Friday, April 12, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
Federal and California Withholding- What You Need To Know
When a person sells real property in CA, the buyer of that property is generally obligated to deduct and withhold 10 percent of the sales price and transmit it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Foreign Investment In Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) and 3 1/3 percent of the sales price to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) under CA Revenue and Taxation Code section 18662 and 18668, unless an exemption applies.
Federal Withholding and Nonforeign Affidavit
There are 3 major exemptions to FIRPTA:
Seller furnishes buyer a “nonforeign status affidavit” containing the seller’s tax identification number or social security number (CAR form AS or equivalent);
The property sales price is no more than $300,000, and the buyer or a member of buyer’s family intends to use the property as a personal residence for at least 50% of the time during the first two years; or
IRS issues a withholding certifi. ...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
2 Reports That Say Now Is a Great Time to Sell
Heading into the spring buying market, there are strong trends starting to emerge.
The inventory of homes for sale has increased on a year-over-year basis for eight months in a row. Home price appreciation has continued to grow, although at a slower rate. The homeownership rate has reached heights last seen in 2014, with millennials and Generation X leading the way!
Let’s dive a little deeper into some of the recent reports that have been released and what they mean for the spring buying season!
1. National Association of Realtor’s Existing Home Sales Report
Sales of existing homes were down for the third consecutive month in January. Some of this can be explained by the natural seasonality that the real estate market experiences every year, and some can be explained even further by a lack of homes available for sale on the market.
For the last eight months, the inventory of homes for sale ha ...
Friday, February 22, 2019 / by Nicole Solari
4 Reasons Why We’re Not Headed For Another Housing Crash
With home prices rising in many areas of the country, many people are worried that we’re headed for a housing crash like the one we suffered in 2008.
But here’s the thing: it’s just not true. While it’s understandable that people would look at the current market, consider it a “housing bubble,” and assume it’s going to pop, the truth of the matter is the market today couldn’t be any more different than they were before the crash of 2008.
Let’s take a look at four reasons why we’re not headed for another housing crash:
1. Banks have tightened their lending practices
The biggest contributor to the crash of 2008 was risky lending practices. Financial institutions had extremely loose standards in terms of who they’d lend to; they were giving out mortgages to people with low incomes, bad credit, and who were unlik ...
Thursday, September 6, 2018 / by Nicole Solari
Home prices are at the top of everyone’s minds. Can they maintain their current pace of appreciation? Will rising mortgage rates negatively impact home values? Will the next economic slowdown cause prices to crash?
Let’s try to answer these questions based on what has happened in the past as well as what we know about the current real estate market.
The Impact of Rising Interest Rates
We explained earlier this year that rising mortgage rates have not negatively impacted home prices in the past and probably wouldn’t this time either. Freddie Mac’s comments were very direct:
“In the current housing market, the driving force behind the increase in prices is a low supply of both new and existing homes combined with historically low rates. As mortgage rates increase, the demand for home purchases will likely remain strong relative to the constrained supply and continue to put upward pressure on home prices.”
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / by Nicole Solari
There are many benefits to homeownership, but one of the top benefits is protecting yourself from rising rents by locking in your housing cost for the life of your mortgage.
Don’t Become Trapped
A recent article by Apartment List addressed rising rents by stating:
“Our national rent index is up 0.1 percent month-over-month, marking the sixth straight month of increasing rents. Year-over-year growth now stands at 1.2 percent.”
The article continues, explaining that:
“Rents increased month-over-month in 62 of the nation’s 100 largest cities, down significantly from the 85 cities that saw rents rise last month. That said, rents are still up year-over-year in most of the nation’s largest markets — 77 of the 100 largest cities have seen rents increase over the past twelve months.”
Additionally, Urban Land Magazine explained that,
“Currently, nearly ...