A major tax advantage for the real estate industry may be one of the casualties in a sweeping federal tax reform expected this year. Some lawmakers are eyeing the 1031 exchange provision to get the tax-rate cut they seek. The provision allows sellers of real estate and other assets to defer capital gains taxes by reinvesting any profit in “like-kind” properties. The 1031 exchange applies to a range of assets, but real estate accounts for the largest portion of exchanges at 36 percent.
The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated in 2014 that repealing like-kind exchanges could raise $40.6 billion in extra tax revenue over one decade. Several lawmakers consider the provision to be loophole that has limited economic benefit and, therefore, some are looking to put it on the chopping block in order to pay for lower tax rates.
Any threat to 1031 exchanges would cause a lot of transactions not to occur, and investors who purchase real estate through 1031 exchanges are more likely to invest in…
As home prices and rental rates continue to soar with little restraint across the metro area, a decidedly unsexy topic — accessory dwelling units — is generating more heat as communities look to the small living spaces on small lots for needed relief in an overheated real estate market.
On Tuesday night, Englewood will hold an open house on accessory dwelling units to get feedback from the public on what the rental units should look like and where in this city of 33,000 they should and should not be allowed.
According to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors, the average price in April of a single-family home in metro Denver reached a dizzying $487,974 — a new high. Meanwhile, rents in the metro area resumed their upward climb this year after pulling back somewhat last fall. The average apartment rents rose to $1,446 in May, up $19 over April’s average.
By virtue of their smaller size, accessory dwelling units tend to be cheaper to rent than conventional apartments. Englewood is p…
Colorado’s unemployment rate in May stayed at 2.3 percent, maintaining its lowest-ever level — and the lowest nationally — as jobs in the private sector grew and government employment in the state fell slightly.
The largest private sector job gains were in trade, transportation, and utilities, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. The largest declines were in professional and business services, and manufacturing, according to the labor department.
The state’s record-low unemployment rate is a mark visited only four other times by any state in recent U.S. history.
The rate is so low, it is acting like an anchor on the state’s economy, leaving thousands of jobs unfilled and hurting the ability of businesses to meet customer demands, economists warned.
Colorado’s unemployment rate has been steadily dropping since February, when it was at 2.9 percent. In May 2016, the level was 3.4 percent.
The state says nonfarm payroll jobs have increased by 62,000 over the past 1…
As the weather starts to heat up each Spring, so too does the housing market. Spring is an optimal time to get your house ready to sell. The first thing that potential buyers will see of your home is the landscaping, so make a great first impression with beautiful outdoor spaces. An investment in landscaping can help sell your home faster and for more money. There are simple projects at every price point that can help you achieve great curb-appeal.
1. Keep the Lawn Well-Manicured
The easiest and most obvious landscape project when hoping to sell your home is to get your lawn looking its best. Spring is a great season to try to sell because your lawn is helped by Mother Nature. Wet, mild Spring weather will help the lawn stay green with less effort. To show off that green lawn, make sure to mow and edge it often.
2. Keep Your Yard Weed Free
It may not cost much, but it will require some time and effort to control the weeds around your property. Spray or pull weeds in flowe…
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve took a largely expected move to raise its key interest rate one-quarter percentage point. This marks the second of three hikes that is expected to occur this year.
While mortgage rates aren’t directly tied to the Fed’s key interest rate, rates are still influenced by the movement. Mortgage rates are predicted to start rising, and many homeowners and prospective homeowners are already bracing for an uptick.
In a recent survey of home buyers and owners by Berkshire Hathaway, 55 percent of millennials reported discouragement about buying a home due to rising rates. Some 68 percent feel pressured to buy a home before rates increase further.
The latest rate hike is partly justified from ongoing economic expansion and also a steadily falling unemployment rate, however, the Federal Reserve should be mindful of the lower than expected rate of inflation and the consequent low interest rates on long-dated bonds, like 10-year Treasury and 30-year mortgage rates.…