DEPRECIATION. An Imaginary Expense.

THIS ILLUSION IS ITS OWN MAGIC TRICK. NOW YOU SEE IT. NOW YOU DON’T!

Meet Jack.  Jack is an investor.  He has been doing this a while.  He likes rental properties and has a lot of them.  Continue reading

An Obvious Defense, Overlooked By Many.  By Jen Hudson

Note: The names have not been changed, as neither party is innocent.

Terry and Diane Visser lived in Blaine, Washington and had a habit of buying homes as investment properties.  They bought one of these “fixer-uppers” as an investment back in 2005.

After acquiring the property and beginning their renovations, they realized Continue reading

A Crazy Little Thing Called… FIRPTA. By Jen Hudson

You’re telling me there is a chance that the buyer pays the seller’s taxes???  How is that???  Continue reading

New Tax Break Could Boost Sales in 2016. By Jen Hudson

Thanks to a tax break in FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act), foreign investors could double down on their US real estate frenzy in 2016.  How, you ask?… Continue reading

Straight Talk About “Forgiveness.”  No, not the kind of forgiveness at church.  I mean the tax burden kind.

The following is taken (well… almost) directly from Ed McFerran, McFerran Law, P.S. (253) 284-3838 or www.mcferranlaw.com.  He knows a lot of stuff.

First, you’re probably thinking to yourself… “Jen, we’re waaay past this whole recession thing.  Why are you talking about debt forgiveness? Continue reading

What is the Point of Title Insurance? By Jen Hudson

Title Insurance DisneyA question I hear frequently is “why do I need  title insurance?”

Well… as they say at the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland.. Hold onto your hats and glasses folks! Continue reading

Zoning. It doesn’t have to be the monster under your bed. By Jen Hudson

This next sentence may be one of those “no, duh!” type statements, but just hear me out.  Cities, towns and counties are usually made up of different Continue reading

New Changes to Buying & Selling. By Jen Hudson

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is going to make changes.  First, you’re probably thinking… the what?  Continue reading

A Tax Code Bedtime Story.

Did you know that Section 1031 is a section of our tax code?  It’s designed to defer taxes on a like-kind exchange.

Wait (…. narrator comes to a screeching halt).  Tax code isn’t very sexy.  Let me try again.

Let’s start with a story.  My limited understanding of Thor goes something like this.  Once upon a time…. Continue reading