7 Reasons To Choose Vestpro To Manage Your Houston Rentals

There’s no doubt that owning Houston rentals can be an exciting thing to do because, you’re generating monthly cash flow while building long term wealth.

Sadly, owning rental properties can get complicated, especially as you add more properties to your properties to your portfolio.

Thankfully, owning rentals only gets easier when you hire Vestpro Residential Services to manage them.

If you’re “on the fence” about calling us to learn more about our property management services, here are 7 reasons to choose Vestpro to manage your rentals.

Why Hire Vestpro Residential To Management Your Houston Rentals?

#1 – Set the Right Correct Rates for Your Rentals

One of the biggest problems many property owners face is setting the incorrect rates for their Houston Income Properties.

We are your biggest asset in this area thanks to our market research, which will guarantee that we rent your properties for the right rates, insuring you have the right balance between stable monthly income and super low vacancy rate.

#2 – Collect Your Rent on Time

Another area where we will be an asset to your Houston Income Property portfolio is rent collection.

Over the years we’ve developed the right internal systems which will insure that your rent is collected on time every single month and deposited into your account or mailed to you.

#3 – Effective Property Marketing

As you grow your portfolio of properties you will find that one of the most time consuming duties is marketing a home, plex or property when you have a vacancy.

Vestpro has solved this problem for you. Effective property marketing is another of our biggest assets which will save you the time and hassle of property marketing yourself.

#4 – Choose the Right Tenants for Your Properties

Last of all, but most important, at Vestpro we will choose the right tenants for your properties by performing the following tasks including: credit check, income verification and reference checks so you don’t have to.

#5 – Property Management Maintenance

It doesn’t matter if you don’t mind cutting the grass or fixing toilets at your rentals yourself. Those things take time out of your day and are stopping you from growing your portfolio of rental properties. Thankfully, with Vestpro you won’t have to worry about doing maintenance again because our team of professional property managers will do it for you.

#6 – Customer Service 

Another benefit that comes from choosing Vestpro is that we will also be your first line of defense when it comes to customer service. You will never have to worry about taking calls from your tenants again because they will call us for their property management issues.

#7 – We Will Increase Your Return On Investment (ROI) From Your Rental

Last of all, but most important, another great reason to choose Vestpro to manage your rentals is we will help you to increase your return on investment from your rental property. How? Our team of experts will look out for your best interests and make recommendations (when needed) that will help to increase the ROI from your rental.

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How to reduce late payments at your Houston Texas rental property

By Vestpro Residential Services

There’s no doubt that late payments will hurt any owner regardless if they’re just getting started with owning rentals, or they’ve owned them for years.

The truth is that most owners rely on the rent that they receive from their tenants to pay their mortgages so when a tenant is late paying their rent this means that the owner will have to pay their mortgage out of pocket.

What’s the solution to the problem?

Owners must reduce their late payments and getting started with this is easy especially when the steps listed in this article are followed.

How To Reduce Late Payments

Enable Electronic Payments

We’re a big fan of software that allows residents to make payments online, such as many property management software solutions. In this day and age, we’re all busy. Having to physically write a check, track down a stamp, and trek to the post office to mail a payment is a hassle. Some will certainly prefer to make payments that way; but if you want to collect payments on time, leveraging electronic payments will make it easier for you to do so.

Improve Your Resident Screening Process

There will always be one-off cases of residents paying late. However, if you find that multiple residents are making late payments more often than not, it could mean that your tenant screening process is in need of a few tweaks. Be sure that you’re calling landlord references, confirming proof of employment, setting guidelines for minimum income required to lease, etc. This should help to ensure that you’re choosing high-quality residents who can afford to make their payments each month.

Hire a Property Manager

If you’re struggling to collect rent payments and dues, or you simply don’t have the time or energy to track down late payments, consider hiring a property manager. Hiring an experienced property manager can help you to implement a stronger payment system to ensure consistent cash flow moving forward, and can provide valuable expertise on these kinds of situations in the future.

