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Wednesday, November 25, 2020   /   by AJ Shepard

The Pros and Cons of Renting to Family

Rental income is not created equal. Rent payments coming from friends and family come with unique complexities. There are several factors that investors need to take into consideration when renting to friends and family members. First of all, investors need to know the finer points of the ‘personal use’ tax trap.

If an investor moves family members into their property, such as a vacation rental, or, allows a child to stay in a property near the child’s college, or even moves their parents into a newly rehabbed rental property – the IRS deems these situations ‘personal use’ *unless the investor can prove that the property is a rental.

Personal use is handled like a second dwelling. The property owner loses the ability to deduct typical rental deductions.

A dwelling unit could be a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat, or vacation home. It does not include property used solely as a hotel, motel, inn, etc.

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Monday, November 2, 2020   /   by AJ Shepard

Navigating the Fall and Winter Real Estate Season

In today's episode, Trent talks about navigating the Fall and Winter real estate season. Should you drop your rental rates to get your Investment properties leased up? You will learn all of these tips and tricks during this Fast-Paced Friday...


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Thursday, October 29, 2020   /   by AJ Shepard

Government Stimulus and Inflation with Chris Shepard

In this episode, Alex and Trent get taken to school by their guest, Chris Shepard. Chris has a long history of real estate in his portfolio, so much that it became a full-time job which led to a property management company opening up down the road....


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020   /   by AJ Shepard

Overview of Portland’s Physical Evolution

2035 Portland Comprehensive Plan - Overview of Portland’s Physical Evolution Coagulated by Taylor Rhodes The vision for Portland - "Portland is a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city where everyone has access to opportunity and is engaged in shaping decisions that affect their lives." Portland’s physical evolution includes six categorical eras, and we are in the midst of the sixth right now.

They are: - The Portland Basin era (pre-1843) - The 19th Century Western City era (1843-1880) - The Streetcar era (the late 1800s-1930) - The Post World War II era (1945-1973) - The 1st Comprehensive Plan era (1973-1980) - now, The 2035 Comprehensive Plan era.

The Portland Basin era was home to many groups of Chinookan-speaking peoples for thousands of years prior to Euro-American settlement in the nineteenth century. Plentiful natural resources, such as salmon and small game, supported one of the densest populations of Native Americans with numerous village ...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020   /   by AJ Shepard

September 2020 Residential Review: Portland Metro

COVID-19 and the continued lowering of interest rates have ushered in a delayed buying season. Typically, we see buyers knocking on doors in the spring and summer months. However, we are now seeing buying into the fall season. 
The delay, low-interest rates, AND low inventory are creating fierce competitive buying situations as well as more pending sales when viewed year over year. The average days on market has dropped to 38 days, an exceptionally low number for this time of year.  
Here are the facts and figures:

New listings have decreased 5.9% year over year

New listings have decreased by 16.0% from August 2020 to September 2020

Pending sales have increased 17.3% year over year

Closed sales increased 36.8% year over year

Inventory decreased to 1.1 months in September 

*This is the lowest inventory measured in over 3 years
Comparing the first nine months of 2020 to the first nine months in 2019

New listings have decreased by 9.6% ...

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Chris Shepard
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Portland, OR 97219
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Mike Maier
5410 SW Macadam Ave, Ste 100
Portland, OR 97239

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