One soldier who served in the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011–12 told Realtor.com how he managed to buy five homes in five years and eventually kick off a new career in real estate investing. When he'd move to a new base, he didn't sell the home, he rented it out. "I bought five homes in five years,"he explained. He had purchased his first house while stationed in Fort Sill, OK. A year later, he moved to Fort Hood and used income from his For Sill house to pay his first mortgage. He repeated the pattern with each relocation.
There’s a lot of interest in investing in places like Nashville and other strong secondary markets right now. This is due to economic and cultural factors driving people out of more traditional markets. Plus, when you consider the quality of life in much larger downtowns, it's no wonder smaller, homier downtowns are the next big thing. These secondary markets prime for investing are great tourist destinations, just like Nashville. They are also key areas for music and the arts, just like Nashville. Here's what these secondary markets desperately need: Residential condo units. (Last year, Nashville gained a mere 71 units.)
Atlanta real estate investors are taking a not-so-risky gamble that relies on a provision in Atlanta code: It lets rental units offer space for a home-based business complete with the allowance for one employee. For example, at the corner of MccLendon and Brooks Avenues, a two unit space will be marketed as a home office. The idea is for these to have space for a home-based businesses like consulting businesses, accountants or therapists. The office spaces are downstairs and the living quarters are upstairs. More and more people are working from home and telecommuting too. So, even if making space
Cost segregation is the process of identifying personal property assets and costs, and determining their classification for tax purposes. The purpose of cost segregation is reducing current tax liability. Often it's also used to defer taxes. This process identifies personal property assets that can be groups with real estate or real property assets. It then separated out the personal assets for tax reporting purposes. Unfortunately, it can be quite costly, so it's not always worth it. If you invested in a large real estate purchase though, it could easily have its financial benefits. The cost segregation study and report will
Have you ever heard of the 70 percent rule when it comes to flipping houses? If you're just starting to look into flipping houses, you might have heard of the 70 percent rule. This house flipping tip suggests that an investor should only pay 70 percent of the After Repair Value (ARV) of a property minus any needed repairs. The ARV is the value of the property after it's been completely repaired. So, once you've put all the repairs in, what would the house be worth? To follow the 70 percent rule, you'd take the amount that the home is
So, yesterday, we discussed how some investors try to form an LLC in another state, because some states are just not small business friendly. Right? We cautioned you that if you want to form an LLC in another state, that you will need to get a registered agent who is a resident of that state to help you. That is with few exceptions. The logical next question you are probably asking yourself is about dual residency. Right? Well, you actually can be your own agent, but make absolutely sure that you can both meet the state's requirements and fulfill your
If you live in a state that is a bit unfriendly to small businesses, you might have considered just forming your LLC in a state that isn't. Investors do this frequently. Here's the thing though: If you intend to form your LLC in a state that is more friendly to small businesses like small real estate investment companies, you will need a registered agent. That's your legal obligation. What does that mean? Well, if your LLC is registered in another state, you have to have someone in that state to handle all of your LLC's legal and tax documents, and
Consider this: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act offers business owners a new way to recover costs on projects including roofing projects as long as it's on a qualifying project. What is a Qualifying Project? A depreciable tangible personal property purchased to use to conduct business counts as a qualifying project. The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lets businesses avoid devaluation on capital investments with expected lifespans of 20 years or less. So, while some roofs may last longer that 20 years, Everyone knows the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is considered 20 years. Plus, the maximum investment
The differences between commercial hard money loans and residential hard money loans may seem cut-and-dry, but there are some big differences you need to understand because they'll impact which type of loan is right for you. Differences Between Residential and Commercial Hard Money Loans Residential mortgage loans are intended for properties that have one to four family units. Anything above that, or a property intended solely for business (not a dwelling), falls under a commercial loan. When you require a residential loan, your personal income, debt and ability to repay a loan are reviewed before you’re approved for a mortgage.
The differences between commercial and residential loans may seem cut-and-dry, but they’re not always obvious. Determining which type of loan you require can be confusing at times, and being prepared before you speak with a lender may save you some time. Residential mortgage loans are intended for properties that have one to four family units. Anything above that, or a property intended solely for business (not a dwelling), falls under a commercial loan. When you require a residential loan, your personal income, debt and ability to repay a loan are reviewed before you’re approved for a mortgage. If you need