Feels like Hawaii….My plumerias are starting to bloom!!!!
Carlsbad is getting creative. Check out the mural on Grand and Carlsbad Blvd!!!! I love to see art ON downtown. Hopefully it is the first of many…..
Carlsbad’s future quality of life depends on having a reliable and affordable supply of water. Prolonged drought, environmental problems and legal restrictions on the Colorado River and the Bay-Delta in Northern California have triggered the need to develop new water supplies, ideally ones that are locally controlled.
The Carlsbad Desalination Project is a 50-million gallon a day seawater desalination plant that will supply the San Diego region with approximately 10 percent of its drinking water needs. The project, being developed by Poseidon Resources Corp., will be the first large scale desalination plant on the West Coast and the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. It will be located next to the Carlsbad power plant at the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Cannon Road.
Poseidon Resources Corp. is in the process of finalizing the project’s financing and working with the San Diego County Water Authority on the details of a water purchase arrangement. The project could be completed as early as 2013.
Artlice from the City of Carlsbad
What a great 3 day weekend!! The beaches were packed with lots of families enjoying our “Sunny” weather. I had 2 days of the 3 day weekend off.I spent time with my family and friends ( ate way too much food) barbecuing and walking the beautiful coast of Carlsbad beaches.
I meet with my clients on Saturday to do a Home Inspection by Prime Property Inspections on a condo I sold in Las Playas Carlsbad. This is the buyers first home and what a great deal they got!! Just a couple of blocks form the beach. They are really excited.
I found this article to be informative maybe you will too. Great time to buy a second or vacation home in Coastal Carlsbad.. Rates and home prices are low….
Beaches are filling up for 4th of July, the sun is shinning and lots of people enjoying Carlsbad.
Buyers find relief in tax-deferred exchange, IRA
By Tom Kelly
Many second-home owners — especially those in the full-time vacation rental business — are looking to purchase another property but are facing stringent financing guidelines. The same challenges, even with historically low interest rates, are plaguing first-time investors seeking to get started.
HomeAway, the online vacation rentals company, recently hosted a second-home owners’ summit featuring sessions on marketing, scheduling, screening and property management, also offered sessions on alternative financing. The company is an online vacation rental site that hosts an inventory of about 520,000 vacation rentals in 120 countries.
Christine Karpinski, the author of “How to Rent Vacation Properties by Owner and Profit From Your Vacation Home Dream,” hosted several sessions and offered financing observations:
- Yes, it’s cheaper to borrow … but it’s also much tougher. The easy-money days are over. In fact, you probably already know that loans are not easy to get in the post-housing-crisis economy. If you plan to take out a mortgage on that vacation home you want, be prepared to put more money down — 20-30 percent is the going rate for investment properties.
- Homeowners associations and building associations are under the microscope. Lenders are scrutinizing these associations more closely than ever. When members were unable to pay their monthly dues during the throes of the housing crisis, many homeowners associations went in the red. Lenders are conscious of these problems and don’t want to lend money for a building or property where there is no money to take care of it.
- Expect appraisers to be more stringent than they once were. This is actually a bittersweet thing for the buyer because it means the appraisal amount will be more accurate (i.e., not inflated) than it might have been years ago.
Conference attendees were encouraged to consider alternative methods for financing, including reverse mortgages, individual retirement accounts, tax-deferred exchanges from commercial properties, and seller financing.
A reverse mortgage historically has enabled senior homeowners to convert part of the equity in their homes into tax-free funds without having to sell the home, give up title, or take on a new monthly mortgage payment. However, funds may be used for any reason.
Reverse mortgages are available to individuals 62 or older who own their home. The maximum amount of funds received is based on age, current interest rates and a current home appraisal. Funds obtained from the reverse mortgage are considered tax-free.
The rules for purchasing real estate with an individual retirement account (IRA) are specific and differ greatly from those that govern conventional rentals and second homes. For example, you cannot buy a second home with an IRA and use it partly for personal use, even though you might rent it to unrelated persons the rest of the year.
And an IRA cannot purchase a real estate asset and then have a “disqualified” person (family member) use it while it is in the IRA. The purchase must be for an investment property and no personal use — until retirement. Then, the individual can move in to the property and pay tax as if taking a disbursement from a conventional account.
A tax-deferred exchange (commonly known as IRS Section 1031 Exchange) is really an arm’s-length sale and purchase. The transaction proceeds just as a sale for you, your real estate agent and parties associated with the deal. However, provided you closely follow the exchange rules, the IRS will “sanction” the transaction and allow you to characterize it as an exchange rather than as a sale. Thus, you are permitted to defer paying the capital gains tax.
An exchange occurs when you trade real property that is other than your home or second residence for other “like kind” real property that you have held for trade, business or investment purposes. The like-kind definition is very broad. You can dispose of and acquire any interest in real property other than a home or a second residence. For example, you can trade raw land for income property, a rental house for a multiplex, or a rental house for a retail property.
Tom Kelly’s book “Cashing In on a Second Home in Central America: How to Buy, Rent and Profit in the World’s Bargain Zone” was written with Mitch Creekmore, senior vice president of Stewart International, and Jeff Hornberger, the National Association of REALTORS®’ international market development manager. The book is available in retail stores, on Amazon.com and on tomkelly.com.
Well it is offical….downtown is filled with”beach goers”. My office is just a block from Carlsbad beach so I can hear all the noise of the people having a good time! On a day like today I can honestly say Life is good in Carlsbad.
Went to the famous Carlsbad fair last Saturday,along with 100,000 other people. The sun was shinning and the smell of all different kinds of Fair food was in the air. You know the kind I am talking about . The caramel pop corn,hot dogs, cookies. Lots of good stuff, manage to spend some money. But more importantly enjoyed my time with my girlfriends. Talked about our husbands,diets, wrinkles,etc. Had lots of fun!!! Now to some real estate talk. The Carlsbad market has some great deals. There is a home on Highland that sold for approx. 1.5 million a couple of years ago that is now on for 900,000. Ocean view and a guest house and it is in good shape too.Walking distance to the beach and downtown Carlsbad. Win the Day!!!