Real Estate Financing


It’s not easy to buy a first home, so here’s a suggestion that may be surprising: Instead of buying one residence, buy several. What I’m suggesting has nothing to do with late night infomercials or books that promise fast and easy wealth from real estate. Instead, many first-time buyers can benefit from an interesting quirk in the mortgage system.

When you hear people talk about “real estate financing” they generally divide mortgages into two categories; loans for owner-occupants and more expensive and tougher loans for investors.

“Investment financing” is for buyers who do not physically reside at a property. “Owner-occupant” loans are for homes, the places where we stay at night, the phone rings and the car are parked. Continue reading “Real Estate Financing”

Offshore Banking


What is offshore banking?

Offshore banking can be defined as using the services of a bank located in a different jurisdiction or country than the depositor resides in. Offshore banks are usually located in places considered as tax havens and also provide additional confidentiality and security for the depositor.

The term offshore was originated from the British Channel Islands, tax havens located literally offshore from the United Kingdom. These were the original tax havens and they started the usage of the term offshore for describing the industry. Those islands became major international banking centers because of those tax benefits and regulations. They were optimal places to hold assets abroad or save and invest. Continue reading “Offshore Banking”

TAX SERVICES


The Federal, State, and local Governments have established a long list of publications to help taxpayers learn about the tax system. Businesses need access to a variety of tax services to perform daily business operations and these publications will teach small business owners how to fill out tax forms correctly. Tax services are provided free of charge to those that contact the Government agency for guidance by telephone or through regular or electronic mail services. Continue reading “TAX SERVICES”