reports, and drive times.

See for yourself by clicking on the map below:

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Interest Rates

Interest rates continue to be stable. Take a look at today's numbers: