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The New Tax Code Video

 

Very Important info on the New Tax Law and the impact on Real Estate


Disclaimer: This guide is not meant to be a resource for tax advice but instead a resource for basic information concerning only certain aspects of the new tax code and how they may impact the real estate market. You should get tax advice from your accountant or tax preparer who will explain how the entire tax code will affect your personal return.


This information comes immediately after the new tax code became law. Some of the information may be revised as the analysis of the new law evolves.

When the tax code was originally being overhauled by the House and the Senate, there were three major proposals being considered that would have substantially impacted the residential real estate market:

♦ Changing the requirements for the exclusion of gain on the sale of a principal residence

♦ The reduction on the limit of the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID)

♦ The elimination of the State and Local Tax deduction (SALT) which includes property taxes

Let’s look how the tax code has evolved from the original proposal, and decipher what impact experts believe it may have on the housing market.

1. Exclusion of gain on sale of a principal residence

Original Proposal: Owners would need to live in their house for at least 5 out of the last 8 years to claim this exemption. Under the former tax framework, a typical owner, who has lived in their house for at least 2 years out of the last 5 years, would be able to exclude the first $250,000 of gains if filing single or the first $500,000 if filing jointly.

The New Tax Code: No change. The “at least 2 years out of the last 5 years” requirement is unchanged.

Impact on the Market: None.

2. Mortgage Interest Deduction

Original Proposal: Reduce the limit on the mortgage interest deduction (MID) amount from $1,000,000 to $500,000.

The New Tax Code: Reduces limit on deductible mortgage debt to $750,000 for new loans taken out after 12/14/17. Current loans up to $1 million are grandfathered.

Impact on the Market: Assuming a 20% down payment, this reduction in the MID will impact buyers that are purchasing a home between the prices of $938,000 and $1,250,000. Any home under the lower price is still covered and any home over the higher price was not covered under the former tax code either.

What does that mean to the market? Experts disagree.

Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride:

“I think the impact of reducing the MID from a maximum of $1 million in mortgage debt to $750 thousand in mortgage debt will have very little impact on the housing market.”

On the other hand, Capital Economics claims:

“The impact on expensive homes could be detrimental, with a limit on the mortgage interest deduction raising taxes for those that itemize.”

3. State and Local Taxes (SALT)

Original Proposal: The elimination of the state and local tax deduction (which includes property taxes).

The New Tax Code: Allows an itemized deduction of up to $10,000 for the total of state and local property taxes and income or sales taxes.

Impact on the Market: Most experts agree that higher taxed regions will be impacted as homeowners in those communities now have a cap on these deductions.

Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride stated:

“SALT will have an impact on housing in some areas. Some people might choose to live in one state over another (if they have a choice), based on taxation. This could impact demand in certain states – especially for the middle and upper-middle class homeowners.”

Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics said:

“The impact on house prices is much greater for higher-priced homes, especially in parts of the country where incomes are higher and there are thus a disproportionate number of itemizers, and where homeowners have big mortgages and property tax bills.”

What will be the overall impact on the housing market?

For most of the country, the new tax code will not have a negative impact on the market. As Capital Economics reports:

“Given most households will see an overall tax cut, and potential buyers are likely to put that saving towards their home, we doubt it will have a significant detrimental impact on the housing market.”

There is also no doubt that some higher priced, higher taxed regions will be affected more than others. However, most experts agree that other portions of the tax code will favor the high-end buyer and seller, and this might mitigate many concerns. McBride explains:

“The corporate tax cuts (and other tax cuts) will mostly benefit the wealthy, and this will be a positive for high end real estate.”

What does this all mean to you?

To know for sure, you should sit with your accountant or financial planner and explore how all the aspects of the new code will impact your family.

Most families consider homeownership an essential part of the American Dream, and don’t purchase a home based solely on the tax advantages. The main reasons they buy a home are personal (they just got married, they are looking for a good place to raise children, they want to be near friends and family, they want to better enjoy their retirement, etc.). This will never change.

