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Common Questions When It Comes to Real Property Tax in the Philippines

Do you own a piece of real estate property in the Philippines? Whether you have a vacant lot just waiting to have a house built on it, a townhouse in the city of Manila you’re renting out, or a commercial establishment in the province, you should be paying your real property tax.

Q: What is real property tax?

It is tax levied on Philippine Real estate property. The applicable rate depends on the location. A city or municipality in Metro Manila may impose 1 percent while cities and municipalities outside Metro Manila may levy the tax at the rate not exceeding 2 percent. The owner of the real estate property in the Philippines has the option to pay the tax in four equal installments on or before the last day of each calendar quarter.

Q: Payment of Real Property Tax

Payment is made at the Municipal hall of the area your property is located. If you have a property in Ayala Alabang, by all means, visit the beautiful Municipal hall of Muntinlupa where they have made it easy to pay your real estate tax – by way of a nice, comfortable building, and signs/directions everywhere so you won’t get lost. Add to that the friendly staff ready to assist you.

Q: Is there any discount?

Normally, cities give discounts to early payers. For example, if you plan to pay for the whole due for the following year, you can pay as early as November-december of the current year so you’ll get a discount. This does not hold for all cities – so visit your municipal hall to make sure.

Q: Do I have to pay if I have no title and yet im occupying the property already?

Yes, you have to pay the real property tax from the time you moved in to-date or almost one year. With or without title.

Q: If my property is under the name of my husband who is a foreigner, does he still have to pay the real property tax?

Yes! Even if the property is under the name of your foreigner husband, real property tax is still imposed and should definitely be paid to the local government where the property is located.

Q: I just bought a real estate property from auction and found out the owner has 3 years worth of unpaid real property tax! Do I pay it?

Most properties from auction are on an “As is where is basis”, which means you should have done due diligence. Investigated the background of the property before you dove in. In other words, yes, you will have to pay unless you made prior arrangement with the auctioneer before bidding on the property.

Q: Yikes I didn’t get to pay my real property tax last year, what could happen?

The tax payer is subject to pay interest at the rate of 2 percent per month but not to exceed 36 months.

Here’s a quick recap of how to pay real property tax in the

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Title Companies Vs Real Estate Lawyers

Is a real estate lawyer a better choice than a title company when it comes to selling your home? You can choose any one of the two but you should first be aware of the difference between real estate lawyers and title companies. Here is some information about both the entities and whose services can benefit you most.

Real estate lawyers

Real estate lawyers specialize in laws relating to real estate and make sure that your interests as a seller are met in the transaction. These lawyers can act as escrow agents as they can hold your earnest money, down payments as well as help you with the requisite documentation. These attorneys can also help you understand the legalities involved in the sale transaction, the offer made by the buyer and your rights as a seller.

An attorney can also handle a closing in case the lender’s lawyer doesn’t do that. Every real estate lawyer has two most important responsibilities.

• To advise on the documentation process of the transaction

• To represent you at a closing

Besides these two important services, an attorney also negotiates any modifications in the purchase contract that the seller wants to incorporate. Preparing the seller’s deed, another crucial aspect, is also taken care of by the attorney. The attorney you hire will also accompany you on your meeting with the client/buyer at the time of settlement. He/she will also advise you on the tax implications involved in your home or property sale.

Title companies

Title companies are insurance agencies that represent title insurance companies. Such companies insure titles to lenders and buyers by ensuring that a title is free from any encumbrance that can cause financial loss.

The title company assures the buyer that he/she can get his/her title on the home or property with no liens against it. The availability of a title on the particular home/property is made clear and vouched for by a title company. In the process, such an entity protects the rights and interests of both parties in question.

Usually, most title companies insure a closing with the help of a lawyer to fulfill certain requirements. Closings also depend on the area you are living in. Toronto natives can hire the services of a real estate lawyer for sale closings.

Keep the following things in mind when you sell your property:

Title companies can hold the down payment and close your home without additional costs. Also, there is a possibility that title companies may give you a discount on your title insurance if you had previously used their services to either refinance or buy your home or property. Lawyers can also close your home/property sale and hold your down payment but may charge an additional fee.

