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Agent Bonus...Do You Disclose or Not Disclose - 02/26/08 07:41 PM
I was speaking today to a residential agent regarding a contract she is working on. She is going to receive an agent bonus of more than $10,000. She mentioned that the builder did not put in the contract that the bonus was part of selling broker compensation but the agent is going to get the bonus at closing. Basically I do not think the clients are aware of the bonus. As an agent, do you think this should be disclosed to the buyer or not? If it not required legally, what about ethically? (4 comments)
NAR Proposed SEC Exemption for Commercial Brokers and Agents - 02/25/08 09:03 PM
NAR PROPOSED SEC EXEMPTION FOR COMMERCIAL BROKERS On November 9, 2007, the SEC released a "Notice of Application of the National Association of Realtors for Exemptive Relief under Sections 15 and 3 of the Exchange Act and Request for Comment." The SEC Release and National Association of Realtors (NAR) Exemption Request can be downloaded at www.1031exchange-tic.com/SEC_Release - NAR Exemption Request.pdf. NAR has requested an exemption that permits a licensed real estate agent or broker who is predominantly engaged in commercial real estate and has substantial commercial real estate experience to receive a "real estate advisory fee" in connection with the offering and sale of a TIC property sold as a (2 comments)
Latest IRS Decision regarding Vacation Homes - 02/21/08 09:22 PM
Revenue Procedure 2008-16 (the "Procedure") creates a safe harbor definition of investment property applicable to exchange transactions closing after March 10, 2008 that involve the transfer of property consisting of a dwelling unit (defined below) and/or the acquisition of a dwelling unit as replacement property. In short, the IRS will not challenge whether a residential property or vacation home property is held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment if certain specified ownership and use requirements are met. This safe harbor Procedure provides useful guidance on the characterization of vacation property and may also be useful for planning purposes such as the conversion of a (2 comments)
Not All Qualified Intermediaries Are Created Equal...How Secure Are The Funds - 02/16/08 01:33 PM
As a leading national qualified intermediary, Asset Preservation, Inc. (API) is committed to providing its exchange clients with unmatched customer service and the highest level of security available in the §1031 exchange industry. From the client's first contact with an API representative, API's professional exchange counselors, attorneys and accountants work together to meet the client's service needs in order to ensure a smooth transaction with no surprises. In the background, API management maintains tight financial controls and multi-layered security systems necessary to provide a level of comfort and the quality of performance relied on by sophisticated investors and Corporate America; we (0 comments)
Latest Tax Court Decision on Vacation Homes - 02/16/08 01:30 PM
Real estate investors use Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §1031 tax deferred exchanges to defer paying capital gain taxes. Frequently, an investor may consider exchanging out of or into property held for investment in a vacation or resort area. Many tax and legal advisors believe it is possible to perform an exchange on a vacation property that is held for investment purposes, provided the personal use is incidental (less than 14 days a year or less than 10% of the time rented) and the investor can substantiate that the primary purpose was to hold the property for investment, not personal use. A (0 comments)
Keeping Uncle Sam Out of The Oil Patch - 02/16/08 12:30 PM
It is common knowledge that mineral interests are changing hands at a feverish pace. What is lesser known is that Uncle Sam does not always have to be a partner in these transactions. Both the seller and the buyer benefit when capital-gains taxes do not have to be subtracted from the sales price. The general rule is when someone sells something for more than they paid for it they have to pay income tax. Even for long-term capital gains, this taxation can remove 15 percent or more from the profits that otherwise would pass from the buyer to the seller. This (0 comments)
Non-Tax Motives for Exchanging - 02/15/08 12:38 PM
In addition to the deferral of capital gain taxes, there are many underlying reasons an investor would want to exchange one property for another. These are some of the typical non-tax motives for performing an exchange. ! Exchange from depreciated property to higher value property that can be depreciated.! Exchange from property that cannot be refinanced, such as land, to improved property that will support a new loan thereby gaining the ability to obtain cash.! Exchanging from non-income land to improved property to create cash flow.! Exchange from already appreciated property, such as an apartment, to a high cash flow property, such as (1 comments)
TOP 5 BENEFITS TO REAL ESTATE INVESTORS TO EXCHANGE - 02/15/08 12:33 PM
Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges continue to increase in popularity as more investors nationwide discover the wide range of investment objectives that can be easily met through exchanging. The real power of a tax deferred exchange is not just the tax savings - it is the tremendous increase in purchasing power generated by this tax savings! With the advantages of leverage, every dollar saved in taxes allows a real estate investor to purchase two to three times more real estate. Many investors are surprised to discover that capital gain taxes are far higher than 20%. State taxes, which can be as high as 11% in some states, (1 comments)
