Gaming the Tax Plan in the Hamptons

I guess this should be expected.  Even if you are not a 2nd home owner out here on the East End, the value of your home could decrease!   Thanks Mr. Trump & Mr. Zeldin!

 

Hamptons Homebuyers Have Already Figured Out How to Game the Tax Plan

  • Brokers see tax change adding to rentals in getaway spots
  • House bill kills vacation-home deduction, Senate to keep it
Westhampton Beach, Photographer: Walter Bibikow/AWL Images RM

Out in the Hamptons, Wall Street’s favored beach resort on Long Island, brokers and buyers already have a workaround for a tax-plan provision under consideration in Congress that would take away the mortgage-interest deduction for second homes.

A client of Brown Harris Stevens broker Jessica von Hagn who works at a hedge fund decided to turn the vacation home he’s buying into an investment property by setting up a limited liability company. That will allow him to deduct the interest and earn rental income at the height of the season from the modern home on Bridgehampton’s Lumber Lane, with four bedrooms, three baths and a swimming pool on an acre of land.

For the buyer: problem solved. For the Hamptons market: more high-end vacation properties getting listed as rentals, more competition and, most likely, falling rents.

“If you aren’t able to take advantage of the mortgage deduction for your second home, you’ll see more people putting their homes on the market and the inventory will grow,” von Hagn said. “There’s only a certain number of renters every season and we just keep adding more and more inventory.”

In second-home markets across the U.S., from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Lake Tahoe, California, brokers are bracing for a hit. …

Should the final bill eliminate the tax deduction for vacation properties, the workaround — acquiring the home as an investment property — changes the nature of the purchase for buyers, turning their vacation home into a business….

If markets are flooded with properties for lease, rents will fall and so will values for those homes, she said.

The main focus of the tax debate on real estate has so far centered on mortgage-interest deductions for primary residences. The Senate version of the plan would preserve the existing write-off for up to $1 million of debt, while the House would reduce it for new purchases to $500,000 of debt.

 

About D. Posnett MD

Emeritus Prof. of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
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