A lawyer can charge a higher fee to write a contract. In cases of simple transactions, this can complicate negotiations. But in most other property sale transactions, the services of a real estate lawyer can prove invaluable.…

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Top 7 Uses of Land and How to Best Profit From These Uses

Many people are interested in Real Estate Investment, but believe they need huge loans to start off. This simply isn’t true. Unlike homes, ready to build lots are priced low, than appreciate and sell for more.

1- Investment- Just like people will always need doctors, people will always need land. A doctor cures a person, while land is needed to live on. What does this mean? History has shown that there is always an immense interest in land. Thus, the saying “Don’t Wait to Buy, Buy Now and Wait” applies here.

2- Moving into a new area. For example, if you’ve lived in Los Angeles for many years and are ready to retire, there are many benefits to selling your home, finding a great subdivision elsewhere that suits your needs, and building your own dream house on it. You will save immensely doing this.

3. Incredible Experiences- LakeFront, LakeView, and Golf Course Land is in high demand these days. The reason for this is simply the fact that there are so many fun activities in these areas, leading to higher interest in the subdivision.

4- Buy and Flip- This is a hard, but useful way to make significant money. Simply find somebody interested in a lot your about to sell, and pocket the middle man’s cut.

5- Recreational Land can be used for all types of fun activities. Even though you cannot build a house on recreational land, you can still make all the precautions in the event the land is rezoned. Because recreational land usually sells for less than residential land, having recreational property turned into residential property can be very profitable.

6- Ranch Land- Here you can own a house, among other shelters, while herding animals Ranch Lots are huge and meant to be that way so that the natural life doesn’t disappear.

7- A gift! Yes, thats right, buying land as a gift has grown, and even non-investors like the idea of owning a piece of property in the United States.…

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Win Your Next Property Tax Appeal in Texas – 10 Basic Steps

First – Learn the Facts

You are most likely to succeed with your property tax appeal if you find factual errors in your property tax record, also known as an “appraisal card”. Mistakes in real estate appraisals, such as errors about the age of improvements or incorrect square footage measurements are not uncommon.

After you file a Notice of Protest, the appraisal district will schedule an informal conference with one of their staff appraisers. Bring any proof for your case to the appointment in the form of photos or other documentation supporting your claims. The appraisal district will need to keep your evidence for their file, so remember to bring extra copies.

Understand How Your Home Has Been Appraised

Harris County Appraisal District [HCAD] has over a million single-family residential properties to appraise. Montgomery Central Appraisal District [MCAD] has responsibility for valuing about 250,000 homes. The daunting reality is that there are not enough well-trained staff appraisers to go around.

In the real world, appraisal district employees sometimes are not able to inspect much beyond new construction or additions. Even when properties are inspected, the examination may be hardly more than a drive-by. It is more common now for appraisal districts to rely on aerial pictometry for various aspects of property inspection. The level of technological resources now available to most appraisal districts is impressive.

Given the overwhelming number of properties that must be re-valued, these appraisal districts are dependent on computer mass appraisal models. The mass appraisal models that counties use are inevitably imperfect, although some are better than others. Your quest will be to determine the ways and the degree to which your property and your neighborhood have not altogether fit the model.

You may ask a real estate agent to help you find some comparable homes and their actual sales prices. Most good agents don’t mind helping you, because you may work with them later. Remember you want to be able to prove that your house is in a lesser condition than the comparable sales. Try to compare your home to the best ones in your neighborhood. If you can find information on better homes that sold below your assessed value during the prior year, you may have the grounds for a reduction.

Research the Value of Your Neighbors’ Homes

The easiest way for most homeowners to develop an appeal is to use the sales comparison approach to market value in their appeal, however the sales do not always favor your case. Another angle you can try is to determine if your home has been appraised in a “uniform & equal” manner to other similar properties in the same neighborhood.

Check if the appraisal district’s value of your house is at, or below, the median of the tax appraisal value of other homes in your neighborhood. Texas appraisal districts will have this information available online through their websites.