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Arctic Storm – How To Deal With Frozen Pipes In Your Houston Rental Property

By Vestpro Residential Services

HOUSTON, TX. – Over the last week we’ve been hit with one of the coldest storms to hit Texas in recent memory and you may have been woken up to frozen pipes in your Houston Rental Property.

Although frozen pipes are not uncommon, many people don’t know how to deal with them and if those frozen pipes are left frozen for too long they can cause a major problem for the home.

Thankfully, you can deal with frozen pipes yourself if you follow these simple tips:

How To Unfreeze Pipes At Your Houston Rental Property

Tip #1: Use a Hairdryer to Thaw Frozen Pipes

As soon as you suspect that a pipe has frozen, try to find the problem area. It might be in your basement. It might be under a sink. Pipes located along exterior walls are most susceptible to freezing, so that’s a good place to start. Run an electric hairdryer along your pipes to warm them up and get water flowing again.

How to Fix Frozen Pipes

Tip #2: Wrap Hot Towels Around Frozen Pipes

If you don’t have a hairdryer handy, try this technique. The hot towels may slowly thaw the blockage. This strategy is best used on copper or galvanized steel piping, as metal conducts heat. It will be less effective on PEX piping. As the towels gradually cool, you can place a bucket under the pipe and continually pour hot water over them. (It might be a bit messy, but if it works, it’s worth it!)

How to Fix Frozen Pipes

Tip #3: Wrap Frozen Pipes with Heating Cables or Heat Tape

Heating cables and heat tape can be a lifesaver when cold weather strikes.

Heating cables are self-regulating, automatically varying their heat output based upon the surrounding temperature. You wrap the cable around your pipes (ideally before they freeze–but you can do so afterwards to thaw them as well) and then plug the cable into a regular electrical socket. The cable can be overlapped to provide extra protection.

Heat tape is a flat tape coated in rubber. The heat tape must run flat along the pipe and cannot overlap itself. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for installation. Some heat tapes cannot be used safely on plastic, such as PVC water lines.

If you plan to use either heating cables or heat tape, measure the length of your pipes before heading to the hardware store. This will help you to determine how much heating cable or tape you need. The cords come in various sizes, usually ranging from 30″ to 80″. Once applied, the cords will help to slowly thaw your frozen pipes; and if left plugged in, they can prevent your pipes from freezing again in the future.

How to Fix Frozen Pipes

Tip #4: Crank the Heat to Thaw Frozen Pipes Behind a Wall

The first three solutions won’t do much good if you can’t access the frozen pipe. If the frozen pipe is located behind a wall, one of your best (and only) options is to crank the thermostat. Sometime, heating the problem area is all you need to thaw the blockage. To speed the process along, consider using space heaters and/or infrared lamps against the wall where you suspect the frozen pipe is located.

How to Fix Frozen Pipes

Tip #5: Find a Plumber with a Thaw Machine

When all else fails, it’s time to bring in the pros. Most plumbing companies will have at least one thaw machine on hand. A thaw machine is a small, portable unit that a plumber will connect between a working pipe and a frozen pipe. Once the connections have been made (which look similar to jumper cables), the machine will then shoot electricity from one end to another. This heat conduction process is usually enough to thaw even the most stubbornly frozen pipes.

How to Fix Frozen Pipes

Tip #6: Don’t Use a Blowtorch to Thaw Frozen Pipes

One thing that you should never do is use a blowtorch to thaw frozen pipes. It may seem like a logical solution, but the high-pressure heat could actually damage your pipes. You’re also creating a fire hazard if there are combustible materials nearby. Frozen pipes are bad enough–the last thing you want to do is burn the house down trying to fix the problem!

If frozen pipes continue to be an issue, considering hiring a property manager. An experienced property manager will be able to manage these stressful situations for you. They should also be able to give you sound advice on issues of all kinds, including preventing frozen pipes in the future.

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Enjoy The Tax Benefits Of Renting Your Home During Special Events

 

Are you planning on going on vacation this year? If so, you might want to wait to go on vacation during an annual event in the Houston area.

