LivingMalibu.com » Buying Malibu Home http://www.livingmalibu.com Malibu Real Estate-Malibu Homes For Sale Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:51:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 International Buyers Guide For Malibu and the USA http://www.livingmalibu.com/international-buyers-guide-for-malibu-and-the-usa/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/international-buyers-guide-for-malibu-and-the-usa/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:12:10 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3324

Foreign buyers have flooded our Malibu market but few know how to navigate the system. Here is a guide to help you get the Malibu property you seek. In the US, almost all new real estate listings are posted to the Multiple Listing Service – or MLS – within 24 hours of coming up for ...]]>

Foreign buyers have flooded our Malibu market but few know how to navigate the system. Here is a guide to help you get the Malibu property you seek.
In the US, almost all new real estate listings are posted to the Multiple Listing Service – or MLS – within 24 hours of coming up for sale. This ensures that active listings are available to all agents, and differs from practices in many other countries, where buyers have to go from agent to agent to find a property. However, a number of listings in certain markets – the luxury market in particular – remain “pocket” or “quiet” listings. Hence, it is important to have a real estate agent who is a specialist in the area you are interested in who is well connected in the community.
COMMISSIONS
The sales commission in the US is always paid by the seller, and then divided equally between both the buyer’s and seller’s brokers and agents. Generally, commissions range from 2 to 5 percent, depending on the property and the market. Buyers here don’t pay a dime to have an agent working on their behalf, and it is therefore always advisable to work with an experienced broker or agent who will protect your interests in the transaction, and to be loyal to the agent working on your behalf so that they invest in you the time required to best serve you.
WHAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE:
 To purchase a home, be ready to prove who you are. You don’t need to be a US citizen, but you do need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. This is a number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service to foreign nationals who need to file income tax returns, something you will have to do when 
buying real estate here. You will also need a valid foreign passport, or two or more current photo identifications such as a driver’s license, in order to verify who you are and your country of origin. Though property ownership isn’t tied to immigration or visa status, there are still rules about how long 
you can stay in the US, so if you’re not a citizen, check out US visa requirements before you purchase.

FINANCING:
Qualified foreign buyers can generally obtain financing for properties with a 30% down payment – though certain
markets require a 40% down payment. Check the specific state requirement where you plan to buy.
Banks are happy to offer mortgages to foreign buyers, but they usually require a relationship with the customer that
goes beyond just the mortgage. Some banks, such as HSBC (which does a great deal of foreign homebuyer financing) have a requirement that the buyer hold a $100,000 deposit with their bank. Banks often also want to see proof of 12 months’ reserves to cover mortgage payment, maintenance, and taxes, in addition to the $100,000 mentioned above.
I have relationships with many of the major mortgage banks, and  can help you find a lender and mortgage terms
that best suit your needs. Please get in touch if you’d like more specifics on various financing options.
VERIFICATION DOCUMENTS:
International buyers will usually be asked to provide the following documents, so it’s a good idea to get them in order
ahead of time:
Credit References:Usually at least four references from credit sources will be
required for mortgage loan applications. These documents must come from finance professionals such as accountants,
bankers, or insurance officials. This is very important – in 2012, US realtors reported that most of the deals that fell
through with foreign buyers did so because the buyers lacked adequate credit history.
Proper Visa or Foreign Passport Copy
Double check to make sure these documents haven’t expired and aren’t expiring anytime soon.
Verification of Rent/Mortgage Payments: Proof of rent or mortgage payments are generally required for a period of at least one year before the application.
Proof of Employment: International buyers, just like US buyers, will be asked to :You will need to show that you can afford the purchase, as well as have funds on reserve to cover the full first year of payments, insurance costs, taxes, etc.
Every US lender requires borrowers to purchase homeowners insurance to protect the home from any potential damage
and natural disasters. Insurance costs vary based on the size of the property and by state. Costs tend to be significantly
higher in states prone to natural disasters, such as Florida
and Texas.
EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT TAXES
Tax liability is different for foreign nationals than it is for US residents. Here’s a quick breakdown of major distinctions:
•  While federal tax on long term investments (holding property for over a year) is 15% for US residents, foreigners pay 30%.
•  Under the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA), income tax is withheld immediately after a non US-resident sells property. The rate varies from state to state, but the federal rate is a flat 10%.
•  The IRS requires a “Statement of Withholding on Dispositions by Foreign Persons of US Real Property 
Interests.” In addition, many states request a “Nonresident Real Property Estimated Income Tax Payment Form.”
•  I recommended seeking the expertise of a professional tax accountant to provide assistance with these forms. Consult a Tax Specialist in Your Home Country An international buyer’s overall tax liability will also differ country to country based on the home country’s tax treaty with the US. Therefore, it’s best to consult a tax advisor in the buyer’s country of residence, who is familiar with the tax treaty 
and its provisions. The capital gains rate for US residents is 20% (if the property was owned for more than one year) but it could be higher if you are from certain countries. Check with a local 
tax specialist before you buy.

