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The Complexities of California’s Housing Crisis: Part I

By: Roderick Wright

Housing in California, particularly the lack of affordable housing is a complex issue. Like most complex social problems there are numerous causes and villains. The solutions are usually simple, but the political will is challenging. Why don’t we simply build more apartments and houses, simple enough right? Guess what? There are those who benefit from the current situation.

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How Accidental Landlords Can Avoid Two Common Mistakes

by David Crown

Ownership of property might seem like something that can only happen through careful planning, but as a property manager in Los Angeles, I get calls all the time from folks who’ve become landlords through unplanned scenarios. Maybe a family member has passed away and willed them a property. Maybe they wanted to sell their home but couldn’t fetch the right price for it, so they had to rent it out until the market improved. Just today, we got a call from an owner whose property had been declared a historic landmark, so he couldn’t remodel it to sell at the price he had hoped. Regardless, what they share in common is that they’ve come into possession of rental property without having studied or prepared for becoming a landlord.     

It’s possible for a new rental owner to find a natural knack for management and decide to devote their time to managing their own properties. But for the uninitiated, this article will lay out the two most common mistakes accidental landlords make managing their own property — and how to avoid them.

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Five Things To Remember When Deciding To Do A 1031 Exchange

BY Dwight Kay & The Kay Properties Team

A 1031 exchange is a legal way for investors to defer their capital gains taxes on the sale of real estate held for investment or business purposes. It allows one to defer taxes on a property sale as long as they follow specific 1031 rules and guidelines. In other words, you have the potential to keep all your profits working for you with the purchase of your next investment property, without the IRS coming after you looking for their share of the pie. Here are five things to remember before a 1031 exchange.

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7 Reasons You Might Want to Refinance Your Apartment Loan

By Nick Schoch

Many apartment investors don’t like debt, so rather than refinancing, they would prefer to pay off their loans. Why get a new loan when you’d prefer to have no loan? If that describes you, you may want to reconsider. Used wisely, debt is a powerful tool that can help you reach your short- and long-term investment goals. Let’s take a look at seven challenges and how refinancing can be a solution.

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How to Time Manage like a Boss with Rental Properties

By Nicole Seidner

Owning and managing a rental property can be a dream job! You can make money by letting people occupy space, you still get paid when you’re on vacation, and all problems are solved easily between the average work hours of nine and five.

Well, two out of three isn’t bad, right?

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How to read your property tax bill

By Jon Coupal

Californians are keenly aware that we bear a heavy tax burden.

Progressives claim that the tradeoff is low property taxes, but that’s just not the case. California ranks 17th out of 50 states in per capita property tax collections. What can be said about Proposition 13 is that it has made property taxes reasonable, not low.

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A vetted pool of qualified non-profits will be the first buyers to come to the trough when buildings with three or more units in San Francisco are about to go up for sale, courtesy of COPA.

Before you start singing the hymns of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, we are referencing the City’s newly minted Community Opportunity to Purchase Act, one of the many incremental steps taken by the City aimed at solving the affordable housing dearth.

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Less than a year after California voters rejected rent control in a statewide ballot proposition, Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation imposing it. For rental units 15 years or older, rent increases will be limited to 5 percent annually. The negative consequences of the new law are extensive. Older buildings, likely to require the most maintenance, will fail to recover costs—leading to “shabbification.” New construction, desperately needed in a state with an estimated housing shortage of millions of units, will also dwindle. Developers confront a future with limited returns on investment. And, as always with rent control, incumbent renters—assured cheap housing, regardless of their income—will benefit, while newcomers see only “no vacancy” signs.

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By Eric D. Jarvis, Esq. | Founder of ReassureRent

It’s every landlord’s nightmare: A tenant who can’t, or won’t, pay the rent. You’ve invested in your property.  You are obligate to continue to pay taxes, insurance, a mortgage, and maintenance, and you depend on that income. You provided a home for your tenant and you have a right to expect that tenant to keep their end of the deal.  Now you’re involved in a time consuming and emotionally draining eviction process. In the best situations, you will pay some legal fees and lose some rent.  In the very worst situations, you could spend thousands in legal fees and lose half a year of rent before you get your property back.

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The client has invested in real estate since 1987. After experiencing difficulties in renting an industrial property she owned for the past 13 years, it was time to sell. Having sold many properties in the past, the concept of doing a 1031 exchange was all too familiar to her. She questioned whether or not to do it this time. In consulting her financial advisor and CPA, she was informed of the tax consequences in selling this property. In hearing this information, she inquired into the best course of action for her tax situation. The advice was based on a simple question, “Do you want another rental property”? Emotionally, the client was tired of the responsibilities associated in being a landlord, in addition to everything involved in purchasing another rental. Logically, however, it was concluded that the best course of action was to purchase a replacement property and defer the taxes.