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Selling Your Home in 2013 With New Tax Laws

by Teri McCarthy

 

2013 Real Estate Sales and the New 3.8% Medicare Tax 
 
Numerous tax changes have occurred in the beginning of 2013 some of which affect taxpayers selling real estate. Several people have asked me about the new 3.8% Medicare tax and what to expect with the sale of their home or other real estate. The following is a brief summary of some of the new tax laws. 
 
Income Tax Rates
The tax bracket of 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% have been permanently extended; however, an additional tax bracket of 39.6% has been implemented to impact individuals with Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) over $400,000 and married couples filing jointly with AGI over $450,000.
 
Capital Gains/Dividends Tax Rates
The long-term capital gains rates have been permanently extended at 0% for taxpayers in the 15% tax bracket or lower; 15% for taxpayers in the 35% tax bracket or lower; and 20% for taxpayers in the 39.6% (AGI over $400,000/$450,000) tax bracket.  The long-term capital gains rates have also been permanently extended to apply to qualifying dividends.
 
3.8% Medicare Tax
This new tax, called the Net Investment Income Tax, on net investment income impacts individuals with AGI over $200,000 and married couples with AGI over $250,000. They must pay a 3.8% tax on income from investments, including the sale of a home. 
 
Net investment income subject to the Medicare Tax
Generally, “net investment income” that is subject to the 3.8% tax consists of interest, dividends, annuities, rents (less expenses), royalties, and net gains from real estate sales.  Read more on Net Investment Income Tax.
 
Sale of Primary Residence in 2013
With the sale of your primary residence, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of gain for individuals and up to $500,000 for couples filing jointly. The excluded gain will not be taxed the 3.8%.  Gain that exceeds the exclusion will be subject to the 3.8% tax.
 
Sale of Vacation Home in 2013
Gain on the sale of a vacation residence, land or investment real estate is subject to the 3.8% tax.
 
Don't Forget State Taxes
Taxpayers must also take into account the applicable state tax, if any.  When you sell property that is located in Wyoming, whether your primary residence, a vacation home or investment property, no tax will be paid to the state of Wyoming.  Wyoming is considered the tax-friendliest state in the nation.  Read more about  Wyoming’s tax benefits.
 
I am a 24-year real estate professional in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, NOT a tax professional.  This summary of tax information is from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should NOT be relied upon. Consult with your professional tax advisor for definitive answers on all of these issues and what these provisions actually mean.
 
Give me a call 307-690-6906 if you are thinking about buying or selling Jackson Hole real estate in 2013.
 

Best Year For U.S. Real Estate Market in Five Years

by Teri McCarthy

 

Housing’s ‘Snowball Effect’ Gathers Inertia
 
The Weather Channel has nothing to do with it. What’s happening at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, likewise. The ‘snowball effect’ being discussed in print and on TV won’t soften anytime soon.
 
This is an economic snowball -- one that’s gathering momentum following what CNN’s Money website describes as “the best year for U.S. real estate market in five years.” Businesses that stand to benefit from growth in the Jackson Hole housing market are watching closely.
 
The Wall Street Journal’s snowball report took form in last Monday’s Marketplace section, where the top headline read “Housing Recovery Opens Spigot…Makers of Products From Carpets to Air Conditioners Feel Effects of Rebound.”
 
It was even more heartening as a counter to last week’s government indications that the greater economy seemed to slow. The housing sector’s performance was so strong it acted as a tonic to its many associated industries.  The snowball effect was noted widely. The company that makes Carrier air conditioners said that orders rose 20%; Honeywell International reported the “first sign of life we have had in a while.” 
 
Locally, fingers were crossed that Jackson Hole businesses will be swept up in the snowball. National suppliers expected that to happen. “Housing is what we see leading the economy out of the doldrums,” according to the CFO of United Technologies Corp. The WSJ reported evidence that Americans are spending more to build and refurbish their properties.
 
With sales of existing housing registering the largest annual jump since 2004, it should come as no surprise if Credit Suisse’s Daniel Oppenheim proves correct in predicting a 7%-8% rise in home improvement spending. He expects it to keep going for at least the next two years. That’s a pretty solid forecast, and in line with what most observers are saying. 
 
