Understanding Investment of Income Property

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Many investors find rental income property a good way to build wealth. As an investor, it is essential to have income producing properties as part of your portfolio. The idea of owning real estate is gaining popularity as investors tire of the stock market’s volatility. However, not everyone has what it takes to be a landlord. Correctly investing in rental income properties requires an effort to acquire knowledge which is crucial to your success. Don’t be completely dependent on so-called “experts” to make decisions for you. Remember, it’s your money, not theirs. Timing is a critical component because buying in an overheated market will require a bigger potential annual return to make up for that risk. You should also have a good idea regarding how long you plan to own a rental property. The longer you plan to own the property, the more you’ll probably need to invest in maintenance, repairs and improvements. A 20 year old property will require more money to maintain then a 5 year old property. Avoiding the expense of any major improvements will naturally result in a better investment.

Lenders and their requirements

During the last 25 years as a mortgage banker, my career has evolved around lending, underwriting and approving loans to potential clients. Lenders look at any loan as an investment and the stability of that investment and the applicant seeking financing to is part of that approval. Potential investors should understand what and how lenders look at applicants and what it means. The better your credit rating, the better the chance of having your loan approved. This translates into the less credit card and other consumer debt you have, the better your prospects for getting a decent loan. Lenders also look at the down payment towards the purchase. A bigger down payment is an indication of strength as a borrower and that is important. Lenders look favorably on a large down payment because they see you as an investor that has the resources and ability to save by properly and efficiently managing your finances since the default ratio on investment property tends to be higher. The amount of cash reserve left over after buying a property is as important as the initial down payment. Lenders need to approve the borrower as well as the investment property. Know that the property will be thoroughly scrutinized before approval is given. It is extremely important to understand the Debt Coverage Ratio (DCR). It is also known as (DSCR). Debt Service Cover Ratio is a widely used benchmark which measures an the income producing property’s ability to cover the monthly mortgage payments. A debt coverage ratio of 1 to 1 or 1.0 indicates that the income generated by a property is insufficient to cover the mortgage payments and operating expenses. A DCR of.95 indicates of a negative income. A property with a DCR of 1.25 generates 1.25 times as much annual income. Let’s use the DCR of 1.25 as an example. The property creates 25% more net operating income (NOI) than is required to cover the annual debt service. It is imperative to get a good interest rate as the interest rate has a direct impact on the DCR. Verify the current interest rate given by your local lender on a similar property prior to your purchase. Start asking you lender what they prefer to lend on in terms of the DCR and down payment. This step will alleviate most of your problems early in the process and allow you to present the proper offer to meet your lender’s requirement.

Overpaying

Keep in mind that profit is made when you purchase the property, not when you sell it. It is important to spend some time researching the property and the area in which you are interested in buying. The rental real estate market is generally tougher on investors who overpay for an income producing property. This is not an emotional purchase. Successful investors look strictly at the numbers to see if their investments will pay off. If you pay too much for a rental property, don’t count on getting bailed out by another fool. Some investors tend to use a single formula to analyze their purchase such as a gross multiplier (GM), Net Multiplier (NM) or cap rate (CR). Others try to estimate what the property could be worth after needed repairs and upgrades. All that is fine but it is really not enough. The truly successful investor examines all of these factors and more in order to make a correct calculation. A comprehensive assessment achieves the desired result: a clear picture of your investment.

Expense

Analyzing the expense of any income property is tedious and can be an inaccurate presentation. The national average operating expense in the US is approximately 40 to 45% plus or minus 2% which includes management fees, vacancy rate of 3 to 5%, operating expense, maintenance, property taxes, legal fees and so on. It is important to verify the information before you commit to the purchase of the property and all offers should be subject to proper verification and validation of the income and expense statement. If not properly verified, false information will skew the numbers and result in an incorrect analysis of the property. You also should know how repairs and improvements are treated for tax purposes. Understand that some improvements can also mean an addition to the amount you paid for the property to determine your tax basis when selling. The higher the basis, the lower your taxable profit. Any property income-expense statements prepared by the seller that typically show operating expense of around 30% or less is called the “Liar’s Statement”. An income property’s expense usually runs at 40% to 45% depending upon the age of the property. Many property buyers tend to ignore or overlook expenses such as vacancy, collection loss, managing the property (time that it takes you to manage the property has to have a value attached to it of about 6%), eviction fees, attorney cost replacement of capital such as ( water heaters, repairs, roofs), and other non common expenses. Utilize 40% to 45% as the percentage to use for calculating operating expenses, regardless of what the seller gives. Another option is to employ the percentage used by lenders in your area since it will probably be more accurate than the figures issued by the seller.

