Navigate the issues and learn the tips & tools critical to both homeowners and Real Estate investors.

1031 Exchanges and Tax Benefits

What if there was a way for you to bypass those taxes and move investment real estate without tax exposure? A Section 1031 Real Estate Exchange can do just that. In order to understand what Section 1031 is, we first explore the term “exchange.” In real estate, an exchange refers to the ability to sell (exchange) property, for property. If you are prepared to put in the effort you may find that the savings your investment property accumulates from Section 1031 are well worth your time and attention.

By | 2015-04-03T17:14:12+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Real Estate|

Simple Interest Mortgages 101

With a simple interest mortgage, the 6% interest rate is divided by 365, since the interest is calculated daily rather than monthly. In leap years, the annual interest rate is divided by 366. In a typical year, the daily interest rate is .016% (rounded). The interest due for each day is equal to the daily rate multiplied by the balance of the loan.

By | 2015-05-23T03:38:00+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Real Estate|

Mortgage Info 101: Your Basic Guide

When you decide to take that all-important step of homeownership, you will most likely need to take out a loan from a bank in order to pay for your new property. This loan, secured by real property, is what is known as a mortgage, and there are several different types tailored to fit different individual situations and needs. Mortgages can be used to both purchase and refinance property, and the latter types are known as second mortgages or refinances. With a mortgage in place, you are responsible (as with any other type of loan) to make monthly payments on the principle amount of the loan, as well as the compounding interest.

By | 2015-05-23T03:39:03+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Real Estate|

Home Equity – Reverse Mortgage Loans

Home equity loans have been, until recently, an easy way for Americans to finance their spending. For seniors with mortgage free homes, one of the most popular ways to do this is by means of the reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage allows you to borrow money against the equity of your house, without having to pay it back in installments. The repayment takes place you die, move house or sell it off. A reverse mortgage requires no income proof and the only eligibility criteria is home ownership by a person aged 62 or more.

By | 2015-05-23T03:40:24+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Real Estate|

Investment Real Estate

When you make the decision to purchase a home, you are also making an investment. Your home builds equity, and over time, can appreciate in value, providing you with security for the future. So is choosing to purchase, or own a certain percentage of shares in a commercial property. This is known as a REIT, or real estate investment trust—a real estate company that offers shares of their holdings to the public.

By | 2015-05-23T03:42:11+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Real Estate|

Long Run Investments – Stocks vs. Real Estate

Should a long term investor who started in 1985 have stayed in real estate or the stock market? What should an investor today be doing? People who sold their real estate and invested the proceeds into the stock markets just before 1987 got wiped out. The cycle was repeated in 2001. But in 2007-2008, investors are faced with the dismaying prospect of seeing their gains being wiped out in the real estate market.

By | 2015-05-23T03:43:26+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Real Estate|

Introduction to REITs

A Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, is a real estate company that offers common shares to the company, thus giving those on the “outside” the opportunity to invest in stock that might otherwise be unavailable to them. While a REIT is similar to any stock that represents ownership in an operating business, there are two features unique to an REIT that similar types of stock do not share. With REITs, its primary function is to manage groups of income-producing properties, and it must distribute most of its profits as dividends.

By | 2015-05-23T03:52:47+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Real Estate|

Tax Breaks for Home Buyers

Naturally, a big and long term commitment such as this has its share of pain and sacrifice. The federal government has long tried to ease this process and make it as easy as possible to buy in to a home and to create an ownership society where every individual is a property holder. To this end, there are numerous tax breaks available for buying a home and to help you reduce the net cash outflow on account of mortgage payments.

By | 2015-05-23T05:19:26+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Real Estate|

Self Directed Real Estate IRA

Using a self-directed IRA to purchase real estate is a little known trick which is vastly unused by the ordinary investor, if only because few ordinary investors would consider themselves qualified enough to make investment decisions on behalf of their own Individual Retirement Accounts. Most IRAs allow account holders to choose from a bevy of sub-accounts. This selection does not include real estate.

By | 2015-05-23T05:21:06+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Real Estate|

Real Estate Tax Tips

It might be worth brushing up on the ways you can add to your profits and earnings from real estate investments. If you are wondering how to locate some additional deductions, listed below are a set of tax tips and pointers for real estate investors.

By | 2015-05-23T05:22:32+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Real Estate|