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Money attracts criminal activity. I know that isn’t late-breaking news, but here’s a scam I hadn’t heard of involving, once again, real estate and appraisers. The good news is that when a landowner permanently protects pristine land from development, they’re eligible for a charitable deduction for the “conservation easement.” The bad news is that someone thought up syndicating the deal: A promoter buys the land, find an appraiser who’s willing to say it’s got enormous value if developed, and then sell stakes to wealthy investors. When that “incredibly valuable” land is then protected, all the rich investors get a juicy tax write-off on the hypothetical value of the land they were never going to develop as high as $4 for every $1 invested…(read more)

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Source: Mortgage News Daily