Posted by Clint Coons on October 25, 2003 at 10:46:29:
My firm is actively engaged with real estate investors all over the country. We specialize in creating real estate strucutres that reduce tax and laibility for the investors. Your situaiton is not unusual amongst many of my clients who wish to pool money to buy real estate. The problem is that lenders will not extend credit to a LLC or Limited Partnership (by the way, the tax implicaiton of these entities should be considered prior to formation). Thus, one partner must agree to become personally liable on the loan and title will be taken in their name. After title is secured I reccomend the property be transferred into a land trust and the beneficial interest assigned to the LLC or LP. Each of the other partners will agree to be joint and serverablly liable for the outstanding debt. We typically have the other investors sign personal guarantees and/or provide a secured interest in favor of the borrower. I know this may seem like I am overcomplicating the situation but I have seen a number of partnerships dissolve and I am familiar with the cost and frustration of litigation. I always tell my clients that if you go into to business with other inviduals, you must assume the partnership will fail.
Very truly yours,
Anderson Law Group, PLLC