Tax Time

Did you know many people use their tax return money for a down payment on a new home? Some even qualify for FREE tax help, see below for more information:
Starting on Wednesday, February 1st, the AARP Foundation will provide free tax help and preparation for federal and state taxes for those of all ages with low to moderate incomes. Help will be available through April 15th without appointment at four locations on the southern Oregon coast and at a fifth location by appointment only. Those interested will need to bring photo identification, Social Security card for the taxpayer and each dependent claimed, 2015 tax returns and 2016 tax information.

Schedule for February 1st through April 15th:

* Bandon Senior Center, 1200 11th SW; Tuesday and Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30am.

* Brookings at the Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Lane; Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4pm. by appointment only by calling 541-469-6822.

* Florence at the Siuslaw Public Library, 1460 9th Street; Monday and Thursday, 9:30am to 2pm.

* Lakeside Lions Club, 890 Bowron Road; Thursday 10am to 1pm.

* North Bend at College Park Community Church, 2548 Newmark Avenue; Monday and Tuesday, 9am to 1pm., Friday and Saturday 10am to 1pm.

For more information, call 541-297-3722.

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New Year, New Beginnings

A new year, New beginnings…. if a new home is on your checklist for 2017, give me a call! My team can show you all of your options from what type of loan will work best, to all to the homes currently for sale, and straight through the closing process to home ownership! Don’t delay, call today!

Christina Bradley

541-551-0495

Broker

NextHome All State Real Estate

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Ready to buy your first home? Read this first!

If you are ready to buy your first house, congratulations! This is an exciting time that can bring you sweet rewards. It’s also a time, however, full of questions. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to get you started.

Before you shop, you must decide what type of home is best. Are you looking for a condo, with a strong sense of community, extra amenities, easy maintenance, and willing to pay a monthly HOA fee? Would you prefer a larger house in the suburbs, even if it means a longer commute? Are you looking for older charm or newer construction?

After you’ve decided this, write down a list of your wants and needs. This is a time to be honest with yourself. Rarely does a homebuyer get everything they “”want”” in a home. You will need to compromise. For example, you may need 3 bedrooms, but want a fenced back yard. If push comes to shove, you may have to forgo the fenced yard to get the bedrooms.

When you begin to shop, have a budget in mind. While prices are always negotiable, you don’t want to waste your or a seller’s time. Be realistic about a home’s price. Let your real estate agent compile a list of homes to visit that fit your criteria, as well as your budget. As you make your way to and through the homes, be sure you don’t judge a home until you’ve been through the entire place. There are homes that seriously lack curb appeal, but with a few cosmetic enhancements can be real show-stoppers.

Pay close attention to what repairs the home may need. Don’t get swept up by fantastic staging. Keep your list of criteria in mind the entire shopping process.

Once you have decided on a home, it is time to begin negotiations. Do not hesitate. Desirable homes don’t sit on the market for long. Hesitation may translate into missing out on a property that you really love. That said, you must be confident with your decision. This is not a time to buy a house simply because you feel pressured.

Your agent will help you put in an offer. By researching area comparables (that’s other homes that have sold or are selling in the area), they can come up with a reasonable amount to pay. How much are you willing to pay for this home? Set a top number in your mind and don’t let emotion push you to buy past your budget. And leave room in your coffers for closing costs, a down payment, initial repairs, as well as a home inspection.

Home buying can be a stressful process, but keep the end goal in sight and you’ll do great!

article By Carla Hill
“Stop dreaming and let ‘s make home ownership a reality! Call me today and let’s get started. Christina Bradley – NextHome All State Real Estate – 541-551-0495

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Roast Turkey Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
Good Eats Roast Turkey

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English: A Thanksgiving turkey that had been soaked for 10 hours in a brine of water, salt, brown sugar, cut and squeezed lemons and oranges, and chopped onion. Roasted in the oven in a roasting pan, for nearly 4 hours. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Total Time:
9 hr 45 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
7 hr
Cook:
2 hr 30 min

Yield:
10 to 12 servings

Level:
Easy

Ingredients

1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey
For the brine:
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
1 gallon heavily iced water
For the aromatics:
1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
4 sprigs rosemary
6 leaves sage
Canola oil
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Directions
2 to 3 days before roasting:

Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.

Combine the vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.

Early on the day or the night before you’d like to eat:

Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.

Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.

Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the rosemary and sage. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with canola oil.

Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, also featured in Food Network Magazine
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Call me today and let’s sit down together and start planning for you future! Not ready to buy or sell yet but know someone who is…your referral is my highest compliment! Rest assured, your family and friends will receive the same specialized care as I would give you.
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