You may be able to rent your home for more money while a special event is in progress like Comicpalooza because more people will be in town during the week of that event and willing to pay higher rental rates.

Could Be Tax Free Income

Homeowners go on vacation and make tax-free income while temporary tenants rent their home. Homeowners can benefit from a little known provision in the tax code that does not require taxpayers to recognize the income derived from renting their home for less than 15 days per year. See Plan Ahead for Tax Time When Renting Out Residential or Vacation Property- special rules.

This situation can particularly benefit homeowners where there are large sporting events nearby like golf and tennis tournaments, championship games or other high attendance venues. The demand for a private residence can be more attractive than staying in a hotel which makes the price go up.

Obviously, there are challenges with personal belongings and damage but getting a premium rental rate and not having to recognize the income could be worth it. You’ll certainly want to discuss this with your tax professional prior to making this decision. You’d probably also want to get some help from an experienced real estate professional.

Source – In Touch Weekly

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5 Tips for a Low Stress First Rental Property Investment

Tip #1: Advice is OK, but Do Your Own Research

Take courses, read investment books, go to a seminar, or any other learning process that helps you to gain confidence to make decisions. I suggest that any books, courses or seminars be about how to select locations, value properties and evaluate the rental market. Your success will be based on your due diligence and most of all buying right in the right area.

Your first rental property investment is best done in your area of residence, where you know what’s going on economically. You want to know that the economy will support today’s decision into the future, as this isn’t a short term strategy. Understand who the major employers are, what drives people to move in or move away, and if things look good into the near future.

Tip #2: Don’t Just Rely on Real Estate Agents

Sure, now and then you can work with a real estate agent who handles foreclosures and get a good deal. Remember though that these will be “listed” foreclosures on the MLS, Multiple Listing Service. You and all of your competitor investors have access to the same information, so competition will likely drive up your cost of acquisition.

If you do your own marketing and locate motivated sellers, you have a greater chance of negotiation a good deal. Another approach is to work with an experienced real estate wholesaler. They are investors too, but they are experts and finding great deals that they can flip to rental property buyers at a below-market value price. Just check their references out and be sure they do know what they’re doing.

Tip #3: Know What Will Rent and for How Much

Check with property managers who handle single family homes. Go to the classifieds and check out what homes similar to the one you’re considering are renting for. Are the owners offering incentives like free months? This is usually a sign of a soft rental market or heavy competition, so you may want to try another neighborhood or property type.

Call on ads, drive around, talk to landlords as if you’re a tenant. The most important thing for you to know before the next tip is what you can reasonably and conservatively expect for rental income and low vacancy.

Tip #4: Get the Right Financing & Cash Flow

You need to know all of your costs, including estimating repairs and other maintenance costs. But, the mortgage is going to be your largest cash outlay, so it is your most important cost consideration. You’ll need to put 20% down or more in most cases. For a rental unit you may also pay a slightly higher mortgage interest rate. A great credit history helps in this regard.

Get a firm handle on all of your costs, then see what your mortgage payment with taxes and insurance escrowed will be. Let’s use an example of a $150,000 home with a $32,500 down payment and closing costs. If you can manage to clear even $250/month over cash out of pocket, your return on the actual cash invested is going to be around 9%.

Tip #5: Lock in Equity at the Closing Table

NEVER buy at retail market value. If you can’t get the home at a 10-20% discount to its current market value, don’t do the deal. You want to leave the closing table with that equity as either future profit or a cushion should you have to sell before your initially planned liquidation date.

If you’re going to work with a wholesaler who you may meet at a local investment club, be clear that you’ll want to see their valuation calcs and you’ll check them with your own. You give them your requirement. If it’s 15% below market value, then they will know what they have to deliver.

You’re in control here, and you don’t have to make a deal until you know it’s going to be a great investment.