Obtain the Appraisal District’s Evidence

Along with your “Notice of Protest”, submit a request in writing for all the …

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How to Successfully Convert FSBO’s to Your Listings

I’ve been in real estate now for over 10 years. I started with no sphere of influence and in a totally new area after moving across the country to relocate. In my first year, I was International Rookie of the Year with over $12Million in Sales. One of my main target markets was For Sale By Owners.

I learned some key pieces to actually getting these prospects to become my clients, here is the plan for conversion:

The first step is to actually have a real Action Plan for converting FSBO’s to your Listings. The Action Plan should span over 90 days for the high intensity contacts, and then convert to a lifetime of “touches” to make sure that they stay your clients and customers for life.

The initial step of the Action Plan is to find prospects: you can use a variety of sources including the newspaper (online and offline), FSBO specific sites and driving around areas. Once you’ve found them, you need to add them to your Action Plan and make that initial call.

The initial call should be something that is comfortable for you. It should not be threatening or question their intelligence. You’re probably laughing at this one, but when I started there was a colleague of mine who was also targeting FSBO’s – he would come to the office early in the morning and start making calls. You have to admire him except that he would always cut off his initial call script within 30 seconds because they hung up on him!

The reason for his massive failure was that he took a course from a highly regarded and successful real estate trainer (albeit one that had never actually sold a house!). This trainer taught him the script that I hear way too often: “Hello, this is Joe Smith – is the owner around? Great, I understand that you are trying to sell your home yourself, is this correct? Wow do you know how many people try that and then end up listing with a realtor within 30 days? Do you realize that people have actually been killed trying to sell their home by themselves?…”

The conversation was one based on fear and insulting their intelligence. What would you do if you received that call at 7:00 AM (or anytime for that matter)? You would become angry and hang up too!!!

The other mistake script is telling them that you have a buyer that you would like to bring by. The only problem with that is that you really don’t have one and then you show up to see the property and use an excuse that your buyer couldn’t make it – only to proceed to try to get them to list their home with you! Warning: they’ve heard it and been there already!

Your initial call should be one of understanding and patience – not fear and insults. Remember, the FSBO has decided to sell their home without an agents help for any number …

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Five Important Property Investment Ideas to Follow

Nowadays, planning for property investment continues to be high among individuals. Every investment should be about increasing your capital and secure the future. However, we cannot make sure that all real estate investment will deliver positive results. Thus, here are five important investing ideas that will be essential for every land investor.

Selecting the Right Real Estate Company/Agency/Broker

You may wish to buy an empty land, constructed home or plots for sale. If you are investing through a company, agency or individual broker, then ensure about their trust among people in the society. Further, check for their track-record and previous customer feedback or testimonials. This will be an important factor to end up with a successful property investment.

Know the Fundamentals of Realty Investment

While if you go for a property agent or broker for investment, then initially you should not rely on them. You should first gather information related to the condition of the current real estate market, and then know the fundamentals of investing in properties. As this will help you to avoid any possible risks and make a profitable investment in the city you live.

Types of Real Estate Investments

Since, there are different types of property investments such as, Buy-to-let, Below Market Value (BMV) and Off-plan properties. Thus, the type of stake is also important. So, make sure what kind of investment you are looking for to yield a good profit.

Location of the Property

The location of the property always plays an important role while investing in real estate properties. As you may want to use the property, or sell it to someone in the future. A residential or commercial property that is in a better location will always gain good future appreciation. Thus, a location of the property will be an added advantage and proves to be a wise investment.

Property (ROI) Return on Investment

While investing in a residential property and if planning to let it for rent, it brings you instant profit. In this case, it is vital to make sure that you can get tenants for your residential property and the rental demand in the locality. In addition, buying a rental asset depends on the location, home type and many other important factors. Some real estate companies also help home buyers for rental needs.

Therefore, make sure you stick on with these five important real estate investment ideas and follow it accordingly for a successful property investment.…

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Why a Good Bartender Has the Skills to Be a Good Real Estate Agent

Some people do begin their real estate careers right after high school or college, but most come to real estate after doing something else. Some have retired, and other are just looking for a change of pace.

