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Five Immediate Factors to Consider Before Buying That Real Estate “Bargain”
Sarah M. Zambrano

With the real estate industry’s steady growth over the past several years and property values holding reasonably constant, investors are eager to jump on a perceived bargain. While securing the lowest price is not a bad idea, investors need to be careful about doing their research before closing on an apparent deal. That so-called “bargain” can quickly turn into a problem if you fail to consider more than just the purchase price. Before taking the plunge and buying a seemingly good parcel, here are five other factors to consider.


Using Cost Segregation Studies for Like-Kind Exchanges
Tamara Partridge

Cost segregation studies have been utilized by many property owners to take advantage of accelerated depreciation methods, including bonus depreciation and Internal Revenue Code Section 179 expense deductions. Accelerated first-year deductions do not change the total amount of deductions over an asset’s useful life, but they do change the timing of deductions. This lowers taxes and generates extra cash flow in the year an asset is placed in service.


Captive Insurance Strategies Can Pay Off for Real Estate Operators
Jeffrey Newman

Federal tax law has permitted U.S. businesses to form so-called “captive” insurance companies for many years, and numerous large companies have done so. It is only relatively recently that the arrangement has gained traction with smaller public and privately owned companies. Could your real estate business benefit from pursuing captive insurance strategies? To find the […]


Crowdfunding Comes to Commercial Real Estate
Kadir P. Sunardio

You have probably heard of Kickstarter and other popular crowdfunding platforms that are used to obtain funding from individual investors for everything from independent movies and music to health care and legal expenses. In the past few years, crowdfunding platforms have also popped up to offer individuals a way to invest in commercial real estate […]


Can Nonrecourse Loans Still Create Personal Liability?
Thomas Kosinski

With the many types of loans available to borrowers, nonrecourse loans remain popular with borrowers because they can shield them from personal liability. Even if you own your business through a limited liability company, banks may not be willing to lend funds without recourse. Lenders will try to add “carve outs” to minimize that protection. […]


Three Landlord-Friendly Fixes to Lease Accounting Rules
Michael Kovacs

The new rules on accounting for leases have already taken effect for public companies and will apply to all other entities in 2020. While most of the rule changes apply to tenants, some of the provisions mark a departure for landlords — and many parties raised concerns about the rules’ cost and complexity soon after […]


Don’t Wait to Purchase Business Interruption Insurance
Kathy Z. Jeziorski

It is important for real estate businesses to have adequate insurance coverage, and you cannot just cover the property itself. Natural disasters, as well as utility failures, may render properties temporarily or permanently unusable. Business interruption insurance can help when you are unable to generate your usual income.


Consider a Community Bank for Your Next Loan
Peggy Vyborny

Have you ever borrowed funds from a community bank? Real estate developers and owners often overlook this source of financing, but these lenders offer some distinct advantages for borrowers.


Real Estate Activities Versus Investments: Why it Matters
Justin L. Sylvan

The characterization of a real estate entity’s activities as a business or an investment makes a big difference to the bottom line when it comes to taxation. In Conner v. Commissioner, a developer whose plans were derailed by the Great Recession recently learned this lesson the hard way.


Is it a Gain or a Loss?
Anita S. Wescott

The U.S. Tax Court regularly hears cases regarding the proper tax treatment of property sales. Recently, though, the court addressed a real estate-related situation in Simonsen v. Commissioner that it described as a “conundrum only tax lawyers could love.”

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