Real Estate is waking up. U.S. mortgage applications to purchase a home 🏠 rose 9% last week from the previous week and from a year earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. It was the sixth straight week of gains and a 54% recovery since early April. Investopedia.com.
This is despite the sobering news from the Labor Dept. Weekly pay fell 11% in April from the prior month. That was the biggest drop on record, but it will likely be broken in May. Investopedia.com This, plus historically high unemployment, will be immense hurdles for people buying homes but might be incentive to start a business fixing and flipping homes to add to your own income and to provide homes, maybe small homes, to young and old consumers alike. Both want to get out of community living and out of big mortgages. I have the funds to help you fill this void in housing.
Real estate agents are using more virtual tours to showcase their homes. You might be able to use a video 🎥 to showcase your remodeling experience on a loan application for a private money loan for your next project.
Even in the coronavirus pandemic crisis investing in rental apartment property can still be a good way to add thousands of dollars to your income in the long term. If you buy apartment real estate that is in a good location with growth potential, but that is not too expensive, this real estate investment will likely recover after the crisis passes according to (Brad Hunter, Forbes.com). However, the investment takes funds and commitment over the long haul.
There are two way to make money from rental real estate. The first, appreciation, is a rise in value over time. This profit can only be realized by reselling the property after some time has passed or after you have made upgrades that add to the value. Generally, real estate appreciates in value over time if you are in the right location. Be sure to study employment and home buying trends in your local area before purchasing rental property.
Cash Flow & Coronavirus
You can also make money in the form of cash flow by collecting rents as income. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting the apartment rental real estate industry because many people, more people than we have ever seen before, have lost their income in only a few weeks, unemployment claims are up all over America, and tenants may not be able to pay their rents for the next couple of months. This will impact the ability of landlords to make money. Either the landlord forgives the rent and eats the loss for a while to keep the tenant, or the renter is evicted, and the property becomes vacant. In either case, the landlord is not receiving income on the property and may have to seek forbearance from their own lenders.
If a landlord has paid off his or her own mortgage on the property or if he or she has established an emergency fund as Dave Ramsey suggest (daveramsey.com), they will be able to weather the storm caused by the jobs lost in the pandemic shutdown.
Jobs and Renting
Either the jobs come back after the danger from the virus is past and businesses reopen, and the renters stay, or a new set of renters materialize because those people who are no longer able to afford their own homes move to apartments and construction of new homes slows because of coronavirus-driven delays caused by labor shortages, and supply shortages. More people may need to rent. In this case. It is likely the landlord’s income will return after some shaky months.
Because the income potential should rebound, rental apartment property should not lose its value overtime as an asset. If the building itself remains sound, there is no reason why the property value will not increase as other investments tank and real estate once again looks solid and reliable compared to stocks. Also, if interest rates remain low, investors will be willing to take on more debt and are not restrained from purchasing property at higher prices. This will help investors who plan to sell their rental properties make a profit.
Investments in single-family rental homes may also benefit in the long run as more people work from home and need more room than apartments afford. Brad Hunter also suggests in his article on Forbes.com that the single-family-built-to rent-industry may benefit as people need that specially designed home office space with its own door and bathroom.
Investment in rental real estate should remain attractive but be sure to do your due diligence.
Study everything from location, jobs, virus hotspots, distancing trends, supply chains, virus rebounds as they occur, and what the kids are doing now.
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According to Realtor.com’s May 2019 monthly housing trend report, the national median listing price for a home sets a new record at $315,000. Despite the continued rise in home prices, rising wages, more inventory, and declining mortgage rates, have made 74 of 100 metro areas more affordable to buyers in their market.
“…the boost in affordability has yet to translate into more home sales perhaps because. while the shift in trend is welcome, the current monthly savings are small and some buyers are waiting for markets to tip further in their favor.”
The top ten cities showing the
biggest improvements in availability of affordable homes also added decreasing
listing price. The ten include:
Charlotte, North Carolina, median
home price $329,450
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, median
home price $350,000
Austin, Texas, median home price
Cape Coral-Fort Meyers, Florida, median
home price $299,900
Portland, Oregon, median home price
Atlanta, Georgia, median home price
Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida,
median home price $231,500
San Francisco-Oakland, California,
median home price $954,500
Des Moines, California, median home
San Jose-Sunnyvale, California, median home price $1,167,444 000.
This data isnot telling us that that there are more homes in the lower prices for first-time home buyers. According to the realtor.com report, the number of houses below $200,000 decreased 8% year-over-year, and the number of houses priced above $750,000 increased 11%.
The data is telling us that the price of homes in a specific metro area market, when compared to the price in the same market, became more affordable over the past year to the residents in that market. The market itself may still be a very pricey market, but the buyers in the market with increased income and lower interest rates are more able to afford the median home.
San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas was
also one of the 74 metro areas that became more affordable over the last year with
a median home price of $295,000. Houston-The Woodlands et al, Texas metro area registered
no change year-over-year with a median home price of $324,945.
So affordable homes in the lower prices are still needed to round out the market and where there is a demand, investment will follow.
REI Capital Resources is a direct lender as well as a broker of funding solutions. We offer short and long-term financing options and are eager to support your project with funding.
Please give me a call when you find that perfect real estate investment and know how much money you need. We are “focused on funding your success.”
Summer is here and our heads are full of vacation plans. Some of us rent summer vacation homes to stay in and some of us rent vacation homes out to others for income.
As a real estate investor, you may be considering buying a property to rent out for income or to remodel and resell. There are four points about income taxes that apply to rental properties that you should know about.
1. If you rent the dwelling for fewer than 15 days a year, you do not have to report any of the rental income and cannot deduct any expenses as rental expenses.
2. If you receive income from renting property for use as a dwelling, such as a house or apartment, you will most likely need to report the income, and you may be able to deduct certain expenses.
3. The accounting method you choose to follow determines when you count income and deduct expenses.
4. Whether you use the property personally for vacations with your family and friends makes a big difference.
The accounting method you use determines when you claim income and deductible expenses.
Types of Rental Income:
Monthly rent is only one kind of income you may receive. You may also receive rent in advance. You report monthly rent when you receive it. A tenant may pay you to cancel a lease. This income you report when you receive it. A tenant may pay some the expenses attributed to the rental dwelling (for example utilities). You declare the expenses paid as income. You can then deduct the expense if they are deductible rental expenses. A tenant may pay you with services (for example painting) or property (for example they construct a built-in grill). In this case you report the fair market value of the service or property as rental income.
Security deposits are not included in your income if you intend to return them to your tenant at the end of the lease. But, if you keep part or all of the deposit, include it as rental income in the year you receive it. If a security deposit is used as the final month’s rent, include it as advanced rental income when you receive it.
According to the IRS, If you use the property for personal use 10% of the time or 14 days a year (whichever is greater) and rent it out at the fair market value for income, limitations apply on the rental expenses you can deduct. You will need to divide the expenses between the personal use and the rental income use based on the number of days of each. Of course for personal use, you will not receive income so there is nothing to report on the personal taxes. When you use the property for both personal and rental use, you will not be able to deduct rental expenses in excess of the gross rental income minus the rental portion of the mortgage interest, reals estate taxes, casualty losses from federally declared disasters for the rented part, realtor’s fees, and advertising costs.
One thing to note about personal use is that if you rent to a relative or friend for a token amount, less than the fair market value of a dwelling just like yours, you have to count this use as personal use, not as investment rental income use.