property taxes

Best (and Worst) States To Be a Taxpayer

The tax burden the average American pays varies tremendously and much depends on where you live, according to a study that ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The 10 Worst States to Retire In: They're Frosty and Costly

TopRetirements.com has named the 10 worst states in which to retire based in factors such as taxes and climate. Every retirement is unique, but before you end up living out your golden years chilly and underfunded, check out this list.

Tax Tips for the Accidental Landlord

In today's shaky real estate market, more and more homeowners are becoming landlords, both by plan and by necessity. But whether you're renting out your old house, an investment property, or even a single room, being the landlord means tax breaks, and you should take every one you can.

Recession Lingers On in Silicon Valley

Much has been made recently of the huge valuations of Internet players like Facebook, Twitter and Zynga, but while Web 2.0 is doing well, the Silicon Valley region itself is not. A new report shows compensation and unemployment in the region haven't improved since the downturn.

The Big, Continuing Stories That Could Derail 2011

Major news stories ebb and flow, rising to the headlines and then slipping out of the spotlight. But even as they fade from attention, keep an eye on this handful of long-term issues with the potential to disrupt the U.S. economy and global recovery.

A Florida Housing Development Stalls, and the Cows Move In

Jerilee Wei never expected to be living next to a cow pasture when she bought her home in Lakeland, Fla., in 2007. In her upscale community, newly constructed houses were selling for between $300,000 and $425,000. Then one morning she woke up and found some cattle had moved in.

Will Property Taxes Really Escape the Downturn?

A recently updated Fed working paper happily points out that even as other sources of municipal tax revenue have plummeted recently, property taxes have held fairly steady, and the authors expect that to continue. Unfortunately, their optimistic prediction ignores the bigger picture.

Main Street Doesn't Buy Wall Street's 'Recovery'

If stocks are rising, many Wall Street gurus take it as evidence that the economy is improving. Yet even though the S&P 500 has soared 80% from its March 2009 lows, 70% of Americans don't believe the recession is over. Is Main Street's grasp on reality firmer than Wall Street's? Let's look at the data:

Why New Jersey Is Still No. 1 for Property Taxes

If there is one thing that unifies residents of New Jersey in these divisive times, it's property taxes: Everybody hates them. One of the Garden State's chief claims to fame -- besides 'The Sopranos' and The Boss -- is that its residents pay the highest property taxes in the country.

Calculating the True Cost of Homeownership

Historically low mortgage rates are making houses more affordable in terms of "the monthly nut," but other considerations can trump simple affordability, and ignoring those hidden costs and risks can turn buying a home into a potential financial disaster.

Did New Jersey Signal the Start of a Property Tax Rebellion?

Record numbers of New Jerseyans voiced their anger at high property taxes and voted down over 50% of school budgets. With state finances squeezed all over the country, it signals that school funding will get even more politically contentious.

Global Economy's Next Threat: China's Real Estate Bubble

After sagging in the global financial meltdown of 2008, property values in China's urban centers skyrocketed in 2009. Some economists believe Chinese real estate is now experiencing a bubble, and when that bubble pops, it could threaten the global economic recovery.

DIY: Don't pay for home reassessment

Falling home prices across the country have at least one bit of good news for homeowners -- They can have their homes reassessed and property taxes...