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How Much Should You Put Down?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Like most questions, the answer is “it depends”. Today, I thought I’d give you some things to consider. Let’s begin the discussion with loans that don’t require Mortgage Insurance. The suggestion is to borrow as much as you can afford. As an example, borrowing $310,000, as opposed to $300,000, will increase your mortgage payment by about $51 at 4.5%. Recognize that by doing so, you will have $10,000 in the bank. It is my experience that it is easier to find $50 more every month than it is to save $10,000. Even if you had the discipline to set aside the $50 monthly, it would take you 200 months to re-accumulate the $10,000 in principal (longer with lost interest). Understand too, that the interest paid on the extra money borrowed is tax-deductible. In a 25% tax bracket the $51 additional has a real cost of about $38! Having the $10,000 liquid has other potential advantages as well:
  1. If rates go up in the future, you could potentially make more interest than you are spending.
  2. If you can avoid using credit cards for furniture, home improvements, etc., you can save a bundle on those non-tax deductible interest rate costs.
  3. In a world where home values have declined, the more you borrow, the less you have at risk. You transfer the risk of the future value of the home to the lender.
Now, many borrowers today will need some sort of Mortgage Insurance, whether it’s a Conventional Loan with less than 20% down or an FHA Mortgage. These borrowers should sit with their loan officer and run the numbers because the cost of the Mortgage Insurance can vary based on loan-to-value and other factors. Examine the costs and the relative benefits. To speak to a loan officer with 1862 Mortgage call toll free at 866-441-1776.  They can help you with all your questions and are able to give you estimate numbers based on your situation. They are also able to help with the pre approval process. For more information on the housing market please visit RuhlHomes.com.
Provided by: KCM Blog

Is There a 3.8% Tax on Homes in the Health Bill?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As the presidential debates start to heat up, there will be comments about the Administration's Health Care Bill. We are again getting many questions about a possible 3.8% tax on home sales that some claim is in the bill. To answer these questions, we have decided to re-run a blog post we did a couple months ago. We have received many questions about a possible 3.8% tax which will be put on home sales beginning in 2013. We want to do our best to clarify this situation for everyone. We are not accountants and give you this information just as a simple answer to the misconception. Understand that, when it comes to IRS regulations, you should check with your accountant for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

A little history on the confusion

Fact Check.org explains it this way: The truth is that only a tiny percentage of home sellers will pay the tax. First of all, only those with incomes over $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly) will be subject to it. And even for those who have such high incomes, the tax still won't apply to the first $250,000 on profits from the sale of a personal residence - or to the first $500,000 in the case of a married couple selling their home. We can understand how this misconception got started. The law itself is couched in highly technical language that only a qualified tax expert can fully grasp. (This provision begins on page 33 of the reconciliation bill that was passed and signed into law.) And it does say the tax falls on "net gain … attributable to the disposition of property." That would include the sale of a home. But the bill also says the tax falls only on that portion of any gain that is "taken into account in computing taxable income" under the existing tax code. And the fact is, the first $250,000 in profit on the sale of a primary residence (or $500,000 in the case of a married couple) is excluded from taxable income already. (That exclusion doesn't apply to vacation homes or rental properties.) The Joint Committee on Taxation, the group of nonpartisan tax experts that Congress relies on to analyze tax proposals, underscores this in a footnote on page 135 of its report on the bill. The note states: "Gross income does not include … excluded gain from the sale of a principal residence." And just to be sure, we checked with William Ahern, director of policy and communications for the nonprofit, pro-business Tax Foundation. "Some home sales would see a tax increase under this bill," Ahern told us, "but it would have to be a second home or a principal residence generating [a gain of] more than $250,000 ($500,000 for a couple)."

Simple Explanation:

The following simple explanation comes from midiShaw: The tax will affect those sellers of real property who will be otherwise taxed on capital gains under current tax laws. Under current laws, if you sell your primary residence and meet the 'time ' criteria, you are exempt up to $250,000 or $500,000 (filing individually or jointly). Any amount realized OVER that amount is taxable under current tax schedules based on income. As such, this new tax will apparently be added to the current capital gains tax burden IF your income is over $200,000/$250,000 (filing individually or jointly). For those selling second homes and investment properties, the tax, once again, will be applied to the amount of gain realized.

