A joint venture is a business arrangement in which two or more parties agree to pool their resources for the purpose of accomplishing a specific task. In a joint venture, each of the participants is responsible for profits, losses, and costs associated with a project. However, the venture is its own entity, separate and apart from the participants’ other business interests. It is similar to a business partnership, with one key difference: a partnership generally involves an ongoing, long-term business relationship, whereas a joint venture is based on a single business transaction. Individuals or companies choose to enter joint ventures in order to share strengths, minimize risks, and increase competitive advantages in the marketplace.
Joint Ventures are in, and if you’re not utilizing this strategic weapon, chances are your competition is, or will soon be, using this to their advantage…..and so should you!
How does a Joint Venture (JV) work?
The process of partnering is a well-known, time-tested principle. The critical aspect of a JV does not lie in the process itself but in its execution. We all know what needs to be done: specifically, it is necessary to join forces. However, it is easy to overlook the “how’s” and “what’s” in the excitement of the moment.
To briefly address the “how’s”; all mergers, large or small, need to be planned in detail and executed following a strict plan in order to keep all the chances of success on your side. Since money is involved in a joint venture, it is necessary to have a strategic plan in place. In short, both parties must be committed to focusing on the future of the partnership, rather than just the immediate returns. Ultimately, short term and long term successes are both important. In order to achieve this success, honesty, integrity, and communication within the joint venture are necessary.
The “what’s” should be covered in a legal agreement that will carefully list which party brings which assets (tangible and intangible) to the joint venture, as well as the objective of this strategic alliance. Although JV legal agreement templates can readily be found on the Internet, it is suggested that you seek appropriate legal advice when entering into such a business relationship.
All joint ventures are initiated by the parties entering a contract or an agreement that specifies their mutual responsibilities and goals. The contract is crucial for avoiding trouble later; the parties must be specific about the intent of their joint venture as well as aware of its limitations. All joint ventures also involve certain rights and duties. The parties have a mutual right to control the enterprise, a right to share in the profits, and a duty to share in any losses incurred. Each joint venture has a fiduciary responsibility, owes a standard of care to the other members, and has the duty to act in Good Faith in matters that concern the common interest or the enterprise. A fiduciary responsibility is a duty to act for some else’s benefit while subordinating one’s personal interests to those of the other person. A joint venture can terminate at a time specified in the contract, upon the accomplishments of its purpose, upon the death of an active member, or if a court decides that serious disagreements between the members make its continuation impractical.
One of the huge advantages of doing Joint Ventures is it can allow you to enter into Partnerships in investment areas that are often times off limits with a traditional IRA Custodian. As manager you are already pre-approved by the custodian to make INSTANT investment decisions. There are just a few guidelines you’ll need to follow and we will help you stay within those IRA rules. This opens up many new IRA investments.
Joint Venture IRA Investing
Joint Venture IRA Investing in real estate works extremely well when a self-directed IRA account works directly with a real estate catalyst. The real estate catalyst is an experienced investor who does all of the work and the self-directed IRA funds the investment and shares the upside return on investment. Both parties in the transaction are critical to the overall success and return on investment.
The real estate catalyst will identify the real estate opportunity, negotiate the price, and complete the acquisition using the funds from the self-directed IRA. Once the acquisition is completed, the real estate catalyst will then be responsible for managing construction and renovations, if required. Once the renovation is complete, the catalyst is responsible for managing the property, along with all the tenants and everything that goes along with property management. Essentially the catalyst does all of the work and is the active member of the joint venture. The Self-directed IRA infuses the capital by funding the venture, but remains completely passive and does no work.