Commercial Real Estate, Home Buying, Mortgage, Residential

Mortgage or Deed of Trust?

By Elizabeth Whitman | May 14, 2018
When real estate purchasers apply for a loan, they call it a mortgage. In about 35 of the states, a mortgage is what they will sign at closing.
Commercial Real Estate

Negotiating Common Area Maintenance Charges in Commercial Leases

By Elizabeth Whitman | April 23, 2018
When signing a commercial lease, tenants may look at only the base rent amount. They are surprised when common area maintenance (CAM) charges result in a monthly rent bill that is higher than expected. Tenants may receive an additional surprise at the end of the year when they receive a bill for a CAM shortfall. […]
Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Investing, Rental Properties, US Real Estate

Fair Housing Act Primer for Multifamily Owners

By Elizabeth Whitman | April 9, 2018
Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1968, The Fair Housing Act (FHA) became law. At first, the FHA only prohibited housing discrimination based upon race, color, religion, and national origin.
Commercial Real Estate, US Real Estate

Registered Land Uncommon but Still Exists in Some U.S. Urban Areas

By Elizabeth Whitman | March 30, 2018
When you buy a car, you get a certificate of title, which names all lienholders for the vehicle. But when you buy real estate you expect to receive a deed and to have to do a title search to determine whether there is a mortgage on the property.
Keys to investing
Investing, Real Estate Investing

Choosing an Ownership Structure for Your Real Estate Investment

By Elizabeth Whitman | March 20, 2018
don’t think much about how they take title. Yet, real estate ownership structure can play a key role in meeting the investor’s economic goals.
Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Investing

Don’t Turn Your Letter of Intent into a Binding Contract

By Elizabeth Whitman | March 12, 2018
LOIs can be valuable tools in a commercial real estate transaction, but if they aren’t carefully written, they can create a binding contract.
property tax hikes
Investing, Real Estate Investing

How Real Estate Investors Can Defer Taxes Using Section 1031 Exchanges

By Elizabeth Whitman | February 28, 2018
It has been said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Real estate investors cannot cheat death. However, they can defer taxes on the gains from the sale of their real estate using Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.
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