Category Archives: Real Estate

House Hunting in Winter

Before the spring market blooms, there is the much-overlooked, slower winter homebuying season. For the proactive buyer, these neglected months can offer some great, hidden deals. If you are considering jumping into the spring market, take a look now at some possible winter deals. The Advantages of Winter for Homebuyers: Less Competition – This is…
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3 Tax Tips for Real Estate Flippers

  Keep flips separate from long-term investment properties. Real estate flipping is a very different enterprise than long-term investing. Buy-and-hold landlords benefit from “passive” income rules for rents and favorable capital gains treatment. Flipping, on the other hand, is a short-term “active” pursuit similar to self-employment. Mixing the two endeavors together in the same entity…
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The Pros and Cons of the New CFPB “TRID” Regulations

In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) forced an overhaul of the real estate closing process. The tighter TRID* regulations aim to provide borrowers advance notice of closing details, better information to understand their mortgage loans, and heightened data security. In many ways, the CFPB is pushing banks and closing attorneys do adopt practices…
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Can I legally build a roof deck?

Can I legally build a roof deck? With warmer weather (hopefully) in our near future, people are starting to ask me more questions about roof decks and how to legally build them.  In the city, they add great outdoor space.  More importantly, they can significantly increase your property value – if you build it legally.…
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