6 BENEFITS TO REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND BROKERS WHEN WORKING WITH 1031 EXCHANGES - 02/15/08 12:31 PM
In addition to being a valuable tax deferral strategy for investment property owners, §1031 exchanges provide real estate agents with numerous ways to quickly increase commission income. We have listed a number of these opportunities below: 1. The Potential for Two Fees from one Sale Every tax-deferred exchange involves one sale and one purchase, providing real estate agents the opportunity to earn two commissions from one client! 2. Two or More Replacement Properties Many investors leverage their investments and purchase several replacement properties, which equates to several commissions all from one client! Clients with a high equity position (or free & clear) will receive a better rate of return by (1 comments)
Missouri and Kansas Farmers Can Take Advantage of Two Tax Codes When Selling - 02/12/08 09:10 PM
Sellers of farms and ranches are able to take advantage of two different tax code sections to minimize capital gain tax liabilities. By utilizing all the opportunities available in the tax code, many ranch and farm owners can meet their investment objectives and defer capital gain taxes! Read entire article by clicking on the link below... http://www.apiexchange.com/articles/pdf/Farm-Ranch%20Exchanges%20(40).pdf Asset Preservation, Inc. does not give tax or legal advice. The information contained herein should not be relied upon as a substitute for tax or legal advice obtained from a competent tax and/or legal advisor. (0 comments)
As Mr. Miyagi said in The Karate Kid..."You Must First Learn Balance" - 02/11/08 09:57 PM
One key to successful investing is a balanced portfolio. Most financial advisors recommend that investors have some liquid savings, some fixed-return instruments and investments with equity growth potential. Real estate, as one element of an investment portfolio, offers the potential for equity growth as well as monthly cash flow.... Read the rest at http://www.apiexchange.com/articles/pdf/Investment%20Returns%20(67).pd Asset Preservation, Inc. does not give tax or legal advice. The information contained herein should not be relied upon as a substitute for tax or legal advice obtained from a competent tax and/or legal advisor. (0 comments)
New Replacement Property Opportunities for Today’s Real Estate Investors - 02/11/08 03:58 PM
The famous author Mark Twain once stated "...that the difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist is that a taxidermist only takes your skin." Savvy real estate investors throughout the country are turning to IRC Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges as way to defer capital gain taxes on the sale of any property held for investment or business purposes. The key advantage of a 1031 exchange is the ability to sell a property, without paying any capital gain taxes, allowing the earning power of the deferred taxes to work for the benefit of the investor, instead of the government. A (0 comments)
How Real Estate Can Be Purchased With An IRA - 02/06/08 05:38 PM
There are a number of retirement plans such as 401(k), 403(b), SEP and other plans where people can accumulate assets for retirement in a tax advantaged way. One of these is an individual retirement account... Click on Link Below to read further http://www.apiexchange.com/articles/pdf/IRA%20in%20Real%20Estate%20(77).pdf Asset Preservation, Inc. does not give tax or legal advice. The information contained herein should not be relied upon as a substitute for tax or legal advice obtained from a competent tax and/or legal advisor. (0 comments)
Is Your Equity Really Working For You...Are You Sure? - 02/04/08 07:56 PM
The question as to when to sell small income property depends on many factors including: the likelihood of future appreciation, the cash flow it produces, the ease or difficulty of managing the property, and the property's fit in the owners overall investment portfolio. However investors should not overlook a simple measure to determine how hard their invested dollars are working: the property's Return on Equity. By doing this, an investor can compare a particular property with other potential investments in an effort to keep those investment dollars hard at work. Example: This small plex was purchased several years ago on very favorable terms. (0 comments)
The Real Estate Cycle and It's Impact on Wealth - 02/02/08 12:26 PM
Real estate investors who build wealth using the traditional long term "buy and hold approach" often overlook one of the most profitable and passive strategies of real estate - timing. Strategically building a real estate portfolio based on timing focuses investment buying decisions...(Click on link below for more info) http://www.apiexchange.com/articles/pdf/Maximize%20Profits%20in%20Real%20Estate%20(98).pdf Asset Preservation, Inc. does not give tax or legal advice. The information contained herein should not be relied upon as a substitute for tax or legal advice obtained from a competent tax and/or legal advisor. (0 comments)
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