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New Federal Tax Rules Create Advantage for REITs

A hands-off alternative to direct real estate investment is a real estate investment trust. As an investment, REITs have long had advantages over owning property directly. This advantage gap is widened by new federal tax rules.

Opportunity Zone Regulations Clarify Important Information

Although the Tranche II Regs do not address every open issue that the OZ community has been waiting for, the guidance indeed clarifies a multitude of issues that should benefit investors, municipalities and local entrepreneurs alike. Here are seven key updates.

Experts to AEC Firms: Stop Ignoring Cybercrime Vulnerabilities

Although the industry is at high risk for hacking, most companies aren’t prepared. There is much at stake, including employees’ social security and W2 information, bank account numbers, birthdates and plans and specs for sensitive projects.

Can Commercial Real Estate Loan Rates Help Your Business Save?

The decision to purchase a commercial real estate property, as opposed to leasing one, can come with numerous advantages, especially since buying property typically allows you to build equity and take advantage of additional tax benefits.

Opportunity Zone Investing: Is It for You?

Since the tax act passed, 130 qualified OZ funds have opened, according to the National Council of State Housing Agencies, a nonprofit group focused on affordable housing (it maintains a directory of OZ funds on its website, www.ncsha.org).

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