Rental property can be easier than owning a home, but it requires its own special set of circumstances. Whether you’re the renter or the landlord, look at the articles, columns, blog posts, radio shows and videos for more information about rental property.
Is there a good way to define a rental unit as long-term or temporary? As this correspondent finds, there can be several different definitions. Q: This question may seem odd, it has been hard for me to research it and I hope you can help. I am trying to determine a realistic and reasonable definition [...]
When transferring rental property to your child, is it better to sell it to them or leave it to them in a will? Both ways have their advantages and disadvantages. Q: First, I always enjoy reading your advice column in the Torrance CA Daily Breeze home guide magazine. Your article today, "Selling a rental property [...]
How can you avoid paying taxes when selling a rental property to a child? You could try an installment sale. Q: We have a rental property that we would like to sell to our son and his wife. The problem is that we have not lived in the house as our primary residence for the [...]
Before putting a rental property in an LLC to minimize taxes, be sure you can depreciate the building to reduce your tax liability. Q: I recently inherited a rental property. The property is rented and cash flow is positive, despite the fact that there is a mortgage on the property. Currently, I do not need [...]
Gifting a house to a relative will affect your income tax and real estate property tax. Know the consequences of gifting vs. inheriting. Q: I thought you might have said on your radio show that you didn't advise giving a home away. My uncle is thinking of giving me an old house, but I didn't [...]
When selling a rental home, understand the tax implications of selling the rental home and the 1031 exchange rules if you buy a new home. Q: I was wondering if you would be so kind and clarify something for me. I have a rental home that I have rented out for the past 18 months. [...]
Renting out part of your primary residence will change how your capital gains tax is calculated when you later sell. If you didn't have a rental property as part of your primary residence, you could save taxes on up to $250,000 of profit from the sale, if you're single. When you have a rental property as part of your primary residence you have to consider what percentage of your property is considered the rental property and your capital gains tax will change. How you use a property affects what kinds of tax deductions you can take and also how much capital gains tax you pay upon sale. You should consult a tax preparer for more advice when you have a rental property as part of your primary residence.
Investing the profits from one real estate property into another purchase requires the use of a 1031 exchange. A 1031 exchange allows you to defer any capital gains tax owed on profits you earned from selling the first real estate property when you invest the profits into another real estate purchase. There are very specific rules, but if you follow them correctly, the 1031 exchange allows you to defer taxes from the profits from the first piece of real estate as long you own your new real estate.