Looking at the new tax code, Mr. McBride’s opinion makes the most sense:

“There will be some negative impact based on SALT, but overall the impact of these policy changes on housing will be minimal.”

 

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Which Comes First… Marriage or Mortgage?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2017 at 57% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing costs makes buying a home more attainable.

But, many couples are also deciding to buy a home before spending what would be a down payment on a wedding, as unmarried couples made up 16% of all first-time buyers last year.

If you’re single, don’t fret! Single women made up 18% of first-time buyers in 2017, while single men accounted for 7% of buyers. A recent report pointed to a sense of responsibility and commitment that drives many single women to want to own their own homes rather than rent someone else’s.

Here is the breakdown of all first-time homebuyers in 2017 by percentage of all buyers, income, and age:

Bottom Line
You may not be that much different than those who have already purchased their first homes. Contact us today and let us help to determine if your dream home is already within your grasp.

 

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Why You Should Invest in Property in Pasadena, CA

The warm breeze blows through the streets, and the orange glow of the sunset begins to dim through the towering oak trees. Life is good in Pasadena, CA. Sitting just northeast of downtown Los Angeles, it’s a city well-known for its closeness to Hollywood, being the original home of many fast-casual eateries, and hosting the annual Rose Bowl Game.

The city’s beloved Victorian and art deco architecture styles give Pasadena a touch of rich character and history. If you’re new to the city or thinking of moving here permanently, take part in the popular guided tours that showcase the magnificent design and craftsmanship. Accompanying the area’s structural splendor are dozens of parks and recreational areas for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

If the city’s beauty isn’t enough of a reason to pack up and move to paradise, here’s a few more reasons why you should invest in property in Pasadena.

 

A Family Friendly Environment
New homeowners and families are flocking to Pasadena each year, which means there are plenty of family activities in and around the city. From the 120 acres of botanical gardens found at the Huntington to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, there’s always outdoor activities to get your children outside. If you need to stay out of the summer heat, there’s always the Magical Playground and the universally accessible Reese’s Retreat. You can also help instill a sense of community pride by joining them in volunteering together for causes varying from help the homelessness to cleaning up parks.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the kid-friendly activities. This timeless community is the perfect place to raise your family with an ample amount of single family homes available for new residents.

 

Lovely Neighborhoods
Incredible sights might be right outside your front door. And though you won’t mind doing so, you shouldn’t have to amble down every street in Pasadena just to see vivid colors and bold structures.

Favored neighborhoods to live in are South Pasadena, East-Central Pasadena and South Arroyo. These are some of Pasadena’s most desirable neighborhoods because of their proximity to amenities, their fantastic housing prices, and how accessible they are by public transportation. South and East-Central in particular are perfect locations for raising children because of their closeness to public libraries and a wide variety of school options.

Not to mention, Pasadena has picturesque views that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re going to be making a huge commitment like real estate investment, you don’t just want something that’s well-priced and hits all your marks. You want a home town that touches your heart and gives you a desire to explore it, in different ways every day.

Pasadena’s scenic viewpoints like Inspiration Point, Eaton Canyon, Memorial Park, or the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden have convinced many buyers that life in Pasadena goes beyond what people have built there, be it communities or buildings.

 

Countless Amenities
The community’s character and atmosphere are enhanced by Pasadena’s geographical features, stellar public art installations, and lively nightlife close by. The area’s bountiful amenities are an essential touch to the Pasadena resident’s living experience.

In Pasadena, you’ll get all of the essential amenities and more. The city government has justly acknowledged both the nature and constructed beauty flowing throughout the streets of Pasadena’s nine neighborhoods, and they have worked to promote and amplify that beauty by engaging in preservation efforts and collaborative planning and community development.

Nearby attractions like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are only an hour away if you need a change of pace from the museums, nature parks, and local landmarks of Pasadena. With regular farmers markets and flea markets, everything you could need or want is within reach.

