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    When Is Real Estate Option Money Taxable?

    June 29th, 2012

    This question came into to me sometime ago from a Realtor/Investor named Foz.  Foz, used the Rent to Own exit strategy for one of his real estate investments and he was smart enough to collect his real estate option fee upfront.

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    When Can The Lease Option Be Put Into A Trust?

    June 19th, 2012

    There is nothing like real life examples and learning from other real estate investors.  Lease-Options are common in today’s market and I recently was contacted by Craig W. with this very question regarding his real estate business partner, lease options, trusts and mortgage note recordings.  I wanted to share our exchange so that you can learn more real estate investing tips when it comes to dealing with Land Trusts or Real Estate Trusts.

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    Naming Your Land Trust

    May 14th, 2012

    In doing research for the “Naming Your Land Trust” chapter, I must say I had the most “fun”. Students told me constantly about advice they were given by estate planners and attorneys to “put their own name” or “put the address of the property” in the title of their trusts. Laughable.

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    What Is The Liability Of A Land Trust Trustee?

    May 8th, 2012

    What Is The Liability Of A Land Trust Trustee?

    As you know by now, I recommend using individuals as Trustees of your Land Trusts. This not only saves Trustee expense but offers more “flexibility” in administering your trusts. The problem is finding individuals that will agree to serve as your Trustee. Oftentimes I am asked, “Is my trustee going to be personally liable for being my trustee?”

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    50 Reasons To Use A Land Trust

    April 2nd, 2012

    50 Reasons to Use a Land Trust

    By: Randy Hughes

    Have you ever thought about using a Land Trust to hold title to your real estate investments? Here are 50 reasons for you to consider the benefits of using a Land Trust.

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    Reasons Not To Use A Land Trust

    March 19th, 2012

    Land Trusts – Reasons NOT to Use Them

    As you know by now, I am a strong proponent of the use of a Land Trust (LT) to hold title to your real estate investments. However, there are some situations (mostly when dealing with your personal residence) when you might not want to use a LT to hold title to a property. Here are some possible problem areas when using a LT.

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    Land Trusts – Reasons NOT To Use Them

    February 24th, 2012

    Land Trusts – Reasons NOT to Use Them

    As you know by now, I am a strong proponent of the use of a Land Trust to hold title to your real estate investments. However, there are some situations (mostly when dealing with your personal residence) when you might not want to use a Land Trust to hold title to a property. Here are some possible problem areas when using a Land Trust.

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    Land Trusts And Limited Liability Companies

    January 31st, 2012

    Real estate investors who are concerned about privacy of ownership and asset protection have long used the Limited Liability Company (LLC) as a beneficiary to their Land Trusts. The smart investor never takes title to real estate in their own personal name, but uses a Land Trust (or similar type title holding trust) to take title unbeknown to the general public. There are a multitude of reasons to hold title in a Land Trust (I have written a report called, “50 Reasons to Use a Land Trust” Please contact me if you want a FREE copy), but this article will address only one reason; to allow an LLC to be the beneficiary.

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    IRS Section 121 And The Land Trust Beneficiary

    January 11th, 2012

    For years I have taught real estate investors to put their investment property into a Land Trust for a multitude of benefits. The next question always becomes, “who should be the beneficiary?” The answer depends on your individual situation and what you are trying to accomplish. You may choose an Individual, LLC, Corporation or even the Trustee of another Trust (perhaps a Personal Property Trust). The degree of your paranoia will dictate the number of entities that you want to “layer” as beneficiaries.

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    The Big Bad Owners Of Real Estate

    December 19th, 2011

    Often times when two unmarried people buy real estate together their attorney will recommend that they hold title “jointly.” This means that they will both show up in the county records as “owner of record” and the entire world will know that they are the big bad owners of the property in question.

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