5 Tips For Real Estate Investment

Real estate investment is one of the best investment choices. It is the one of the best risk free investment and gives high return on the investment.

You must have to investing in the property in the ideal location. There are different types real state properties. One is residential and another is commercial property. It gives one of the best returns on the investment in a shorter period of time.

Here are some important tips for investing in the real state business:

1. The real estate needs more money to invest. If you are planning to make an investment you need to plan for finance. You must have to make huge investment in the real estate business. Some time if you buy old property than you need to repair and the property.

2. You must have to get the price idea from the real estate consultant trough primary survey.

3. You so not need to invest in the property at the same location. It is ideal to choose the property at the different prime location to get the maximum investment benefits. You must have to do the basic research before invest in the property.

4. If you are going to buy new property. You must have to get the basic idea about the estimated restoration charges of the property.

5. You must have to get the investment plan according to the property. There are many banks and financial companies provides loan on the property. If you get good renter than it is an ideal investment because you can pay your home loan installments from the rent till you can get best return on investment. You must have to check the real estate investment market so you are aware about the property prices.

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Dealing With Real Estate Taxes

Real estate or property taxes are something that all property owners have to be concerned with. The amount of tax that you will pay on a specific piece of property varies greatly depending on many factors. These can include location, home condition, annexes, and even boundaries for counties. In some areas of the US there is the chance that property taxes will increase to a point where they are not affordable based on some of the defining factors above.

Still there is very little that anyone can do about the taxes. You have to pay them or you risk losing your property. But there are some ways to understand and deal with the real estate taxes that can actually make them easier to swallow. Below you will find a few pieces of advice that should help you get a hold on the property taxes and ensure that you are not making a mistake that could cost you your home.

Savings

It cannot be stressed enough the value of saving for a rainy day and when it comes to real estate taxes this is doubly true. By simply placing a small amount of your income into some kind of interest baring account and not touching it will save you a lot of hassle when the property taxes come due. You will find that you will have the money to pay them in that account and the stress of paying them will be gone.

Payments

It is best to have the property taxes included in the mortgage payments that you make. This is something that some of the mortgage companies insist upon because it lessens the risk of the person losing the home. This is also a great way to ensure that you are not getting hit with a huge tax bill in the spring and fall because they are already taken care of.

Tax Refund

If you are one of the many people out there that get a sizable tax refund at the beginning of the year then it is a good idea to set some of that money back. In many cases a person can pay off their property tax bill with that one check coming in. This will provide you with a great way to keep the property taxes from becoming a strain on your income.

Loans

If you find that you have a property tax bill that is too high to pay at once then getting a low interest loan to cover it may be the answer. With the low interest loan you are able to make payments over time instead of a lump sum. This means that you can keep your home current with the taxes and still have a certain amount of time to make the regular payments on the loan. Do not fall into the trappings of some companies that are willing to offer the loans with high interest because it will cost you more than the tax bill in the long run.

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Real Estate Short Sales|a Description Of The Process

It was a real estate boom like no other. Interest rates were dropping incredibly, homes were garnishing appreciation by the week, the stock market wasn’t moving and first time home buyers were getting their piece of the American dream. Mortgage brokers, Real Estate Agents and New Home builders were raking in the cash. It seemed like it would never end. Month after month, year after year the sales of new and existing homes climbed. Investors threw their money into the housing market and then as fast as it came it went thud.

The thud started around November of 2006. It started incrementally with a slower than expected August, a quiet November and the news articles started to reflect which was inevitably going to commence. In January of 2007 the Real Estate Taxes were due and crash it went. What seems to be happening now is a rush to unload. From the outside looking in you can see the stock market rise as the housing market falls. New home builders with still a glimmer of hope increase the price of new homes yet offering larger than expected home incentives. Upgrades galore, creative financing, buyers agents bonuses and yet they continue to build on the land they have allocated for future expansion. If it seems familiar, it is. It has an uncanny sense of 1983 all over again.

How did this happen and what makes this housing thud different from the last? There are some minor differences that make this more unique than the last housing crash. Back in the 80’s interest rates were at sometimes 16%. At that point it made sense to try to assume a mortgage that was a lower interest rate and throw your cash into their equity. But it wasn’t realized equity. It was an inflated sense of a market share. As prices dropped home owners found they were in an over valued situation and as the job market suffered they could no longer pull their money out of their house to move on with their lives. It caused a ripple affect of people walking away from thousands of dollars just to save what they had left. Real estate was sold at auction in a manner that you would buy livestock or sheriff’s sales and the late night infomercials were non-stop. No Money Down” was the catch phrase. You can still find those publications that cite 20% interest rates and how finding a home with a 10% interest rate was a real steal.

