Can I 1031 Exchange Into Foreign Property?

I get asked this question every so often and I would love to start out by saying this is a great question for your CPA and/or your tax attorney. Now that that is out of the way, here is a bit of info I found that really gives a concise and well rounded look atContinue reading “Can I 1031 Exchange Into Foreign Property?”

Directional Growth

While daydreaming, I often return to this experiment that I read about a few years back titled SLIME MOLD GROWS NETWORK JUST LIKE TOKYO RAIL SYSTEM. In the experiment, they started with oat flakes arranged in the pattern of Japanese cities around Tokyo, then they introduced this slime mold. “Talented and dedicated engineers spent countless hoursContinue reading “Directional Growth”

Home Buyer & Seller Frequently Asked Questions

What is an escrow? When opening an escrow the Buyer and Seller of a piece of property establish terms and conditions for the transfer of ownership of that property. These terms and conditions are given to a third party known as the escrow holder. The escrow holder has the responsibility of seeing that the termsContinue reading “Home Buyer & Seller Frequently Asked Questions”

Is Proposition 60/90 Fading Away?

What is the difference between Proposition 60 and Proposition 90? Proposition 60 allows transfers of base year values within the same county (intracounty). Proposition 90 allows transfers from one county to another county in California (intercounty) and it is the discretion of each county to authorize such transfers.

The Ins and Outs of a Home Inspection

The homebuying process looks something like this: Get preapproved for a mortgage, find your dream home and win the bidding war. But before you can move those boxes in and start enjoying your new property, you have one more major step to take: the home inspection.A home inspection isn’t an appraisal. In fact, an inspectionContinue reading “The Ins and Outs of a Home Inspection”

How does the escrow process work?

The escrow is a depository for all monies, instructions, and documents necessary for the purchase of your home. These include your funds for down payment, your Lender’s funds, and documents for the new loan. Generally, the Buyer deposits a down payment with the escrow holder, and the Seller deposits the deed and any other necessaryContinue reading “How does the escrow process work?”

The Rules of “Boot” in a Section 1031 Exchange

A Taxpayer Must Not Receive “Boot” from an exchange in order for a Section 1031 exchange to be completely tax-free. Any boot received is taxable (to the extent of gain realized on the exchange). This is okay when a seller desires some cash and is willing to pay some taxes. Otherwise, boot should be avoidedContinue reading “The Rules of “Boot” in a Section 1031 Exchange”

The $250k/$500k Home Sale Tax Exclusion

Make sure you’re taking advantage of one of the most valuable deductions ever, when selling your house. If you qualify for the exclusion, you may do anything you want with the tax-free proceeds from the sale. You are not required to reinvest the money in another house. But, if you do buy another home, youContinue reading “The $250k/$500k Home Sale Tax Exclusion”