With a Triple Net Lease—sometimes referred to as "NNN"—the tenant assumes responsibility for all costs of the property, in addition to paying the rent. The tenant pays the utilities, real estate taxes, building insurance, and maintenance. What the property owner remains liable for are structural issues, and of course, the mortgage.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are a popular investment vehicle for those who are interested in the potential benefits that come with real estate without actually having to buy and manage the property.
Alternative REIT structures emerged to allow for different types of investors. One of these structures is known as an umbrella partnership real estate investment trust (UPREIT). How do REITs and UPREITs compare? We’ll cover the basics of each as well as their benefits and drawbacks.
As a real estate investor seeking to maximize return and manage tax obligations, you may be interested in Delaware Statutory Trust offerings if you examine options for fractional participation. Like Tenant in Common investments, Delaware Statutory Trust participations are accepted by the IRS to reinvest the proceeds from the sale of a property and defer the realization of capital gains taxes. This status means that you can use a 1031 exchange to enter into or exit from a DST. Unlike a TIC structure, in a DST, the ownership of the properties is held by the trust, and the investors are beneficiaries of the trust. TICs are limited to 35 investors, while DST organizations do not restrict the number of participants.
The IRS defines a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) as “an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.” Since its implementation as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, many of those “new investments” in the federally designated Opportunity Zones consist of real estate renovation or development.
Cash flow is important because it is what ultimately gives you a paycheck. So, it is essential to the health of a business to understand what investing activities are and how they impact cash flow.
The lease structure on a potential investment property means a lot in regards to how much skin you’ll have in the asset.
Triple net leases are among the most popular lease agreements in commercial real estate because they shift responsibility for a property’s variable costs and operating expenses from the owner to the tenant.
Although Delaware is in the name, you can complete a DST investment anywhere in the United States. Neither the investor nor the property needs to be in Delaware.
A DST is a pre-packaged investment on a property put together by a sponsor. After the sponsor does due diligence, negotiates lease terms, and takes other steps to put the package together, then they offer equity to investors. The trustees pool their 1031 exchange funds for the investment and then receive cash distributions if the property is profitable.
When selling a second home or vacation home, the taxpayer will incur capital gains taxes on any gain. These taxes would be treated as long-term capital gains if the home was held for more than a year. Long-term capital gains have rates of 0%, 15%, and 20%, dependent on the taxpayer’s income.
A SERP retirement plan, or supplement executive retirement plan, is a non-qualified deferred compensation retirement plan offered by companies in addition to the company standard retirement plan to highly paid employees. Because standard retirement plans such as the 401(k) have limited annual contributions, SERP retirement plans are used to reward top executives with supplemental retirement contributions.
Closing costs are a part of almost every real estate transaction. The key questions we hear from clients are:
- What are closing costs?
- Who pays them?
- How much are they?
There is no quick and easy answer because there are many variables that go into determining closing costs. It all depends on the type of loan, property cost, and location of the property. Each specific transaction will vary on who pays closing costs and exactly what they will be.