When writing agent bios I always look at those past careers to see how they can tie in to real estate sales. Often past experiences can reinforce the skills that the agent wants to emphasize.

Some past careers make for a tougher transition than others. For instance, school teachers have to teach themselves listening skills after years of being the one doing the talking. On the other hand, a good school teacher has the skills to educate buyers and sellers about the reality of today’s market.

That’s one skill that a bartender might not have, but I think good bartenders possess the majority of skills needed for a successful career in real estate.

My definition of a good bartender is one who has a following – a person who is a “draw” for the establishment where they work. They can mix a good drink, but it’s their people skills that turn occasional customers into “regulars.”

So what skills do bartenders possess that would make them be good real estate agents?

A good bartender knows how to listen. Just think of the time they spend listening to their customers. And while they may not have to listen wholeheartedly to everyone, they need to pay close attention to their regulars. Just as good real estate agents need to pay close attention to their buyers and sellers.

And then they’d better have a good memory. Not only does he (or she, of course!) need to remember what each person at the bar wants when they hold up a finger for another drink, he needs to remember what to set down in front of a regular when they walk in. And then, he needs to remember what that person does for a living, the names of their children, etc. Agents need to remember the personal information along with their clients’ wants and needs.

A good bartender respects what the customer wants – he doesn’t try to suggest that something else might do. As an agent, he probably won’t show someone a home on a busy street if they’ve specified wanting to live on a quiet cul-de-sac.

A good bartender can talk to people from all walks of life and treat them equally. He must be non-judgmental and friendly, in all but the most extreme cases. And when faced with those extreme cases he has to think and act quickly without getting flustered. Good practice for dealing with the surprises buyers and sellers sometimes spring on an agent.

A good bartender knows how to keep confidential information. Good bartenders can’t be gossips. Can you imagine how fast they’d lose their following if they started mentioning that Mr. Smith came in for a drink with Miss Jones, or if they mentioned that a salesperson from X company …

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Montreal Property Tax Sale Procedure: Tax Sale Auctions

Once a year the city of Montreal along with the Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire auction off all the properties that have not paid their tax bill in full. Montreal property tax sales is a great way to pick up properties for much less than they are worth. Before you think about how great it would be to get a great deal on real estate, you need to know how the procedures to follow to participate in the Montreal tax sale.

What is the Montreal Tax Sale Process?

The Montreal tax sale auctions occur once a year in late autumn. In order to participate, you must present yourself early to sign up. A revised list of properties will be produced and handed to everyone that is registered to bid. Once the tax sale begins, the properties will be auctioned off one by one in order that they appear on the list.

To make a bid, bidders must identify themselves, giving their name, address, occupation and mention if they are bidding for themselves or on behalf of someone else. Once the auction for a property is finalized, the buyer must pay the property in full along with any taxes. Payments are to be made in cash, certified check of bank draft.

What documents do you need to participate?

To participate, any person must produce a valid photo ID. Medicare card, driver’s license, passport or any other official photo document is acceptable.

What forms of payment are accepted?

The buyer must pay the full amount of the purchase immediately:

* In cash

* By certified cheque

* By bank draft

NOTE THAT CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

What happens if the certified check is not the right amount?

If the buyer has a certified check of an amount greater than the bid, the difference will be returned to him by the city in a delay of 10 days. The surplus amount can also be applied towards another property if the buyer has made more than one bid. If the check is less than the amount required, the property will immediately be put back for sale and the buyer will be responsible for paying the difference his bid and the actual final sales price of the auction.

Are there conditions to the sales?

Yes. All properties are bought site unseen at the risk and perils of the buyers. This means that you cannot change your mind after the fact. Also, the previous owner may, within a period of one year, purchase the property back from the auction buyer for the amount he paid plus 10% yearly interest. This is known as the right of redemption and is an absolute right. The buyer cannot contest this right.

Will I really only pay the tax amount for the property?

It is possible but unlikely. You have to expect that many buyers will be interested in the Montreal Property Tax sale and since this is an auction, the price will surely be …

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What is a Short Sale and How Does it Connect to the Foreclosure Process?

