Tax Breaks: Once a Major Factor in Real Estate Buying

March 28, 2012 / Russell Legato, Residential Property Analyst

As recently reported in Santa Ana, Calif., reduced prices on homes and interest rates on mortgages are both at near historic low levels. The National Association of Realtors says that those who buy and own real estate are eligible for lucrative tax breaks. This is expected to spur sales among those who can be approved for mortgages.

Tax Breaks: Once a Major Factor in Real Estate Buying

Most property owners are cognizant of this fact. Those who are not are eager and willing to learn. It is ever more valuable to become a homeowner. Residential real estate, for living quarters or investment purposes, is very desirable. Seventy-five percent of those who vote consider these tax breaks to be appropriate. Those who do not may be the segment of the population who are not homeowners.

Among the larger tax breaks for homeowners are the write-off of state and local property taxes. Mortgage interest on a home is an IRS deduction. This includes refinanced houses. Mortgage interest is not always a write-off.  There are monetary limitations such as $1,000,000 as the upper limit in most cases.

As in all tax bills, the write-off can be increased by itemizing your taxes on the forms. A point is a fee paid to the lender, which is the equivalent of one percent of the amount of the mortgage. A point the buyer pays at the time of closing can be deductible.  The depreciation can be a deductible for a real estate investor.

There are facts an accountant can advise such as if you swap one property for another property, the capital gains taxes can be deferred for up to a decade. These tax incentives play a big role in house-buying decisions. It does require a Certified Public Accountant to clarify all the implications of these types of deductions.

Tax breaks are yet another advantage to being a homeowner. A break from paying capital gains tax is one break granted to a homeowner who has resided in the property being sold for two of the past five years. As shown, tax breaks strongly affect the value of real estate.

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