It reminds me of the old Miller Lite commercials; “Less Filling!” “Tastes great!,” the constant debate on what is a better investment, multifamily/small apartments or single family homes. So where is the best place to put your hard earned profits? I often think about where to put profits, and it is a big variable when analyzing when to sell an asset. I can get offered more than a property is worth and turn it down if I don’t have a good place to put the money. Knowing what you are going to do with your excess cash is essential to your overall objective. The way I process this is to compare alternatives against each other. Typically it is specific opportunities, but that all starts with a much broader view. I actually don’t land on one side or the other in the debate. I am usually the one asking questions that get the conversation going or gets people thinking. I think both are good, so let’s take a look at the positive aspects of each one when you compare to the other.
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Make your fortune in real estate. It is not that hard once you get the hang of it. Real estate flipping can be an extremely high paying career, but I see way too many people give up on it. The turnover in this industry is exceptionally high. I noticed the high turnover early on and have watched to learn why some people kill it while others disappear. This has been important to monitor to help myself and my clients last in this amazing business.
I have been in the real estate field for the last 16 years and my hard money lending company finances around 150 deals a year. Here is what that experience has taught me about being a successful fix and flipper.
Mindset: This is where it all starts. For the last 3 years, I have felt myself fall into a little lull and have realized that this occurred because of my mindset. Your mindset could be a lot of things, but the basic concept is that what you believe will happen… does. Sometimes just convincing your mind that you will hit a goal takes
The biggest reason fix and flip investors lose money is they make mistakes estimating the after repaired value (ARV). Getting the value and the repair budget right, or at least close, is essential to your success. Analyzing numbers on a deal is easy, but coming up with the numbers to plug into your formula can be tricky. Here are five mistakes I see investors and real estate agents make when they are trying to nail their ARV.
Not Adjusting Comps: It is well known that we value real estate from comparables, or comps. Comps simply means comparable properties that have recently sold or are for sale. We also know that we want our comps to be in the same area and the same size. But what if you can’t get something that is exactly like the house you are trying to value? Have you heard the term “apples to apples”? This holds true in real estate. If you cannot compare an apple to an apple, you need to adjust the comp to be an apple. Let me elaborate.
Let’s say you have a 1,200 square
WHY MILLIONAIRES GO BANKRUPT
“That is exactly why we cannot loan you the money you need,” I said in response to a potential client explaining to me that he has over $20,000 a month going through his account.
Cash is king. If you have it, you stay in business. If you don’t… you don’t. A lot of money going through your account does not matter. In fact, that is not a good thing unless the money into the account is more than the money out. In this case, this particular client was doing very well financially on paper. He had a high net worth and several assets. The problem is, he set up the loans on his rentals to pay them off early and was spending all of his rent, and sometimes more than his rent, to make the payments. These rentals were profitable because income was more than the expenses, but he had no cash flow. The principal portion of your payment each month is a reduction of debt, so it is not an expense. In the long run this will prove beneficial, but it is risky. In this case, he was using shorter term amortizations to reduce his loan size
An apartment building can still be a good investment today. Why? For starters, there are still a lot of people who are still looking for homes to rent. In addition, the units of an apartment building do not just have to be spaces for residence or homes for families and individuals. By getting the right permits, units in an apartment building can be rented out as commercial spaces.
First-time buyers of apartment buildings will certainly have high expectations regarding this particular investment. This is mainly because they will invest a significant amount of money for this venture. As such, if you want to make sure you will own the right apartment building that can help you find success in the field of property rentals, make sure you avoid these common (and costly) rookie mistakes:
Not looking into the history and reputation of the apartment building’s builder or developer.
As a first-time owner of an apartment building, the last thing you want to happen is to stumble upon some structural problems or system failures. As such, it is important to check the background, capability, and reputation of the company that constructed the whole property. Going online and asking companies or individuals that have worked
Buying a house is a major financial decision that will not only give you a peace of mind, but also a wonderful place to live, and of course, the perfect location to start a family for those who are planning to settle down. Sooner or later, you will have to decide to settle down on your own home that will be considered as the best location to start a family.
That being said, it is important to greatly consider the factors that will affect your everyday living experience. The following tips will help to get your search of to the right start. While it is important to note the number of rooms, the size of the yard and the layout of the kitchen, there are several important things you need to consider before making an offer.
Avoid trying to time the market
– Trying to time the market when you are planning to purchase is impossible. Considering whether the market drops low or gets too high will only prolong and possibly make you lose your chance of owning your perfect house of choice. The best time is when you find the best one that you can afford. The real estate market is cyclical,
This tends to be a pretty controversial subject, and for good reason. When I was getting started in the business, I was young and broke and had no credit to speak of. I was not qualified to borrow money, yet I figured out how to buy properties, and I bought a lot of them. It was not long before I became a full time real estate investor, and on paper, I was a millionaire long before my 30th birthday. I accomplished this with a lot of hard work, education and tolerance to take the risk.
