Do Investors Segment Assets to Accelerate Depreciation Deductions?

Asked by TReXGlobal, 94539 Wed Apr 2, 2008

Rental property is typically depreciated using a straight line over 27.5 years.

It's better to separate property assets by class life and segment the deductions - this will accelerate depreciation deductions - and for most investors, money now is more valuable than money later.

Do you or your investors do this?

If not, why do you think that is?
Is it a hassle? Does it cost too much? Do people simply not know? Are they afraid?

I'm curious to hear what folks have to say....

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Larry Story, Agent, Greensboro, NC
Wed Apr 2, 2008
I have found alot of the small time investor's ( 2 to 3 properties) do not know. Others unless they work with an accountant think of this as a hassle. Today you have alot of people wading into the rental market. They are not always prepared, educated in the process, or do they have a good plan in place. Unfortunately it makes it harder on myself because I feel a responsibility to try and advise and teach them. It is just with a little work on their part before hand and they could easily find out the in's and out's of the rental market.

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
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