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WE’RE BACK, BABY! FRESNO TOP AG COUNTY ONCE AGAIN

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For the first time since 2013, Fresno County is the top agricultural county in California and the U.S.

This news comes with the Tuesday morning release of the 2018 Tulare County crop and livestock report, which shows sales of agricultural goods produced there last year totaled more than $7.21 billion, a 2.5% increase from ag sales in 2017.

 

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Converting Investment Property to Your Primary Residence

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With a large population of baby boomers reaching retirement age it becomes extremely important to plan and take advantage of all the tax-saving strategies that are available. Most investors think about the immediate tax benefits of completing a 1031 exchange but may not consider the additional long-term benefits of the tax deferral. An exchange provides the opportunity to apply pre-tax dollars towards replacement property and put that money to work.

 

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Just the Basics: Tax-Deferred Exchanges Under IRC §1031

Exchange Update

Knowing some basic rules behind Internal Revenue Code 1031 can help investors defer paying capital gain tax on property dispositions, resulting in more money to invest in new property acquisition. Generally, any real property can be exchanged, provided it is held “for productive use in a trade or business” or for “investment” and is exchanged for property of “like-kind” that will also be held for one of these same purposes.

 

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Top Ten 1031 Exchange Misconceptions

Exchange Update

1. Like-kind means I must exchange the same type of property, such as apartment building for apartment building.

All real property is like-kind to other real property. For example, you can trade an apartment building for an office building. To read more about like-kind real estate, click here.

2. My attorney can handle this for me.

Not if your attorney has provided you any non-exchange related legal services within the two-year period prior to the exchange. Click here to read more about qualified and disqualified parties.

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Deferring Tax on Mixed Use Properties

Exchange Update

Utilizing IRC Sections 1031 and 121

When it comes to issues related to capital gains taxes associated with the sale of real estate, there are two primary provisions of the tax code that apply, IRC Section 1031 and IRC Section 121.  Many people are unaware that when a property is used as a personal residence as well as for business or investment purposes, it is a mixed-use property that can benefit from both provisions of the tax code at the same time.

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Seller Financing Strategies and 1031 Exchanges

In this real estate market where financing is sometimes not readily available, sellers who are motivated to sell may offer to finance a portion of the purchase price.  At the closing, the buyer deposits some cash and signs a seller carryback note for the balance.  If structured as an installment sale under IRC Section 453, the seller pays tax on any gain as the payments are received rather than paying tax on the gain in the year of sale for the entire purchase price.

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Commercial Real Estate Investing: Getting Started

Commercial Real Estate Investing Getting Started

What’s the big deal about investing in commercial real estate investing?

  1. The right commercial real estate investment could serve as the one asset that puts your portfolio over the top.
  2. There are several fundamental indicators to take into consideration when evaluating the viability of commercial real estate investments.
  3. Not unlike flips and wholesales, investors should consider commercial real estate as an important exit strategy.

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