Mark McNelis – Will You Love Your 2018 Taxes?
Are you wondering how the new tax laws will affect Glendale CA homes 2018 tax bill? Will you celebrate or cry? We sat down with Mark McNelis, CPA – Montrose local businessman, parent and community volunteer – for a first level look at how the new tax laws will affect homeowners, renters and business people.
DIGGS Market Report
2018 numbers for Glendale CA homes. (Single Family)
December 2017 vs December 2018
Months Supply of Inventory (MSI) +51% (1 month vs 1.5 months)
Dollar per SF +6.8%
4th QTR 17 vs 4th QTR 18
MSI 1.2 months to 1.9 months
This means that there were significantly fewer homes that sold in 2018 but more homes on the market. This means that buyers are getting a bit choosier about the homes they buy
Should you buy? I can’t know until we get a chance to find out more about your unique situation.
Mark McNelis, CPA
The main impact on new home buyers in 2018.
The smaller mortgage interest deduction is capped at $750,000 (primary loan, HELOC)
If you use the home equity loan to improve the home you can deduct the interest on that (as long as you are under $750,000 total loans).
If you want to borrow MORE than $750,000 you can do so if you use the excess for BUSINESS purpose
Do the new tax laws decrease the tax incentive to be a homeowner vs a renter? The home prices in this area mean no. A homeowner still has significant tax advantages.
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
The loss of the state income tax and property tax deductions are not as severe because more of us will now qualify for AMT.
Mark ran an analysis on his clients 2017 return as if they were under the 2018 rules. He found 9 out of 10 of his clients were equal or BETTER in their tax obligations.
How do Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) affect your taxes?
If there is a second unit that is rented OR used as a home office allows you to take depreciation, insurance, and expenses on that unit. It also allows you to move all of those expenses to the business side of your tax bill, not your personal tax bill. This is important for anyone who currently has more than $750,000 in a mortgage.
Prop 60/90 – transfer your current property tax rate to a new home
If you are 55 or older you may roll your current property tax to a replacement home as long as a.) the replacement home is located in a participating county and b.) the replacement home is purchased for equal to or less than the sales price of the current home.
Bonus Tip: if you sell first, your replacement home can be 105% if purchased in the first year and 110% if purchased in the second year.
You can deduct up to $750,000 of the combined mortgages for your first and second home.
Deduct interest up to the level of the investment income you have.
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