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The SmartMoney Guide to Real Estate Investing by Gerri Willis

By Gerri Willis

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The big trend among tax collectors is to increase the frequency with which home values are reassessed. In Kansas, for example, homes are reassessed every year; in Missouri it’s every other year. That makes it critical that you make a quick trip to the local town hall’s tax assessor’s office to find out if any changes are pending. Now, if you are moving to a neighborhood where prices have been increasing handily, beware: Your local government wants a piece of the action. There are two reasons that local governments increasingly have their hands in homeowners’ pockets: First off, the reduction of federal government spending for services that began under President Ronald Reagan has shifted responsibility to states and local governments.

Qxp 2/7/03 12:42 PM Page 18 18 The SmartMoney Guide to Real Estate Investing Jane Garvey, a Chicago real estate investor, got started investing in single-family homes with her husband, and made it a full-time job back in 1983. In all that time, she’s bought just one commercial building, a storefront whose longtime tenant ran a pet treat business. Eager to expand, but short on cash, she convinced Garvey to buy the building and lease it back to her. “The plan worked great—for her,” Garvey recalls.

Another advantage, says Supple, is that buyers don’t find themselves the victim of a listing agent who is holding out for a sale to a buyer who is a client of the agency. qxp 2/7/03 12:42 PM Page 30 30 The SmartMoney Guide to Real Estate Investing the entire 6 percent commission,” says Supple. ” Finally, buyers may well get more detailed information about the property directly from sellers. “The owner can tell you where the school bus stops, and where the hiking trails in the neighborhood are,” she says.

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