Inspection

Although property inspections are often thought of as being for owner-occupant purchasers of single-family homes, there is no reason not to use a home inspector, as well as other specialized inspectors, in the purchase of investment properties of all types. Such inspection will give you a better understanding of your potential investment. You should request a non biased third party to thoroughly inspect the property as part of your offer to purchase.

Conclusion

Determining whether a property is giving you a cash flow or not depends on several factors. The seller of a particular property is not going to give you something for nothing, Investigate your options and be ready for a great ride. Most investors use appreciation to get most of the return on an investment. However, this is not the whole picture. A positive cash flow remains a priority when investing in an income producing property. Sustaining a negative cash flow for an undetermined period of time is neither safe nor smart. If investors are willing to accept a negative cash flow, then they must have better reasons to justify the negative cash. Most properties that are purchased without proper analysis will have the exact opposite effect on your cash flow and your cash will be held hostage while trying to feed that rental property. Negative cash flow properties require constant support or else will turn on you quickly. Whether you can afford the financial drain of your well earned cash depends on your ability to generate cash somewhere else. If depreciation of asset is your need to acquire the asset please note that assets depreciation is not to avoid paying taxes but a merely a deferment of the tax obligation. Upon the liquidation of your assets, all appreciation will be added back to your capital gain tax bill. Even in this depressed economy, investors stand to make good buys and profit if they are armed with the knowledge of what it takes.

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Investment Criteria of a Beginning Real Estate Investor

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Focusing on property features alone is a quick way to the grave of your real estate career. I think this is an easy concept to grasp, but it does come up, so I wanted to share how I feel about what variables an investor should focus on to make solid buying decisions. Mistakes are made all the time by investors paying too much for a piece of real estate, but I would bet there are even more mistakes made when it comes to NOT buying a property they should. The old saying is, “the only real estate deals I regretted are the ones I didn’t do.” I am not sure I totally agree, but I understand the concept.

If you limit your criteria to property features, you will miss out on fantastic buying opportunities.

When I go to networking events, I often hear investors ask each other about their investment criteria. I cringe when I hear something like, “I am looking for 3 beds, 2 baths that will rent for $1,400 a month.” If I get an answer like that I will likely respond with, “What is wrong with something that is only 2 bedrooms that will rent for $1,500?” The normal response is a look of confusion or no response at all. Obviously there is a lot more to it than the bedrooms and bathrooms and even the price. What about location, HOAs fees, or deferred maintenance? What about the investor’s risk tolerance, potential for appreciation or potential to redevelop in the future?

When looking for deals, there are two points you might want to consider.

FOCUS ON PRICE AND VALUE

If you focus on property features you might miss a neighborhood that produces the financial outcome you are aiming for. I would much rather hear an investor explain their criteria as a return on investment, price to property value, or even a value play in a certain area. This is the criteria that focus on the financials. A skill as an investor should be to be good at coming up with a value (that could be based on resell value, cash flow, or other potential) and then deciding what you are willing to pay for that value. A fix and flip is a great example and is easy to analyze because there are very few factors. Rentals can be a bit more challenging because variables like; location, potential tenants, future vacancies, maintenance, future price changes, your short term and long term financing, management, and rent amounts all play a role in your decision. There are risks with all real estate deals, so you will want to understand those as you work towards the price you are willing to pay.

