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Your Low-Tax Dream House; A New Approach to Slashing the Cost of Home Ownership

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Next to mortgage payments, property taxes are the biggest expense of home-ownership -- and they're going up all the time! Now you can have all of the features you really want when you build, remodel or redecorate ... and keep your taxes and utility bills from going through the roof. Discover why an old fashioned "cold pantry" makes financial sense ... and how construction of a simple woodshed can cost you a mint. With Carlson's invaluable strategies for across-the-board affordability you can dramatically cut ...
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Overview

Next to mortgage payments, property taxes are the biggest expense of home-ownership -- and they're going up all the time! Now you can have all of the features you really want when you build, remodel or redecorate ... and keep your taxes and utility bills from going through the roof. Discover why an old fashioned "cold pantry" makes financial sense ... and how construction of a simple woodshed can cost you a mint. With Carlson's invaluable strategies for across-the-board affordability you can dramatically cut heating and cooling bills, easily decipher the complex ins-and-outs of property tax assessments, slash the cost of great kitchens and baths ... and much more!

About the Author
Steve Carlson is a contributing editor to the Journal of Light Construction. He's been an elected property tax assessor, a congressional staffer, and a journalist. In his spare time, he builds and remodels affordable dream houses for himself and others.

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These two books offer approaches to deriving maximum value from home ownership through shrewd building and renovation strategies. Lieberman and Hoffman focus on ``forced appreciation.'' This involves finding the right property to renovate, assessing real market potential, estimating costs, managing the work of renovation, and making design and construction decisions that yield the greatest buyer excitement. After creditably outlining these strategic factors, the book bogs down in a series of repetitious chapters that cover room-by-room renovations. (Once is quite enough to point out that mirrors can enlarge a small room.) The occasional line drawings meant to illustrate dramatic floor plan makeovers lack detail and inspiration. As an amateur builder-renovator and former ``local tax assessment official,'' Carlson offers strategies for lowering home ownership costs by reducing or eliminating features that boost property taxes. Elements of construction that keep taxes down coincidentally keep building and upkeep costs down as well; these include choosing a basic structural design, using alternatives to central heating (and incorporating as much tax-free thermal mass as possible), keeping storage areas unfinished, minimizing built-ins, and so on. While sounding gimmicky, Carlson's book offers many practical insights on assessments (a 70-page appendix summarizes the assessment practices in all 50 states) and looks at cost factors overlooked in more conventional sources. Written with some flair--``The advantages of manufactured housing are indentical to the advantages of frozen dinners''--this is the preferred choice for libraries looking for another source on housing and renovation.-- Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll . , Dryden, N.Y.
Better Homes&Gardens
Carlson, a contributor to the Journal of Light Construction, a builder, and a tax assessor, shares pertinent tax information and strategies that can save you money.... The book, a 300-page easy read, has similar tips about building savings, including tip boxes. There are also illustrations, a glossary and index, and enough humor to keep this subject from becoming too hard to digest.
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Steve Carlson has created a splendid compendium of tips, tricks, and commonsense advice. Should win the Nobel Prize for Tax Management.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942679076
  • Publisher: Upper Access, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1989
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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