Is Real Estate Wholesaling For You? Part 1

With all of the real estate investing methods available, how do you know if real estate wholesaling is for you? If you answer yes to the following questions then real estate wholesaling might be the pefect investing method for you.

You do not like the risk associated with traditional real estate investing-

Traditional investing methods involve owning a piece of property and hoping that it increases in value. Meanwhile you may be losing sleep because of a plummeting real estate market, or you have to deal with pain in the butt tenants.

You do not have piles of cash to invest or no cash at all-

Many of you want to become investors because you want money, not because you already have money. Traditional investing is next to impossible without money, real estate wholesaling allows you to make great money even when you have none.

You live in an area where housing prices are flat or falling quickly-

Since real estate wholesaling does not require you to buy anything. You can easily make stress free income in any real estate market, without the worrying about what direction the market is heading.

You do not have credit, or you have bruised credit-

Just because life has handed you some tough luck, doesn’t mean that you should be banned from real estate investing forever. Since real estate wholesaling does not require credit then it may be perfect for you.

You have no experience as a real estate investor-

Real estate wholesaling is the perfect way to break into the real estate investing business. Since wholesaling is risk free, and requires no cash and no credit, there are no barriers between you and the success that you deserve.

Real Estate Professional Status

If you own rental real estate, there are three different ways to treat your rental losses depending on your status. One of these is “Real Estate Professional.”

First, let’s dispense with one myth: Real Estate Professional status does not mean you have to hold a real estate license. Rather, it is a designation you obtain by meeting certain specific requirements. The first requirement is that you spend more than 750 hours in real property trades or businesses in which you materially participate. The second requirement is that you spend more time in your real property trades or businesses than in ALL OTHER trades or businesses combined. Time spent as an employee in real property activities is counted only if you are a more than a 5% owner in that business. If you qualify as a real estate professional you can deduct all your current year rental real estate losses against other income without limitations.

What is a real property trade or business? A real property trade or business is defined as ANY real property development, redevelopment, construction, reconstruction, acquisition, conversion, rental, operation, management, leasing, or brokerage trade or business.

You have to meet the above requirements each year. So, you could be a real estate professional one year but not the next. Only one spouse needs to meet the requirements in order for a married couple to take advantage of the benefits provided by the real estate professional status.

The 750 hours test must be met for each activity. So for example, say you have three rental properties. The general rule is that you have to perform at least 750 hours on activities related to EACH of those three properties. Fortunately, there is an exception to this rule. If you make the election to aggregate all of your rental real estate activities into one activity, you only have to meet the 750 hours requirement once for the tax year.

What types of activities qualify as real estate professional activities? Activities such as:

- Searching for possible rental properties

- Attending real estate seminars or reading real estate books

- Meeting with real estate agents and viewing properties

- Meeting with mortgage brokers with regards to getting loans on properties

- Travel time to and from the seminars and your property searches

- Preparing your bookkeeping and tax information for your rental properties

- Time spend buying or selling properties (i.e. signing the closing documents)

- Studying and reviewing financial reports (Investor-type)

- Preparing summaries or analyses for personal use (Investor-type)

- Monitoring finances or operation in a non-managerial capacity (Investor-type)

An important note to the investor-type activities mentioned above is that these activities can only be counted towards real estate professional time if you are involved in the day-to-day operations or management of the activity for which you perform those tasks. Essentially, this means that if you have an independent property manager and your only real estate business is your rental properties, you probably will not qualify as a real estate professional.

The extent of an individual’s participation in an activity may be established by any reasonable means. Contemporaneous daily time reports, logs, or similar documents are not required if the extent of such participation may be established by other reasonable means. Documentation required includes the identification of services performed over a period of time and the approximate number of hours spent performing such services during such period, based on appointment books, calendars, or narrative statements. Documentation is the key when claiming real estate professional status. Most taxpayers who lose in the tax courts lose because of poor documentation. Although documentation through a reasonable means is pretty vague, the tax regulations are clear that post-event “ballpark guesstimates” are not permitted and will not hold up in the tax courts.

Real Estate Professional status is such an important designation for a high-income real estate investor that we strongly recommend you spend time with your Tax Coach to determine if and how you can become a Real Estate Professional and deduct all of your rental losses.

Are you ready to permanently reduce your taxes?

Warmest Regards,

Tom

Real Estate Listings – The Backbone of Real Estate Websites

A good Real Estate website is incomplete without proper Real Estate Listings. The website would do very little to educate and inform the visitor. Listings for Real Estate not only attract visitors but also enable the website to grab their attention. Listings are rather the “real” thing a visitor wants to see in a site.

Always keep in mind that these listings should be up to date. We know Real Estate agents love seeing “Sold” on every property, but people who would be visiting your website would end up losing heart. Updating your website regularly is a must to keep your visitors coming back. Make sure your listings are in proper price order. It is essential that you have devised ways for them to search through the properties and kept it simple to use.

Interested property buyers tend to check back to your website every week, in the hope of finding fresh properties. You have to ensure that New Real Estate Listings are put up on a regular basis, to aid your customers in making a better decision. To prevent losing business, make sure that someone is made responsible for uploading New Real Estate Listings on your website and keeping the old ones up-to-date.

Depending on the program used to manage the listings section, it might require some extra training to make sure that these updates are made as quickly and efficiently as possible. An investment in professional practices is a wise decision and will prove to be fruitful. Most Real Estate Marketing websites believe in making making worthwhile websites for their customers. The websites that are built also have automatic property alerts that send out new listings via email every day to prospective customers.

While putting down Listings for Real Estate, it’s always a good idea to mark them separately for Commercial Real Estate Listings and the Residential ones. This can help new agents get off to a good start and can work as a new beginning for veteran agents who have been around for a while. Remember, the higher the number of your listings, the better your chances of selling.

By keeping these points in mind, you should be able to communicate about your real estate site better. You also need to ensure that you are able to project a professional image online, increasing your marketing reach and your bottom line.