Cash Flow and Taxes In Your Business Got You Down? Top Tax and Money Mistakes: An Interview with Amy Andersson, CPA of Price Turner CFOs.
Check out this interview I did with Amy Andersson, CPA of Price Turner CFOs. Amy is amazing with helping business owners as an Outsource CFO.
Anyone that has a business knows how hard it can be to manage finances, bookkeeping, taxes and cash flow. There are a lot of mistakes business owners make in this area and Amy gives us her top tips to help out manage business finances and taxes.
Give it a watch and if you want to know more about Amy and whether your business is ready for an outsource CFO, visit https://priceturnercfos.com/
What It's Really Like to Invest in Real Estate- An Interview with Jeanne Whipple of Philly Home Girls
People often have unrealistic expectations about what it's like to invest in property.
They buy a property in a terrible, so called "up and coming" area, hoping to buy cheap and sell high. It's not a neighborhood they'd want to live in, yet they expect the property to magically appreciate and that tenants or a new owner would want to live there.
Other people go into business with a partner to start investing and expect it to be easy peasy. Partnerships are rarely easy.
In this interview, we talk to Jeanne Whipple of the Philly Home Girls. Jeanne's an experienced realtor and investor. She's even done several larger scale residential developments.
Hear tips from Jeanne about how she chooses what property to invest in, and her top tips for new investors.
For further information from Jeanne and Philly Home Girls, visit https://www.phillyhomegirls.com/
If you are an investor and need help setting up your investments and running them as a business, reach out to our office for one of our real estate investor packages: www.phillysmallbusinesslawyer.com
Are you an investor that's going to manage your rental properties yourself in order to save money? There are a number of reasons why that could be a terrible idea. In addition to costing you time, you could be missing out on an easy way to shift some of the risk and potential liability to another party. With a properly constructed contract, you might be able to mitigate some of the risks if the property is not maintained well.
Give this episode a listen to see if you are being pound foolish in managing your own property.
In this latest video, find out what you need to consider when you buy an investment property and are now going to lease it to commercial tenants. You'll need a lease, of course! Commercial leases are not like residential leases and involve many more terms and considerations. Watch this video for some critical tips.
If you need help with a commercial lease for your property, don't hesitate to contact our office.
How To Finance Real Estate Investment Property: An Interview with Senior Loan Officer Joseph Scorese
Many investors have questions about what kind of financing to use when investing in property. Should they form an LLC? Can the LLC borrow money? What happens when they use personal financing but want to move the property into an LLC?
Many people don't know that the kind of financing they choose has a big impact on these issues. It's important to be careful about the choice of financing.
Here's a snippet of what to do if you want to finance a property and put it in an LLC:
Sarah Holmes: Okay. So we get a lot of questions from people about the loans and when people come to me often they've already built up a portfolio of properties, maybe got five or six properties, and they have them all in their own name, and usually they do that because they've gotten one of those low interest rates that they qualified for, based on their personal credit. But from the liability side, on my end, I don't like to see that, because now they're exposed, their name's on the deed, so they always come in asking, "Well, how can I put in an LLC?" And most of the time I can't move that property into an LLC because it's going to violate their mortgage clause. So they try to think of a way, going forward, as to what kind of financing they're going to use.
Sarah Holmes: So if someone wants to put the property in an LLC, is that a different kind of financing than they've probably been using with the low interest in their own name.
Joe Scorese: Well, good question, because if the borrower has stabilized rents, they have decent credit scores, maybe around 680 or plus, like 700 score. We can typically just refinance their property out of their name into an LLC. Now, the catch would be, there's a couple of catches. One would be that there's transfer tax, depending on what county you're in. So that you're going through a full refinance to take it out the personal name, and put it in the name of the LLC. It also has to make sense bank-ability wise because you don't want to put someone in a bad debt income circumstance. So you've got to evaluate that.
Joe Scorese: But what one good thing is, they can treat that property now as a business, and issue tax returns and issue a K1 where that property and that mortgage is not reporting to their credit personally. Okay? So you could eliminate a lot of debt to income in the personal name, after you built up a decent portfolio in your name, and start moving them over into the portfolio loan, because, under your personal name, you're only allowed to have a personal home mortgage plus nine other mortgages. One can be a secondary, and then eight investment properties. So you kind of gets them back to ground zero to start over again if they want to buy more properties in their personal name.
