Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,All Real Estate Advice Topics,Grayslake- IL http://www.zillow.com/advice/Grayslake-IL/all/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Home Staging Cost Is A Taxable Deduction http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-Staging-Cost-Is-A-Taxable-Deduction/343579/ <p class="MsoNormal"><img height="103" width="95" src="http://images2.zillow.com/is/image/i0/i2/i4517/ISr1bx4te42en7.jpg?op_sharpen=1&amp;qlt=90&amp;" imageid="X1-IAr1bx4te5gz2p_cu4za" imagetype="8" uploadtype="new"/>The cost of hiring a Certified Home Stager can be used as a tax deduction. In today's economy, we need every deduction we can find to recoup from our 2009 losses. After researching the IRS Publication 523 for an exact statement explaining this question, I found that home sellers can write off selling expenses such as (commissions, advertising, which would includes home staging, legal fees and loan charges or points). With that said, a staging consultation is not a taxable deduction. You must advertise the fact either through your Real Estate Agent or by publicly announcing that your home has been Professionally staged.&nbsp;<br/><br/> The cost of staging your home to sell varies due to your homes&nbsp;sq footage and if your home stager is hired for 1/2 a day or a full day.&nbsp; Color consultations for&nbsp;painting, sugggested&nbsp;hardware and light fixtures to full remodeling can be included in your service. No matter what your selling price is, the current real estate market demands a move-in ready home to entice buyers and increase the overall appeal of your home.<br/><br/>For more information on home selling tax deductions go to: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p523.pdf" rel="nofollow" title=" (Full address: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p523.pdf)">http://www.irs.gov/pub/ir ... /p523.pdf</a><br/><br/> </p><br \><br \>16 replies Tue, 13 Apr 2010 02:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-Staging-Cost-Is-A-Taxable-Deduction/343579/ 2010-04-13T02:56:00Z What type of Purchase Loans (REO) are available if water will not be turned on by bank? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-type-of-Purchase-Loans-REO-are-available-if-water-will-not-be-turned-on-by-bank/547885/ Hi,<br/><br/>Are there conventional loan options available if an REO seller will not allow for water to be turned on for Appraisal/Inspection?<br/><br/>I'm having trouble identifying a lender who doesn't require the water to be on for the appraisal and inspection...<br/><br/>Thanks in advance for any suggestions.<br/>-Matt O.<br \><br \>7 replies Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-type-of-Purchase-Loans-REO-are-available-if-water-will-not-be-turned-on-by-bank/547885/ 2014-06-30T18:13:00Z Why is 1514 cheriton circle in grayslake il. Listed as off market when it is still for sale? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-is-1514-cheriton-circle-in-grayslake-il-Listed-as-off-market-when-it-is-still-for-sale/556633/ Who changes the status for your website?This has caused confusion ,This house is still for sale.<br \><br \>2 replies Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-is-1514-cheriton-circle-in-grayslake-il-Listed-as-off-market-when-it-is-still-for-sale/556633/ 2014-08-26T18:07:00Z Where can I find a short sale expert realtor to list my house? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-can-I-find-a-short-sale-expert-realtor-to-list-my-house/509637/ 10 replies Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-can-I-find-a-short-sale-expert-realtor-to-list-my-house/509637/ 2013-09-02T13:59:00Z I can't get pre approved for an FHA loan http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-pre-approved-for-an-FHA-loan/529962/ My credit score is a 607. &nbsp;Up from the 570s. &nbsp;I am having trouble getting an FHA loan. &nbsp;Is it possible to do this?<br \><br \>10 replies Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-pre-approved-for-an-FHA-loan/529962/ 2014-02-25T20:01:00Z Does the appraisal on a new purchase need to come in at the offer price? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-the-appraisal-on-a-new-purchase-need-to-come-in-at-the-offer-price/508423/ When purchasing a new home, with an FHA loan, does the appraisal need to come in at the offer price? Or does it need to come in at the amount lended (after the down payment is subtracted from the offer price)?<br/><br/>Thanks<br \><br \>4 replies Sat, 24 Aug 2013 18:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-the-appraisal-on-a-new-purchase-need-to-come-in-at-the-offer-price/508423/ 2013-08-24T18:32:00Z why are you "zestimating" our home so low when actual recent sales in the last year are higher http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/why-are-you-zestimating-our-home-so-low-when-actual-recent-sales-in-the-last-year-are-higher/498594/ What do we need to do to get your website to reflect a higher value for our home? Do we need to get an appraisal? Mortgage companies won't even talk to us about refinancing because they look first at your misleading. information.<br \><br \>7 replies Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/why-are-you-zestimating-our-home-so-low-when-actual-recent-sales-in-the-last-year-are-higher/498594/ 2013-06-23T14:12:00Z how do I list a home for rent on Zillow? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-I-list-a-home-for-rent-on-Zillow/495046/ 1 reply Sun, 02 Jun 2013 17:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-I-list-a-home-for-rent-on-Zillow/495046/ 2013-06-02T17:55:00Z Home Inspectors http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-Inspectors/492642/ Hi,I am looking for home inspectors in Grayslake, IL. Can someone suggest names for them?<br/><br/>Thanks,<br/>Mihiir<br \><br \>2 replies Thu, 16 May 2013 18:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-Inspectors/492642/ 2013-05-16T18:55:00Z Grayslake to O'Hare Airport via Metra's NCS line during the week http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Grayslake-to-O%27Hare-Airport-via-Metra%27s-NCS-line-during-the-week/326550/ <p>An economical way of getting to O'Hare Airport during the week for work or travel is to&nbsp;take 1 of our 2 Metra lines - the&nbsp;North Central Service&nbsp;(Antioch to Chicago) on 330 W. Washington St.&nbsp;The station is about a block West of&nbsp;Washington &amp; Route 83.