- Austin, TX
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Owner-occupied cash out financing in Texas sucks; need creative ideas to get around
Long-story short, I was apparently house hacking long before I ever heard the term used. I bought my first, and still only, duplex back in 2008 and have lived in it this entire time. Long-term tenants who came with the property finally moved out last year, and now I want to put a bunch of money in to rehab everything. But apparently, TX has some really difficult homestead laws on the books that prevent me from accessing any of the equity I have in my place.
My lender friend has suggested that I maybe look into converting my duplex into a condo regime, ensure that my homestead only applies to one of the units, and then refi my unit to grab some of the cash that I need to complete the tear-apart remodel of the next door unit, then rinse and repeat. I originally wanted to have a HELOC for this rather than take everything out at once, but current rates make that pretty much a nonstarter.
I like the idea of the condo conversion because I could sell off my property piecemeal over time, or just have more options on ways to dispose of it in the future. But I'm also concerned about the unknowns and questions I don't even know to ask yet. Like, what are some potential tax ramifications for this type of conversion, will I lose out on any of my cost basis deductions, what happens to my $250k auto-deduction if two sales occur (either same or different tax years), etc. Obviously, I need to hire a CPA to really work out all of these details, but looking for pointers for things I need to ask.
Second, a lot of the work I want to do are exterior, which would be shared expenses. I was hoping to have most of that work done prior to converting the property, but again, that's a chicken/egg situation. I need the money to repair and improve the property first.
So, any pointers on my dilemma?
In a perfect world, I would be able to just refi the whole damn duplex, do all that I want, then do the condo conversion. But that's proven difficult. I also don't want to get stuck with any hard deadlines, or exorbitant costs which I usually associate with things like hard lenders.