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‘Tis the Season - For Installment Sales
The upcoming holiday season can be a time of joy, with family, friends and celebration. The holiday season can also be a time of stress, with tangled lights to untangle and hang, gifts to shop for and wrap, and parties to plan.
Your Vacation Home and the 1031 Exchange
Consider the following. You own a lakeside vacation home. Over the years, that home has been a great place for family gatherings, and to hang out on weekends. Now, the family is grown and you are ready to dispose of the property, hopefully without paying a boatload of capital gain taxes.
Constructive Receipt Of Funds: A 1031 No-No
We’ve written extensively on how you can take advantage of the Internal Revenue Code’s Section 1031 to defer tax liability on relinquishing property. We’ve also noted that the time period in which you can find a like-kind asset, and then buy it, is strict. If you miss the 45-day deadline (in which to identify a replacement asset) and the 180-day window (during which you must close on that replacement asset), the exchange might no longer be valid, and you end up owing taxes.
The Rewards - And Risks - Of Single-Family Home Investments
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), pending home sales fell in May 2017. This could seem to be dismal news on the surface. But, according to the article, sales fell, not due to lack of demand, but because of too much demand, combined with a shrinking housing supply. This is nearly a 180-degree flip from a little less than a decade ago. At that time, home sales suffered because of too much supply, little demand, and frozen capital.
Limiting Your Liability: Mortgage Financing Risks
A recurring theme in our writings is managing risk in real estate investing. While most investors understand that debt can be a powerful tool to enhance returns, it is a “double-edge sword” that may increase the risk profile of an investment. However, a lesser understood risk of mortgage financing is its potential to increase losses beyond the amount of equity invested.
What is a Credit Rating?
A key concept in real estate investing, particularly with single-tenant, net-leased properties, is the credit quality of the underlying tenant. A credit rating is an estimate of an entity’s ability to honor its financial commitments.
8 Ways to Mitigate Risk in Real Estate Investing
Part 3 in the Realized Series "Risk Management and Real Estate" Part 1: Risk In Real Estate Investments Part 2: How to Reduce Risk in Real Estate Investing “Quick buck artists come and go with every bull market, but the steady players make it through the bear markets.” -Lou Mannheim to Bud Fox, Wall Street (1987 film)
How to Reduce Risk in Real Estate Investing
Part 2 in the Realized Series Risk in Real Estate Investments Part 1: Risk In Real Estate Investments Part 3: 8 Ways to Mitigate Risk in Real Estate Investing
Real Estate As An Inflation Hedge
Inflation, from an economic standpoint, can be defined as a prolonged increase in prices of goods and services. If inflation rises faster than your income or value of your assets, in effect, you are losing ground on your purchasing power or real (inflation adjusted) net worth. It’s no wonder that savvy investors are concerned with inflation and turn to real estate as an important piece of their investment portfolio.
Benefits of Real Estate Investing
According to a Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Investor Pulse (December 2013) survey of 300 millionaires, 77 percent indicated they owned real estate as an alternative investment – more than double the next closest choice of alternative investments.¹ With so many investment options these days, real estate remains the investment of choice for several reasons: