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Home Renting,Real Estate Market,Rent-to-Own Homes,Taxes

What to Do With Rental Properties on Taxes When Getting Divorced

22 Jan , 2016  

RTO is one thing; what about rental properties? What if you are the landlord/homeowner? What if you are the one offering that rent-to-own property? What if you are the one offering that rent-to-own property, and you get divorced with your spouse? What can you do with those rental properties? How does that affect your taxes? What will happen to your tenants?

Questions, Questions, Questions — Stressful, Stressful, STRESSFULrental properties knot

Whenever on the subject of taxes, the prospect’s overwhelming. You’ve got that tax return to file. You’re not great with numbers — and let’s not forget about the fact that you’re dealing with divorce, and there are plenty of options on your plate about what to do with the home (and the kids, finances, cars, etc. etc.). Now you have to also worry about rental properties, tenants, and other stuff. It can be a headache.

Here’s what you have to understand about rental property: they’re not your primary residences. Hence tax issues will be a bit different than when considering your actual home, the actual place you live in.

We all know there are tax benefits when selling a home (only when it’s your actual place of residence, though). When you divorce, the question is this: do you want to share ownership of those rental properties (in which case you’ll both pay taxes on them)? Or do you want to transfer ownership to the ex-spouse? It’s good to know that transfer of ownership won’t cause any tax repercussions for either spouse. However, you most likely will pay taxes if and when you ever sell those rental properties; so keep that in mind.

Those Rental Properties Need to Be Addressed

Of course, rental properties are a source of revenue. You want it, you pay property taxes for it; you don’t want it, transfer ownership. If both spouses don’t want the rental properties in question — be prepared. Consult with an attorney, if you will, but be sure to discuss your situation with an expert from the Income Tax Planning Network immediately. You don’t want to leave this loose end untied.

 

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Credit Repair,Home Renting,Real Estate Market,Rent-to-Own Homes

The Current State of the RTO Home Industry: a Continuing Trend

22 Jan , 2016  

Read about any of the reviews regarding the Ultimate Rent-to-Own Home Program, this list of rent-to-own homes, and an aggregate system for RTO properties, and you’ll know right away: the RTO home industry is still as popular as ever….

The News in Today’s RTO Home Industry Might Surprise You, Though: Wall Street’s Getting in on the Action

You heard correctly: even high-profile firms are seeing the value in the RTO home industry. Rent-to-own makes more than the mark. It’s seeking to revolutionize the housing market regarding credit repair thanks to recent developments on one of the most prolific rent-to-own companies — aside from the prestigious organization the H.O.P.E. Program — a “little” corporation known as the Home Partners of America (HPA).

But before we get to the goods on what’s going on in this RTO home industry with respect to the HPA, let’s understand exactly what rent-to-own is all about:rto home industry-1

What Is Rent-to-Own? And Why Would You Want This Option?

Forget the negativity of an option that is rent-to-own and realize that there’s a direct benefit not just for the homeowner, but the home buyer here. All sorts of rent-to-own programs existed through small operators became the rage back in the ’90s as a way to provide an alternative to consumers who may not have a whole lot of cash saved up for a sizable down payment on a mortgage. Understandable. However, almost as quickly as the RTO home industry started seeing some gains, the trend declined due to easy lending choices with no money down — which, as you know, most definitely contributed to the unfortunate housing crash in 2008!

Essentially, the RTO home industry was all about negotiating a deal between the homeowner and the potential home buyer to rent the home for a specific length of time with an option to buy later down the road as credit improves and the home renter saves up enough money for a possible down payment. Sounds good, obviously, but there were cons to the RTO home industry, such as a higher rent and purchase price the longer they rent vs. the fact that those potential home buyers get to lock in that home at a price (which could be a negative, too) and try out the home and neighborhood to see if it’s a great fit for the individual or family. In a sense, the RTO home industry provided something rarely seen in the housing market: flexibility.

rto home industry-2Enter: the Home Partners of America

Given the fact that lenders nowadays are setting the bar so high, what with credit scores being the make-or-break deal in securing that mortgage loan, it’s now a sure thing: the RTO home industry’s rising again, and for good reason. The HPA sought to target this market that hadn’t seen any development for years since the crash, and it looks as if they’ve nailed a chance to stimulate the industry and get people into homes without issues of foreclosure or decline.

This is how the HPA operates — you’ve got a consumer looking for a home (obviously, a rent-to-own home) and collaborates with a real estate agent. Of course, the HPA has literally an empire of approved communities in suburban locations with solid school systems for families; additionally, prrices range from $100K to $725K, so you’re looking at an RTO home industry that blankets the entire range of possibilities for home buying.

What happens, of course, is the HPA then actually purchases the home from the seller, leasing that home to the prospective consumer. The deal is the consumer becomes a home renter with the actual right to purchase the home after a set period of time. There is an expectation that the home renter has to work on repairing credit for approval of a home loan as well as saving for that down payment, but here’s the catch: the longer that home renter is renting on the property, the more they may have to pay just to buy the house. Interesting trade-off. But with the right rent-to-own resources, and education on the RTO home industry, while it may benefit the homeowner, you’re looking at a great option for the home buyer!

Are There Any Examples We Can See on the RTO Home Industry Right Now?

If you were to go on the HPA website, you might see a home shown at a listing price of $449,975 in Chula Vista, CA, with the option for a potential home buyer to purchase at a price of $472,035 just after one year. Now after five years of renting, the home buyer would be looking at a $573,762 purchase price — a 28% markup from the original listing.

Sounds bad, yes — but when you’re informed of the stipulations beforehand and you know what to expect, without rto home industry-3even worrying about whether or not a bank will approve a home loan for you — for many families out there, that’s a great deal! Security. Insurance. Assurance. Those are now the main assets in this housing market, thanks to the RTO home industry.

How Does That Compare to Home Renting and Mortgage Payment Averages, Though?

Given the rising prices in our market at the moment, it’s not far off the apple tree — but make no mistake as those potential home buyers will be paying a premium due to a rent-to-own. Your typical 30-year conventional mortgage for the exact same listing in the example would go for just $1.8K. Now with an average single-family rental payment of $2.270K/month in San Diego, this is what the prospective homeowner’s paying extra for — the lock-in for buying that home without any chance of it falling through. Something many people see in the real estate market, for good reason (we, after all, don’t want to see another housing crash, right?).

A sparkling credit score, and a good down payment: that’s typically what we end up seeing in a traditional mortgage, something that doesn’t always work out for the average consumer. So, naturally, a chance to repair credit while living in the home, plus potentially getting the loan at the lease option to buy with zero down, just might be worth the extra price in rent, don’t you think? And here’s an even better benefit for that home renter: the tenant isn’t required to buy!

Interest in the RTO Home Industry Is Still Steadily Growing….

The HPA isn’t the only organization seeing a profit in the RTO home industry. Home LPC in NYC and Premium Point Investments have also thrown their financial hats in to see if there’s a profit to make in buying these properties and renting them out with a lease option to buy. More and more homes are being bought out for the purpose of rent-to-own; and due to the flexibility not only for the seller/company as well as the renter/buyer, it’s quite hard to see any disadvantage.

You just have to remember one important point when it comes to the RTO home industry — you need to know where to look, what to do, how to do it, and someone to help you do it all the way through. Something that may actually come a little easier for a prospective homeowner than saving a ton of money for a down payment and getting that mortgage approval….

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Home Selling,Taxes

Maximizing Tax Benefits for Selling the Home After Kids Grow Up

6 Jan , 2016  

Divorce doesn’t have to destroy the kids. There are options out there, and they’re not to blame. So it just so happens that many divorcing couples find the option to keep the home when dealing with a divorce until those kids move out when they’re older. There’s a specific reason to doing this, in that it’s not going to be a forever thing when owning the home indefinitely — eventually, that home will get sold!

The Tax Benefits Are Obvious, But Keep This Important Point in Mind….divorce tax-5

If you’re going to sell that home later on, make sure you get that attorney on your side to stipulate in the divorce agreement that the home still is your “main residence” for tax purposes. The law states that you won’t get the tax benefits of selling the home if you’re not living in the home for at least two of the last five years of that primary residence.

So if the son and daughter are only in their teen years, and you’ve moved out, selling the home leaves you high and dry while the ex-spouse reaps the tax benefits. Therefore make a point to research with the Income Tax Planning Network and find out what you need to do to settle the issue correctly.

Because Selling a Home Can Be a Benefit

Tax benefit, to be exact. It just takes timing. And divorce is anything but timely. Make it a point to sign up with ITPN and talk to an expert immediately. Get the lawyer, too, while you’re at it. Divorce doesn’t have to destroy the finances, especially when you’re facing the issue of selling that home. Either you sell the home and make anywhere around $250K in profit, or you’re not paying attention to those tax laws and have to fork over a ton of that profit to the IRS. You pick.

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Credit Repair,Home Renting,Rent-to-Own Homes

Independent Credit Solutions: an RTO Consultant’s Dream

30 Jul , 2015  

We have to admit that most likely your RTO consultant specialist’s easiest job is accessing that qualified list of rent-to-own homes, negotiating with a prospective homeowner/landlord, setting up a showing, and getting you, the new homeowner, into that home. It’s an easy deal. What’s not that easy, though (although your consultant won’t sweat much either on this) is getting you the credit repair services, if necessary, to prepare for the moment you exercise that lease option to buy. It’s essential. independent credit solutions-1You need credit repair, and improvements with your score don’t just happen by osmosis. Plain and simple.

So What Can You Do? You Get Independent Credit Solutions in on the Game!

Make no mistake: the rent-to-own consultants know the deal when it comes to credit repair already. It’s part of the job. Since, though, the BBB A-rated H.O.P.E. Program learned about this brand-new credit repair service, Independent Credit Solutions, as reported in this press release, let’s just say the options are plentiful, and it just makes the job that much easier for your own consultant to ensure you get into that home.

Everyone’s loving the idea, to be honest. H.O.P.E.’s pretty proud of it. Sites like Nationwide Property Values and the Complete Real Estate Site have voiced their opinions about how crucial credit repair really is to home ownership with their own stamps of approval on the new service, Independent Credit Solutions, so it’s pretty clear — you win. Everyone wins.

It’s Important That You Ask Your Consultant About Credit Repair

Even better, go ahead and put in an inquiry with Independent Credit Solutions and get started right now on improving your credit score. Don’t wait. Because when you get to that point to sign on the dotted line to own your own home, the question will be this: will you get that approval, or not? A credit score of 640 or more will definitely ensure the positive!

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Home Renting,Landlords,Rent-to-Own Homes

Assisting Renters: How It All Begins With a Rent-to-Own

20 May , 2015  

Don’t knock the home renter one bit. Because that’s the start of a journey toward home ownership when you think about it. Name one person out there either in college or fresh out, and that person will tell you: home renting was how it all began. You learned about maintenance, utility bills, even home improvement, and you certainly learned how to negotiate like a real estate Jedi master, so clearly home renting’s very much like training for home ownership. Hence that’s why this little comprehensive site called Assisting Renters makes such a dent in terms of resources for the everyday home renter looking to advance the lifestyle and living for the ultimate preparation: a rent-to-own home, or perhaps even a zero-down mortgage.

Some Reviews of Assisting Renters to Watch Out ForAssisting Renters image

It’s all pristine and viral, nothing but positivism in this real estate cyberspace, so you know you’re dealing with the essentials: everything from home security, to credit repair, to identity theft protection, to entertainment needsEverything. And being a member gives you access to these resources for free, and many of these resources are of little to no cost to the potential home renter or soon-to-be homeowner.

But don’t take my word for it. Read up on these reviews:

And that’s just the beginning, honestly.

You Can Never Have Enough Assistance. Or Consultation.

You can expect plenty more content on services like Assisting Renters, and that’s just one resource out there that may help you. If you’re in the market for a rent-to-own home, though, one thing’s for sure: we can consult you, so contact us today, and we’ll help get you into that home as soon as possible. Heck, even Assisting Renters reviewed us, and they say we’re pretty cool!

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Condominiums,HOAs,Rent-to-Own Homes

The Funny Thing About Condo HOAs and Rent-to-Own Agreements

14 May , 2015  

The funny thing about HOAs (Homeowner Associations) is that they legally can choose to work with — or not work with — the ‘tenant’ in question. You’re all throwing your arms up in disgust, thinking that it’s unfair given the fact that tenants may have rent-to-own agreements with condo owners, for instance, right? Of course the HOA should work with you! Of course you can represent your landlord in this case. You’re going to own the condo anyway, correct?

It’s Not That Simple Given Such Rent-to-Own Agreements Are Only With the Owners — Not the HOAsrent to own condos

That, therefore, means the HOAs can choose not to even work with those tenants possessing rent-to-own agreements. By law, they would have to work with the actual condo owners themselves. You, as a tenant-soon-to-be-homeowner can’t represent that condo owner, not even a little bit.

The fact is even if your landlord asks or expects that you interface with an HOA, the HOA can still turn the cheek and say NO…. “I need to speak to the owner.” You literally can’t do anything about it until that property’s legally yours. At that current moment, you’re nothing more than an occupier, paying rent.

Some Exceptions Could Be Made, of Course

As with all contractual law, though, it can be something stipulated and allowed by an HOA in regards to rent-to-own agreements. But you need to be well aware of that in writing. If it’s not in writing, don’t expect to get anywhere with representing your landlord for the HOA regarding anything about the property. You’d have to contact the condo owner specifically instead.

Knowledge Is Power, Right?

Most definitely. And in the real estate industry, everyone has a role — whether you’re a tenant, buyer, owner, seller, agent, broker or whoever. Heck, even the plumber has a role! You simply have to remember that while you’re renting, you’re a tenant. When you’re finished with all rent payments for that period, you’ll be something more…. Any other questions about rent-to-own? Feel free to peruse the site even more!

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Land Contracts,Rent-to-Own Homes

Knowing the Difference Between Rent-to-Own and “Land Contract”

14 May , 2015  

Brace yourself: this is going to be difficult. As with anything in the real estate industry, you end up thinking you need either a real estate attorney or maybe Superman to wrap his brain around the concept of knowing the difference — between a rent-to-own and a land contract. Not even a kryptonian could honestly figure that one out (which is why you have our rent-to-own consultants helping you out with this one!).

What Is a “Land Contract” Anyway?

Get interested when a potential seller even mentions this term. It’s an intriguing way for a seller to rent to own Supermanbasically sell the home without giving up the title, basically. You, as the buyer, can purchase the home through contract and essentially pay “rent” (for lack of a better term), and when you’ve paid the entire purchase price for the home, the title to the property’s all yours.

In a way, it’s like leasing a car. You get to drive it. You get to maintain it. You get to go on a road trip clear across the country if you want. But you never get to own it — and that means you can’t sell it or perhaps even upgrade it — until you finish paying it all off. Certain advantages and slight disadvantages there, obviously. You can see why you might want to ask this along with other inquiries about rent-to-own.

Now a Rent-to-Own Is Slightly Different

The only way I can differentiate on this is that it’s largely dependent on an agreement typically made by the home seller. An offering for a land contract focuses mainly on the entire selling price — whereas a rent-to-own keeps it as a tenant-landlord deal for a specific period of time with an extra portion of each monthly rent going toward a down payment for ownership of the house.

It’s convenient. It’s flexible. And that’s the key. A land contract seals you in for the deal, for the long haul. You can’t back out of it without some form of penalty, because you agreed to basically own the house later on. But a rent-to-own simply offers the option — if you want it (which most of the time you would, provided you negotiate the best of terms for both parties).

You Can See the Striking Similarity

Like looking into a mirror or something. But don’t be fooled. A land contract is so different from a rent-to-own that it’s scary. Just be well-informed. Because while you might want to just stick with a full lease on a house and make those payments as if its a mortgage, know that you don’t have a lot of wiggle room….

But a rent-to-own? That’s a whole different story and superhero altogether.

To get help finding a rent-to-own home, click here.

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Rent-to-Own Homes

Watching Your P’s and Q’s as a Rent-to-Own Occupant

14 May , 2015  

The interesting thing about rent-to-own properties is how private and flexible they really are. There’s no specific basis for them, especially from a real estate broker standpoint. In fact, brokers and agents for the most part wouldn’t care too much about rent-to-owns, because there’s not that much in it for them. Typically, rent-to-owns are all about two parties, and that’s it: the rent-to-own occupant, and the owner. Because of that, there’s a lot of room for negotiation, but do be cautious.

Remember: as a Rent-to-Own Occupant, You’re Still Not Sharing Ownership of the Propertyrent to own checklist

You might even be completely solid on the fact that you will buy the property when the time comes. Even the contract will have an agreed-upon price and down payment after a set number of rent payments have been made. The landlord may know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you’re going to buy the property when the time comes. But you’re still a rent-to-own occupant. A tenant. And that means you don’t have the right to make decisions regarding the property without the owner’s approval.

