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A REIT is a Real Estate Investment Trust. This fractional investment structure provides an opportunity for investors to participate in commercial real estate without being involved in the actual management or maintenance of the property. REITs own, operate, or finance properties intending to earn income for their investors. They work like mutual funds. The REIT Act was part of the Cigar Excise Tax Extension of 1960, passed by Congress and signed by President Eisenhower to broaden access to real estate investing. REITs were advanced further with the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which enabled REITs to operate and manage real estate in addition to owning or financing it.
Whether you’re buying real estate for investment or to live in, you’re putting money into that property. A lot of money. You don’t want to inherit a seller’s problems when you buy.
Insightful real estate investors use tax-deferred exchanges to help build wealth through the deferral of capital gains taxes. To take advantage of this tax law, investors must use the proceeds of property sales to purchase a replacement property.
The risk of losing money is an inherent aspect of investing. The process of assessing and measuring risk to determine an investment’s potential viability, as well as coming up with ways to potentially mitigate certain risk factors, is called a financial risk analysis or financial risk assessment.
Without a will or estate plan, your assets will be inherited by your next of kin after your passing. Discover who qualifies as next of kin, what responsibilities the next of kin have, and if your spouse can be named next of kin.
A Beneficiary IRA is also referred to as an Inherited IRA. It is an account opened by a person who inherits an existing IRA or an employer-sponsored retirement plan account when the original owner dies. An IRA, or Individual Retirement Account, is a means of allocating pre-tax income to investments so that they can grow in a tax-deferred manner for retirement savings. The amount of income that an individual can contribute to a traditional IRA on a tax-deferred basis is limited.
Officially known as the federal Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance program, Social Security is in place to help U.S. citizens replace income lost due to retirement, death of a spouse (or qualifying ex-spouse), or disability. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), nine out of 10 people age 65 and older received Social Security benefits in 2020. Additionally, such benefits represent 30% of the income of the elderly.
When you want to invest in real estate but don't want to take on all of the risks, you should consider investing in a real estate limited partnership (RELP). This type of partnership involves gathering funds and assets from numerous investors before buying, developing, and selling properties. While there are some clear advantages of investing in a limited partnership, you should understand what this investment entails before putting your money towards it.
At Realized Holdings, we write about risk on a frequent basis. There are all kinds of risks that impact investments, such as business risk, credit risk, general market risk, and systematic risk.
Investors seeking to provide income for either their lifetime or a beneficiary, plus leave a legacy for a charitable organization, may consider establishing a trust as one means of doing so. There are various types of trusts, one of which is a charitable remainder trust, or CRT.