A List Of Pros and Cons As Reviewed On the Replace Your Income Podcast
Pros of LLC
Cons of LLC
Potential Liability Protection
Straw Buyer Scenario: Changing the ownership of a property via deeding into an LLC is considered loan fraud—can be considered a “straw buyer” scenario. This was a major component to the Great Recession. Investors would get their friends to purchase a property in their own name and then they would get paid a few thousand dollars to deed the property into the name of an investor owned LLC. When the crash happened and banks went back to the original buyer they found that a new entity was now on title and their recourse became fuzzy. In the end, the original buyer was left with a property they didn’t want and payments they couldn’t afford and the threat of loan fraud to boot.
Due On Sale Clause Trigger: Mortgage company could enforce “due on sale” clause—not very likely. I have never seen it happen. But it exists in part based on the previous bullet point. If they see that property ownership has changed they can call the loan due to protect their investment. But as long as payments are being made it’s not likely. I have a saying “everything is good until it isn’t.”
1031 Exchange Problems: An LLC cannot take advantage of the tax code allowing an owner to defer taxes via a 1031 exchange upon sale of the property.
Ease of Lending: If you set up an LLC first and try to purchase property in the name of the business, it can be very very difficult and you will not get the same benefits of acquiring a loan in an individual’s name. Typically, a commercial loan must be paid over 15 years instead of 30 years and interest rates are typically 1%-4% higher and often with higher closing costs. One of the benefits of purchasing single family residence properties is you get these benefits. Commercial real estate requires commercial loans. Commercial real estate typically is any property with more than 4 units.