If you have ever purchased or sold real estate, you may have received or been granted a deed in the process. If it was a traditional transaction between unrelated parties, you probably came across what is called a general warranty deed, which provided you assurance as a buyer that the seller owned the property outright, or vice versa. However, it is possible that you have never handled or been issued a quitclaim deed. Although similar in purpose to a general warranty deed, quitclaim deeds have unique features that differentiate them.
Buying and selling real estate should be a fairly simple process. You buy it, it (hopefully) appreciates in value, then you sell it. However, there can be a capital gains tax attached to that profit, meaning your after-tax cash flow (ATCF) could take a hit.
If you’ve been following these blogs for any length of time, you know there are several different ways in which you can invest in real estate. There are direct investments, in which you place your funds directly into a piece of land, second house or industrial warehouse for example.
As of December 2018, The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) had bumped up the federal funds rate for five consecutive quarters. Although Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled a slow down of increasing rates in the committee’s meeting in January 2019, there is still optimism that the U.S. economy will grow in the near future amongst FOMC members, meaning the possibility of further increases in the future.1
In her iconic song “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” Tammy Wynette sings about the heartbreak of a couple that is separating. Throughout the song, Wynette spells out the difficult words, to ensure that the couple’s four-year-old son remains blissfully ignorant about the parents’ breakup.
When you think of the words “industrial real estate,” what comes to mind? If your first thought involves massive factories and production plants, you’re partially right. Industrial real estate encompasses a wide spectrum of property types, and includes warehouses, manufacturing buildings, and flex properties to name a few. Typically housing multiple tenants, this asset class is becoming a hot investment commodity, due to current pricing, growing demand, and mostly hands-off maintenance.
You are with your financial planner, talking about different ways in which you can boost the power of your investment portfolio. Then he or she throws out the term “risk-adjusted returns” when asking about investment decisions.
If you are scratching your head about risk-adjusted returns, tell your financial planner you will get back to him/her. Then, read this article.
*Update February 2019: Realized has established its Secondary Market and has completed its first Secondary Market transaction.
Much of what we write about focuses on exchanging from a real estate holding into a Delaware Statutory Trust (DST). Thanks to Internal Revenue Code, Section 1031 and Delaware’s statutory law, you can defer capital gains taxes from the sale of your property, without stressing to find a “like” property in a 45-day period. Additionally, that DST gives you the perks of property ownership, while avoiding the “terrible Ts” of toilets, trash and tenants.
Some real estate experts have been in “sky-is-falling” mode when it comes to brick-and-mortar retail. The media seems to be following suit, regularly reporting bankruptcy filings for, and closures of, retail chains. Take Toys R Us as a recent example, which announced it would close all its stores and liquidate inventory in March of 2018.
Investing in single-family homes, then turning around and renting those assets to other people, can be a good strategy for your portfolio. These properties can be easier to buy than their multifamily counterparts, and have become increasingly popular among potential tenants. Green Street projects that of the 3.9 million projected new renters that will come to market by 2020, nearly 40% will opt for single-family residences.1