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How to make landscape maintenance easier at your Houston rental property

Is landscape maintenance a problem at your Houston rental property? If so, like most owners you’re probably searching for ways to simplify landscape maintenance to either make your job easier or ensure that the landscaping is easy for your tenants to maintain.

Thankfully, landscape maintenance is easier than ever before especially if you follow these simple tips.

Invest in a Tractor

Getting the job done easily and efficiently comes down to having the best equipment. If you don’t currently have a tractor to help with your landscaping, this should be the number one item on your list.

“Whether you are building a fish pond, retaining wall or planting shrubs to beautify your home, you need a tractor,” says Dave Boyt at Hobbyfarms.com. “Use the front end loader of rear lift to move rocks and fill dirt and the blade to sculpt the ground, level off hills, direct drainage and build small ponds.”

When choosing a tractor, the most important factor to consider is horsepower: “If you are going to make a mistake, always make the mistake of buying too much horsepower,” says William C. Nelson III, president of Nelson Tractor Company. Horsepower will determine load size, which attachments you can use, and more.

Use this guide from Countryside Daily to determine the best tractor for your needs.

Choose Native Plants

Before you start planning the layout of your flowerbed or garden, find out which plants are native to your area. Native plants have already been proven to thrive in the soil and the climate in your immediate area, allowing you to do less while maintaining their regular growing cycle, according to Better Homes and Gardens.

Use the official USDA zone map to determine which plants will live most successfully in your region.

Build a Berm

A berm, or a small mound of dirt where you can plant flowers and trees, is a great way to make landscaping easier for two reasons:

  1. This landscaping element helps with drainage, thanks to the gentle slope of the mound. That means you have to worry less about overwatering your plants, as extra water will flow down the sides.
  2. A berm creates a focal point in your yard. With just one out front or back, you can forget about dealing with extra plants and other elements that would require more work to maintain. Add brightly colored plants to make it stand out.

HouseLogic recommends keeping the berm about 2 feet high, with 4 to 6 feet in width for every foot in height.

Don’t Focus on Plants & Trees

Plants and trees are what take a lot of maintenance time. Instead, focus on turning your landscape into an oasis with other elements that will look great even without regular upkeep. For example, build a flat rock walkway from your garage to the back patio, or create a community space where residents can sit on benches and enjoy evening fires. These small touches will go a long way in creating an inviting space that doesn’t require constant maintenance.

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Should you sell your Humble Texas home or rent it out?

Are you thinking about selling or renting out your Humble Texas home but can’t decide which decision is the right one to make?

You’re not alone.

Although the Humble Texas Real Estate market is going strong it may be a better decision for you to rent your property out rather than sell it, especially for these reasons.

Reason 1 – Your Home Will Generate Cash Flow

A rental property will bring in positive cash flow which you can depend on and use to supplement your income from your other investments

Reason 2 – Real Estate Is A True Asset

When you own Real Estate you will still continue to own a true asset that will continue to appreciate over time. 

Reason 3 – Owning Rental Property Is Easy

Thanks to property management services like Vestpro Residential Services you will be able to rent out your Humble Texas home without the traditional hassle or headaches which come with owning rental property.

We take care of everything for you so you can enjoy life and rental income as well.

Reason 4 – Create Income For Your Retirement 

Another great reason to rent your Humble Texas property is the fact that you can use the income generated from your home for your retirement.

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What to Look for When Investing in Multifamily Real Estate

Are you planning on investing in multifamily Real Estate for the first time and don’t exactly know what you should be looking for when it comes to investing in your first property?

In this article, we will share with you several tips that you can use for acquiring your first multifamily rental property to add to your Real Estate investment portfolio.

Tip #1 – Where Is It Located?

The first step towards finding the right multifamily rental property is analyzing the location because that old saying of “location, location, location” when buying or selling a single-family home is also true when it comes to investing in multifamily Real Estate.

Ideally, you should be investing in a multifamily property that’s in town, or within one hour of a major town, near shops/stores, close to schools or a major university, and within a short drive of major recreation options.

