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Get Connected with Real Estate Partnerships

By Brian Kline | January 27, 2016

As an investor, there are many ways to partner with others to maximize profits. The key elements of any real estate investment are the seller, the buyer, the property, the source of funds, and if you are flipping, the end buyer. As the buyer (investor), your role is pulling all of these resources together into a specific deal. However, you don't have to always do that all by yourself. A resource that you should consider is

Basic Partnership Considerations

Real estate investment partnerships can be very complex or very simple. One of the more simple ones is an interest only loan. As an investor, you bring in a funding partner by agreeing to an interest rate, the length of the loan, and the security (usually a first mortgage on the property). There are many sources for funding partners. It could be from your own network if you have a history of successful investments. It can be from a resource such as Or it could be from another crowd sourcing resource.

A more complicated funding partnership can be a profit sharing arrangement. Writing a contract for a profit sharing arrangement can be more complicated and has a lot of variables. You may chose to write up a contract for a single property that details the specifics about how the profits will be shared. Or you could enter into a Limited Liability Company that oversees multiple investment properties and again details how the profits will be shared.

Partnerships certainly don't have to be 50-50 split. If, as the primary investor, you're doing most of the legwork, you're entitled to a higher percentage of the profits. You're doing all of the research to find deeply discounted properties, negotiating the sales terms, overseeing the remodeling, and finding an end buyer. You may even be putting down earnest money and/or providing part of the purchase money. Under some or all of these scenarios, you'd certainly be entitled to a higher percentage of the profits.

Advantages to Brining In a Funding Partner

Reasons why you want a funding partner:

  • To bring more "skin into the deal" that lowers your business risk.
  • Enables you to spread your own resources across more deals to increase overall profits.
  • Enable you to finance and complete more complex and expensive deals that bring in higher profits.
  • Bring in experienced people to share knowledge and ideas.
  • Increase your success and share it with others.

Issues to be concerned about:

  • Clearly detailed agreements about how profits or interest will be paid.
  • Don't give up too much control of the deals.
  • Be cognizant of extra reporting requirements, especially tax related.
  • New partners trying to take too much control, don't repeat mistakes.

Good Times to Consider Partners:

  • Before you start looking for your next investment property.
  • When partnering is more attractive than other financing options.
  • As a method to reduce the cost of leveraging your own money.
  • As a way to boost the confidence of future investors for bigger deals.
  • When you have well-established investors and need a quick source of cash.
  • When you're already in multiple deals and are short on cash but another great deal comes along.
  • When taking on a new, creative investment deal that your investor has more experience with.

The most common problem that comes with partnering on real estate deals are the legal aspects. It's highly recommended that you check out the credentials of new investors as much as they check out yours. Also, have a tightly written contract, partnership agreement, or LLC agreement written and find a way to attach it to the title of the property to prevent a money partner from taking out another mortgage or selling the property out from under you.

Please leave a comment if this article was helpful or if you have a question.

PhotoAuthor bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 35 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 30 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest. In the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.

Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years with articles listed on Yahoo Finance, Benzinga, and uRBN. Brian is a regular contributor at Realty Biz News
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