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Home Sellers: Tax Benefit of Selling Your Home

by Galand Haas
 

I am asked regularly about the tax consequences involved in selling a home.  The following will give you some information on this subject

Your home may not always be your "castle", but if it is your principal residence, there is one very significant tax benefit when you decide to sell.

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, signed by President Clinton on August 5, 1997, terminated both the roll-over and the once-in-a-lifetime exemption, which were the existing tax benefits at that time. In its place, the law substituted a more beneficial approach for American homeowners.

When you sell your home, married couples can exclude from their taxable income up to $500,000 of gain. Individuals filing separate returns can exclude up to $250,000. Unlike a deduction, which allows you to take a percentage off your gross income (based on the tax rate bracket in which you fall) the exclusion means that the profit you make up to the statutory ceiling is not even included in your income for tax purposes.

There are two important conditions:

  • You must have owned and used the home as your principal residence for two out of five years before the sale. If you are married, although both husband and wife must meet the "use" test, only one of you must meet the "occupancy" test. Marital status is determined on the date the house is sold. In the event of a divorce where one spouse is given ownership pursuant to a divorce decree or separation agreement, the use requirements will include any time that the former spouse actually owned the property before the transfer to the other spouse.
  • The exclusion is generally applicable once every two years. However, if you are unable to meet the two year ownership and use requirements because of a change in employment, health reasons or unforseen circumstances, then your exclusion may be prorated.

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The Numbers are in: August 2013

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

The numbers are in for August home sales in the Eugene and Springfield area.

Real estate in Lane County posted healthy numbers in August. Closed sales remained strong at 408, an increase of 13.3% over the 360 in July and 14.9% over the 355 from August 2012. It was the best August for closed sales since 2007, when there were 446. New listings (591) were nearly equal with the 592 in July and showed an increase of 32.5% over last August. Pending sales (369) dropped 18.0% this month compared to July’s 450, but bested August 2012 by one sale, or 0.3%.

Average total market time increased this month to 83 days, and inventory decreased slightly to 4.3 months.

Year-to-Date Summary

The 4,322 new listings represent a 16.5% increase over the 3,711 entered in the first eight months of 2012.

There have been 2,827 pending and 2,579 closed sales through August 2013, up 17.5% and 19.5%, respec- tively, from 2,406 pendings and 2,159 closed sales by August 2012.

Average and Median Sale Prices

The average price through August is $227,300, up 14.3% from this time in 2012, when the average was $198,800. In the same comparison, the median price increased 15.4% from $175,000 last year to $202,000 this year. 

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Price: $440,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 2 ½ Baths: 1 Sq Ft: 3068
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Home Seller: Creative Staging

by Galand Haas

Creative Staging

The current Real Estate market in the Eugene and Springfield area is becoming more competitive again.  The surge of sales we saw in the Summer has given away to a slower market with more homes inventory and longer times on the market.  Gaining a competitive edge over competing homes is important and the way your home presents itself to would be home buyers is important.  Having your home look identical to a model home that a realtor is selling can be nearly impossible.  However, if you are willing to spend a little extra money to improve the look of your home, it can garner a lot of positive attention.  This will help you to sell your home even faster than normal.

If you rent furniture that is a dramatic improvement over the furniture you currently have in the home, it will give it a more decorative and positive feel.  People pay attention to details like that, and will appreciate the effort of upkeep the home has had.  Not many people consider renting furniture just for the aesthetics, but it can go a long way in helping the sale. 

Staging may be very important for you to be able to obtain a top value sale in this market.  There are some great home stagers in the Eugene and Springfield market area.  Contact me if you are interested in looking into staging your home prior to selling.

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Home Seller: What to do to sell at Top Market Value

by Galand Haas
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Good Monday Morning!

The one thing that remains constant about the Real Estate Market both nationally and locally is that it never stays the same for long.  Following the hot sales months of early Summer, the Real Estate market in the Eugene and Springfield area has cooled off some.  Now it is time for home sellers to pull out all of the tricks if they want to sell their home at top market value.  Of course the number one tactic is to price your home with the market.  Number two on the list is to get your home in show condition both on the inside and outside.  Greening up the lawn, fresh bark dust on the beds, trimming shrubs and trees and even painting the house can make your home more appealing and make potential buyers want to look inside.  

On the homes interior fresh paint, touch up nicks and fill holes in the walls along with going through and removing clutter and non needed items is important.  Cleaning the home thoroughly, including windows is extremely important.  If your home is dated, then replacing dated wallpaper, colors, counter tops and even appliances can add value to your home and help you get top value.

I think that it also important to have your Real Estate agent visit your home before you place it on the market to give you a check list of things that you should do.  Your agent can then visit your home as you accomplish these items on your list to give you direction as you get your home ready for sale.

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Did You Know: Appraisals

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

Happy Labor Day!

A fact that is part of an improving Real Estate Market is that appraisals usually lag behind home value increases.  This can take place because appraisals use home sale data from homes that sold and sometimes are not reflective as values increase rapidly.  The result of this can be a home sale at top value that does not meet the appraisers opinion of value as supported by comparable home sales in the area. In this way appraisals control the speed at which a Real Estate market can increase and is really a healthy check on keeping Real Estate markets from jumping too quickly and creating an affordability crisis.  Even though home sellers can sometimes be upset with a low appraisal the appraiser is one of the most important components of keeping Real Estate markets healthy over the long term.

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