With all this said, just because you don’t need money to buy houses, does not mean you should have no money. I am a big, big believer in this. You see, although I was a millionaire at a young age, I basically lost it all when the market shifted. I was too aggressive with my growth, and did not establish an appropriate amount of reserves. After starting over, I structured things differently and am in a good position to not only survive a down turn, but to thrive in it. In this article, I will briefly walk through 4 ways to buy rentals with nothing out
When families, or individuals, first begin to think about purchasing a home, the question often arises as to whether they should buy a previously owned house, and then add a few personal touches, or whether they should hire a custom home building company to help them design their own. There are benefits and downfalls to both, making it a tough choice.
Buying a new home has certain conveniences that many people appreciate, like the fact that everything is already done. For example, the washer hook up is already in place, the walls are already insulated and the bathroom is all ready to be used. This saves the hassle, and possible conflict of making major decisions, which can be a huge relief for individuals that are a bit indecisive. Buying a home means that buyers can move in sooner, and they may save money in the long run, depending on the house.
The same things that are positives have the potential to turn into negatives. It may be nice that the washer hook up is already in its designated spot, but what if it is in the kitchen and buyers would prefer it in the bathroom. This is a small adjustment, but when
I finally decided to write my first post. Why not? But what could I possible write about that is interesting and educational as well. I can write about the market, mortgage rules, down payments, etc
Or read the newspaper and write a well digested post.
So, here we go, I remember that day as if it was an hour ago! It has scarred me forever and ever. Every time a client asks me to run an open house, I sweat and swallow super hard. Even after having lots of successful “open houses”, this one still manages to make me run to the bathroom and grab the famous Pepto-Bismol.
So, long ago, when I became a licensed real estate agent, at the beginning of my time as a Realtor. The new challenges I was facing, a bit anxious but super excited at the same time. Knowing what I am made out of, a very hard working, honest, reliable, ethical individual couldn’t wait to run my very first open house!
Since I had no listing of my own and couldn’t just run an open house on my own house and tell anyone entering through the entrance: “thank you for coming, but this house is really not
What does it Mean?
There is a difference between getting pre-qualified and pre-approved to buy one of the condos for sale downtown. The difference is a pre-qualification means you may be able to get the loan based on skimming of your income and other information. This is why you may get pre-qualified credit card loan offers from time to time. The information usually comes from a list.
When you are pre-approved for a real estate loan, it means you are able to get that money. You can use it to buy one of the condos for sale downtown that you are in love with. This process involves you actually applying for a loan, providing all of your documents, and completing everything the lenders needs to get you approved.
They will tell you the amount of money you can borrow and the interest rate. The offer is going to be good for a set period of time. Typically, it is going to be up to 90 days after you have been approved. Armed with this information, you can start looking around. Once you find the place you wish to make an offer on, they can help you to proceed.
Know what you can Afford
Everyone has either seen television shows or heard about flipping homes for sale. This real estate strategy involves buying homes for sales for a low price, renovate the homes, and then reselling them for a profit. Some of these professionals make their living by regularly buying and flipping homes for sale making a profit. They sometimes juggle several sales and several renovations at any given time. It is important to know that there is an art learning how to flip a house and make a profit instead of losing money. Make sure that you understand any restrictions and all applicable zoning laws on construction that may apply. From purchasing to flipping, many set a ninety-day time frame.
Before you even look at homes for sale to buy and flip, you need to determine how you will finance this venture. If you have a background in real estate or construction and have excellent credit, it may be possible to sure from your bank a line of credit. If you do not have these things, you may have to come up with a more creative way to finance a house for sale to flip. This can include finding a partner who will
Buying a real estate property, repairing and selling it quickly tends to be a profitable recipe. However, a key component of this recipe to success is access to capital. If one does not have sufficient funds but is interested in rehabbing a property, a hard money lender who offers a fix and flip loans could be a great financing option. These loans are structured in such a way that allow a purchaser to quickly acquire the property and have access to a reserve of funds for construction and renovation costs.
Buying a real estate property, repairing and selling it quickly tends to be a profitable recipe.
Advantages of Fix and Flip Loans
There are many advantages to fix and flip loans and the demand for this source of funding is steadily increasing in the real estate investment industry.
Four key benefits include:
- Quick Approval: Getting approved for a fix and flip loan is a far quicker process when compared against the traditional banking system. If the borrower has submitted the requested documents, a private lender can approve the loan within a couple of days whereas a traditional financial institution can take at least a month. In addition to the significant longer wait time
The development of a $1.9 Billion dollar professional football stadium down the street from your current business location is usually a good thing. There are always those who may garner a real property value increase due to the stadiums location but then realize that the traffic from the new venue may destroy their ability to do business or it may make renting their building to a tenant or tenants more difficult. You can have a huge real property market value uptick and still lose your tenants or lose the utility of your building for its current use at the same time.
