Investing For Cash Flow and Financial Independence

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Financial Planners will always tell you to diversify. That’s a good idea except that diversification is usually exercised by most people solely through the purchase of many different mutual funds. It is still investing in mutual funds or the stock market. There are ways to obtain wealth (and financial security) that you may not currently be exploring, ways that go beyond buying mutual funds.

Instead of planning for retirement, plan to reach Financial Independence instead. True Financial Independence is an easily measurable known target, and is a goal that can actually be reached within a short period of time. How? Through passive income. Generate positive cash flow from hard assets such as real estate income property. Rental income is passive income for the most part, especially if you have a solid property manager taking care of the details.

The principles of creating a long-term, on-going cash flow can be applied to most kinds of real estate investments. Mobile home lots, apartments, garage/storage units, and houses all make excellent income producing assets. Houses, in particular, low-end houses, make an excellent vehicle for creating long-term cash flow for a multitude of reasons.

While appreciation is often the most significant form of profit for real estate investors, investing for cash flow is easier to determine and with lower risk. So how do you achieve positive cash flow ethically in the real world? You need to buy in the rare market where high capitalization rates (15%+) are the norm. Such markets are usually depressed like Rochester or Memphis and have a large pool of renters. The reason tenants are willing to pay more to rent than they would have to pay to own in such markets is that they believe property values are falling or level in which case not owning is a good idea in spite of the high rent. Positive cash flow is so rare and so desirable that it eventually attracts out-of-town investors. Their coming into Rochester or Memphis or wherever causes property values to climb so that high cap rates are no longer available.

There are the three primary ways that an investor makes money in real estate: 1. from cash flow, 2. property appreciation and 3. paying down of the mortgage thereby increasing their cash flow and equity. Only if you buy on a bargain basis can you get positive cash flow from a rental property.

Why low-end houses make the ideal Cash-Flow vehicle

First, houses are abundant. Every city, town, and neighborhood has houses. Houses are probably the easiest to buy because they are the most common. Houses are also probably the easiest to buy at a discount, since there are so many sellers who own them in some sort of crisis ownership position: Vacancy, disrepairs, judgments/liens, back taxes, etc.

Houses are the easiest to manage, with the possible exception of storage/garage unit rentals, since these are occupied with stuff and not people, thereby making evictions easy. Well-maintained houses will often keep tenants for a 3-5 year cycle, sometimes longer. Most of the other vehicles have shorter-term occupancy.

Houses are by far the easiest to sell because of the naturally large demand for places for people to live. In most cases the property will sell without holding paper, but many smart investors will sell their houses on some sort of payment contract and be able to charge a 10-15% price premium to the buyer without using a Realtor.

The so-called low-end house can be very desirable from an investor’s standpoint. First, lower-end housing doesn’t mean becoming a slum lord. It means basic, starter homes that are located in good, but not necessarily great locations. These marginal areas typically are more of a buyer’s market, thereby, tilting the negotiation in favor of a hard-cash buyer or a buyer seeking owner financing. Actually, owner financing is easier, much easier in these slightly marginal areas.

Next, these lower level houses can frequently be purchased at various distress auction (tax, foreclosure, estate) sales. In many areas of the US, these houses are bought for prices anywhere from as low as $5,000 to $25,000, without a lot of difficulty (after you know the many inside strategies and secrets).

These homes can typically generate rents of $600 – $900 per month, which based on the low purchase price makes an outstanding return on investment. Returns of 25% – 35% per year are common. It’s not uncommon for smart investors to receive income for 20 years or better from their houses. After this period of ownership many owners will find a stable buyer and sell the house with a vendor take back mortgage (payment contract) and receive another 10 to 15 years of “mortgage” payments.

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Memphis Buy And Hold is specializing in locating, purchasing, renovating and managing single-family and multi-unit properties and possesses over 12 years of experience in real estate investing and property management in the Memphis and Nashville markets… Learn More…… www.memphisbuyandhold.com

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Five Basic Tips for Investing in Real Estate

Five Basic Tips for Investing in Real Estate

There are a lot of things to learn in Real Estate before you start investing. In fact, investing in Real Estate is much more complicated than the stocks investing. That is why Real Estate has become the common investing area for many people and thus have become more popular over the years. One needs to have financial and legal knowledge before investing in the Real Estate.

