Real Estate Advisor

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  • Ask the Advisor – What are short sales, and why are they so popular?

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 517

    Abstract: Short sales are a form of preforeclosure where a home sells for less than the mortgage amount. A homeowner facing foreclosure may benefit from a short sale because it reflects more favorably on the owner’s credit report than does a foreclosure. When the numbers are right, banks also benefit from short sales, because they avoid the hassle and expense of foreclosure. A real estate investor purchasing through a short sale wins too, because it’s getting a home at a discounted price. But getting one isn’t a given; there are requirements that must be met, and steps that investors should take to improve their success in negotiations.

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  • LLC or LP: Finding the best fit

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 775

    Abstract: Limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited partnerships (LPs) are popular business entities for real estate investors today. By providing both tax and nontax benefits, they achieve many investor goals. But choosing the best entity for holding a real estate investment will be influenced by a number of details. The pros and cons of each entity are discussed.

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  • How to thrive in a tenants’ market

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 672

    Abstract: As the deteriorating economy continues to impact the real estate market, landlords are taking a hit. Despite the significant drift toward a tenants’ market, the opportunity for deal-making still exists in tenant negotiations. Three specific suggestions are described, while a sidebar offers seven signs that a tenant is in trouble.

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  • The perfect windstorm

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 364

    Abstract: The rising costs of energy, the falling price of wind turbines and the lure of federal and state tax credits are all converging into a perfect windstorm that may inspire more building owners to make wind power part of their energy mix. This short article discusses financial incentives, including tax benefits that are available as a result of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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  • The tax man cometh, bearing gifts – 2009 may be your year for tax breaks

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 776

    Abstract: In the midst of all the bailout bills, budget proposals and credit crunch measures of the past year, some of the old standbys have gotten a facelift which can greatly benefit real estate professionals. This article covers updates to laws regarding leasehold and restaurant depreciation, the Section 179 expensing election, the 50% first-year bonus depreciation allowance, net operating loss carrybacks and energy-related tax breaks.

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  • Ask the Advisor – How can I develop an accurate cash flow projection?

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 493

    Abstract: Realistic cash flow projections are crucial to wise investment decisions and intelligent property management. Savvy real estate investors run cash flow projections on every property they intend to buy, to help determine the before-tax viability of an investment. This article discusses how, with a little research and some simple calculations, you can develop a cash flow projection on your next purchase. A helpful sidebar shows how to calculate cash flow before taxes.

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  • The due diligence payoff

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 769

    Abstract: Performing due diligence ranks right up there as one of the most potentially boring — but important — tasks for real estate investors. Crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s could save you a lot of money, as well as entanglement in less than desirable investment properties. But what should you be looking for when you do your due diligence? This article offers some clues.

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  • 5 mistakes commercial real estate investors make

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 595

    Abstract: Investors face an uphill battle today, when achieving profitability poses more of a challenge than in years past. You can enhance your probability of a healthy bottom line, however, by avoiding five common mistakes. This article describes how 1) inadequate market research, 2) inaccurate financial projections, 3) financial overextension, 4) lack of planning, and 5) ignoring financial indicators can impede profitability.

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  • Asset-protection planning – Holding on to what’s yours

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 1247

    Abstract: Given today’s economic uncertainties and litigious society, asset-protection planning has become more important than ever for real estate investors and developers. Fortunately, there’s much you can do to stave off disaster before it plunders what you’ve worked so hard to build. This article discusses four such strategies: having adequate insurance, using ERISA provisions to keep creditors from your retirement accounts, spreading the risk by dividing the business into separate entities, and using trusts. A sidebar on “planning” for divorce offers another way to protect your assets.

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  • Ask the Advisor – Is multifamily housing a smart investment in today’s market?

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 410

    Abstract: Although multifamily housing’s rate of return is generally lower than that of real estate ventures, it’s considered a less risky, more stable investment within the real estate sector. That’s because, even though businesses may fold in difficult times, people will always need a place to live. The multifamily housing real estate segment isn’t without its concerns, however. This article explores the pros and cons of such investments.

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  • How to spot a bad apple when screening tenants

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 370

    Abstract: Screening out troublesome tenants is a critical task for any landlord. By eliminating the bad apples before they move in, you can avoid many aggravating problems that may arise after they’re settled in. The key is to implement a smart screening process and stick to it. This brief article explains how to do just that.

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  • The tax effect of a lease with option to buy

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 674

    Abstract: Many real estate professionals use the “lease with option to buy” method of structuring deals, because it enables them to collect higher monthly payments and higher prices overall than they could in a normal transaction. Lease options bring buyers to the table who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to purchase, thus enabling sellers to move houses in a down market. But, as popular as this method is, both lessees and lessors need to be aware of certain tax implications. This article explains what those are.

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  • Perils and pitfalls abound – Selling investment property to your offspring

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 752

    Abstract: A perennial challenge for real estate investors is how to transfer property to their heirs in the most tax-advantaged way while also maintaining control of the property and its income stream. The IRS pays special attention to transactions among family members and generally assumes that any transfer among them is really a gift. Whether a transfer is considered a gift or a sale can have significant tax consequences for both parties involved. This article explains how to structure the transaction in a manner that suits the IRS.

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  • Real estate and leveraging: The risk of taking on too much

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 932

    Abstract: Leveraging other people’s money has always been a primary tool for real estate investors. Using leverage, savvy investors have been able to make more money, much more quickly than they could have otherwise. Although there are advantages to using leverage, there’s also increased risk of loss. This article delves into the topic, explaining how leverage works and exposing some of the red flags that could get you in trouble. A sidebar goes into the loan-to-value ratio and how it fits into the leverage equation.

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  • Ask the Advisor – Can social networking help me, as a real estate professional?

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 478

    Abstract: One of the hottest online trends in real estate today involves social networking. Real estate deals are really about connections — and, increasingly, those connections are being made online. Several social networking Internet sites have sprung up where real estate professionals can blog, interact, gain valuable knowledge and forge relationships that may later translate into deals. This article sheds some light on the new trend.

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  • Way cool: Green roofs are growing

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Real Estate Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 603

    Abstract: Green roofs are popping up in just about every U.S. city, as Americans are seeing the potential in sustainable building trends. But green roofs aren’t just a fad; they’re proving to have tremendous insulating effects on buildings and thus can provide significant energy savings — as well as other benefits. This article explains how the savings can add up.

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