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It's that time of year when we either look forward to a tax refund or shake in our shoes over what we owe in income taxes. As a homeowner, you may even count on that refund to do a bit of remodeling this spring or summer. That means this is also the time of year to watch out for scammers — people calling, emailing, or even sending you fake paperwork with "official" looking logos at the top of the page, claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

Buying a home in the off-season can have its advantages

We get it. With the exception of a few sun belt states, shopping for a house in the winter just seems off. The traditional time to go from listing to listing is spring and summer. But while things slow down this time of year, there are some hidden advantages to choosing it as your buying season. In fact, experts agree it might even be the BEST time to buy a home—if you can swing it.

First-timer at holiday hosting? Don't sweat the small stuff.

You’ve attended them all your life, but have never hosted one — a holiday party. Now’s it’s your chance to do it your way, in your own new home — almost like a rite of passage.

First, be easy on yourself. Successful hosting is a skill that is acquired over many years of practice. But there are some rookie mistakes you can avoid, according to RealtyTimes’ Jaymi Naciri.