1 (888) 462-3453

Formally Registering Your Real Estate Investment Business

Now that you have all the background information for your real estate business, it's time to choose the right structure or "legal entity" for your business. In the U.S., there are several business structures. They are:

Sole Proprietorship

This is the "default" business structure and is what your business will be if you decide not to create a more formal structure. We don't recommend this type of business as it doesn't give you the legal protections you need.

Limited Liability Company or LLC

The most common type of business entity. An LLC is fast, simple and inexpensive to setup and maintain. It protects your personal finances and assets and is a great way to start your real estate.

Series LLC

This is a special type of LLC entity that's only available in certain states. It allows you to create "mini" LLCs, each with their own limited liability and separate assets, under the umbrella of a master LLC.

S Corporation

This is a more complex type of business and isn't generally recommended for smaller organization.

C Corporation

These are the largest and most complex types of businesses and are far more than the average entrepreneur or business owner will need.

A Special Note on Series LLCs

Series LLCs are ideal for real estate investors. A series LLC gives you all the same benefits as a regular LLC, but it serves as a sort of “umbrella company” with additional flexibility and protections for multiple companies or lines of business within your overall operation. For instance, a series LLC can give rental property owners a way to separate their real estate investments from one another.

Even though series LLCs were created to simplify investment portfolio management, this type of business structure is still a relatively new approach to LLCs. In addition, series LLCs are currently only available in eight states:

  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

If you’re in one of these states, see if a series LLC could be right for you.

Special Considerations for Setting up a Real Estate Business Entity

As a real estate investment entrepreneur, the standard or series LLC is very likely the best option for you. They do not have a lot of administrative overhead and still provide you with good liability protection.

For more information on the advantages and disadvantages of different types of businesses, please see our in-depth guide. If you’ve still got questions, we’ve answered them to help you choose the right business structure for your real estate business.

In most cases our recommendation would be to create an LLC. We have a complete guide to everything you need to do, and we can set one up for your real estate business. LLC formation does vary from state to state, but we’ve got you covered, wherever you are.

Set up & Maintain Your Real Estate Investment Business

Once you've legally created your real estate investment business, you’ll need to get some other things in place.

The Complete "Start Your Business" Checklist

A Clear and Comprehensive Guide to Starting Your Business the Right Way

The Complete Start Your Business Checklist

Social Media Groups for Real Estate Agents & Investors

Connecting with other business owners in your industry can be incredibly helpful. Here are some of the best social media groups for real estate businesses:


Discussion Groups and Forums for Your Real Estate Business

There are plenty of forums and online discussion groups for real estate businesses. Start with these:

Useful Online Tools for Your Real Estate Business

Here are some really great online tools for managing your real estate business. They will reduce the time you spend on administration, help you to collaborate with others and free up your time to grow and manage your new venture.


Please note: This page contains affiliate links and we may receive a commission if you make a purchase using these links.

Ready to Get into Real Estate?

There you have it — our complete guide to starting a successful real estate business. We hope this has given you all the information you need to think about, plan, start and manage a successful venture. Remember, we can help you with creating and maintaining your real estate business.

When You're Ready, Start Here