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Why You Should Consider 1031 Exchanges for Your Las Vegas Business Use or Investment Properties

National home values have risen and your investment properties probably gained values too. The Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 gives investors the ability to defer capital gain tax when you exchange business-use or investment property for another business-use or investment property.

There are many ways of exchange. For example, sell a vacation rental home in Hawaii and buy three investment properties in Las Vegas to generate more stable and higher income, sell an old apartment building which always needs repairs and buy a Triple Net Leased commercial property, sell a farm land in California and buy a hotel-condo in Florida. It can be exchanged for personal properties too.

Flipped properties don’t qualify, but if a property listed for rent for a few months without finding a tenant then changed it for sale, can qualify, as well as vacant land which didn’t generate any income. (Per Certified Exchange Specialist, Carmine at First American Exchange)

There are two deadlines for successful 1031 Exchange;

  1. Replacement properties must be identified within 45 day.
  2. The exchange must be completed by the earlier of 180 days from the date of the first relinquished property closing.

For fully deferred exchange, replacement properties must be greater or equal value of the relinquished properties, and all proceeds from the sale of the relinquished properties must be reinvested.

It’s important to select a Qualified Intermediary with financial backing of $1,000,000 Fidelity Bond and $250,000 Errors & Omissions Bond. Nevada is one of nine states which enacted the QI law.

Las Vegas Real Estate Investing – High Rise Condos

The Las Vegas Condo-hotel Concept Pt. II

As with any potential real estate investment, a buyer should cautiously examine contractual details, make observations, and examine facts before deciding on whether or not a Las Vegas Condo-Hotel is in line with your goals and lifestyle.

  • The location of your prospective purchase should be in a desirable area. Although the condo home itself may be a well designed and luxurious unit, location is an important factor in desirability and will most certainly reflect upon the ultimate appreciation of the property.
  • Is the unit located in a structure built specifically as a luxury hi-rise, or has the building been converted from a standard hotel or apartment complex into condo units?
  • When was the structure built? Some older condo conversion buildings may have smaller floor plans, less desirable locations and fewer amenities, but are usually much less expensive.
  • Good management and a developer of excellent reputation is a most important factor in value appreciation of the investment.
  • The units themselves increase in desirability if they have spacious, well-designed floor plans, high ceilings, sizeable balconies, impressive views, top quality appliances, granite counter tops, and marble vanities.
  • What amenities are available? Among the most desirable features are: a state-of-the-art security system, secured parking, 24-hour front desk, concierge services, work-out room, swimming pool (or pools,) lighted tennis court, on premises maintenance crew, card room, library, clubhouse or meeting room. Nicely landscaped grounds add to eye appeal.

Owner/management agreements generally include the following specifications:

  • Amount of net (after deductions) rental revenue shared by condo owner and the management
  • Condo-hotel owner responsibilities for insurance, real estate taxes, capital improvements, debt service, etc.
  • Management responsibilities, including maintenance, housekeeping, administrative, front office, marketing, other operational expenses, etc.
  • Rental program agreement specifying number of days annually that the unit will be available for rental purposes and notice requirements, and contingency procedures

Although it is, of course, not a requirement of purchase to rent a condo-hotel a number of times per year, or rent it at all.  Renting the unit, however, not only defrays owner costs but is profitable as well. In fact, that convenience is the primary reason, of course, that these kinds of units are purchased in the first place.

However, some come-and-go condo hotel owners may eventually decide to stay permanently. In that case, the rental agreement with management would be canceled.

In fact, a condo hotel purchase should be considered similar to investing in a second or vacation home, but with an added part-time rental feature, and hassle-free, with no maintenance or grounds keeping chores to come home to.

Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.0088 with any questions about the Las Vegas High Rise Condo market.

Las Vegas Real Estate Market is an Investor’s Dream

Anyone that is following the Las Vegas Real Estate Market is aware that home prices are at historic lows. Due to the fact that Las Vegas has been leading the nation in foreclosures, Banks and Lenders have been placing homes on the market far below market value which is driving down home prices. Even though many Las Vegas Homes are selling above list price, the fact they are priced so low is still causing home values to fall.  This trend could continue as foreclosures are still prevalent in the Las Vegas Valley.

With such great deals to be had, Investors are flocking to Las Vegas just like they did in 2004 and 2005 but the big difference is the price of the homes.  If an Investor purchased a home in 2005 and rented it, chances are their mortgage payment was higher than the amount of rent they collected.  In today’s real estate market, you can find great deals on homes that will net you positive cash flow.  We currently have several Property Management accounts where our Landlords are cash flowing over $400 a month.  That just wasn’t possible in 2005 unless you had put down a size-able down payment which really defeats the purpose of investing.

Even with the amount of rental homes hitting the Las Vegas Real Estate Market, rental rates have not fallen as demand is so high.  So many Las Vegas Homeowners have lost their homes and have no choice but to rent.  It will take years before they can buy a home again due to changes in lending guidelines and many won’t buy a home again due to the traumatic experience of losing their previous home.

If you are thinking about buying a Las Vegas Investment Property and want to know rental rates for a particular area, feel free to give us a call at 702.376.0088.