By Randy Hughes,
“Mr. Land Trust”
We all want it, we all need it, and we all look for it in every aspect of our lives…security. We seek security in our relationships, in our personal lives and in our financial lives. But why? What is it about feeling “secure” that makes this emotion the base of all human needs?
Have you ever been out late at night on the streets and found yourself in fear for your life? Or, maybe you have experienced the fear of foreclosure, lawsuits, judgments, liens or financial doom? Sure, we have all felt fear in one form or another, but facing your fears and taking action to reduce or avoid fear is what a mature person does. As a parent, I know it is my job to protect my family from all threats (personal or financial).
Security is the opposite of fear. Our primal instincts teach us to fear the unknown and protect what we have. Because the loss of what we have (or will have) makes us feel insecure. Nobody likes to feel insecure. As real estate investors we think differently than the average citizen. We take on more risk to ourselves and our family for the possibility of a brighter future. Risk and security are opposites. Yet, as investors, we try to balance these two concepts to yield maximum results with minimum loss.
Finding security in your financial life will help you find security in your personal life (how many divorces result from bankruptcy or money problems?). Personal security and financial security are intertwined.
So, what does “finding security” have to do with using a Land Trust to hold title to your investment property? A lot. When you hold title to investment real estate in a Land Trust you do not own the real estate…you own the Trust.
Not holding title to your real estate in your personal name keeps you out of the public records (your Trustee’s name is in the public records instead). Ninety percent of the information gathered about you (and often used against you) is mined through the public records in your town. Always ask yourself before signing any document, “Is this going to be recorded?” And, if it is, try to find another way to proceed.
Should you use an LLC to hold title to your investment property? Absolutely NOT! Yes, I use LLC’s and they are good asset protection devices (as long as they are formed in the right state…which is not necessarily the state YOU live in or your property is located in), but LLC’s are registered with the State and are easily tracked. Putting more than one property into any entity (LLC, Corporation or Land Trust) will create a nexus for a lawsuit. Most (smart) real estate investors will title each of their properties in the name of a separate Land Trust and then make the beneficiary of the Land Trusts their LLC.
Imagine how secure you would feel if you went to bed tonight knowing that you did not “own” any real estate. There are NO benefits to owning real estate in your own personal name…only risks. If you use a Land Trust you will still receive all the same tax benefits, etc. So, if you are feeling insecure and doubtful about owning investment real estate please consider a Land Trust. To reduce the risk of owning real estate and increase your feelings of security, use a Land Trust. You (and your family) will be glad you did.
It is difficult to convey all of the benefits of using a Land Trust in a short article like this. I have been using (and writing about) Land Trusts for the last 37 years.
If you would like to learn more about how to create your own Land Trusts, for FREE training go to: www.landtrustwebinar.com/411 or email me at: [email protected] for my FREE booklet, “50 Reasons to Use a Land Trust” or contact me the old fashioned way by calling 866-696-7347 (I actually answer my own phone!) Randy Hughes, aka, Mr. Land Trust™