Real Estate

The Housing Market[i]

During the first quarter of 2022, the housing market accounted for 16.7 percent of gross domestic product (“GDP”).[ii] This figure represents a return to historic norms following the substantial reduction in housing’s share of GDP after the Great Recession.

The reasons cited for the increase include the imbalance in supply and demand for housing, which itself resulted from the reduction in inventory following the 2007-2009 recession and the housing bubble burst[iii] and the recent wave of millennials who, encouraged by what has been until now a low interest rate environment created by the Federal Reserve in response to the pandemic,[iv] have been looking to purchase their first homes.[v]

Continue Reading Either An Investor or a Dealer Be – That is the Question

Don’t Do It

There are certain generally accepted “dos and don’ts” of which almost every investor is certainly aware. For example, do not put all your eggs in one basket; if an investment seems too good to be true, stay away from it; take a long-term approach; etc. These guidelines are so obvious, they have become cliché.

However, based upon my recent experience, it seems too many investors in real property have yet to understand that, in the overwhelming majority of cases, they should not acquire real property in a corporation, even one that has elected to be treated as an S corporation. These investors and their successors will often pay the consequences of this misstep for many years.
Continue Reading An S Corporation’s Sale of Real Property Following the Death of Its Shareholder

Go After Real Estate?

During the 2020 presidential campaign, there was one segment of the “rich” for which then-candidate Biden seemed to have reserved some of his harshest criticism – wealthy real estate investors. Moreover, the Democratic Party’s platform included several proposed changes to the Code[i] the impact of which would probably be felt most keenly by such investors.[ii]

Query the origin of this posture. Was it grounded – pun intended – in the Party’s association, rightly or wrongly, of the real estate industry with Mr. Trump?[iii] But how can this be reconciled with the sizable contributions made by industry leaders to Mr. Biden’s campaign and to political action committees that supported him?[iv]

Regardless of why candidate Biden identified the federal taxation of real estate as an example of what he described as the Code’s special treatment of the wealthy,[v] President Biden recently proposed that the Code be amended to limit many of the favorable provisions upon which real estate investors have long relied for purposes of evaluating the acquisition, operation, and disposition of investment properties.

Continue Reading “Earth to Earth”: Real Estate, Death and Biden’s Tax Proposals

Not Just Income Tax

Approximately two weeks ago, Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature agreed upon a budget for the State’s 2021-2022 fiscal year. Although most businesses and their owners have understandably focused their attention on the increased personal and corporate income taxes[i] enacted under the budget legislation, there are several other provisions of which they should not lose sight.[ii]

Continue Reading N.Y.’s Real Estate Transfer Tax, the 2022 Budget, and Responsible Person Liability