The Downsides to a Single-Member LLC for Real Estate Investment

Many people believe that forming a single-member LLC for their real estate investment business, rather than acting as a sole proprietor, will effectively protect their assets. However, there are several reasons why choosing a single-member LLC as the legal structure of your real estate investment business may not be the best option. Consider the following:    A court may be able to ‘pierce the veil’.  If a court decides that the LLC and the individual owner are not really two distinct entities, it may ‘pierce the veil’—that is, put aside the limited liability—and hold the single-member owner responsible. Specifically, a court must find:  Unity of interests;  
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What’s the Best Way to Structure a Real Estate Investment Business?

  As a real estate investor, you are well-versed in how to spot a wise investment and manage your real estate portfolio, but many behind the scenes elements of running your business—such as the legal entity you choose to form and organize your real estate investment business—are just as important.    One of the most important things to consider when choosing a business structure for your real estate investment business is asset protection.    Sole Proprietorship    A sole proprietorship is generally not advised for real estate investment businesses, as it affords no protection from personal liability for claims against the business.
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What does “crowdfunding” in the real estate industry mean?

Alternatively known as “crowdinvesting”, real estate crowdfunding is an internet platform that brings together non-institutional investors with owners, developers, and operators of real estate. How much can a purchaser buy? What are investor’s rights? How much can an issuer raise? How is the offering conducted? How is a portal operated? Most capital is raised privately based on one of the “safe harbor” exemptions under a set of rules known as Regulation D. Who may invest? Generally, an investor must be “accredited.” An “accredited investor” can be either an institutional investor or an individual. How can individuals qualify to be an
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