Advantages of Real Estate Syndicate Investing

February 23, 2010

Real Estate Syndicate Investing

In today’s economy, there are no sure investments.

Many investors have been stunned by steep losses in the stock market and real estate and have moved their money to safe investments like CDs and money market accounts.

As the economy begins growing again, many investors will start looking for investments which minimize their risk and chance of loss.

One way to minimize risk and yet still take advantage of the historical trend toward increasing real estate values is by using real estate syndicates to invest in larger properties which spread out risk.

A real estate syndicate is an unofficial term used to describe a pooled real estate investment group.

In a nutshell, it is the  process of combining capital from a group of investors to purchase real estate.

Real estate syndication allows a group of individuals to combine private savings to purchase larger real estate investments for which other financing is not available.

This method of real estate investing has been a popular method of financing the purchase and sale of commercial properties such as shopping centers, office buildings and warehouses.

Every real estate syndicate is different, and dictated by the terms of the agreement which is drafted to define the purpose and powers of the syndicate.  Typically these real estate investment vehicles are structured using some form of partnership agreement or limited liability company (LLC).

Advantages of Real Estate Syndicate

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Cybersquatters Sit on Personal Domain Names in Spite of Federal Law Barring Practice

February 16, 2010

You’ve probably already googled yourself, but what about looking up your personal domain name?  You might be surprised what you find. Although some people’s personal names might be registered to a company or a professional located in a far-away state or country, for many people, their name may be sitting primarily unusued because it has been “parked” by a cybersquatter.  At least, until the right price comes along.

Fortunately, there is a law which is designed to protect individuals whose personal name URL has been captured and held hostage by a cybersquatter.  The Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125 et. seq. (“ACPA”), was passed by Congress for the very purpose of protecting individuals and trademark holders against cybersquatters who register internet domain names containing trademarks or real names without that person’s consent with the specific intent to profit from such name by selling the domain name for financial gain.

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Security Deposits Can Be Used for Unpaid Rent

February 10, 2010

Security deposit

One of the most common areas of friction between a landlord and tenant is the repayment of the security deposit after a tenant has moved out.
Landlords and tenants often squabble over when and under what circumstances a landlord is entitled to deduct from a tenant’s security deposit.
In California, a landlord of both residential and commercial property can deduct for unpaid rent from the tenant’s security deposit.

Residential Lease Security Deposits

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