The Tax Loss Carry Back and what it means to Real Estate Investors and Buyers
The Tax Loss Carry Back attached to the Unemployment Benefits Bill recently passed by congress and signed by the president has gotten little press but it may have great impact. First off, it will have the intended influence on stabilizing the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) market by helping potentially tens of thousands of mid level businesses – hit hard with the large drop in consumer spending over the last two years – by giving them much needed funds to stay in business and in their current leased or owned locations. Secondly, it will effect developers and builders, who fall into the previous categories, by giving them the funds necessary to survive and begin building again.
“According to National Association of Home Builders President Jerry Howard, “This injection of capital will enable a lot of our members, a significant number of small and medium sized builders that have been hanging on by their fingernails, to keep their doors open, and hopefully with this increased stimulus and demand from the tax credit, to be able to get back on their feet and get the country moving forward again.”” Source.
What does that mean for Real Estate buyers and investors? Morning Star gives a hint:
“Many builders are flush with cash and have already cleaned out their inventory of “C” and “D” locations. Most builders aren’t going to let loose of their precious “A” and “B” locations at a time when several in the industry have moved back into land acquisition mode and quality land is actually scarce in several markets. With survival not in question for the vast majority of public builders, many will opt to keep their land rather than sell it at fire-sale prices for tax purposes.”
The extremely low prices currently being seen in Real Estate won’t last long when new units are being designed to deal with with the growing pent up demand and the new demand created by the extension of the first-time home buyers credit and the added home-owners credit also recently passed by congress and signed by President Obama.