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How to Buy a Property at a Tax Sale

A property tax sale may present a financial opportunity to an investor or anyone looking to save money on a property. Local governments use property tax sales to collect overdue real estate taxes. State laws determine both how long taxes may go unpaid before the property goes up ...

Tax Deductions for Land Held for Investment

When you purchase investment land, you can profit from the income the property generates or by the land’s appreciation in value. You can take tax deductions for your investment land as long as you do not use the land for personal use. The number of deductions you can take ...

How to Find Property Tax Records

If you want a snapshot of a property's history, or you want to snoop out more information about a property you’re thinking of buying, search on county tax assessor databases or visit the tax assessor's office yourself. Anyone can view these public documents. Property tax records ...

Pros & Cons of Real Estate Funds in an IRA

Many investors desiring wealth appreciation look to real estate investing to earn an attractive return on their investment. One way to purchase real estate is through a self-directed individual retirement arrangement, which is only offered through certain brokerage firms. The ...

Investments in Duplexes Vs. Single-Family Houses

Investing in real estate is a good way to diversify your investments and reduce the overall risk factor of your investment portfolio. The right real estate investment option for you, however, depends on your long-term financial goals and the time you can allot to property ...

What Do I Need to Know About Investing in Fixer-Uppers?

Investing in fixer-uppers is a high-risk, high-reward activity. On the one hand, you have the opportunity to buy properties at a discount, do a little bit of work and sell them for a significant profit. On the other hand, you have to lay out upfront money in the hopes that ...

Borrowing From My 401(k) to Buy Land

Some 401(k) plans allow members to borrow from them, as long as the participant is still employed with the company. This can be useful, because it gives participants a way tap their cash balances in what is often their most significant asset without generating an immediate ...

How to Financially Help Your Adult Children With Their Home Investments

Your offspring may not be old enough or ambitious enough to buy a home at the moment, but fast-forward a few years to a time when your adult child may ask you for help investing in property. Whether you say yes or no is up to you, but if you decide to help, a contract between ...

Tax Deductions for Owner-Occupied Rental Property

Owner-occupied rental property gives you access to two different pools of potential tax deductions. The part of the property that you occupy is treated as your house, and you can write off anything that you'd write off on as an itemized deduction on a single-family residence. ...

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