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QUESTION:

Hello Mike,

I understand your reply of repair versus capital expense so my question must not have been clear…

When I buy a house to resell that will need some repairs, these repairs are a capital expense as the property is not in “service”.

To properly see my cash flow in Investor Books PRO when I do a report, I put these fix up costs as an expense (initially).   I do this under “repairs and maintenance”

The fix ups will eventually be transferred and re-characterized as a capital expense at a later date thus in the meantime allowing my cash flow report to provide useful information for me as an investor.

My question is when do I transfer this to the asset?

Thank you Mike,

Hope that is more clearer-er

Steve

 

ANSWER:

Great Question Steve! This is probably one of those questions most investors are afraid to ask.

For starters, as an investor and business owner Click to Access Video or Read More

QUESTION:

Hello Mike,

I understand your reply of repair versus capital expense so my question must not have been clear…

When I buy a house to resell that will need some repairs, these repairs are a capital expense as the property is not in “service”.

To properly see my cashflow in Investor Books PRO when I do a report, I put these fixup costs as an expense (initially).   I do this under “repairs and maintenance”

The fixups will eventually be transfered and recharacterized as a capital expense at a later date thus in the meantime allowing my cashflow report to provide useful information for me as an investor.

My question is when do I transfer this to the asset?

Thank you Mike,

Hope that is more clearer-er

Steve

 

ANSWER:

Great Question Steve! This is probably one of those questions most investors are afraid to ask.

For starters, as an investor and business owner, YOU MUST KEEP YOUR FINGER ON THE PULSE OF YOUR BUSINESS! – No Exceptions! No longer can you borrow your way out of a cash flow problem.

Knowing this up front, you MUST be able to push a button and see a real, true blue, “cash flow” report.

This “Cash Flow” report drives many bookkeepers, accountants, and CPAs BONKERS because they have been trained to keep your books in Ready For Tax Time fashion. Their professionally trained method makes it totally impossible to generate a true “Cash Flow Report.”

Keep in mind, the way they do your books is proper for tax time; however, you and I have not been trained in their 5 star bean counting arena.

The simple version is Investor Books PRO makes it simple and easy for investors and business owners.

ALL of your capitalized “expenses” get entered using the Click to Access Video or Read More

Question From Steve:

Hello Mike,

I looked through the Investor Books Manual and did not see this …

When doing a flip, the repairs will be a capital expense versus an ordinary expense.

How are you booking the repairs?

                                  Steve

 

ANSWER: Great Question Steve!

Yes, it is in the manual; however, you will not find the word “FLIP.” (I hate that word and back in the day, the term “flip” was also used to describe a fraudulent real estate transaction. And before the downturn of the economy, the Feds were targeting “flippers” of real estate even though they did not understand ethical investors used the term for a legal transaction.

All right, i am off my soapbox.

Therefore, replace your word “FLIP” with Click to Access Video or Read More