So when asking the question — out of many questions to ask about rent-to-own — “can I just sell the house to somebody else and pay you the difference?”, know that you’re playing with legal fire in a big way, and you’re going to get burned.

Case in point: you don’t own the house, yet. You, therefore, can’t sell the real estate to anybody else.

One thing to know about your P’s and Q’s, though, is that your contract might allow you to rent out the property. You might even be allowed to hand over the rent-to-own agreement to somebody else, making that other person the rent-to-own occupant. It has to be in writing on the contract, though — or legally the landlord (owner) can simply say “no.”

Lots of P’s and Q’s to Worry About?

We can help, as we’re your rent-to-own consultants. You may be a rent-to-own occupant anytime soon, because you’re interested in the prospect. Just know that you have no P’s and Q’s running off; we’re constantly vigilant for you.

Check them out at RTO Reviews for more info about what they can do for you right now.

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Credit Repair,Rent-to-Own Homes

The Role of a Rent-to-Own and Credit Restoration

14 May , 2015  

A lot of people don’t know this unless you’ve enrolled with the BBB A-rated H.O.P.E. Program: you can actually add your rent payments to your credit report! Shocking, right? The real estate industry is truly an evolutionary model in ways we all can’t imagine. This changes the game for many, particularly when dealing with a rent-to-own contract. You essentially get the best of both worlds….

One of the Best Benefits of a Rent-to-Own: Credit Repairrent to own credit repair

Sometimes known as credit restoration, the simple fact that you’re basically itemizing all of your rent payments onto your report will boost your score by leaps and bounds. That’s a good thing given the fact that you’re going to sign a lease contract to buy the home for a down payment, and with a possible 640+ score, you’re sitting pretty good on that pedestal, aren’t you?

Additionally, you could easily go with a firm like Lexington Law while you’re comfortably renting to get any negatives removed, not having to worry about home improvements (because the landlord will then take care of those!), and get your score looking even better than it will when the time comes for you to buy.

So Be Sure to Ask the Rent-to-Own Home Seller About Credit

You just might find that you’ll qualify even with bad credit. Because in the long run, as long as you’re making those payments, you’re benefiting tremendously through credit repair.

It’s important that you consult with us, your rent-to-own consultants, further about your situation. You never know: that rent-to-own home just might be the right fit for you. But you don’t go into it without the knowledge, understanding and application to negotiate the terms, because remember: ask the right rent-to-own questions, and you’ll get the best outcome. Sure, you’ll pay more out of pocket for rent each month, but that extra money’s going to go into that down payment when you buy, and you just might squeeze even more savings if your credit’s looking sweet.

Yes. Sweet like candy. And we all know that a rent-to-own is exactly like that: candy. GET YOUR CANDY RIGHT HERE.

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Rent-to-Own Homes

5 Most Common Questions to Ask About Rent-to-Own

14 May , 2015  

People talk a lot about rent-to-own homes like it’s the new innovation in the candy business. After all, when the Snickers bar first came out, everyone was in a rush about the novelty and ingenuity of merging chocolate and nuts together, so the rage made waves, for sure! Rent-to-own is like that — it’s candy. It’s yummy. But if you’re not careful or haphazard about rushing into an agreement without asking the correct questions, you could get yourself into a lot of hot water (or wrappers all over your floor, plus a few toothaches).

Did I Mention “Questions”? Yes. Ask Them When Considering a Rent-to-Ownrent to own Snickers rent-to-own

The thing is not every seller/owner out there will say flat-out what the deal is. To them, they’re thinking they just need a tenant. But what about rent-to-own? I can imagine many sellers/owners would blink at the idea, so it is important to ask about it and know what you’re getting into.

There’s a lot of negotiation that comes into play with a rent-to-own, so it’s no surprise that questions get asked on a regular basis. The thing to remember is this: what are the right questions to ask? Clearly you have an advantage with all the rent-to-own reviews available in the market right now.

Only With the Right Consultant Can You Succeed

It’s imperative that you know that not everyone is in the know — especially sellers/owners. Most don’t know what the heck is going on, especially when they’re dabbling in the prospect of a rent-to-own. Our rent-to-own consultants can educate them. We can educate you. And we can make sure that rent-to-own works out well for both.

Check them out at RTO Reviews for more info about what they can do for you right now.

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