&nbsp; Exit at the "O'Hare&nbsp;Transfer" stop and&nbsp;you will be&nbsp;at O'Hare's economy parking lot.&nbsp;&nbsp;The no cost airport parking&nbsp;bus stop is in front of the station.&nbsp;&nbsp;They arrive about every five minutes and drop you&nbsp;at the airport gates tram.&nbsp; The line doesn't run on weekends, unfortunately.&nbsp;</p><br \><br \>3 replies Sat, 20 Feb 2010 19:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Grayslake-to-O%27Hare-Airport-via-Metra%27s-NCS-line-during-the-week/326550/ 2010-02-20T19:02:00Z How do I edit my home preferences search? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-edit-my-home-preferences-search/450334/ 0 replies Tue, 10 Jul 2012 01:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-edit-my-home-preferences-search/450334/ 2012-07-10T01:12:00Z How do i get an accurate assesment of the home I am selling listed on Zillo? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-i-get-an-accurate-assesment-of-the-home-I-am-selling-listed-on-Zillo/407007/ My houes is not listed accuratly for size, bedrooms and of course price.<br/>My house is 500 square feet bigger with one more bedroom and bath then my neighbor who sold their house for $250,000. Zillow has a zestamate of $183,000.<br/>I want my house to reflect actual specs and a reasonable selling price. <br/>You also show other houses on my block that are smaller with less bedrooms and bathrooms and unfinished basements as valued higher. Makes no sense at all!<br \><br \>5 replies Tue, 12 Jul 2011 03:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-i-get-an-accurate-assesment-of-the-home-I-am-selling-listed-on-Zillo/407007/ 2011-07-12T03:17:00Z Why does my home value keep going up? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-does-my-home-value-keep-going-up/370563/ I don't understand who is analyzing my home and making it worth more and more each week.&nbsp; My neighbor's houses have not increased, and now Zillow says my house is worth more than some huge houses on a lake.&nbsp; It is a nice house, and back in the good market, it was probably worth $550k, but with the current slump and features, my house is not worth $626k.&nbsp; I am just curious how the process works and why someone thinks it is worth so much?<br \><br \>7 replies Mon, 11 Oct 2010 20:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-does-my-home-value-keep-going-up/370563/ 2010-10-11T20:48:00Z Hi Lisa, I was wondering what the size of the two bedrooms were. Thanks for you help! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hi-Lisa-I-was-wondering-what-the-size-of-the-two-bedrooms-were-Thanks-for-you-help/305902/ 2 replies Fri, 11 Dec 2009 21:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hi-Lisa-I-was-wondering-what-the-size-of-the-two-bedrooms-were-Thanks-for-you-help/305902/ 2009-12-11T21:55:00Z buying a home with cash? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/buying-a-home-with-cash/365380/ I am buying a home with cash, will have no mortgage on it. What do I pay at closing?<br \><br \>6 replies Tue, 07 Sep 2010 18:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/buying-a-home-with-cash/365380/ 2010-09-07T18:01:00Z Where can I find the phone number of Zillow office? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-can-I-find-the-phone-number-of-Zillow-office/293355/ I need to talk to a representative of Zillow.com about my house. Where can I find their phone number? Zillow listed wrong transaction information about my house,&nbsp;I have sent a couple of e-mails to Zillow.com, but no body respond my e-mail.<br/><br/>Thanks<br/><br/>Home owner<br \><br \>0 replies Sun, 01 Nov 2009 18:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-can-I-find-the-phone-number-of-Zillow-office/293355/ 2009-11-01T18:31:00Z Tax Credit http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tax-Credit/271712/ What if we are under contract with the home and it closes after 30 November.&nbsp; Are we still eligble for the credit?&nbsp; I heard that the end of September is the cut-off date.<br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 25 Aug 2009 03:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tax-Credit/271712/ 2009-08-25T03:08:00Z my wife left me in january 09' and she is still on the mortgage. is she sill liable for 1/2 the bill http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/my-wife-left-me-in-january-09%27-and-she-is-still-on-the-mortgage-is-she-sill-liable-for-1-2-the-bill/250018/ she is a RN. and has a new boyfriend, although we are still legally married. not legally separated, and she will not divorce me. she is buying another house with her boyfriend,and she is footing the bill. how can she do that? can i sue her for half the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage/">mortgage</a> still owed on this house? btw, we have 2 children and she took them with her. she refuses to pay not dime one of her half of the monthly payment. which is 900.00. she also left me with all the bills. not that its important, just to show what type of person she has become. 19 years married.<br \><br \>5 replies Fri, 26 Jun 2009 02:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/my-wife-left-me-in-january-09%27-and-she-is-still-on-the-mortgage-is-she-sill-liable-for-1-2-the-bill/250018/ 2009-06-26T02:28:00Z I began my listing which was incomplete, I thought it would remain until I had photos? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-began-my-listing-which-was-incomplete-I-thought-it-would-remain-until-I-had-photos/249407/ 2 replies Wed, 24 Jun 2009 18:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-began-my-listing-which-was-incomplete-I-thought-it-would-remain-until-I-had-photos/249407/ 2009-06-24T18:43:00Z does having a radon remediation device lower the valueof a home? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/does-having-a-radon-remediation-device-lower-the-valueof-a-home/210302/ I am thinking of <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-buyers.htm">buying a home</a> that had a radon high reading, and then a remediation device was installed, and subsequent reading was lower. since the device requires some maintenace, I think it could affect the value of the home&gt;&nbsp;<br \><br \>9 replies Sat, 14 Mar 2009 01:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/does-having-a-radon-remediation-device-lower-the-valueof-a-home/210302/ 2009-03-14T01:06:00Z