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When not working or sleeping, Sheryl enjoys broadening her perspective through travel and the arts. She frequently attends concerts of all types, movies, plays and art exhibits. Sheryl is a “forever-amateur” glass blower who delights in the process and creation of original pieces. A believer in giving back to the community, Sheryl also serves as Treasurer of Jewish Family Service of San Diego.
Some things you might not know about Sheryl:
Sheryl likes to relax as a passenger on the family sailboat “Mutual Fun” while her husband, Captain Bill, does all the work. Of course, it’s even better when joined by their crew of two: sons Joe (string teacher at La Jolla Country Day School) and Jeff (real estate agent and entrepreneur).
Since 1979, Sheryl has been providing fee-only tax and financial planning advice. She is the principal of Rowling & Associates with professional credentials including Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist.
Understanding the importance of setting goals and following through, Sheryl works closely with clients on an ongoing basis to ensure that their objectives can be achieved.
Active in her field, Sheryl has been named one of the nation’s top 250 financial advisors by Worth magazine and has been included as one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.
Finally, have you ever seen Sheryl’s car license plate? It says “LV42NS.” According to Sheryl, this has a double meaning: “Love Fortunes” and “Live for Tunes.”
In 2006, Sheryl’s book, Tax and Wealth Strategies for Family Businesses, was published by CCH. She regularly writes columns for the San Diego Jewish World, Advisors4Advisors, and InvestmentNews. Sheryl is often quoted in both local and national publications.
A frequent speaker, Sheryl presented at the Jewish Community Foundation’s Women’s Financial Forum and has spoken on numerous other occasions to professional groups and community organizations.
Previously, Sheryl managed tax departments at Arthur Young & Company and two multi-million dollar corporations. She holds an M.B.A. in finance and a B.S. in accounting from San Diego State University.
BA, Business, San Diego State University
The answer depends on your tax situation and your personal preferences. If you are in a fairly high tax bracket and itemize deductions, your mortgage cost is less than 3.5 percent. For example, if your tax bracket is 28 percent and you itemize deductions, your net mortgage cost is only 2.52 percent. In general, investments should generate more than that. Thus, you're better off investing the money and keeping the mortgage. Even if you are in a low tax bracket or don't itemize, 3.5 percent might still be less than your long-term investment return.
On the other hand, many people have a goal of paying off their mortgage. As a financial advisor, it's not my place to dictate goals. If you would feel better owning your home free and clear, then go for it!
Of course, you might want to use some of that money to increase 401(k) contributions, make charitable donations or fund college savings with a 529 plan.
You are looking at two separate transactions here: a sale of your home and a purchase of a rental property. If you have lived in and owned your home for at least two of the last five years, you can exclude up to $250,000 of gain if you're single and up to $500,000 of gain if you are married. So, as long as your gain is not in excess of the exclusion amount, you will pay no tax on the sale. When you own a rental property, you will pay tax on the net income: rental income minus all related expenses (including interest, property taxes and depreciation). Just be aware that there are limitations on deducting a loss if the net is negative.