So what happened in the last decade? Feeding on that premise that no money down is something of a desired situation and interest rates dropping most people would assume the best investment was their home. Out the window went the premise of paying down your note and having a secure position in your most valued asset. For some time it was just a matter of the educated investor refinancing a higher note and gaining equity in their home just by dropping their interest rate. It was a normal progression of an intelligent move. Refinancing could shorten the length of your home loan in some instances by 15 years and also lower your monthly payment. And then arose the hungry new home builder, the starving loan officer competing in a new market and the incredible increase of Real Estate Agents flooding the market.

Here’s how it worked. In most instances this was a first time home buyer. They were to purchase a house no money down. There would be two loans. The 80% back loan that was a fixed rate of sometimes as low as 5% and then the front loan. The front loan represented the 20% down that was typically the homeowner’s down payment. That 20% loan was an adjustable rate mortgage that was incrementally to increase over 5 years and then a balloon was to sit waiting at the end. The buyer confused by all this new jargon would ask, and then what? It was explained with the advent of interest rates dropping it was standard practice at that point to refinance that loan with another fixed rate loan or refinance the entire note at one fixed rate. It became such a standard practice that the next step made even less sense. Why not just incorporate your closing costs as well? And they did. Up to 6% of your closing costs could be rolled back into your loan. The buyer would ask what their monthly payment was and assumed that was an affordable note and there you have it. It was a disaster waiting to happen.

The second victim was the investor. The investor that in most instances was watching their money sit either in CD’s that showed a dropping interest rate or a stock market that refused to move. The investor would buy these new homes with incredible incentives and it was explained that the home had these upgrades to the standard built home, the home would ofcourse appreciate to where they could sell in 5 years and realize the equity of a moving home market, and then reinvest. They even came with appliances so that they could rent them immediately. Could there be a catch?

So here’s where it all plays out now. The new home buyer is in the home of their dreams. And the interest rates instead of dropping are now increasing. So incrementally their payment increases. Then to add insult to injury the home they purchased had an estimated tax base of an empty lot. So the taxes figured at closing were estimated on a fraction of the value of completed construction. Here comes the new appraisal on completed construction and your tax base increases by 150%. These new home buyers revisit that 20% loan and notice that the note is coming due. Struggling to understand the increase in their monthly mortgage payment, coming up with the added cash for their balloon, compounded with the increase in gas and consumable goods is overwhelming. So, as suggested by their loan officer they search to refinance.

What was not explained to them is with the rush of foreclosures on the market and millions of people in the same situation, you must have equity to refinance. You must show the ability to be able to support your note. And they are turned away.

The investor finds themselves in a new subdivision competing with new home sales and no equity. The builder has built in their contract that they can not erect a sign in their yard advertising the property for sale until the subdivision is completed. There are not to hang a lock box on the door. So basically they must rely on the local MLS to market their property. To add insult to injury now the new homes are selling the exact same house they purchased 2 to 5 years earlier for less than they purchased it and adding more upgrades and incentives to new home buyers.

This created a flood of foreclosures on the market. People frustrated are electing to walk away from the home and their good credit rating. Lenders are found at the court house steps now purchasing these homes, fixing them up and reselling them. In some instances the homes are not even rehabbed but placed back on the market sold as-is, where-is”. That would be the new catch phrase.

In order to circumvent the costs of the foreclosure the lending market created an alternative for a homeowner to stop their foreclosure. This system has now been name a short sale” or a pre-foreclosure”. The short sale is handled this way. The homeowner without any equity in their home approaches the mortgage company and requests a short sale. They are to fill out financial information substantiating that they are no longer able to pay the note. Upon acceptable of the package the home is then listed by a real estate agent on the local MLS and marketing as a short-sale” or pre-foreclosure”. The offers are then submitted directly to the lender and the lender will make the decisive move as to whether to accept the offer or renegotiate. The homeowner at this point is nothing more than a signature on the listing agreement or the closing statement.

Once the lender comes to an agreement with a prospective buyer the closing date is set and the house changes hands. In most instances the loan is reported as being satisfied and the homeowner now can relax and move to a more comfortable situation. There are floods of new seminars on purchasing property in this type of distressed situation and even though it is a reliable way to purchase property the best case scenario is ofcourse an end user. This is a particularly good way for a home buyer to purchase a property in relatively good condition for a discounted price.

