Some who earn a living by investing in real estate prefer to work alone, often to minimize liability. Other times, investors discover they need additional resources to maximize their success. They meet this need by forming real estate investment partnerships.
A partnership offers many advantages. It spreads the financial risks among its members (instead of just you) and gives you potential access to capital. However, finding the right partner is just the first step. You must also ensure the partnership succeeds while protecting your interests.
1. Build long-lasting relationships
You may discover that you need different partners for different property investments. Each time you enter a partnership, work on building good working relations. If you want to partner with a past investor once more, having a good relationship foundation can facilitate future partnerships.
2. Have clear-cut agreements
Ensure your investment partnership agreements and contracts clearly identify each partner’s roles and responsibilities. It is also a good idea to include an exit strategy in each of your investment agreements. Having clear-cut terms benefits all involved parties.
3. Plan for adversity together
Even if you have a solid partnership agreement, initiate discussions about possible adversity with your investment associates. These conversations ensure you are on the same page if a deal fails or other misfortunes arise.
4. Get professional guidance
You will benefit from legal counsel even if your partnerships are amicable and function well. Such guidance helps all involved parties by ensuring compliance with the legal requirements of your investments.
Familiarizing yourself with the laws surrounding California real estate investments and partnerships can also strengthen your property deals. Examples of topics to learn more about include tax complexities, risk management and adequate insurance coverage.