The term short sale has been brought up more and more in the real estate world as the property market has corrected to a more sustainable growth level. Depreciation of home values over the last few years has led to homes that are worth less than the mortgages that were used to finance the purchase. This situation coupled with a nationwide recession that has created the need for people to sell their homes despite being “underwater” has led to the recent popularity of short sales.

What Is an Underwater Loan?

A home loan or mortgage that is higher than the actual value of the home is said to be underwater. Over the last few years this situation has become a common occurrence as homeowners who bought at the peak of housing prices with little or no money down have seen their property values decrease, sometimes dramatically. They began with a $300,000 loan on a home that appraised around that value, and now their mortgage amount is around the same, but that same house appraises for less than $250,000.

With the rise in unemployment, many homeowners who have found themselves in this difficult situation have been forced to sell their home because they can no longer afford the mortgage. The problem that occurs is that even if the homeowner sold their home for $250,000, they would still owe the bank the additional $50,000, which holds up the sales process. This hurts everyone involved because the original owners cannot pay the mortgage, so they default on the loan. The new buyers who are excited about the home are not allowed to buy it at the new market price. Finally, the bank that holds the mortgage will not let the original owner sell, does not receive a payment each month for the mortgage, and must now go through an expensive and time consuming foreclosure process to get possession of a home they will only be able to sell for less anyways.

Buying and Selling a Home with a Short Sale

This is where short sale comes into play. In a short sale the original homeowner who is underwater will get an agreement from the bank to complete a short sale and put their home on the market at the current local price. When a buyer decides to purchase the home, the bank agrees to let the sale take place and take a loss on the original mortgage. Ultimately, this type of legal settlement allows the homeowner and bank to avoid a costly and credit damaging foreclosure process. The owner will still take a hit on their credit score and the bank will lose some money on the transaction, but the overall solution is much better than foreclosing on the home.

Foreclosures and Short Sales

Short sales are becoming more common with our current correction in home prices and high unemployment, but many bands still make the process very difficult for the owners because they do not want to take a loss on the …

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Renting in Tucson With Bad Credit

Tucson, Arizona’s second largest city, the home to University of Arizona, has a diverse population and culture. You have Native Americans, Mexicans, Spanish, and of course your good old westerners among the 541,811 Tucson citizens. You have attractions such as Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. You could enjoy a ballet at the Tucson Music Hall or if you are in the mood for music, head to Tucson Convention Center or the Rialto Theater for a concert. There is much to do in Tucson and you would have a great time living here if you rent a Tucson, Arizona apartment.

When you search for a Tucson, Arizona apartment for rent it is taken for granted that you need a good credit record. Landlords and companies usually do a credit check before they let their apartments out and you would be demurred, if you don’t pass. So what do you do if you have a few bad marks in your credit record? Will you not get a Tucson apartment for rent at all? That is not so. There are means by which you can rent an apartment in the city even if you have bad credit.

If you know a person in Tucson who has good credit, and would agree to act as your guarantor, then you will have no problem finding a Tucson apartment for rent. This is what students usually do. Most real estate companies who are in the business would pass your application on the guarantee of a trustworthy Tucson citizen.

If you do not know anybody in the city, then your next option is to share your Tucson apartment with someone who has good credit. Since rental companies would pass your application if even one of you has a good credit record, you have a very good chance of finding your apartment. You could find advertisements for roommates in local newspapers such as Tucson Citizen, Tucson Post, or Tucson Weekly. You may also find advertisements online.

If you cannot find anyone to share with or you do not want to share your apartment, then, your third option is to try to find those apartments in Tucson that require no credit check. You will find their listings in Tucson newspapers and online too. Mostly, apartments that are let by individuals do not require credit check. As long as you have a decent income, have proof of income, and a few good referrals, you will be all right. You might try for condos let out by individual owners as well.

You could also try asking the rental agents to not do a credit check. There are many agents who allow it. You will have to pay a higher deposit for your Tucson apartment in return for their skipping the credit check. The owners, after all, would want to be sure that they get their rent. However, as long as you have good references and a decent income, and are willing to pay extra deposit, you should …

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