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How to Make a Lien Friendly and Protect Your Real Estate

Yes, there is such a thing as a “Friendly Lien”. This is a lien against your property held by a party who is friendly to you. Ideally the “friendly party” is an LLC or corporation…

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Real Estate Joint Venture Liabilities Likely to Get You Sued

Freddy Stein is an active real estate flipper making big moves in the Atlanta market. He currently has four properties he’s rehabilitating, all held under his corporation.  Bad idea! We always recommend that our clients…

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Three Reasons to Title Your Investment Property in a Land Trust and Not and LLC

In previous articles, we’ve discussed the main benefits of holding title to real estate investment property in a land trust. A land trust is just like a standard trust, except as the name implies, this…

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Does the Manager of a 401(k) LLC Need a Real Estate License?

LLCs are magnificent legal creatures with a number of fantastic uses. One potential use is that they can act as an investment vehicle for your 401(k). They can also hold other LLCs. It is by…

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Land Trusts and Limited Liability Companies

If you want to protect your privacy and real estate assets, a land trust is a great way to do so. Why? A land trust inherently provides anonymity on public records related to the ownership…

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Lawsuits Against a Series LLC Vs. A Traditional LLC

Lawsuits Against a Series LLC Vs. A Traditional LLC The more money you have located inside of any individual LLC, the more attractive it’s going to be for someone to sue you. It makes sense,…

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Series LLC Record Keeping Rules

Everything should be kept on record when doing business. It is always a smart idea to have everything in writing to ensure it is all done right. The same goes for a series LLC and…

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Funding Your Series LLC

When you are ready to start your own business and place it under a series LLC, you do need to put money into it to make it a profitable one. When funding your series LLC,…

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The Basics of Traditional LLC Articles of Organization

There are two main documents to establish when forming an LLC. First is the articles of organization. Next, is the operations agreement. While the operations agreement is a critical document that outlines the LLC’s processes,…

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How Traditional LLC Members Are Taxed

Today, we’ll be discussing how members of traditional LLCs are treated when it comes to taxes. One of the most important terms to understand in order to grasp how taxes work with an LLC is…

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How to Manage Special Allocations in Your Traditional LLC

Special allocations are often the trickiest things to deal with when it comes to a traditional LLC. However, by not understanding the intricacies of special allocations, you are missing out on one of the most…

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Which Type of Business Entity Needs an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?

Businesses pay taxes. It is a truth as old as time. However, how a business entity pays taxes vary. For many, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires them to file for an employer identification number…

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The Basics of a Traditional LLC

Since the 1970’s the traditional LLC has been the business entity of…

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Professional LLC Record Keeping Rules

Record keeping for LLCs is significantly less demanding than corporations. Nonetheless, certain rules must be followed in order to keep IRS happy and maintain LLC status. While laws will vary from state to state on…

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The Privacy of a Land Trust Owned by a Limited Liability Company

Having a land trust is a good idea for property owners and real estate investors. Land trusts are especially a good idea in case you own more than one property and don’t want everyone to know you own so many properties. You can choose whoever you want for your land…

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Advantages of Having an LLC Over Insurance For Asset Protection

Advantages of Having an LLC Over Insurance For Asset Protection Insurance will…

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Property, LLC, and Company Structure

Property, LLC, and Company Structure As a real estate investor, you have…

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Three Company Structures

Three Company Structures A typical real estate investor should be looking at…

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Should I Pass Through LLC Income for Tax Purposes?

There are two short answers to the title question: yes, and hell yes. But don’t just take our word for it. Passthrough income is a hot topic in the investment community. If you’re not sure…

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Real Estate Investment Fund Structure Is Essential for Protecting Your Assets

I often get asked whether a retirement fund such as IRA can be used to invest in real estate. It’s unfortunate that many real estate investors mistakenly assume that their retirement account can only be…

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Consider Buying Investment Property with LLCs Rather Than Personally

Owning investment property is a lucrative and exciting venture. With 2,654 new renters entering the market every day, it’s easy to see why. However, there are drawbacks. In an increasingly litigious society, your rental property…

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