Moving On Up!

Today I discovered this post written by our colleague, Maria Morton, Realtor in Kansas City Missouri. It is clearly written, and her pictures are definitely worth a thousand words!

Whether one lives in Missouri or in San Mateo or Santa Clara County in California, this strategy is a valuable wealth-builder. If you'd like additional information, give me a call.

Moving On Up!  - Capital Gains When Selling Your Home -

69% of people in the United States own their own home.  One question I am often asked when a homeowner is considering selling their home is the amount of taxes they will be liable for on the sale. small house

The good news is that if you have lived in the house for 2 out of the last 5 years, making it your primary residence, you can claim an exempt from capital gains taxes up to $250,000. for single filers and $500,000 for joint filers.

The really good news is that you can claim this exemption every 2 years! 

Think about this for a minute.  Suppose you sell your home for $300,000. You use $100,000 to pay off the  remaining mortgage, leaving you with $200,000. 

You can then buy another home for $450,000 using $90,000 for the down payment, 30 year conventional loan @ 5%, and pocket the remaining $110,000.  That's a nice way to move up in the world.

And in 2 years, you can do it again! moderate home

Why do people do this?  People do this to move to larger homes as they require more space.  They do this to build their wealth.  Most people do not start out in a million dollar house, most people start out in a $150,000 house. A few people stay in their original home for 30+ years.  Most people move every 6 years as their life changes.  Really smart people use the capital gains tax personal exemption to buy better homes in more expensive neighborhoods and build their wealth.

Donald Trump did not start out as a billionaire; he started out with his father's company and built an empire using real estate as the vehicle.  Most of us do not aspire to be as rich as Donald Trump but we all want more than we now have. 

Real estate has been used by most millionaires as part of their wealth building strategies. Ray Kroc, selected the locations of his McDonald's franchises so that he was collecting real estate that appreciated in value over time.  The railroad barons bought real estate with a vision well beyond that of most men of their time.  Warren Buffet is still buying real estate.  million dollar home

Your goal may not be to become rich and famous; you may just want a better life for your family.  Using the personal exemption for capital gains taxes is one way to help you get there.





When you're ready to start, call Maria for a personal consultation.

Maria Morton
Prudential Kansas City Realty ♦ On The Plaza
435 Nichols Rd. 3rd Floor Kansas City, MO 64112

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Comment balloon 4 commentsLottie Kendall • May 12 2010 09:17PM



I enjoy investing in properties other than trading my home.  Our home in on the family farm that's been in the family since 1943.  That means I don't get the capital gains exemption, have to pay it every time. BUT real estate has been a great way to move up, for some people,  even if i's not by using a personal home.  

Love the numbers in the post.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 8 years ago

Hi Judi, when you have a home that meets your needs so well, staying put is absolutely right. Just like I don't think a buyer should buy because of a tax credit, a seller shouldn't sell because of one. But--if the home no longer fits, it's great that the capital gain tax exclusion exists.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the re-blog, Lottie!  Judi, keeping a home like yours in the family is so cool! 

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) over 8 years ago

Well, Maria, thanks for allowing me to do that. You really wrote a nice post.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) over 8 years ago