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Real Estate Tax Breaks For Your Home

It is always beneficial during tax season to own real estate, which gives you many annual deductions. If you purchased residential real estate during this year, however, you can look forward to even more generous savings at tax time.

Mortgage Interest
Though there are several real estate deductions you will be able to take this tax year, the largest is the interest you paid on your mortgage. According to Kiplinger’s (August 31, 2006), you may write off up to $1 million in mortgage interest for your primary or secondary home (does not apply to third home real estate, unless it is a business or rental property). This can be an enormous tax savings, especially within the first years of ownership with most of your monthly payments going to interest.

Property Taxes
Each year, you may deduct the property taxes you paid. If you recently purchased your home real estate, you also may deduct any taxes the seller paid in advance that were applied to your property tax debt. This applies even if you did not reimburse the seller for these real estate taxes.

Points Paid for Mortgage
Even if the seller paid your points, you may deduct them on your tax return within the year of purchase of the real estate. Each point is worth one percent of the real estate mortgage. For a loan principal of $250,000, you may deduct $2,500 for each point. For a loan face value of $500,000, you may deduct $5,000 per point.

If you refinanced your real estate, you also may deduct these points paid. However, the deduction must be spread over the life of the loan. If you sell the real estate or pay off the loan early, then the remaining deduction may be taken within the year of sale or loan payoff.

Home Equity Debt
You are allowed to deduct up to $100,000 of home equity debt each year, regardless for what you used the money. This makes home equity loans low-interest alternatives for purchasing cars, paying student tuition, underwriting your dream vacation, and so on.

Home Business Use Deductions
If you run a business out of your home or use the real estate for business purposes, such as rental property, you have many deductions for the use of this space. For home offices, the percentage of space you actually use may incur the same percentage in deductions for mortgage payments, utilities and home insurance. Improvements made to accommodate the business, such as bringing the real estate up to standard as rental property or installing a private bathroom when renting out a room, may qualify for a deduction against your profits.

Property Damage
If you incurred uninsured real estate damage due to a qualifying disaster (especially within a presidential declared disaster area), you may qualify for a tax deduction. There are limitations, however, and the deduction generally must be taken within the year the disaster occurred.

What You Cannot Deduct
If you recently purchased or sold real estate, you incurred many costs but not all may be deducted from your taxes. Examples of nondeductible expenses are closing costs, major home improvements to attain a higher sales price, title insurance, appraisal and inspection fees, or attorney fees.

Don’t forget, deductions that lower your federal tax debt also decrease your state tax obligation! As with all financial advice, always check with a qualified accounting professional.

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Fiis Raise Stake In Real Estate Stocks

The booming real estate market has caught the fancy of foreign investors and they have raised their stake in a majority of realty firms listed on the bourses. However, some analysts believe these stocks are among the most expensive in the world.
An analysis of the holding pattern of foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in 22 major realty firms shows a majority of them raised stake in the April-June quarter compared with their stake in the previous three-month period.
FIIs increased their stake in 15 companies, including Unitech, Ansal Housing, DS Kulkarni and Indiabulls Real Estate. However, they decreased their holding in seven companies DLF, Atlanta, Era Construction, Lok Housing, Mahindra Gesco, Madhucon Projects and Unity Infrastructure.
The real estate sector in India has witnessed a boom in recent times led by an increase in purchasing power of people, relaxed lending norms by banks and housing finance companies and the growth in retail and IT sectors.
The buying of shares by FIIs in these companies comes at a time when a few analysts believe the country’s realty stocks are among the costliest in the world.
Global investment services firm Standard & Poor’s has said real estate stocks in India are the most expensive and give lower returns than most emerging and developed markets such as China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
A comparison of price to earnings (P/E) ratio of stocks from various countries showed that valuation of property stocks from the US and the UK moved lower, while those from emerging markets such as India continued to grow.
The P/E ratio is considered a valuation benchmark of a stock, where a higher ratio indicates an expensive stock, while a lower P/E ratio signifies a cheaper stock.
FIIs consolidated their stake by an average of 1-2 per cent, except Indiabulls Real Estate, in which their holding jumped 6 per cent to 44.96 per cent as on June 30 from 37.34 per cent at the end of the previous quarter.

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