Joe Scorese: So it gives a lot of leeway to an investor. They have options at that point.
Sarah Holmes: Okay. But what if they have multiple properties and we talk about the liability, and we decide that, for best protection purposes, they might need multiple LLCs. How complicated does that get on the financing side?
Joe Scorese: It would get more complicated on their side with a CPA, if they don't understand how to issue K1s, and personal returns. I mean business returns. I'm fine with it if they want to use a special purpose LLC for each property.
For more information on Joe, you can find him on Linkedin as Joseph E. Scorese. On Facebook, Joseph Scorese. And Firstrust.com you could look up loan officers, under the Firstrust.com and it's one 'T' in the middle, FirsTrust.com.
For help in setting up your investment properties as a business, reach out to our office anytime or call.
As part of our series on helping the everyday real investor making their investments into a business, we asked Farmers' Insurance Agent Jen Gregorski about what kind of coverage someone flipping property needs. Here's an excerpt from our interview:
Q: What about people that are just flipping property? They're going to buy a property, maybe they're going to spend two or three months rehabbing it, doing work, nobody's living there. Is that a different kind of insurance that they would need?
A: It's a different type of insurance. You need a builder's risk policy. What makes it a little different is the insurance on the building is going to adjust as time goes on, with the understanding that you're putting money into building and it's becoming more finished as time goes on. So the policies also can be written in different time-frames. Usually a policy is an annual policy, where builders-risk ... if you think it's going to take you six months to finish the building, we write it on a six-month policy and we can always extend if we need to. But it's with the understanding that in six months you're going to be finished and it's going to be ready for resale or rent or whatever it is.
Are you an everyday investor that needs help making your real estate investments into an actual business? Book a call with us here to see how we can help.
This video is part of our series focused on the every day real estate investor. Every day real estate investors are folks who normally have careers, full time jobs and on the side, want to start investing in real estate. They might purchase properties to flip or hold and rent to tenants.
Often these investors have a lot of questions about how to best protect themselves from liability. Insurance is one piece of that puzzle, but often people don't know what kind, or how much insurance to buy to best protect themselves.
In this video, we discuss insurance for real estate investors with Jen Gregorski of Farmers' Insurance. Jen is an award-winning agent with an office in Dresher, PA. She has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry and protecting property owners.
For more information from Jen, visit www.jengregorski.com
Over the next few weeks, we're going to answer some common questions asked by everyday real estate investors. In this first video, we address the #1 question we get, "Should I set up an LLC for my real estate properties?" Watch below for our answer!
The biggest question that we get from people thinking about or have already invested in real estate is, should I put my properties into an LLC or some kind of other business entity?
The answer to that is really, it depends. It depends a lot on how you finance the property. So number one, think about, have you used mortgages in your personal name to buy these properties? Number two, have you used commercial financing to buy the properties? You're going to want to get an opinion of somebody like an attorney or banker to see if, in fact, based on your financing, if you can move the properties into some type of business entity or not.
Next, you really want to think about what's your long-term plan with these properties. Are you going to be holding them, are you flipping them? What is the real nature of the risk? It's very important to look at each one on an individual basis and really figure out, "God forbid, if something terrible happened, how much exposure do I really face?" Because the exposure between buying and holding a property for a short period of time and flipping it versus holding for the long-term and stocking that property with tenants, that's a very different type of risk.
So the best thing is to get a professional opinion as to whether you can put them in an LLC, and then, how to overall structure your portfolio of holdings. Do you need multiple LLCs? Will just one suffice?
Stay tuned for some additional helpful videos for real estate investors on our channel.
You can always set up a time to talk with our office about how we can help structure your real estate properties.
Are you investing in property and not sure how to protect yourself? Should you open an LLC? What kind of insurance do you need? Are you going to manage the property yourself? What happens if a tenant wants to sue you?
There are a lot of websites and programs out there for property investors that just contain BAD information. Not having the right protections in place can cost you a lot of money and put your assets at risk.
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Are you contemplating a business partnership?
Are you preoccupied with the equity split?
How much money is each partner putting in?
Who will work in the business, and how often?
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What happens if someone wants to leave the business?
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Sarah E. Holmes is a Philadelphia business attorney and strategist that helps start ups and established businesses looking to expand, protect their assets and increase their profits in an approachable, down-to-earth way. When you're looking for a business lawyer near you, we offer several convenient locations.