 

“Picture Perfect” Dining
There’s one thing that might be better than the local architecture – and it’s the food. Download your favorite food photo app and get ready to have your friends flood your Instagram with messages of “Where???” after you’ve visited a meal at one of these restaurants:

One of the top Pasadena restaurants recommended to newcomers, Houston’s is a local favorite, serving cocktails in chilled glasses, a varied menu, and an appealing ambiance which makes it ideal for everything from first dates to business lunches.

A sight and taste a little more unusual would be POP Champagne & Dessert Bar. The bubble-shaped mirrors are all you need to know to convince you it’s going to be one of your favorite city spots, but you’ll definitely want to taste the crepes. Perfect for dates, perfect for meetups.

And let’s not forget sitting down for a craft cocktail. The Raymond’s Bar 1886 is a classic western style venue with a soft Victorian touch that’s perfect for date nights. The rotating food and drink menu is seasonal, meaning you’ll always have an incredible new experience with each visit.

 

Pasadena Has It All
Whether you’re looking to start a family in a house with a yard, settle down in a private condo, or live the life of a bachelor in an upscale apartment, Pasadena has much to offer you. To get a taste of what the city has to offer, try browsing through these things to do in Pasadena to see specific highlights the city offers, from trendy restaurants to adventurous activities. There’s something for everyone here in The Crown of the Valley.

 

Interested in buying or selling a home in the Pasadena area? Contact Ady Simion here for more information.

 

Author: Brennan Flentge

 

 

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If You’re Considering Selling, ACT NOW!!!

Definitely an aggressive headline. However, as the final data on the 2017 housing market rolls in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!

How did we finish 2017?

1. New-home sales were at their highest level in a decade.
2. Sales of previously owned homes were at their highest level in more than a decade.
3. Starts of single-family homes were their strongest in a decade and applications to build such properties advanced to the fastest pace since August 2007.

And Bloomberg Business just reported:

“America’s housing market is gearing up for a robust year ahead. Builders are more optimistic, demand is strong and lean inventory is keeping prices elevated.”

And the National Association of Realtors revealed that buyer traffic is stronger this winter than it was during the spring buying season last year.

The only challenge to the market is a severe lack of inventory. A balanced market would have a full six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, there is less than a four-month supply of inventory. This represents a decrease in supply of 9.7% from the same time last year.

Bottom Line

With demand increasing and supply dropping, this may be the perfect time to get the best price for your home. Contact us today to see whether that is the case in your neighborhood and explore your options.

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61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%

According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Realtors Confidence Index, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% from October 2016 through November 2017.

Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying. The median down payment for all buyers in 2017 was just 10% and that percentage drops to 6% for first-time buyers.

Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas’ recent comments shed light on why buyer demand has remained strong,

“Looking into 2018, rent is expected to continue gaining. More widespread rent growth could mean home buying demands stay high, as renters who can afford it move away from the unpredictability of rising rents toward the relative stability of a monthly mortgage payment instead.”

It’s no surprise that with rents rising, more and more first-time buyers are taking advantage of low-down-payment mortgage options to secure their monthly housing costs and finally attain their dream homes.

Bottom Line
If you are one of the many first-time buyers who is not sure if you would qualify for a low-down payment mortgage, call us and let’s talk and explore your options to set you on your path to homeownership!

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What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?

Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months.

Above is a first map on the top (Forcasted Year-Over Year % Change in Price by CoreLogic), broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of 2018 using data from the most recent report. As we can see, CoreLogic projects an increase in home values in 49 of 50 states, and Washington, DC (there was insufficient data for HI). Nationwide, they see home prices increasing by 4.2%.

How might the new tax code impact these numbers?

Recently, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) conducted their own analysis to determine the impact the new tax code may have on home values. NAR’s analysis:

“…estimated how home prices will change in the upcoming year for each state, considering the impact of the new tax law and the momentum of jobs and housing inventory.”

Above we can see a second map on the bottom based on NAR’s analysis (Projected 2018 Price Changes Based on New Tax Code).