As an investor, you should also be searching for properties that are in high yield, high growth, well-maintained areas that are in demand or are rumored to be the future location for development by large corporations like Amazon.com.

Tip #2 – What Is the Total Number of Rental Units?

Once you find a great multifamily rental property the next step is to analyze the total number of rental units and the total number of rooms in each unit because this will also add to the desirability of the building itself and aid in keeping those units rented on a long-term basis.

More often than not you will find that most tenants are looking for 3-bedroom, 2 bath units so if you find a multifamily property that matches this criterion, and the building is in a great location, you may want to move forward with investing in that property.

Let’s say that you’re wanting to start small; in this case, you should consider investing in a multifamily rental property that’s either a duplex, triplex, or four-plex because these units are fairly easy for anyone to manage on their own while they are just getting started with owning multifamily rental properties.

Tip #3 – Verify the Potential Income

So, you’ve found a great multifamily rental property in a nice area that you’re excited about purchasing. Before moving forward with buying that property you should verify the potential income.

This tip is vital because even though the property may look great on the surface it could be in an area that’s not close to anything desirable and the building may have more vacancies than you know.

To verify the potential income, you should drive by other multifamily rentals in the area, speak with local property managers about what other buildings are renting for, and use the Internet to verify rents and prices of those buildings.

Tip #4 – Review the Costs

When buying a multifamily rental property, it’s also important for you to keep the costs in mind because financing the building may be different for you (depending on your credit score and finances) than it would be to finance a single-family residence.

Even though the financing side will be different, keep in mind that you may be able to qualify for owner-occupied financing if you decide to live in one rental while renting the other units out.

Tip #5 – Learn More About the Seller

Another important thing to do when buying a multifamily rental property is to learn more about the seller and their motivation for selling the property.

The property may be priced low but there could also be a story behind why the owner is selling for that price so don’t hesitate to ask questions before moving forward with buying a multifamily rental.

Tip #6 – Get Your Financing in Order

During the process of buying a multifamily rental property, it’s important for you to remember that financing is the same as buying a single-family home. You will have to have money ready for a down payment, a good credit score, and you should also be able to qualify for a traditional mortgage or FHA financing if needed.

Besides getting your financing in the order it’s also best to have one or more people that you can turn to for a co-signer (if needed).

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What tax impact will disasters have for Houston rental property owners?

Once it’s finished, 2017 will be remembered as one of the toughest years in recent memory especially thanks to Hurricane Harvey which formed on August 17th, carving a path of destruction in Houston and along the Gulf Coast until it dissipated on September 3rd.

What Tax Impact Will Natural Disasters Have For Property Owners In Houston?

When a major disaster occurs, the IRS normally tries to help the victims out by extending tax deadlines. After all, no one wants to have to worry about making tax payments or filing returns while their property is underwater or destroyed by a fire. For example, victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria will not be required to make most types of tax payments and filings until January 31, 2018.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in a covered disaster area and applies the extended deadlines. Thus, to benefit from the extended deadlines, your rental property simply has to be located in a federally declared major disaster area. There is no need to ask the IRS for a deadline extension. You can determine if an area has been declared a disaster area by checking the FEMA website.

Deducting Losses from a Disaster

Insurance is always the first line of financial defense when disasters occur. However, not all rental properties are fully covered for losses due to natural disasters. Some types of losses may not be covered at all. For example, losses due to floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes may not be covered unless the property owner has obtained a supplemental policy. Even if a loss is covered, the property owner may still have to pay for part of the cost of repairing or replacing the rental property.

Fortunately, any uninsured casualty losses are deductible by rental property owners, subject to certain limitations. A “casualty” is damage, destruction, or loss of property due to an event that is sudden, unexpected, or unusual. Deductible casualty losses can result from many different causes, including (but not limited to):

  • Earthquakes
  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Government-ordered demolition or relocation of a building that is unsafe to use because of a disaster
  • Landslides
  • Sonic booms
  • Storms, including hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Vandalism, including vandalism to rental properties by tenants
  • Volcanic eruptions

One thing that all of the events in the above list have in common is that they are sudden—they happen quickly. Suddenness is the hallmark of a casualty loss. Thus, loss of property due to slow, progressive deterioration is not deductible as a casualty loss. For example, the steady weakening or deterioration of a rental building due to normal wind and weather conditions is not a deductible casualty loss.