Detailed Explanation:

The following also comes from midiShaw in a comment to the above answer. Beginning in 2013, the national health care reform legislation that became law in March, 2010, imposes a new 3.8 percent tax on certain investment income. The new tax will apply to single filers with incomes over $200,000 and married taxpayers with incomes over $250,000. Under the law, the investment tax provisions in Chapter 2A of the Internal Revenue Code are placed under the heading "Unearned Income Medicare Contribution." In general, this new Medicare tax will apply to investment income that is subject to income tax, which includes capital gains. Pursuant to IRC Section 1402 (C)(1)(A)(iii), the investment income to which this new tax applies includes "net gain" (to the extent taken into account in computing taxable income) attributed to the disposition of property that qualifies as a capital asset under Section 1221 (capital gains), as well as gains on other property that are considered part of ordinary income. We offer this just as an explanation. Remember, when it comes to IRS regulations, you should check with your accountant for the most accurate and up-to-date information. For the most up-to-date information on the housing market, continue checking RuhlHomes.com.
Partial information and quotes provided by: KCM Blog
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Americans Still Believe in the Value of Homeownership

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Last week, Fannie Mae released their National Housing Survey for the third quarter of 2011. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today’s housing market. Each quarter, we like to pull out some of the findings we deem most interesting. Here they are for the most recent report:

Most Important Reasons to Buy a Home

The study shows that the four major reasons a person buys a home have nothing to do with money. The top four reasons, in order, are:
  • It means having a good place to raise children and provide them with a good education
  • You have a physical structure where you and your family feel safe
  • It allows you to have more space for your family
  • It gives you control of what you do with your living space (renovations and updates)
When we talk about homeownership today, it seems that the financial aspects always jump to the front of the discussion. There is no doubt that families must justify a home purchase from a financial point of view today. However, the reasons they actually buy are the same reasons our parents and grandparents purchased their home – to create a better lifestyle for their families.

The Home as an Investment

Though most people purchase a home for non-financial reasons, everyone realizes there is a money component to homeownership. Here is what they said on this issue:
  • 64% of the general population (and 69% of homeowners) believe that homeownership is a ‘safe’ investment.
  • 55% believe that homeownership has more potential as an investment than any other traditional asset class.
  • 68% think that now is a good time to buy a home

Rent vs. Buy

We are always interested in the difference people see in renting vs. owning.
  • 63% of renters have aspirations to someday own their own home
  • 70% of renters think that owning is superior to renting
  • 96% of homeowners see homeownership as a positive experience (4% see it as a negative experience) while 83% of renters see renting as a positive experience (15% see it as a negative experience)
  • 97% of homeowners live in a single family residence while 53% of renters live in a multi-unit building

Bottom Line

Even in these difficult times, Americans still realize the value of homeownership both from a financial and social standpoint. Keep checking RuhlHomes.com for more important information on the housing market.
Provided by: KCM Blog

Is the Real Estate Market a Good Return on Investment?

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Words can not the answer to the question above.  Only a very strong photo that was provided to us by MSN money. . .


What If I Don’t Currently Qualify For a New Mortgage?