RENTAL INCOME
US law requires that the foreign nationals “elect“ to pay US income taxes on any net income earned from rental property. If this election is not made in a timely fashion – and the proper forms filed with the IRS – a tax of 30% of the gross rental income will be demanded. Even if the property owner is incurring tax losses initially and doesn’t owe any taxes to the government, he or she must still file their tax returns in order to make the “election” required by law.
DEDUCTIONS!
The good news is that international buyers who finance their purchases with a 40 to 50% down payment will generally not pay income taxes on their rental income for the first 10 to 15 years, since the US is very generous when it comes to expenses that can be deducted from rental income. Mortgage interest, common charges, depreciation, property taxes, insurance, and amortization of closing costs can all be claimed as deductions against income, so in the early years your property will generate negative taxable income and you will not have any tax liability.
NOTE: You Do Not Have To Be in the US to Close the Deal.
When the property is officially closed on and transferred to the new owner, the new owner does not need to be in the
US. Instead, the owner can provide his or her representative (usually a broker) with “Power of Attorney,” and then the
representative will close the deal on behalf of the new owner. This is a common practice and can be very convenient for the buyer who does not want to come back to the US for the closing. Talk to your realtor about that possibility if it may
interest you.
.ESTABLISHING AN LLC
 International buyers should ask themselves if it suits their interests to buy under the name of a domestic US company, or LLC (Limited Liability Company). Although there are benefits to buying through a LLC, such as tax incentives, certain treaties between a foreign country and the US can sometimes detract from those advantages. Foreign buyers should do their research ahead of time, and enlist the help of a tax adviser who specializes in international law.
Here are six things you should know about LLCs in the United
States:
1. It takes one week or so to form an LLC.
2. The LLC has to be created in the same state as the
property to be purchased.
3. The LLC is required by law to file local, state, and federal
tax returns.
4. An LLC can include foreign nationals and US residents.
5. At the time of sale, property owners can sell or transfer
shares of the LLC to a buyer.
6. A US-based LLC can be owned by a Foreign Corporation
for additional benefits.
Tip – If You Want To Avoid the US Estate Tax
When a non US-resident dies, his or her estate will be taxed by the US government at roughly 45%. This can be avoided if the international buyer sets up a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) – which owns the property – and a Foreign Corporation to own the LLC. Since the property in this scenario is owned by the Foreign Corporation, the US would not be able to tax it upon the death of the owner. This can be a huge tax savings and is not very expensive or time intensive to implement, especially if you solicit professional help.
If you are considering buying property in Malibu or the Los Angeles area, give me a call 310-617-0996. I will make your search easy fun and productive!
This is meant as a general guide. Please consult an international tax attorney before you make any decisions.
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Point Dume Beach, Malibu http://www.livingmalibu.com/point-dume-beach-malibu/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/point-dume-beach-malibu/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:32:20 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3299

One of the reasons Point Dume is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Malibu, is the  gorgeous hidden beach below the bluffs. From land the only way to access these beaches is through gates… and you need to have a key…Some properties come with a beach key and that is what makes the difference ...]]>

One of the reasons Point Dume is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Malibu, is the  gorgeous hidden beach below the bluffs. From land the only way to access these beaches is through gates… and you need to have a key…Some properties come with a beach key and that is what makes the difference to many…

 

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Picking The Best Malibu Beach Homes On the Market http://www.livingmalibu.com/picking-the-best-malibu-beach-homes-on-the-market/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/picking-the-best-malibu-beach-homes-on-the-market/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:49:47 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3248

When it comes to picking a winner among the many beautiful Malibu Beach homes on the market,it’s not an easy task.From a condo on Malibu Road to an Encinal Bluff estate prices ranging from  $4.5 million to $9 million Here is what and why I picked these:

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When it comes to picking a winner among the many beautiful Malibu Beach homes on the market,it’s not an easy task.From a condo on Malibu Road to an Encinal Bluff estate prices ranging from  $4.5 million to $9 million Here is what and why I picked these:

Choosing is hard because it’s not just about the house but it is also about the beach! and the money of course!!! so how to choose?? how to mix all those variables and average them out to see on average which ones come out ahead of the pack?

I first went down the list of the favorite beaches, then I picked the cleanest, nicest homes per beach, then I compared relative prices and picked the better priced ones in each category and beach. Today I came out with this short list, but tomorrow it will be different I can assure you. As listings come on the market and others sell the composition of what is offered will change and so will the best picks, but today here are the ones that deserve some attention:

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Spectacular Malibu Beach Architectural Homes http://www.livingmalibu.com/spectacular-malibu-beach-architectural-homes/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/spectacular-malibu-beach-architectural-homes/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:33:37 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3239

They don’t come cheap, but these architectural masterpieces by the likes of Frank Gehry, at Broad Beach, John Lautner at the Malibu Colony, Marshall Lewis at the Encinal Bluffs and Harry Gesner at Victoria Point are not only unique, but in many cases they could no longer be built under today’s city and coastal guidelines. ...]]>

They don’t come cheap, but these architectural masterpieces by the likes of Frank Gehry, at Broad Beach, John Lautner at the Malibu Colony, Marshall Lewis at the Encinal Bluffs and Harry Gesner at Victoria Point are not only unique, but in many cases they could no longer be built under today’s city and coastal guidelines. Take for example Pierre Koenig’s last project  at Point Lechusa,  the LaFetra Beach House . It sits right at the edge where Broad Beach ends and Victoria Point starts, just before Sea Level beach. It’s one incredible spot! don’t take my word for it, go visit yourself. Its overlooks a pristine corner of the beach with picturesque rocks and pines and the waves below. A real magical spot.  Then the Stephen Ehrlich beach house at Paradise Cove beach, such an incredible spot! Here again, a very special place where you can’t ever feel the crowds, just the pristine but generous wide beach inviting you to explore its many gifts.

So go ahead enjoy the visit and take the tour. These are some of our nicest architecturals on the market today.

point lechusa

 

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Why Buy Malibu? http://www.livingmalibu.com/why-buy-malibu/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/why-buy-malibu/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:24:22 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3196

Why buy Malibu instead of the other lovely Southern California communities like Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and the Marina Peninsula? Because instead of a beach bordering on urban sprawl and all that entails, Malibu, offers pristine 27 miles of  coastline and the glorious Santa Monica Mountains, offering hundreds of recreational trails, wildlife, flora, and fauna. In addition, ...]]>

Why buy Malibu instead of the other lovely Southern California communities like Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and the Marina Peninsula? Because instead of a beach bordering on urban sprawl and all that entails, Malibu, offers pristine 27 miles of  coastline and the glorious Santa Monica Mountains, offering hundreds of recreational trails, wildlife, flora, and fauna. In addition, because of its unique geography, Malibu provides some of the most scenic real estate anywhere in Southern California with incomparable vistas and clean air,  all within commuting distance  to Los Angeles – America’s second largest city.

Looking toward the future, I can’t see a local community in Southern California that can match what Malibu offers it’s residents, and so I believe that appreciation of Malibu properties will outpace neighboring communities in not so long a future.

Here is one of my favorite listings on the market today, but feel free to look around the website, you are sure to find something you like.

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Best Buy Malibu Family Home http://www.livingmalibu.com/best-buy-malibu-family-home/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/best-buy-malibu-family-home/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:36:57 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3120

A Magical oasis tucked in the trees and perched above the sea. This beautiful home has breathtaking whitewater ocean views and just a short stroll from the sand.

 

 

A delicious home to live in. Easy and casual one of a kind gem offering three bedrooms and a seamless indoor/outdoor flow onto expansive decks and garden ideal ...]]>

A Magical oasis tucked in the trees and perched above the sea. This beautiful home has breathtaking whitewater ocean views and just a short stroll from the sand.

 

 

A delicious home to live in. Easy and casual one of a kind gem offering three bedrooms and a seamless indoor/outdoor flow onto expansive decks and garden ideal for entertaining and enjoying majestic sunset views. You will fall in love with the natural beauty of this retreat.

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Buying a Malibu Beach House http://www.livingmalibu.com/buying-a-malibu-beach-house/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/buying-a-malibu-beach-house/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:34:09 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3098

Malibu beaches are diverse and so are the prices that similar homes may command. Just before the summer hits, I will give you the Best Buys for Malibu Beach homes in each area right now.

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Malibu beaches are diverse and so are the prices that similar homes may command. Just before the summer hits, I will give you the Best Buys for Malibu Beach homes in each area right now.

Keep in mind, some of the factors that influence the price differences is the physical nature of the site, the other factor,  the social perceived value of an area.

In the  physical realm: Wet versus dry beaches, meaning  whether the beach is mostly under water (these are usually located in the southernmost area of Malibu closer to Santa Monica, like Las Tunas Beach, Big Rock Beach) and are generally more affordable. Semi-wet ones  (where at low tide you get some sand to walk on, in little coves like Las Flores beach or Malibu Cove Colony) prices at these beaches are a little higher  and the dry beaches, a great example of that is Zuma Beach and Escondido and Paradise Cove beach, Point Dume beaches, where in general prices are higher.

For the social value of an area consider the neighbors. Wherever the concentration of residents is mostly entertainment celebrities, or CEOs of companies,  their capacity to pay more for the properties has over time  made certain areas almost exclusively affordable to that group. Like the Malibu Colony, Carbon beach, Bluffs at Point Dume, Paradise Cove Bluffs etc..

Here is my selection of the Best Buys in Malibu Beach Houses on the Market today. And because for each price range there is a Best Buy that is how I will feature them starting from lowest to highest price:

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Malibu Contemporary With Pool and Beach Club, Priced Under $3 Million http://www.livingmalibu.com/malibu-contemporary-with-pool-and-beach-priced-under-3-million/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/malibu-contemporary-with-pool-and-beach-priced-under-3-million/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:11:32 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3073

This is the Hottest deal in Malibu Today.

 

Architectural home with 3 Bedrooms and 3 baths all with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, includes La Costa Beach and Tennis Club deeded rights, beautiful pool and garden. Priced under $3,000,000. Take a look at the details and don’t waste a minute! these don’t come on the ...]]>

This is the Hottest deal in Malibu Today.

 

Architectural home with 3 Bedrooms and 3 baths all with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, includes La Costa Beach and Tennis Club deeded rights, beautiful pool and garden. Priced under $3,000,000. Take a look at the details and don’t waste a minute! these don’t come on the market every day…

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Malibu View Contemporary Home With Beach Club http://www.livingmalibu.com/malibu-view-contemporary-home-with-beach-club/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/malibu-view-contemporary-home-with-beach-club/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 18:50:37 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3052

At $3,395,000 this home offers an amazing value in Malibu.

This open floor plan with incredible ocean views from almost every room.  The house has two bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, family room, office, outdoor BBQ/entertaining area and a very private pool with spa.

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At $3,395,000 this home offers an amazing value in Malibu.


This open floor plan with incredible ocean views from almost every room.  The house has two bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, family room, office, outdoor BBQ/entertaining area and a very private pool with spa.

The property is gated and on 1.2 useable and beautifully landscaped acres and has Deeded La Costa Beach & Tennis Club Rights. This private Club is Open only to property owners in this area and is an absolutely great way to quickly become part of Malibu’s amazing community.

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Point Dume, Malibu, Best Buy Home http://www.livingmalibu.com/point-dume-malibu-best-buy-home/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/point-dume-malibu-best-buy-home/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 19:24:32 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3024

Sometimes opportunity knocks. This is it: Under $3 million

Ideal Pt. Dume property with private beach key.

Almost one acre useable with lighted tennis court.

Move in condition. Main house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, plus room and bath off garage. Room for pool.

Incredible investment opportunity.

Come see it before it goes! 310-617-0996

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Sometimes opportunity knocks. This is it: Under $3 million

Ideal Pt. Dume property with private beach key.

Almost one acre useable with lighted tennis court.

Move in condition. Main house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, plus room and bath off garage. Room for pool.

Incredible investment opportunity.

Come see it before it goes! 310-617-0996

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