The Role of Insurance After a Disaster

A rental property owner may take a deduction for casualty losses only to the extent that the loss is not covered by insurance. If the loss is fully covered, there is no deduction. A property owner can’t avoid this rule by not filing an insurance claim. Indeed, a timely insurance claim must be filed, even if it will result in cancellation of the property owner’s policy or an increase in premiums.

The amount of the claimed casualty loss must be reduced by any insurance recovery received, or reasonably expected to be received if it hasn’t yet been paid. If it later turns out that the property owner receives less insurance than expected, the owner can deduct the amount the following year. If the owner receives more insurance payments than expected, the extra amount is included as income for the year in which it is received.

Amount of Casualty Loss Deduction

How much a rental property owner may deduct depends on whether the property was completely or partially destroyed.

If the property is completely destroyed (or stolen), the deduction is calculated as follows:

Adjusted basis – salvage value– insurance proceeds = Deductible loss

Adjusted basis is the property’s original cost, plus the value of any improvements, minus any deductions taken for depreciation or Section 179 expensing. The adjusted basis for rental buildings, land improvements, and landscaping are each determined separately. Adjusted basis should be easily found from a rental property’s depreciation schedules and/or tax returns filed for the property. Salvage value is the value of whatever remains after the property 
is destroyed; in cases of total destruction, this is often nothing.

If the rental property is not completely destroyed, the amount of the casualty loss is the lesser of 1. The property’s adjusted basis or 2. The decrease in the fair market value of the property due to the casualty, minus any salvage value and insurance proceeds.

An appraisal can be used to determine the reduction in fair market value of partly damaged property, as well as salvage value. Alternatively, the cost of cleaning up or making repairs after a casualty can be used as a measure of the decrease in fair market value if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The repairs are actually made
  • The repairs are necessary to bring the property back to the condition it was in before the casualty
  • The amount spent for repairs is not excessive
  • 
The repairs are for the damage only
  • 
The value of the property after the repairs is not greater than its value before the casualty

The amount of a casualty loss to rental property must be calculated separately for each item that is damaged or destroyed. This may include a rental building, landscaping, and other land improvements apart from the building. However, it is not necessary to separately deduct personal items inside a rental property, such as appliances.

Example of Casualty Losses

John’s rental building suffered wind damage due to a hurricane. The hurricane not only damaged the building, but damaged his landscaping—trees and shrubs—as well. John must separately calculate his casualty loss for the building and
 the landscaping. The adjusted basis of the building is $566,000. The trees and shrubs have an adjusted basis of $10,000. John hires an appraiser who determines that the fair market value of the building immediately before the hurricane was $700,000, and was $650,000 immediately afterwards. The fair market value of the trees and shrubs immediately before the casualty was $4000, and afterwards was $500. John’s insurance did not cover hurricane wind damage, so he expects to receive no insurance proceeds.

John calculates his casualty loss for the building as follows:

  • Adjusted basis of rental building before hurricane: $566,000
  • Fair market value before hurricane: $700,000
  • Fair market value after hurricane: 
$650,000
  • Decrease in fair market value: $50,000
  • Amount of loss (line 1 or line 4, whichever is less): $50,000
  • Insurance reimbursement: 
0
  • Deductible casualty loss = $50,000

John separately calculates his loss for the landscaping as follows:

  • Adjusted basis of landscaping before hurricane: $10,000
  • Fair market value before hurricane: $4,000
  • Fair market value after hurricane: 
$500
  • Decrease in fair market value: $3,500
  • Amount of loss (line 1 or line 4, whichever is less): $3,500
  • Insurance reimbursement: 0
  • Deductible casualty loss 
= $3,500

Deducting Losses in Federal Disaster Areas from Prior Year Taxes

Casualty losses are generally deductible in the year in which the casualty occurs. However, if a deductible casualty loss occurs in an area that is declared a federal disaster by the president, the property owner may elect to deduct the loss for the previous year. This will provide a quick tax refund, since the owner will get back part of the tax paid for the prior year. If the owner already filed the tax return for the prior year, an amended return for the year must be filed.