Bottom Line

According to NAR, the new tax code will have an impact on home values across the country. However, the effect will be much less significant than what some originally thought. Call us to talk more about the New Tax Code and its Impact on Residential Real Estate.

 

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The New Tax Code and its Impact on Residential Real Estate

Very Important info on the New Tax Law and the impact on Real Estate


Disclaimer: This guide is not meant to be a resource for tax advice but instead a resource for basic information concerning only certain aspects of the new tax code and how they may impact the real estate market. You should get tax advice from your accountant or tax preparer who will explain how the entire tax code will affect your personal return.


This information comes immediately after the new tax code became law. Some of the information may be revised as the analysis of the new law evolves.

When the tax code was originally being overhauled by the House and the Senate, there were three major proposals being considered that would have substantially impacted the residential real estate market:

♦ Changing the requirements for the exclusion of gain on the sale of a principal residence

♦ The reduction on the limit of the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID)

♦ The elimination of the State and Local Tax deduction (SALT) which includes property taxes

Let’s look how the tax code has evolved from the original proposal, and decipher what impact experts believe it may have on the housing market.

1. Exclusion of gain on sale of a principal residence

Original Proposal: Owners would need to live in their house for at least 5 out of the last 8 years to claim this exemption. Under the former tax framework, a typical owner, who has lived in their house for at least 2 years out of the last 5 years, would be able to exclude the first $250,000 of gains if filing single or the first $500,000 if filing jointly.

The New Tax Code: No change. The “at least 2 years out of the last 5 years” requirement is unchanged.

Impact on the Market: None.

2. Mortgage Interest Deduction

Original Proposal: Reduce the limit on the mortgage interest deduction (MID) amount from $1,000,000 to $500,000.

The New Tax Code: Reduces limit on deductible mortgage debt to $750,000 for new loans taken out after 12/14/17. Current loans up to $1 million are grandfathered.

Impact on the Market: Assuming a 20% down payment, this reduction in the MID will impact buyers that are purchasing a home between the prices of $938,000 and $1,250,000. Any home under the lower price is still covered and any home over the higher price was not covered under the former tax code either.

What does that mean to the market? Experts disagree. Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride:

“I think the impact of reducing the MID from a maximum of $1 million in mortgage debt to $750 thousand in mortgage debt will have very little impact on the housing market.”

On the other hand, Capital Economics claims:

“The impact on expensive homes could be detrimental, with a limit on the mortgage interest deduction raising taxes for those that itemize.”

3. State and Local Taxes (SALT)

Original Proposal: The elimination of the state and local tax deduction (which includes property taxes).

The New Tax Code: Allows an itemized deduction of up to $10,000 for the total of state and local property taxes and income or sales taxes.

Impact on the Market: Most experts agree that higher taxed regions will be impacted as homeowners in those communities now have a cap on these deductions.

Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride stated:

“SALT will have an impact on housing in some areas. Some people might choose to live in one state over another (if they have a choice), based on taxation. This could impact demand in certain states – especially for the middle and upper-middle class homeowners.”

Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics said:

“The impact on house prices is much greater for higher-priced homes, especially in parts of the country where incomes are higher and there are thus a disproportionate number of itemizers, and where homeowners have big mortgages and property tax bills.”

What will be the overall impact on the housing market?

For most of the country, the new tax code will not have a negative impact on the market. As Capital Economics reports:

“Given most households will see an overall tax cut, and potential buyers are likely to put that saving towards their home, we doubt it will have a significant detrimental impact on the housing market.”

There is also no doubt that some higher priced, higher taxed regions will be affected more than others. However, most experts agree that other portions of the tax code will favor the high-end buyer and seller, and this might mitigate many concerns. McBride explains:

“The corporate tax cuts (and other tax cuts) will mostly benefit the wealthy, and this will be a positive for high end real estate.”

What does this all mean to you?

To know for sure, you should sit with your accountant or financial planner and explore how all the aspects of the new code will impact your family.

