If you have not previously thought about protecting your assets while investing in real estate, then now is a great time to do it. Protecting your assets is vital to keeping your assets safe from real-estate-related damages if that should ever come about. Your assets are what you use to take care of your family and how you ensure that everyone is taken care of for the rest of their lives. Your finances may support not only yourself, but also your spouse/significant other, children, and other “dependents” who rely on you for financial stability.
The following are some ways that you can protect your assets from damage that could otherwise get done if they are not protected:
Get Your Assets Insured:
Whether you’re talking about your family’s home or your rental properties, one of the easiest ways to ensure that your properties and assets are always protected. Moreover, not just getting insurance but ensuring that your insurance is adequate assures you that your assets and rental properties are safe from both damages or harm that may come to the property from any variety of events.
Title & Entity Selections:
When you choose your title & entity selections out there that will determine who is responsible for the property in a variety of different situations. In some states, having all of your investments under your name is safer than it is in others. Understanding the laws in your state and determining how life events would affect your assets is key to protecting both your assets and
In some states, you will need entities like Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) to help limit your liability due to your various investments and that help protect your property. Otherwise, certain states can have events like divorces, the death of a spouse, bankruptcy, etc. damage all of your assets and cause you to suffer devastating losses that can get protected in other ways (such as using LLCs to invest). Understanding the laws in your state will help you avoid risking all of your assets if one of them were to fail.
Asset Protections By Debt:
Protecting your assets by debt may be one of the least expensive forms of protection that are available to real estate investors. Protecting these assets is especially true if you have properties that have a lot of equity in them, which means that you have something to lose if the property assets you have been to get taken away then your other assets would still get protected.
For larger real estate investments, once you hit the millions of dollars, you will need a more elaborate setup to protect your assets. Putting things such as trusts/entity structures/etc. into place can help you protect your assets and investments. When real estate portfolios get to this level, it can get complex as to how to protect and structure your entities to ensure that they are always all protected.
Entity structures such as limited family partnerships or can also help reduce both income and property taxes that you owe on the properties. Through these entities, you can manage your assets and also deny creditors complete access to them. Fines getting charged to any creditor whoever charges an order against your assets, which provides further deterrents for any creditors who wish to prod into your finances, investments, and business.
In the end, it’s up to you to protect your assets. No one else can do that for you. It’s up to you to protect those assets and your portfolio to ensure that your properties and investments are safe moving forward. If your assets are protected and your properties are protected, then you will be set to continue owning properties and making investments for years to come.