Speeding up the short sale process: Is it possible? The answer depends on the lender, the seller, and the real estate market. Q: I’ve been reading a lot of your columns about short sales. Why do short sales take so long to complete? How can I make the short sale process go faster? A: Short [...]
While you can’t always predict future tax liability on investment property, here are issues that many real estate investors struggle with when structuring an inheritance. Q: We have a rental property (titled in the name of our trust) which shall pass to our three sons upon our deaths. When our sons sell the property [...]
Purchasing an investment property as an individual that you plan to transfer to your LLC later can have a ripple effect on your liability and property taxes. Q: I own a limited liability company (LLC) that holds some rental properties free and clear. The commercial lenders I speak with aren’t interested in a loan smaller [...]
Using a self-directed IRA for real estate investing can be a complex process involving countless rules and regulations that may not be worth the hassle. Q: I've enjoyed your columns for some time. What is your opinion of self directed IRAs for the purpose of buying real estate within the vehicle? My son is a [...]
Even investors experienced in flipping homes should be careful of new kinds of risk that come with flipping unfamiliar property. Q: Here's my dilemma. I've been buying tax foreclosed building lots and flipping them for over a decade. Because I get them at a steep discount, I also sell them at a steep discount. As [...]
When getting started in real estate investing, knowing the difference between good vs. bad debt is crucial. More tips for real estate beginners. Q: I enjoy Ilyce’s radio show very much. Thank you for what you do. I'm a new investor in my late 20s seeking to build a portfolio of rental properties for the [...]
Most people prefer an LLC for real estate investing. But some accountants still recommend that their clients use an S Corporation to invest in real estate. LLC, or limited liability companies, have become the method of choice for real estate investors. Most states have laws that permit the use of limited liability companies or some other company structure that is similar to an LLC.