News Alerts. Oct. 16, 2013. Evening Edition. #RealEstate

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  1. Investing in real estate with self-directed IRAs part 2 | Investors Beat News Alerts. Oct. 16, 2013. Evening Edition. #RealEstate

    … it’s time to learn what an investor cannot do with their SDIRA [Self-Directed Individual Retirement Account].

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  2. Should Landlords Make Cosigners Sign a Rental Agreement? News Alerts. Oct. 16, 2013. Evening Edition. #RealEstate


    In a situation where co-signers are needed, should I have them sign the rental agreement, or just an agreement stating that they are responsible for paying the rent?


    In most cases, you just need them to sign a statement …

    Read the rest of the source (very short read) for a couple of other considerations. It’s so short that if we were to add a few more lines here, we’d have reproduced the whole thing, which wouldn’t be good from a copyright standpoint since we haven’t asked for permission to do that.

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  3. Save big bucks on your taxes by deducting all sorts of weird odds and ends | Inman News News Alerts. Oct. 16, 2013. Evening Edition. #RealEstate

    In our last few articles we’ve been looking at the new IRS regulations on how to classify repairs and improvements for tax purposes. The voluminous regulations contain some things that are pretty good for owners of residential rentals and commercial properties, and some things that aren’t so good. Among the good things is a safe harbor for materials and supplies. An expense for any property that comes within this safe harbor may be currently deducted. Exactly what are materials and supplies?

    Stephen Fishman goes into it a bit and points to further info.

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  4. Benefits of Real Estate Investment vs. Stocks and Bonds | RISMedia

    With lower interest rates available, a small increase in the value of a leveraged property investment can carry a greater return than an unleveraged investment — approximately 12 percent gross …

    However, in general, the greater the leverage, the greater the risk of loss in a downturn. Therefore, do not overly leverage. Try to avoid finding yourself in an underwater position, which is when the property’s value drops to less than is owed on it. Your rents could drop, your vacancies could increase, and you could be stuck too long with a high mortgage payment and low or no cash flow rendering that property insolvent until prices and/or rents rise enough.

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  5. Andrew Little: Riding the wave of the commercial real estate market – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Metro-Richmond Business And Financial News News Alerts. Oct. 16, 2013. Evening Edition. #RealEstate

    CMBS lenders are more active in 2013 than they have been since 2007 and are on pace to put out more than $80 billion in new loans this year. In fact, according to data compiled by Commercial Mortgage Alert, CMBS loan volume through the first nine months of 2013 is almost two times greater than the pace during the same period in 2012.

    The problem is CMBS loans that were originated in the prior 10 years are starting to get repaid at a faster pace than new loans can be added. This is not a bad trend for CMBS because it means the market is getting better, and borrowers are able to refinance their maturing loans or pay them off early. The reason borrowers do that is to take advantage of opportunities.

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