How Do REITs Work?

As you evaluate your investments, you likely are asking a few essential questions: How close are you to reaching your financial goals? Are you prepared to fund your children’s college? Are you ready to take the vacation of your dreams? What about your...

Rental Real Estate Safe Harbor Under Section 199A

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 added the qualified business income (QBI) deduction (also called the Section 199A deduction), it didn’t clarify when a rental activity rises to the level of a qualified trade or business. On September 24, 2019, the Internal...

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Allow Non-FICO Score

Surprising mortgage watchers, the Federal Housing Finance Agency will allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to use VantageScore as an alternative to the FICO credit scoring model. How will this affect you when you are scouting out a new home purchase? By allowing new...

Can You Challenge Your Property Taxes?

Has your property tax bill increased significantly? Do you think you may have grounds for an appeal, particularly if the increase seems out of line with overall appreciation in your area? Property tax rules and policies are local, but in general, you have 90 days...
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