Tax Tips for Real Estate Agents

tax tips for real estate agents

By Olivia Creighton

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year – tax season. As people prepare their W-2s and dread that April 17th deadline, real estate agents can approach this time of year with a spring in their step. With special deductions to save them money, agents can use these tips to get the most out of their tax return.

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Data Privacy : Protecting Yourself and Your Tenants

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By Olivia Creighton

You wouldn’t want your information out in the open for anyone and everyone to get their hands on. When you permit a person or company to have access to any knowledge about you, you have a certain expectation of privacy; you expect them to protect your information, and to not let it fall into the wrong hands. Your tenants are no different. They trust you with their information, and, as their landlord, it is your job to keep it safe. In honor of National Data Privacy Day, celebrated annually on January 28th, here are some tips to keep both you and your renters safe.

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The Economic Implications of Rent Control

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By Becky Bower

Since the housing crisis, the demand for affordable rental housing has skyrocketed as Americans have shifted from a homeownership mentality to a renter mentality. As Richard Florida from CityLab might argue, the migration from suburban homeownership to renting has been increasing since 2006. In fact, from 2006 to 2014 the number of U.S. renter households did increase by 5%. With a large percentage of the renter population concentrated in or near urban areas, some of the most major cities in the U.S. lack the necessary housing supply to meet the demand.

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Mistakes for Landlords to Avoid to Stay on the Right Side of the Law

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By Olivia Creighton

We’re all secretly addicted to those late-night cop shows, or prison-centered television illustrations like Scared Straight. There’s something about them that’s strangely intoxicating, that keeps your eyes glued to the screen and stops you from continuing to channel surf. Despite this, none of us actually wants to end up behind bars. Landlords might be surprised to learn that there are a collection of errors that they can make that could result in a hefty fine, a lawsuit, or even some hard time. However, with a little guidance, you’ll learn what to avoid and how to stay within the law when dealing with your tenants.

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Tax Tips for Landlords

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By Olivia Creighton

As the excitement of the New Year starts to fade and resolutions are tossed to the wayside, it’s time to start thinking about doing your taxes. While no one looks forward to tax season, it is an inevitable task that we must complete. However, this time of year doesn’t have to be a cause of stress. With the right tips, landlords can have a very successful April 17th.

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How to Make Tenants Love Your Property

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By Olivia Creighton

Some would argue that word of mouth is the best and most effective form of advertising. Someone raving about your property is more likely to get you more business than any ad you could concoct and post on Zillow or another rental site, because they’ve experienced your property and landlord style firsthand. But how exactly do you get those glowing reviews?

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Why Your Identity is Still at Risk to the Equifax Data Breach

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By: Becky Bower

Months after Equifax’s major data breach left 145 million consumer’s personal information compromised, the threat of identity theft is still present. Information accessed in the breach included names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and (in some cases) driver’s license and credit card numbers. With this personal information vulnerable, millions of Americans are still at risk.

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The Future of Rental Housing: More 2018 Regulations and Legislation

2018 New Laws

By Becky Bower

2017 was undoubtedly a busy year for rental housing legislation. With bills like California’s immigrant housing protections and the City of Seattle’s ban on criminal records within background reports, you’ll start to feel the effects of these passed bills this year. Take a look at pending and future rental housing legislation that could affect properties across the U.S. in 2018, and be aware of legislative trends that surfaced last year. One prominent bill in one state could very easily turn up in another state down the road.

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Cats vs. Dogs: Which can Cause the Most Property Damage?

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By Olivia Creighton

In a world where many people refer to their pets as fur babies and buying pet clothing is a social norm, allowing pets on your property can open you up to a much larger tenant pool. With almost seventy percent of United States households owning pets, many renters are looking for a place that will welcome their four-legged friends. While some landlords prefer cats over dogs or vice versa, the question becomes which one really has the potential to cause the most damage?

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