Casualty Gains

It’s quite common for a rental property owner to have a casualty gain rather than a loss. This occurs when the insurance reimbursement an owner receives exceeds the adjusted basis of a property that has been completely destroyed.

Example of Casualty Gains: Part 1

Sheila owns a rental building with a fair market value of $500,000. After years of depreciation deductions, its adjusted basis is $250,000. The building is totally destroyed in a fire. Sheila receives $480,000 in insurance proceeds. She has a $230,000 casualty gain.

A casualty gain is taxable income. However, the property owner need not pay tax on the gain the year it is received if the owner replaces the destroyed property and the cost exceeds the insurance recovery. Instead, the gain is postponed until the replacement property is ultimately sold or otherwise disposed of. The basis of the replacement property is reduced by the amount of this postponed gain.

To qualify as replacement property, the new property must be similar or related in service or use to the property it replaces. However, the rules are more liberal if the destroyed property was located in a federally declared disaster area. In this event, any replacement property acquired for use in any business is treated as replacement property. Moreover, the replacement property doesn’t have to be located in the federally declared disaster area.

To avoid paying tax on a casualty gain, the property must replaced within two years after the close of the first tax year in which insurance proceeds are received. However, if the property is located in a federally declared disaster are, this period is increased to four years.

The property owner doesn’t have to use the insurance proceeds to acquire the replacement property. Rather, the owner has the option of spending the money they receive from the insurance company for other purposes, and borrowing money to buy replacement property.

Example of Casualty Gains: Part 2

Assume that Sheila uses her $480,000 insurance proceeds to construct a new rental building. The new building cost $600,000. Sheila need not pay any tax on her $230,000 casualty gain since she reinvested her entire gain in replacement property. However, the basis of the new building is reduced by $230,000 to $370,000. This way, tax on the gain will have to be paid when Sheila ultimately disposes of the replacement property.

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Property Management Tips – Is It A Bad Thing To Own Too Many Rentals?

Are you thinking about buying rentals to add to your portfolio and are wondering if it can be a bad thing to own too many? The answer to this question is both yes and no.

Yes, it can be a bad thing to own too many rental properties unless you hire a professional property management company to manage those rentals for you.

If you’ve been “on the fence” debating if you should hire a property management company or not to professionally manage your rental properties, this article will provide you with reasons to hire a property manager.

Rent Collection

One of the biggest problems most property owners who own homes or multi-family properties have is collecting rent from their tenants each month especially when their tenants fall behind on paying.

Thankfully when you hire Vestpro Residential Services to manage your Houston Texas Rental Properties you can have confidence that your rentals will be professionally managed and rent will be collected from your tenants on time each month eliminating the need for you to contact tenants or start collections against them if they don’t pay.

Maintenance

Another big problem for some owners has been the issue of maintenance because, it’s not always easy to handle maintenance issues if you own multiple properties.

With Vestpro on your side you will have peace of mind in knowing that your tenants will call us when they have maintenance issues and this will also help you keep tenants as well because, your tenants will know that the can depend on the property management company to solve problems when they occur instead of hearing making empty promises.

Customer Service

Last of all, but most important is customer service.

Many property owners offer customer service and poor support so that whenever there is an issue at one or more of their properties it will go unresolved for weeks or months.

At Vestpro we take pride in offering great customer service so that if your tenants call in with an issue they will be served by true customer service professionals every time.

Get Professional Houston Texas Property Management

To learn more about how Houston Texas Property Management will make your life easier contact Vestpro Residential Services today by calling us at (832) 971-1841 or click here to contact us online.

 

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