CONFORM TO AREA

This is not always necessary, but in most cases you will want to conform to the neighborhood. If you are looking for a condo in a building full of 2 bedroom condos, then buying a 2 bedroom condo would make since. If you are only considering buying 3 bedrooms, but you are looking in a 2 bedroom neighborhood, you will severely limit opportunities. In many cases bedrooms add little to no resell value, but that is not always true. A big opportunity exists if you can find a 1 or 2 bedroom house in a 3 bedroom neighborhood. By converting the house with fewer bedrooms to conform to the area, you should see a big upside. You should also see upsides when adding bedrooms to rental property, because it should increase cash flow. All of these opportunities could be missed if you are not open to looking at them. A strategy that I see some investors successfully implement is to first understand a certain neighborhood and get comfortable with the values and then search for discounted properties in that neighborhood. In this case, you will be searching for price to value not property features.

With all this said, a house that does not conform to the area could still be a good investment. Remember, all real estate has value and all real estate is a good buy for the right price.

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The Importance of Hiring a Property Management Company

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In this age of independence and mindset that one can manage on his own, it is inevitable that a property owner would think he will do fine on his own. Sure, you got tenants who at first, pay on time until gradually they won’t, some will breach the contract and lease terms, then they cause problems with the neighbors and other tenants, then slowly you will notice you are losing money and when you decide to evict the tenant, next thing you know, you have a lawsuit at your doorstep.

The reality is if you use the services of a professional property management company, not only do you have peace of mind, your investment is protected and the consistent cash flow you receive through rent can assist you to buy additional investment properties.

This is why you need the assistance of a property management company, but before that, we will determine the pointers on why it is important to hire one.

Determining the Worth of Your Property

The problem with inexperienced owners is that sometimes they get overwhelmed on how they price their property to the market: oversell and you have to deal with the high vacancy rate with no profit, undersell and you will realize you are slowly losing profit. This is where a property management company comes in, they will help you determine a balanced meal where you gain tenants and continue to rake in profit.

A property management company is also well-versed in marketing your property and placing ads where it will attract tenants. They will answer any inquiry and they know what entices a prospective tenant, therefore will help you point out some cosmetic improvements so that the tenants will feel that renting your property is worthy of their money.

Avoiding Major Problems with Tenants

Screening tenants would not be one of your problems anymore because the property management company will take care of it. They know too well how to check the background of the interested tenants, their criminal records, their relationship with previous property owners and if they have ever caused problems before. Think of it as helping you weed out the bad ones for a healthy and bountiful crop.

Collecting rents is the most common problem in renting out your property. When left to your own devices, having your tenants pay you on time will become a child’s play of hiding and seek between them and you as the property owner, certainly some tenants will tug at your heartstrings and gain your sympathy with the hope that you will let them get away with it. A property management company, however, will become the middleman who will ensure that the tenants abide by the lease terms and should understand that they are just doing their job for you, keeping your cash flow consistent.

Maintenance

When a tenant has reached the end of the contract, the grueling process of turnover will usually keep you busy as a property owner, but with a property management company by your side, that is another pile of stress that will be taken care of. Any deductions from the security deposit will be made and returned to the tenant, and the restoration process of repairing any damages, repainting, changing locks and cleaning the property would be done without getting your own hands dirty.

As a property management company, expect that they know the right people to contact should there be any problems with leaks, wiring, and plumbing experienced by the tenants and their dilemmas will be addressed promptly.

Saving Time and Money

A successful businessman knows that delegating tasks is key for a successful business so that one can have more time to deal with other business ventures. With almost everything being taken care of, it seems like the only thing left to do is to visit your property at a certain time interval and continue to rake in profit while having more time to spend it with your family, social life, other priorities, and investments.

IN CONCLUSION

Hiring a property management company takes care of the burden for you, especially if you are well aware that marketing, confronting tenants with late payments and handling maintenance are not your strongest points especially if managing your property is not the only priority you have in your busy life. Therefore delegating this task to a reliable property management company may just be one of the best decisions you have ever made.

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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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Finding a Down Payment for Your Real Estate Investment

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In order to meet their loan to value ratios (LTVs), nearly all lenders require borrowers to have some “skin in the game” or equity in each fix and flip project. How does a real estate investor who is just starting in the business or is tied up in another project obtain the down payment necessary to qualify for a hard money loan?

