quitclaim a LLC-owned rental property

Let's say I have a rental property owned via a SMLLC. The rental property was bought using cash and I'd like get some finance against the equities in the property.
However I find it's extremely difficult to find a bank which is willing to finance a LLC-owned rental property. So what I am thinking is to first quitclaim the property to myself, get finance, and then quitclaim back to the LLC. (assuming the bank will be OK when I quitclaim back the property) Is there any potential tax consequence of the two quitclaims?
Thanks.
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STAREX
In my experience a lender will approve a loan for an LLC or small corporation if the owner of the business can qualify for the loan and will personally guarantee it.
The problem with your idea is that most mortgages have a "due on sale" clause, allowing the lender to call the loan if it is transferred to another person or entity.
___ Stu
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Stuart A. Bronstein
Can you recommend a bank that does this? Somehow many banks here (in CT) only offer loans if the LLC-owned rental property has at least 10 units. Even so, the rate is much higher than if the same property is owned by an individual. However quite some of these bank kind of hint they won't exercise the "due on sale" clause if the property is quitclaimed to a LLC owned by the same individual after the finance is done.
Therefore I am quite interested in knowing whether there is any tax consequence for such quitclaim as described in the OP. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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STAREX
I own some rental properties in NJ and PA and I belong to real estate investor groups in both states. In both areas, investors find that it is more difficult and a lot more expensive to get mortgages on properties owned in the name of an LLC (including single member LLC's) than it is on properties owned as an individual. A lot of people that I know do exactly what you are thinking of doing -- deed the property from the LLC to their own individual name, then get a mortgage, then deed it back to the LLC subject to that mortgage. Some investors have even had their bank suggest that they do that in order to qualify for a mortgage.
In NJ, the deeding process is easy and very inexpensive. In PA, there is a real estate transfer tax of something like 3% of the property value -- EACH WAY -- when doing the deeds back and forth (6% round trip), so that is usually too much to pay to make it worthwhile doing just to get a mortgage. But it can be done.
I have never seen a lender invoke the due on sale clause when a property is quitclaim deeded to or from an LLC subject to the existing mortgage, but I assume that it could happen. Basically, if the mortgage stays current, there is no real reason why a lender would bother to try to enforce a due on sale clause.
I am fairly sure that TD Bank in New Jersey has a program where people can get mortgages on individual properties that are owned in the name of an LLC, but the rates and costs are much higher than those on properties owned by individuals. And, I know that there are TD Bank locations in Connecticut. Mortgage lending terms and criteria have been changing rapidly over the past couple of years, so you would have to check to see what the current situation is.
One way to get more information is to join a real estate investment club near you. Here is one source for finding real estate investment clubs by state:
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. Other than the possible state transfer tax issue, I don't think there are any significant tax consequences involved when deeding the property back and forth between your name and that of your single member LLC.
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Ron

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