Appraisers are always asked “how much of a property value Increase can I expect?” It’s not something that can easily be answered because, as you know, each property is different and each will benefit more or less from the stadium development.
If you own a single-family residential home located 5 miles away from the planned stadium I wouldn’t hold my breath regarding appreciation, the stadium may provide some great entertainment to you if you can afford to pay for it but you will likely pay more in taxes for its construction than you will ever gain from your homes appreciation.
Looking to buy a house in Northeast Los Angeles – NELA, as it is known – but unclear of the process and amount of money needed? A licensed Realtor can help you figure it out. But for ballpark purposes, it might help to do some preliminary study on your own.
NELA is, after all, one of the hottest markets in all of Los Angeles. Not just the obvious neighborhoods like Glendale and Pasadena, but in smaller, lesser-known neighborhoods.
You might be in love with the schools in Mt. Washington, the housing inventory in Highland Park or the neighborhoods of Eagle Rock, but you have to work through some of these details before you can call any of those places home.
Much is made about closing costs in real estate transactions, and yet these vary for several reasons. The single largest expense, the real estate commission, is covered by the seller (who pays the commission in a split between the buyer’s and the seller’s agents).
Fees the buyer will need to pay at the closing come with some variation; the following are the largest of such costs at closing:
- Homeowner association fees – If the property is a condominium the seller might be in arrears with the
From LA’s earliest days, people have wanted to live in the storied neighborhoods of NELA. In a densely populated area where residents are always in the process of coming and going, there are always homes for sale in Echo Park at any given time. Since the early 1920’s, the real estate here has been in demand and that is how it is today. Why? Let’s take a closer look and see what the numbers say.
This is an eclectic city located in Central Los Angeles about ten minutes from Downtown. At the center of the city is the renowned Echo Park Lake in Elysian Park, which is the site of special events like the Lotus Festival. It is northwest of Chinatown and Downtown, northeast of Westlake and south east of Silver Lake.
It is split in to four districts.
• Angelino Heights – This area is known for the beautiful Victorian homes that are preserved by the city’s ordinances.
• Elysian Heights – This area is historically known for being the home of famous counter-culture artists, filmmakers, architects and political radicals.
• Historic Filipino town – This section is located in the southwest section.
• Victor Heights – A lovely area scattered with Bungalows and Stucco
Real estate investors live and die by their ability to add value. With no added value, there are no profits. This is true with any business, but what makes real estate such a great business and a great investment, is the number of ways you can add value and cash in on big profits. Here are three ways you can add value to your properties.
Upgrades and Repairs: OK, this is the obvious one and is the reason fix and flippers can make money. Some repairs add a lot more value than it costs to do. The more creative you are with the improvements, the more value you can add. For example, I have a client that adds square footage to every house he buys. He really likes the inner city properties because they are the hardest to add square footage. You either need to finish an unfinished basement, or add a second story. There is not typically enough land on the lot to add an addition by increasing the foot print of the property. This client does a lot of basement finishes and “pop tops,” but where he has made the most money is the basement that is only 5
It is unrealistic, silly and potentially, harmful, to your best interests, to look at, or consider real estate, in a vacuum. Many factors impact this market, on a broad basis, in addition to the many personal considerations, one should consider. This article will briefly, attempt to evaluate, consider, and discuss, some of these economic factors, including the economic ramifications, of market conditions, job – related, interest rates, etc. Failure to consider these risks wasting certain qualified buyers’ time, as well as sellers’ potential price, and how long getting one’s home sold, might take. This will attempt to consider these factors, in an easy – to – understand, manner.
1. Market conditions: Why is there, either, a buyers or sellers market, and will a particular trend continue, and for how long. The easiest explanation is often, supply and demand, but that does not explain, why these conditions exist. Is there something, in the national, or international economy, which is driving specific market conditions? Some considerations include the public’s faith in the strength of the present economy, and whether they perceive, it will continue, and for how long. Another is the inflation rate, and perceptions of its impact.
2. Job – related: How strong
When doing renovations, people rarely think about long-term resale value. Most families just want a really nice place to live and they work to create their forever home. However, life can be unpredictable. So while it is joyful to make a dream home, those dreams need to be balanced with an understanding of whether or not those granite countertops or that second story are good investments in the long run.
What is resale value?
We hear the idea of resale value quite often pertaining to real estate. The ideal is to buy a property that is a good investment and to have its value appreciate. Good maintenance and appropriate renovations help ensure that when it comes time to sell again, the property has gained equity and you’ll make money.
However, the amount of money you’ll make depends on market appreciation. Which is why it’s important to make improvements that fit the property and the neighborhood.
Location the key factor to consider
If you’ve bought a property by a highway or another not-so-great location, you probably got it for a good price. If that location’s value doesn’t increase during the time you own it, you’ll probably have to sell it for a similarly good price, even