While most folks are enjoying an increase in take home pay as a result of the TCJA (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), understanding how the Act affects mortgage interest deductions is important. The legislation includes an increase of the standard deduction, which eliminates the need to claim the mortgage interest deduction at all for many tax payers. However, if your deductions exceed the standard amount ($12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly), you should be knowledgeable on what is allowable under the new rule. Here is a summary:
1. If your home loan was originated prior to January 1, 2018, and the loan was taken out to acquire, construct or substantially improve the home, the interest is still deductible.
2. Interest paid on Home Equity Loans are no longer deductible regardless of the origination date.
3. Interest on a mortgage taken out to refinance a previous loan will not be deductible.
4. The maximum mortgage amount allowed to deduct interest is $750,000.
5. If more than one house is owned and financed (for example; a lake home, ski home, country cabin, etc) only two can be used as mortgage interest deductions. So, if you have a primary residence with a mortgage and a second home with a mortgage and a third home with a mortgage, you can only count two of the properties as eligible for interest deduction. The properties selected can change from year to year which allows a home owner to choose the home loan with the highest interest rate to deduct.
While this is not a comprehensive list of the changes, it should help in making a decision on whether to refinance or to purchase. There are different methods available for calculating the allowable deduction and it is advisable to consult a tax professional for specific advice regarding this issue.
Cork and Rick Clark grew up in Reno, Nevada watching their father build and invest in real estate. They felt very fortunate to not only enjoy the direct benefits but also for the opportunity to learn about real estate investing.
"He paved the way and showed us the financial rewards," Rick shares, "Pops taught us the importance of a strong work ethic. If you want to be successful, you need to be on the job everyday."
The Clark family motto if we are going to reach a particular goal, you MUST be consistent by being on the job and working diligently everyday got the brothers through the 2008 crash, and lead their property management company into record-breaking growth and momentum.
Cork and Rick have used their knowledge of real estate and expertise in construction along with their unwillingness to sit still to build Clark Real Estate to over 700+ doors (households) under management.
Their favorite part of managing properties and real estate investments is that every day is different, every project is different, every house is different. They get to problem-solve every day--either from the office or out at a construction site. Their father and uncle, now in their 80s, modeled how to successfully work as brothers, and they have enjoyed working as a team. "Knowing somebody's got my back and that we have the same goals is the best part about working with my brother," Cork says. Rick is the second of seven children, and Cork is the younger brother as the fifth child.
The Clark brothers got started in real estate investing and property management by way of the construction industry. They had been in the construction industry since they were teenagers. With the construction experience "we could visualize firsthand all the possibilities," Rick says.
"We would look for the biggest problem property in a neighborhood," remembers Rick, "we would make offers on properties that weren't for sale." It wasn't long and the brothers had a handful of renovated properties that now needed to be managed. They started a property management company and took on leasing and maintenance for other real estate investors.
"No one knows the community better than we do. We're lifers," Rick smiles.
"We're hands on. We've started from the ground up. There are very few aspects of the real estate and investing game that we have not experienced first-hand," adds Cork.
Clark Real Estate brings drive and enthusiasm to folks looking to invest in the Reno area. Would you like to see their Map for building your real estate investment portfolio?
Clark Real Estate, Investments and Property Management offers a few fun tips for reaching your health, wealth and happiness goals for the New Year by making a few adjustments with your home!
1. Clear the Distractions: Have you ever noticed you get a boost of creativity or physical energy when you go on vacation? What if it's not because of the long day at the beach, but because of the clutter-free hotel room? The beds are made, the floor is clean, none of the usual paperwork is laying around. You're free to think and move about! When you make plans, you can go do it--without tripping over your kid's homework or frantically searching the house for something to wear.
What if your home always functioned this way?
Start with one distracting room or closet, and rethink it like you're going on vacation: If I was going on a 30 day trip, which items would I need to take with me? Pull those few items, and then move the rest. You can experiment by packing unnecessary items in your suitcase or in a distant closet or the garage to see if life is more enjoyable without the clutter. Or just move the items out of your every day line of sight. If you're feeling extremely bold and are ready for a complete change in your life, donate items to a Shelter or Thrift Store.
Continue to go through each room of your home each week or month. The more you clear, the easier it will be--as you'll start to feel the positive effects of a distraction-free home.
2. Live in your Investment: Robert Kiyosaki (Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad) talks about how your home is a liability, because you're spending more on it than you're making from it. Many Americans assume that because their home may be increasing in value, it's automatically a good investment. Unfortunately, the math doesn't quite work that way! The Reno area is in an exciting growth period, and those who have invested in rental properties are going to be reaching those Wealth Resolutions sooner rather than later.
You can turn your home into an investment by finding a way to make money from it. Hrmm, how? If you own your home, you're free to rent out a room, or even your garage as a storage space. Tools like AirBnB allow everyday homeowners to make some extra income from their empty guest room or den.
If you're not comfortable with sharing your space, let's schedule a consultation to review the possibilities of purchasing your own income-generating property.
If you're renting the home you live in, there may be ways to generate income from it, as well. Please be sure to run any ideas by our office to ensure it is in compliance with your lease agreement!
Please feel free to call us when you're debating remodeling projects; we can help determine which projects will return the most value down the road if you choose to sell or rent out your home.
3. Tune In: Take a day to just observe your thoughts and feelings when you wake up, walk through your home, leave the driveway, and return. What parts of your home made you smile? What was frustrating? What can you fix, and what can you let go of? When our homes are in disrepair for extended periods of time, it can negatively affect our day, and wreak havoc on the property. Is there a strange smell in the cupboard? A crack in the wall? A dim light bulb? Let's get those things addressed right away! If you're just feeling resentment toward your home, it might not be a maintenance issue, it might be time to upgrade!
We are here to connect the right tenants with the right properties, and the right investors with the right investment properties. If you are feeling unsatisfied with your home, let's talk! We have a growing inventory of options just for you!
Clark Real Estate
305 W. Moana Ste C
Reno, NV 89509