If you do not want to buy a house to live in, you can buy one as an investment. Many of today’s real estate investors buy homes in bakersfield, make improvements and sell the houses for higher prices. This process of flipping houses is popularized on television. Home prices are dropping due to a housing slump but the trend may not last for long.
“The 16th Amendment must be construed in connection with the taxing clauses of the original Constitution and the effect attributed to them before the amendment was adopted.” EISNER v. MACOMBER, 252 U.S. 189 (1920).
CTEC approved provider If you buy a national muni bond fund your interest income will be free of federal income taxes (but not state income taxes). If you buy a state muni bond fund that owns bonds from your home state this interest income will likely be “double-tax free” for both federal and state income tax.
If the property is a co op or a condo/town house or a Planned Unit Development, a home owners fee will likely apply and must be included in your over all housing payment for qualifying purposes. Home owners association can have benefits but they do take away some borrowing capacity.
CTEC courses Okay, now you are comfortable because your brother-in-law found you a good attorney that gets it. Here is the scenario that has occurred around the country. The well intentioned attorney represents you in court but what is he really doing? He is trying to stretch out the foreclosure process. Paying an attorney on a monthly basis instead of the bank creates cheap rent for you. But, you MUST continue to finance the efforts of your attorney. At the end of the day when the lights are turned out, the attorney comes to you and says “we won”. You won what? You won a dismissal without prejudice. This means the opposing counsel simply says to the judge, “see you next month, because we will be back”.
How is that possible you may ask? Because the big banks know they will get bailed out by the Federal Government. The Federal Government in the form of a Government Sponsored Enterprises (or GSEs, as they are collectively known), will come to the banks rescue. The GSEs are Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation), Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) or Ginnie Mae, (Government National Mortgage Association). They are responsible for guaranteeing the value of mortgages on the secondary market and keeping the money flowing between banks and borrowers. Without them the housing market would be in even worse shape than it is today. But there is a price to be paid for their existence.
CTEC classes Another thing I found out, which prior to this point I did not know, was the tax implications you incur after a foreclosure because of something called Cancellation of Debt Income. That one really shocked me when I learned about it. And to just put the cherry on top, there’s something called a Deficiency Judgment and it is not good for the borrower. This legal process allows your bank to sue you for the unpaid balance of your mortgage, EVEN AFTER THEY AGREE TO DO A SHORT SALE. I could not believe this when it happened to me and it affected my decision to cancel a short sale I had been working on for five months with Bank of America Home Loans. It was a long and tedious education process that I hope I never have to repeat again.
Attorneys can represent you before the Internal Revenue Service, but not all attorneys have the extensive knowledge needed to prepare a complex return. However, if you have a problem involving fraud, or a criminal matter, this may be the best place to start. When seeking an attorney to assist you with tax matters, look for a Board Certified Tax Attorney. These attorneys have the knowledge and experience to assist you with complex matters.