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Report Card: How Better Schools Help Make Higher Home Prices [Infographic]

As if we didn't already know, the relationship between great schools and higher home values has been proven out, in a recent report by RealtyTrac, a premier source for US housing data. RealtyTrac, now a division of ATTOM Data Solutions, highlighted the results of its 2016 Schools and Housing Report in the infographic below. One key takeaway: Homes in zip codes with at least one good elementary school had higher long-term values and stronger home price appreciation than homes in zip codes without any good elementary schools. The report defined a “good school” as one with an overall test score at least one-third above the state average. Other key takeaways: * Comparable homes in zip codes with

How Real Estate Investors Can Benefit from the 1031 Exchange

How to Potentially Defer Capital Gains Tax When You Exchange One Property for Another A 1031 exchange allows you to sell a property, reinvest the proceeds in a new property, and defer all capital gain taxes. (Source: Internal Revenue Code Section 1031.) The 1031 exchange is a tax-planning tool to: * Diversify your portfolio * Improve your cash flow * Trade an older property for newer one * Defer taxes until you’re in a lower bracket * Shift your investment from one region to another THE “LIKE-KIND” EXCHANGE To qualify for tax deferral, any “like-kind” investment property can be exchanged for any other real property held for investment or real property used in a trade or business. Exampl

Harold Willig: How to Use a Self-Directed IRA Assets for Real Estate Investing [Infographic]

Can investors employ assets in their self-directed IRA accounts to buy single-family home investments? The answer is yes; the infographic below, courtesy of the Entrust Group, shows how you may partner your self-directed IRA money with others’ money; leverage your IRA for bank financing; and details prohibited transactions. As always, please consult your account, tax attorney, and/or financial advisor prior to implement any investment program. For more information on why you should consider investing in a professionally managed portfolio of single-family homes, please contact Harold Willig at 917-209-4452. Harold Willig is the Manager of SpringView Investment Management, LLC, which he founde

Online Shopping for Single Family Home Investments

Other than driving around neighborhoods and spotting "For Sale" signs in front of homes - and in employing one or several real estate agents - what are the best ways to do your own homework in finding investment properties? A proper primer may include both national and regional sources: ONLINE Craigslist.org. Craigslist is the regionally focused, design-free, and mostly cost-free online classified site that pretty much killed the newspaper classified ad business. You can search for a job, a baseball card collection, a set of kitchen knives, or an investment home. Ebay.com. The “world’s largest marketplace” has plenty of properties for auction nationwide. Homes.com. Homes.com, Inc. is the fou

Harold Willig: The Potential Tax Advantages And Consequences of Investing in Single-Family Home Rent

If you own a single-family home rental property or properties – or own properties within a private investment fund - you have tax advantages. The IRS allows most of your expenses on investment properties to be deductible or depreciated. And you can depreciate the property. Deductible Expenses Interest. The interest you pay on rental property mortgage can be deducted on your tax return. (The part of your mortgage that pays down the equity can’t be deducted.) Travel. If you travel to the property for regular inspections, you may deduct those expenses. Management fees. The monthly cost of your property manager is deductible. Repairs. Your cost to fix a broken air conditioner, leaky faucet, or t

A Brief Summary of the Single-Family Home REIT Market

The first publicly traded single-family home REIT debuted in 2012. “Launched after the collapse of the housing and mortgage markets, the business of single-family house rentals is now well off the ground and nearing cruising speed and altitude,” said Stephen Percoco of Lark Research, in Seeking Alpha. The handful of firms that have dominated the institutional market have purchased more than 400,000 homes in three years. “The opportunity arose because banks and the housing market could not cope with the flood of foreclosures,” Percoco said. “Those investors who stepped up early were able to buy at bargain prices, making it profitable to rent out houses and perhaps sell at a profit later, afte

How To Be A Successful Real Estate Investor [Infographic]

In the spirit of the “7 Habits of…” series, we offer up the seven habits that make an investor in real estate a successful investor in real estate. The infographic below is courtesy of Caliber Co., a wealth development company based in Scottsdale, AZ. 1. Buy Off-Market Property. Much better to buy at a discount to market value than to pay full retail price. In this way, you have the opportunity to build-in a potential profit when you sell. 2. Focus on Larger Assets. Smaller assets, or smaller deals, may not add up to larger successes over the long-term. A portfolio of seven single-family homes may not provide the scale, income, and appreciation potential that a portfolio of more than 100 p

All The Homes’ A Stage: Quick Tips for Staging Your Rental Home

Whether you are selling a home or preparing to rent it for investment, the way you present the home to your new potential occupants is critical. The infographic below, created by the Real Estate Staging Association, may provide you insights into renting your property quickly and efficiently. Some checklist items below. Kitchen: replace old appliances with stainless steel, swap old countertops for new, and clean, clean, clean. Bathrooms: keep it clean, and new, too. Carpets: Get rid of the old stained carpets. Paint: Nothing says fresh like a new coat (or coats) of paint. Lights: Have plenty of them, and make sure they all work to light up your house. Garage: If you have one, it should clearl

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