So, here we are providing you five basic tips which helps you to familiarize yourself with the basic concept of Real Estate.

1. Location:

Location Matters which is an old age saying perfectly suits when we think of the investing in Real Estate. The first thing you should make sure while investing in a property or proceeding forward is whether it is located in a good place or not.

If it is the best location, it can be the worst house there, but that doesn’t matter as you can just fix the issues or resell it to someone who wants a house in the best location. This is called as the Fixing and Flipping formulae by the professional Real Estate investors.

2. Wholesale properties:

Being wise is also very much important while investing. You need to follow the Warren Buffet formulae from the stock market investing which says “You need to be greedy, while everyone else is feeling fearful.” You need to look out for the wholesale properties that are being offered at great discounts and thus avoid paying full prices.

Using this technique, you can buy the property at low price and keep the selling price twice the buying price which helps you in maximizing your investment return.

3. Connect with local investors:

Hanging out with the local investors and talking with them about the local Real Estate market will help you in knowing the things better. Ask them to show their properties and take in every single bit of information they give you.

4. Reading helps a lot:

There is a tremendous amount of information available online these days. You can also gain information that you may need regarding the Property field and investing as well. Buy and read books that give you practical knowledge about buying, flipping, renting and selling the properties.

5. Find a good Realtor:

This is the best part. When you are all set and finally ready to invest in some property, then a Realtor is the person who helps you with it. And a good Realtor who understands the concept of investing returns and also have sold a number of properties can be the best choice.

Property investment can offer fabulous returns, but there are also people who are bankrupted after investing in Real Estate. It is all in your hands, so be sure and know everything involved before you invest.

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How to Choose the Right Rental Property Manager

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Investing in real estate can be a very lucrative endeavour, but it is also one that requires a lot of effort. Especially if you have bought a property with the intent of renting it, you should be prepared to provide a number of services for your tenant. From finding tenants, collecting rent, building maintenance and everything in between, collecting income from a rental property is not a passive exercise.

As such, many investors choose to work with a rental property manager so they can collect a regular income without being overwhelmed by the day-to-day tasks associated with managing the property. If you’re wondering how to choose the right rental property manager, you’ve come to the right place. The following tips will help you find the ideal manager that will help you maintain a profitable portfolio of rental properties.

Experience

First things first, you want to get a sense of a property manager’s experience before you hire them. Ideally, you are looking for an individual with experience managing similar types of properties. Do they manage single family homes, apartments, or commercial properties and what type of property are you intending to rent? Obviously, you want to find a good match between your property and your manager. In addition, you probably want to have an idea of how many properties a potential manager currently oversees. Not only do you want to know that your manager has adequate time to devote to your property, but also that they are active in the business.

Referrals and References

As you would likely do before hiring any professional, speak to colleagues, friends, and family about their experiences with property managers. Referrals are a great place to start when making a shortlist of potential candidates. Still, once you start meeting with property managers, also ask for references from current and/or past clients. You want to get a sense of their experience and skills from people who understand the property owner’s perspective.

Also, be prepared with a list of questions

  • How do you find tenants?
  • Describe your tenant screening process?
  • How many people are on your staff?
  • How do you handle building maintenance? Do you have in-house staff or is maintenance contracted?
  • Are your maintenance staff/contractors properly insured?
  • What are your fees?
  • How will you add value to my operation?
  • Sign a Contract

Finally, once you have chosen a property manager that meets your needs and budget, always be sure to sign a written agreement that includes the term and cost of management as well as the services that are included. In order to ensure effective management, you want your expectations clearly outlined in writing.

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Memphis Buy And Hold is┬áspecializing in locating, purchasing, renovating and managing single-family and multi-unit properties and possesses over 8 years of experience in real estate investing and property management in the Memphis and Nashville markets… Learn More…… www.memphisbuyandhold.com

The Purpose of Investing in Real Estate Should Be to Create Passive Income

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When investing in real estate there are many different avenues to choose from. When deciding which avenue is best for you, it’s important to consider the difference between passive-income generating avenues and earned or working-income generating avenues. In fact, in my opinion, understanding the difference between passive income and working income is one of the most important things to consider when investing in real estate.

Working Income vrs. Passive Income:

Working Income: Working Income is buying a house, fixing it, and then selling it for a profit. Or building a house then selling it for a profit. Or my favorite is buying a house, holding it (hoping it will appreciate in value, while losing money every month), then selling it.