All in all, the boost from the housing recovery is one snowball no one seems to think is likely to melt soon.
 
Teton County Delinquent 2011 Tax Sale
 
Nearly 300 Teton County Wyoming property owners could have a tax lien placed on their property unless they pay up by August 7, 2012.
 
Teton County's annual delinquent 2011 tax sale will be held on August 8, 2012.  If you’re older than 18 years you are eligible to buy tax liens on delinquent properties during the sale. Just pay the outstanding tax balance and you will be first to be re-paid, including up to 18% annual interest, before the property can be conveyed.  After five years, if you’re still holding the property, you can start proceedings to take it over.
 
Delinquent property owners can pay the back taxes at any time but must also pay interest.
 
Property tax liens to be sold are published in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, legal section, the weeks of July 11, 18 and 25 or see the complete list of delinquent tax properties. The properties, commercial and residential, are located in Jackson, Wilson, Teton Village, Moran, Hoback Junction and Alta, Wyoming.
 
For more information: Teton County Treasurer 307-733-4770
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Investment & Vacation Home Markets Waking Up!

by Teri McCarthy

The investment- and vacation-home markets have been among the first to show signs of real estate resurgence, according to the people who keep track of such things (as usual, the National Association of Realtors® is one). It might seem unlikely, given the general view that the housing sector continues to post mixed signs of recovery. But when you think about it, there are reasons why it could make perfect sense. A few that come to mind:

* The price is right. If the overall real estate market is in fact in the process of rebounding, it’s still so early that no one can be certain it will be strong -- or even that it will continue. You couldn’t describe a more appealing situation for small investors who have been biding their time, waiting for the right bargain to pounce upon. Investment home prices rose 6.4% last year (of course, because rents were rising), yet the median vacation-home price was down over 19%! Talk about vacation bargains! All of a sudden, the daydream of affordable ski homes for sale seems to have become a reality.
 
* The market is open. Right now, there are also strong inventories of vacation and resort homes for sale – many of them located in attractive settings, like Jackson Hole. Many of those settings also happen to be the very places where the real estate market is still digging out from under the foreclosure mess. This makes it easy for people to find vacation- or investment-home opportunities that previously would have been out of their price range. 
 
* Interest rates are low. Low interest rates make a second mortgage even more affordable for those seeking a luxury vacation home.  Today's interest rates signal savings throughout the term of the loan, which is even more appealing for those seeking a second home. Combined with the sheer volume of properties for sale, this makes it the ideal time to purchase a dream vacation or retirement home.
 
*Optimism on the rise. When the wolf is at the door, few of us are tempted to make luxury purchases. And for years, it seemed like the only news about the economy was bad. But declining unemployment numbers, soaring stock markets, and the resulting good news for retirement accounts can change attitudes…the same attitudes that underlie investment decisions of every kind. 
 
A second home can be a vehicle to generate investment income. Or owning a vacation home in Jackson Hole might be the fulfillment of a long-held dream. For those fortunate enough to have put aside some disposable cash, today any one of those mountain homes or resort condos for sale could wind up representing both!  
 
Call me 307-690-6906 if you have any questions about Jackson Hole real estate, the area, or the market.
 

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Whether you’re relocating to Jackson Hole, or want to buy a vacation home, primary residence, second home, resort property, condo, townhome, land, horse property, Teton view home, golf estate or ski-in/ski-out home, you’ll find all Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village real estate listed for sale here. You need an advocate, a buyer's agent to represent your best interest, with confidentiality, Teri will you acquire a Jackson Hole property for your 1031 exchange, investment, second home or future retirement.  Take advantage of the many tax benefits of Wyoming residency. Already own a home in Jackson Hole?  Interested in knowing the value in today's market? Thinking about selling? Talk with Teri about creative marketing to attract qualified buyers for your home.  Teri McCarthy is the Broker/Owner of Jackson Wyoming Real Estate.  Teri holds the designations of ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and RSPS (Resort and Second Home Specialist) matching buyers and sellers with Jackson Hole properties since 1989. All rights reserved 2015 Teri McCarthy Inc and Teri McCarthy, Realtor, ABR, CRS, RSPS.