Friday, November 04, 2011

Ruhl&Ruhl realizes that when the idea or dream of purchasing a home starts to circle around in your mind, majority of the time the title above does not accompany that thought. And while this type of situation is unbelievably frustrating, keep in mind that you do have options.  Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors along with 1862 Mortgage is here to help.   Let’s start from the beginning,  say you have begun your home search and you meet with a Lender.   That Lender will review your credit along with income and assets to determine if you qualify for a new loan.  What happens when you find out you do not qualify? First, find out what steps you will need to take to get qualified. These may vary and include a credit improvement plan,  a savings plan to accumulate your down payment and closing costs and/or a plan for how long you must be on your job or earning variable income. These are steps that you can work on to become a preferred buyer.   They may take a few months or a few years, if you have had a more serious credit event such as a recent foreclosure or bankruptcy. However isn’t it important to get and work on a plan if you truly want to purchase a home? An important thing to keep in mind is that you will want to find and work with a lender that has the time to assist you in making these steps a reality. You do need to know there is no “Magic Bullet” and that it will take work and discipline on your part. Mortgage qualification guidelines are still constantly changing and in most cases tightening.  It may not get easier for anyone to qualify for a mortgage loan in the short term.    We at Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors partnered with 1862 Mortgage will always be here to help you achieve that next step.  The pre-approval process is completely free.  Our 1862 Mortgage Loan Officers are trained to help you improve and plan so you can work towards the goal of homeownership. Please call 563-441-1776 or visit RuhlHomes.com/Mortgages to get pre-approved or to speak with a loan officer today.
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      3. Where Are Rents Headed?
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      5. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Celebrates Sales Growth in 2011
    12. JAN (4)
      1. Iowa housing market stable
      2. America’s Top 10 States For Business in 2011
      3. Funds Available for Military Homebuyers in Illinois
      4. Comparing Real Estate To Other Investments
  8. 2011 (79)
    1. DEC (4)
      1. One in Five Baby Boomers Gifting or Loaning Money to Children or Grandchildren to Help Buy Homes
      2. “As A Home Seller, Why Should You Care About Involving A LENDER In The Home Selling Equation?”
      3. The Need for a True Real Estate Professional
      4. Home Prices Strong in our Markets
    2. NOV (6)
      1. How Much Should You Put Down?
      2. Is There a 3.8% Tax on Homes in the Health Bill?
      3. Americans Still Believe in the Value of Homeownership
      4. Is the Real Estate Market a Good Return on Investment?
      5. What If I Don’t Currently Qualify For a New Mortgage?
      6. Top 10 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
    3. OCT (7)
      1. Was it Worth Waiting?
      2. $3,500 in Down Payment Assistance is now available for Qualified Iowa Home Buyers
      3. Ruhl&Ruhl Supports the Dubuque Museum of Art
      4. New Manager Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS in
      5. New Manager Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS in Moline Office
      6. Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: A Short Sale Always Wins
      7. Ruhl&Ruhl Named for Having One of the Most Colorful Trees in the QC
    4. SEP (6)
      1. America’s Top 10 States For Business in 2011
      2. Home Sales: Investors Are About to Return
      3. Cleaning Up the Negative Media on Housing
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl Participates in 2011 Fall Parade of Homes
      5. Increasing Demand Increases Value of Farmland
      6. Short Sales: Has Their Time Finally Arrived?
    5. AUG (6)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Selected as a Prudential Preferred Broker
      2. Home Prices Stable in Our Markets
      3. Ruhl&Ruhl Expands to Offer Consulting, Asset Management & Multi-Family Brokerage
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Announces New Burlington Office
      5. It’s Time to Buy (or Refinance)
      6. More Disclosures on the Way to “Help” the Consumer
    6. JUL (5)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Congratulates Rock Island Arsenal for Best Overall Chapter Award
      2. Why Do People Actually Buy a Home?
      3. 5 Real Estate Headlines You’ll See in the Next Six Months
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTOR Assists with the Sale of Cedar Rapids Church
      5. Top 5 Real Estate Headlines in the 1st Half of 2011
    7. JUN (9)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Sponsors THE Quad City Marathon
      2. A Window of Opportunity for House Sellers
      3. Will Falling Values Lead to More Strategic Defaults?
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS to Host FREE Career Seminar
      5. Fixed-rate Mortgages Fall to 6-Month Lows
      6. Mortgage Insurance Cancellation: The Myths and Realities
      7. How To Make An Offer that Will Be Accepted
      8. Should You Rent or Buy in this Market?
      9. Why You Need a True Professional to Sell Your Home
    8. MAY (7)
      1. Appraisals: Why You Must Now Sell Your House Twice
      2. Is a Short Sale or a Foreclosure My Best Option?
      3. 5 Reasons You Should Consider Selling Now
      4. Even the Naysayers Are Saying To Buy Now!
      5. Almost 14,000 Houses Sold Yesterday
      6. A Bull Market in Rental Housing
      7. RUHL&RUHL REALTORS Sales Professionals Earn Affinity Specialist From Cartus Broker Services
    9. APR (9)
      1. 11 Cities Where Homes Sell the Fastest – Iowa City, IA Made the List!
      2. Foreclosures: Bringing Clarity to the Confusion
      3. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Sponsor of Schmooza Palooza
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Ranked Iowa’s Largest Privately Owned Real Estate Company