Most families consider homeownership an essential part of the American Dream, and don’t purchase a home based solely on the tax advantages. The main reasons they buy a home are personal (they just got married, they are looking for a good place to raise children, they want to be near friends and family, they want to better enjoy their retirement, etc.). This will never change.

Looking at the new tax code, Mr. McBride’s opinion makes the most sense:

“There will be some negative impact based on SALT, but overall the impact of these policy changes on housing will be minimal.”

 

Let’s chat and explore your options! Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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Thinking of Selling? Now is the Perfect Time

It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year.

The other listings that do come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market in the spring as compared to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed the months in which most people listed their homes for sale in 2017. The three months in the second quarter of the year (represented in red on the calendar above) are consistently the most popular months for sellers to list their homes on the market. Last year, the number of homes available for sale in January was 1,680,000.

That number spiked to 1,970,000 by May!

What does this mean to you?

With the national job situation improving, and mortgage interest rates projected to rise later in the year, buyers are not waiting until the spring; they are out looking for homes right now. If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition among buyers.

Bottom Line
It may make sense to beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market in the spring and list your home today. Call us and let’s explore your best options! Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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The Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.

Zillow recently reported that:

“In reality, buying or renting a home is an intensely personal decision, with emotional and even financial considerations that go beyond whether to invest in this one (admittedly large) asset. Looking strictly at housing market numbers, there is a concrete point at which buying a home makes more financial sense than renting it.

What proof exists that owning is financially better than renting?

1. We recently highlighted the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership:

♦ Homeownership is a form of forced savings.
♦ Homeownership provides tax savings.
♦ Homeownership allows you to lock in your monthly housing cost.
♦ Buying a home is cheaper than renting.
♦ No other investment lets you live inside of it.

2. Studies have shown that a homeowner’s net worth is 44x greater than that of a renter.

3. Just a few months ago, we explained that a family that purchased an average-priced home at the beginning of 2017 could build more than $48,000 in family wealth over the next five years.

4. Some argue that renting eliminates the cost of taxes and home repairs, but every potential renter must realize that all the expenses the landlord incurs are already baked into the rent payment– along with a profit margin!!

Bottom Line
Owning a home has always been, and will always be, better from a financial standpoint than renting. Call us and let’s chat and explore your best options! Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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Bubble Alert! Is it Getting Too Easy to Get a Mortgage?

There is little doubt that it is easier to get a home mortgage today than it was last year. The Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), published by the Mortgage Bankers Association, shows that mortgage credit has become more available in each of the last several years. In fact, in just the last year:

♦ More buyers are putting less than 20% down to purchase a home
♦ The average credit score on closed mortgages is lower
♦ More low-down-payment programs have been introduced

This has some people worrying that we are returning to the lax lending standards which led to the boom and bust that real estate experienced ten years ago. Let’s alleviate some of that concern.

The first graph above on top shows the MCAI going back to the boom years of 2004-2005. The higher the graph line, the easier it was to get a mortgage. As you can see, lending standards were much more lenient from 2004 to 2007. Though it has gradually become easier to get a mortgage since 2011, we are nowhere near the lenient standards during the boom.

The Urban Institute also publishes a Home Credit Availability Index (HCAI). According to the Institute, the HCAI:

“Measures the percentage of home purchase loans that are likely to default—that is, go unpaid for more than 90 days past their due date. A lower HCAI indicates that lenders are unwilling to tolerate defaults and are imposing tighter lending standards, making it harder to get a loan. A higher HCAI indicates … it is easier to get a loan.”

The second bar graph on the bottom is showing their findings. Again, today’s lending standards are nowhere near the levels of the boom years. As a matter of fact, they are more stringent than they were even before the boom.

Bottom Line
It is getting easier to gain financing for a home purchase. However, we are not seeing the irresponsible lending that caused the housing crisis. Let’s chat and explore your options! Call/Text at (626) 607-8652 or email me at Ady@AdySimion.com

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