Passive Income: The best way to understand passive income is to play Robert Kiyosaki’s board game, “Cash Flow 101.” To win (get out of the rat race), you have to get your monthly passive income to exceed your monthly expenses. It’s a real eye-opener. In his game, the quickest way to achieve this is purchasing cash flowing rental properties. Passive income is income that is earned without you doing the work to earn it. Rental income is a great avenue for passive income.

Here are a few reasons why investing in rental properties are an attractive avenue for investing in real estate:

Lower Taxes: Passive income is one of the lowest taxed forms of income, especially rental income. Uncle Sam likes that you’re providing affordable housing and is willing to cut you some slack on the taxes. When you buy, fix, and sell a property, that income is taxed as capital gains and you’re going to pay Uncle Sam 25-40%. Also, owning rental properties is a business, allowing you to write off operating expenses of your business.

Depreciation: This is a benefit often overlooked. Owning rental property provides a non-cash write off over the useful life of the property. Depreciation is defined as the loss in value of the property over time due to wear and tear, physical deterioration and age. Residential income property is depreciated over a 27.5 year period using straight line depreciation (or in other words, depreciated by equal amounts each year over its useful life). While your accountant will do the math, the point is, it’s a non-cash expense lowering you overall tax liability.

Time: Perhaps the best benefit of investing in turn-key rental properties is that it creates time. Remember, passive income creates time, working income takes time. The problem with working income, not only in real estate but in any business, is you have to keep working to make money. The whole reason why any of us get into real estate is for the life-style it can provide. To me, real estate is a means to and end. It doesn’t define who I am. But if done right, it provides time and money to be, do, and have everything I want in life. That’s what this is all about. While a measly $200/mo cash flow on a single family rental property doesn’t sound as sexy as flipping a house and making a quick $15,000, you have to look at the bigger picture.

For example; if you acquire 20 turn-key properties from Equity Services, LLC, each providing $200/mo cash flow, that would be $4,000/mo passive income. That money comes in while you’re eating, sleeping or surfing on the beach (we have a lot of Hawaiian investors)! Now there is some work you’ll have to do, unless you get someone else to do it. Someone has to walk to the mailbox to collect your checks! I get my kids to do it. (There’s more to it than that but you get the point). If 20 properties seems too hard to achieve, remember the old saying; “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” Well, how do you acquire 20 rental properties? One house at a time! We have one client, Mitch, who is buying his first rental property from Equity Services, LLC. His goal is 500 units in 3 years. Wow! He’s definitely caught the vision of passive income.

Equity Services, LLC = Turn Key

When we’re asked what it is we do, we often state that we sell “turn-key rental properties.” In fact, if you look at our company logo, you’ll see a house with a key. So what does turn-key mean? It means, we have a system in place to handle everything from acquiring the properties, to managing the renovations, to providing the tenants and everything in between. While there are many benefits to using Equity Services, LLC such as our houses are priced right, they have equity, etc., the real value we add is by saving you the time and energy to acquire solid cash-flowing properties. We have a strong relationship with the banks and purchase distressed properties at a discount. We renovate the properties to our high standards (we have rehabbed over 100 properties since 2007). The property manager handles filling the units and managing the tenants. As Timothy Ferriss states in his book, The 4 Hour Workweek, “Our goal isn’t to create a business that is as large as possible but rather a business that bothers us as little as possible.” We have developed a proven system that saves our investors their valuable time. Every now and then we run into the “do-it yourself” investors. We had one investor who gathered information from us, flew down to Michigan, and bought a house. He quickly found out that it wasn’t as easy as he thought, especially long distance. If anything, it helped him appreciate what we do.

Before you run out and quit your “working income” J.O.B., consider this; Keep your job but focus on building your passive-income empire. Use you earned income to invest in more passive income. Then as Robert Kiyosaki teaches in his book Rich Dad Poor Dad, once your passive income surpasses your expenses, you’re financially free. And remember, “profit is only profitable to the extent that you can use it. For that you need time.” (T. Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workweek)


Memphis Buy And Hold is┬áspecializing in locating, purchasing, renovating and managing single-family and multi-unit properties and possesses over 8 years of experience in real estate investing and property management in the Memphis and Nashville markets… Learn More…… www.memphisbuyandhold.com