      5. NEWSFLASH: There Is NO Inventory!!!
      6. Fannie Mae Announces 3.5% Buyer Assistance on REO Properties
      7. Real Estate and Financing Are PERSONAL
      8. 2011 Spring Parade of Homes
      9. What is a QR code? And what does it do?
    10. MAR (10)
      1. Real Estate: GOLDen Opportunity of This Decade
      2. Iowa Farmland Increased 25.4% in Value
      3. Distressed Sales: State by State
      4. Military Homebuyer Tax Credits Still Available!
      5. 10 Reasons People Decide to Buy a Home
      6. If Prices Are Falling, Why Are the Rich Buying?
      7. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Partners with Nelson Brothers Insurance
      8. 7 Tips for Short Sale Success
      9. For Buyers: The Financial Opportunity of a Lifetime?
      10. If Your Goal Is to Buy Low, Buy Now!
    11. FEB (5)
      1. First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Repayment
      2. Selling Your House? 5 Reasons To Do It NOW!
      3. Does It Make Sense To Buy a Home?
      4. Where Are Housing Prices Headed?
      5. Trending Up in 2011
    12. JAN (5)
      1. Housing Market in Q-C ‘bubbling’
      2. Experts on Real Estate
      3. Rental Prices Jump 11.6 Percent in 2010
      4. 3 Questions You Must Answer Before Buying a Home
      5. Do Neighborhood Watch Groups Cut Crime and Insurance Costs?
  9. 2010 (38)
    1. DEC (6)
      1. 5/1 ARM Offers Best of Price and Stability
      2. Foreclosures Decreasing: Exploring the Short Sale Option
      3. Millennium Did Not Crash the Housing Market, What a Great Decade!
      4. Real Estate a Great Investment in Our Region
      5. Myths: The Earth Is Flat and Newspapers Sell Houses
      6. 5 Holiday Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them
    2. NOV (5)
      1. Buying a Home Now Is a No-Brainer
      2. Robson Homes Now Building at Prairie Heights in Davenport
      3. Scott County New Home Sales Grow in 2010
      4. Protect Our Property Values: Short Sales Better Than Foreclosures
      5. Should You Move or Improve?
    3. OCT (3)
      1. Best Time to Buy? Bottom of a Recession!
      2. Why wait? Davenport NOW!
      3. DIY Home Energy Audit in 6 Easy Steps
    4. SEP (6)
      1. Home Prices Up in Our Markets
      2. Best Chance to Sell Your Home the First 5 Days on the Market
      3. Understanding Real Estate Representation
      4. How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper
      5. Pending Home Sales on the Rise
      6. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Participates in Student Hunger Drive
    5. AUG (2)
      1. Health Care Bill Includes New “Real Estate Transfer Tax”
      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Announces New Cedar Rapids Office
    6. JUL (2)
      1. Mike Wendt Assumes Role as Ruhl&Ruhl General Sales Manager
      2. Tax Credit Deadline Extended
    7. JUN (2)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Critiqued by Peers
      2. Head Shave for Hospice
    8. MAY (2)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl to Host Military Financing Seminar
      2. Post-Tax Credit Buyers May Save Money
    9. APR (3)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Outsells Mel Foster Company
      2. A Strong Start to the New Year - Scott & Rock Island Counties New Construction Report
      3. North Liberty Dominates Iowa City Area New Construction
    10. MAR (2)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Receives Five Star Circle of Excellence Award at Cartus Broker Network International Conference
      2. Q-C's new homes market shows signs of growth
    11. FEB (2)
      1. New Manager Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS in Maquoketa and DeWitt
      2. Sales Growth in 2009
    12. JAN (3)
      1. Fifth Generation Joins Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS
      2. Q-C home sales show strength
      3. New Construction Markets Stabilizing
  10. 2009 (35)
    1. DEC (3)
      1. New Construction Coming Back to Life
      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Wins Primacy Relocation Recognition
      3. Homebuyer Tax Credit FAQ
    2. NOV (4)
      1. How to score an offer
      2. Obama Signs Extended Tax Credit into Law
      3. Congress Passes Homebuyer Tax Credit
      4. Choosing an Agent
    3. OCT (7)
      1. Region’s 3rd Quarter Housing Market
      2. The New Construction Market
      3. TOP TEN REASONS TO BUY A NEW HOME NOW!
      4. Thinking of a Career in Real Estate? Think Ruhl&Ruhl!
      5. Mobile Applications link buyers, agents
      6. Everything You Need To Know About the First Time Home Buyer $8,000 Tax Credit
      7. September Brings a Continued Real Estate Upswing in our Markets
    4. SEP (6)
      1. Finding or Selling Your Home while using Social Media
      2. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Celebrates Grand Opening of New Muscatine Office
      3. MobileRuhl
      4. 1862 Mortgage
      5. Plan your own Open House Tour!
      6. RuhlHomes.com: Totally New Website with New look, Improved Function
    5. JUL (1)
      1. Mobile Ruhl: Search Listings on Your Cell Phone
    6. JUN (3)
      1. Federal tax credit continues to draw new home buyers
      2. Davenport, IA Passes Tax-Rebate Program: Davenport NOW
      3. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS Announces New Office in Muscatine
    7. MAY (3)
      1. Q-C housing sales rebound
      2. Quad City Home Sales Bright Spot in Country
      3. RuhlHomes.com Website Visits, April 2008 to April 2009
    8. APR (5)
      1. Iowa Finance Authority: Military Service Member Homeownership Assistance
      2. REOHome Program from Iowa Finance Authority
      3. The Real Estate Market Is Back!
      4. Ruhl&Ruhl 100th Largest Broker in Country
      5. Ruhl&Ruhl agents had the best week since July 2007!
    9. MAR (2)
      1. 2009 - First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit - FAQ's
      2. 1862 Mortgage - Finding a loan officer thats right for you.
    10. JAN (1)
      1. Ruhl&Ruhl Celebrates Market Share Gains
  11. 2008 (2)
    1. DEC (2)
      1. Builders Respond to Changing Market
      2. 1862 Mortgage


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