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Common Misconceptions About Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs)

There are a number of common misconceptions about the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) Program. To help clarify speculation and misunderstandings, we’ve put together five of the most common misconceptions.

Posted by Robert Cobean on May 22, 2020

Where Are Opportunity Zones?

Designated Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) are located in all 50 states plus six territories. The specific low-income census tracts that became designated as QOZs were selected by state governors in 2018 and certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  There are now 8,766 individual census tracts designated as QOZs across the country. 

Posted by Robert Cobean on May 11, 2020

What Eligible Capital Gains Can I Invest In Opportunity Zones?

Opportunity zones (OZs) provide an opportunity to invest capital gains in real estate while deferring tax payment on those gains. It’s important to know which capital gains are eligible. Otherwise, you might invalidate your OZ (opportunity zone) tax benefits. In this article, we’ll dig into the details of what makes an eligible opportunity zone capital gain.

Posted by Robert Cobean on Apr 28, 2020

The Impacts Of A Recession On Real Estate: Part 2

Coronavirus has caused a stir in the international socioeconomic climate, wrecking havoc both in the form of lives and economies since its widespread discovery early 2020. In this blog, we take a look at its potential impact on several real estate sectors — namely healthcare, hospitality, and senior living. 

Posted by Robert Cobean on Apr 27, 2020

Some Opportunity Zone Funds Get Extra 24 Months to Deploy Their Funds

Eligible qualified opportunity funds (QOFs) got a boost from the federal government with a 24-month extension for deploying working capital. This is on top of the 31-month working capital safe harbor (WCSH) that is included in the program regulations. To better understand how and where the 24-month extension applies, let’s first go over the 31-month WCSH.

Posted by Robert Cobean on Apr 24, 2020

The Impacts Of A Recession On Real Estate: Part 1

COVID-19 (more commonly known as Coronavirus) has ushered us in a full-fledged health crisis and an economic crisis. The immediate impact has been quick and easily recognizable. However, second and third order effects are harder to anticipate and not yet fully realized. All markets will be impacted by indirect effects, though to what degree is harder to predict.

Posted by Robert Cobean on Apr 23, 2020

Are Qualified Opportunity Zones Right for Me?

Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) are not right for everyone. Despite the numerous potential benefits, like any investment, there is no perfect solution. Before investing in QOZs, you should consider the following elements and decide if QOZs are right for you.

Posted by Robert Cobean on Apr 3, 2020

Qualified Opportunity Zone Trends

Now that Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) regulations are getting finalized, investments are beginning to pick up steam, and QOZ funds are generally mirroring non-QOZ real estate development funds. A report from Novogradec shows, as of the beginning of January, that QOZ funds have raised more than $6.7 billion, which is a 50% increase from just a month ago.

Posted by Robert Cobean on Mar 20, 2020

New Bills Seek To Amend Opportunity Zone Census Tracts

The Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) program has attracted a lot of congressional attention in recent months, including several legislative proposals. How should current or potential future investors in QOZs view these proposals? In this article, we will discuss some of the recent developments and the possible ramifications.

Posted by Robert Cobean on Mar 16, 2020

The Hidden Risks Of Opportunity Zones

Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) investments are among the highest risk opportunities available for real estate investment. It is essentially ground-up development in unproven locations. There are a few apparent major risks, such as development completion and lack of liquidity, but investors should also consider the more hidden risks that these opportunities may contain before making their investments.

Posted by Robert Cobean on Feb 26, 2020

What is a 1031 Exchange?

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