LLC: When Does It Not Protect Your Personal Assets?
Limited liability companies (LLCs) are common ways for real estate owners and developers to hold title to property. Their popularity is due to the fact that LLCs limit members’ personal liability. In other words, only an LLC member’s equity investment is usually at risk, not his or her personal assets. However, this does not mean personal liability never exists for the LLC’s debts and liabilities.
Keeping Your Properties Profitable
Kathy Z. Jeziorski
While the U.S. real estate market is currently enjoying an upswing in most areas, it has seen numerous downturns over the years. Whether the market is up or down, commercial property owners and investors continually look for ways to enhance profits. Here are some suggestions to consider.
Don’t Delay – What You Need to Know About Delay Damages
Anita S. Wescott
It is bound to happen occasionally. A perfectly timed construction project hits an unexpected snag, leading to major financial repercussions. When an owner causes the delay, the parties may wind up in court to determine how to allocate damages — no easy task when a contractor’s costs span multiple projects. This article reviews two ways to determine overhead allocations and discusses other damages contractors may seek.
Environmental Due Diligence Can Preempt Costly Liability
If you buy property with environmental issues, you may be liable, even if you were not responsible for the presence of contaminants. To best protect yourself, be sure to include environmental review as part of your due diligence. Why Conduct Environmental Due Diligence The most obvious reason investors conduct environmental due diligence is to know […]
New Landscape for Real Estate Investment Trusts
Justin L. Sylvan
The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act made substantial changes to certain areas of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) rules. Many of the provisions provide REITs with additional flexibility regarding the nature of their assets and income, which make REITs an appealing investment vehicle for foreign taxpayers (see Sidebar). Prohibited Transaction Safe Harbors […]
What Kind of Insurance Does the Project Need?
Adam M. Levine
Every business requires comprehensive insurance coverage to protect its assets and income. However, property owners and developers need to consider more than just general liability, workers’ compensation and business interruption policies. Here is a quick overview of what else may be necessary.
Crossing That Bridge: Understanding the Pros and Cons of Bridge Loans
Investors and home buyers generally use bridge loans until they can secure long-term financing. As with any form of financing, there are advantages and disadvantages. This article summarizes what exactly bridge loans entail, and then delves in to the pros and cons of this type of financing.
Trend Analysis Is Trendy
Appraisers are increasingly incorporating trend analysis when valuing real estate. Property owners, as well as potential buyers, need to understand the role trend analysis, also known as market analysis, can play when determining value. As always, one needs to consider the income, cost and market approaches when trying to assess fair market value.
Performing Preventive Maintenance is Key
Do you know the physical condition of the properties that you own? As the owner, you need to understand how things are working and what needs improvement at your residential and commercial properties. A comprehensive preventive maintenance program inventories all interior and exterior equipment “hotspots” and tracks when routine maintenance should happen. This article shows how to create a formal schedule and budget for fixed asset repair and maintenance, taking into account labor requirements and tax considerations.
Eminent Domain: Understanding the Tax Treatment Issues
Eminent domain is the process by which a government or entity has the ability to take private property for public use. Any property claimed through eminent domain must be fairly compensated. This triggers a process by which “fair compensation” is determined. Once this process is complete, there will be an award to the owner of the property, based on “severance damages” for either loss in value of a larger parcel of property that was not acquired, or the value of the portion of the property that was taken. This article covers the intricacies and tax treatment issues behind eminent domain.