Western Region Out Performs National Home Sales Figures Nationwide
The new-home sales had a gain of 0.7 percent last month; this figure missed the expectations on Wall Street. This was the fifth-consecutive month of increased sales. The good news is the western region, which includes Hawaii, enjoyed a 12.1 percent increase in new-home sales last month compared to July — and a 30.4 percent gain from August 2008. The West was the only region to report an increase nationwide.
Where To Retire?
MSN reported the most tax friendly state for retirees if your looking for a state where there is No tax on pension income: There’s ten states — Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Pennsylvania — exclude all federal, military and in-state government pensions from taxation. But Kansas taxes public pensions from all other states. In addition, depending on your income, you may be required to include up to 85% of your Social Security benefits in your taxable income when filing your federal return. But in recent years, many states have been moving away from taxing Social Security benefits.
Another bonus for some states is there’s No Social Security tax: in the state of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.
And on the Real Esatate homefront for the island of Kauai here is an excel spreadsheet for last weeks newly listed properties and sales CLICK HERE