Friends and Family: A Logical Start

Friends and family are a great place to start when looking for help with money down. You know them, have a track record with them, may have worked with them before on other types of projects, and you have access to them to propose your deal.

Laying out your Proposal: Risks and Rewards

Before you approach friends and family, prepare a detailed analysis about the specific investment opportunity. Research the project thoroughly, and be very clear and honest about the pros, cons, and associated risks fix and flip success.

Next, devise a business plan that clearly articulates the time line, projected milestones, and budget of the project as well as the terms of the proposed partnership, joint venture or investor relationship you wish to enter into with them. Approach the entire process like the business relationship that it is.

Real estate partnerships offer your chosen family and friends the chance to invest money into your fix and flip project(s) in exchange for a designated ownership percentage. As equity partners or investors, your family and friends will have an opportunity to receive money that the property generates at closing. So, while they will be taking an investment risk, they will also be in a position to benefit from the sale of the property.

Partnership Considerations

  • Legalize your arrangement. This is a business partnership and should be structured as such. The most common way to structure these partnerships are as general partnerships, limited liability companies (LLC), limited partnerships or corporations. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in real estate partnerships can provide valuable information about the process and the best type of agreement for your situation.
  • Clearly establish the role of each partner or investor. For example, your friend or family member might contribute the cash needed to make the initial down payment and closing costs, while you will be responsible for securing the remaining funding, buying the property, and managing all of the construction. Alternatively, your partner may want to take a more active role in the day to day operations of the renovation. Spell this out clearly ahead of time.
  • If you choose to set up a partnership, determine the aspects of the deal that will be included in the partnership and split. As partners, your family and friends will be able to participate in all aspects of real estate property ownership. This will allow them to receive a designated ROI percentage that might include: property appreciation, loan paydown, cash flow, and monies from the sale of the property. Remember that the addition of your partner’s funds reduces the amount of your construction loans so that should be taken into account as well when determining what is included in the profit split.
  • Decide how the NET (profit or loss) will be split. Remember to include all costs when determining the profit (or loss): fees, refinancing costs and any appreciation. There are many different ways to split the profits, and not one right way. It all depends on how much money each party brings to the deal, how the work is divided, who takes the most risk, etc. Splits range from 50/50 to 80/20 based on the above factors and what the two parties agree to. The key is to decide and formalize the split ahead of time.
  • Outline terms for reporting the income (or loss) for tax purposes for each party.

Following the steps above gives your partnership the highest chance of success, which can be a foundation for many future successful real estate deals.

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Factors to Consider Before Buying a Property

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Everybody dreams of owning a house at one point of time. But possessing a house is no joke. It requires careful consideration and planning to make such a heavy investment. A lot many things have to be kept in mind before buying any property. The main concern is finance but there are so many other things that are directly related to it.

Here are some factors that should be considered before buying a property:

1) Stability of income: Doing well in your work and earning good money may excite you to buy property at the moment. But it is very important to analyze your financial condition before making any big purchase. How stable your job is at the moment, will your salary increase in some time, what are your other expenses and how safe is it to invest in an asset are some of the most important questions to answer. If you’re uncertain of your future income situation, then picking up a mortgage isn’t a really good idea at the moment. Wait for some time and save more money for down payment.

2) Credit Score: A credit score is a statistical number that depicts a person’s creditworthiness. Lenders use a credit score to evaluate the possibility of a person to repay his debts. It also determines the rate of interest at which the mortgage will be given if it gets approved by the bank or creditors.

3) Personal commitments: What are your personal goals? What expenses do you see in the near future? Are you getting married or planning a baby? What are the expenses that may delay your mortgage buying? All these events will incur heavy expenses and may delay your property buying task. Ask these questions to yourself and consult your dear ones before planning to take such a major step.

4) Real Estate scenario: What is the real estate trend in your area? Are the property prices going upwards or are in a stable state. If the prices have gone up, will your finances allow you to make that purchase? Some area of your city may be attracting a lot many builders hence the rate of property might be on an upsurge. If the prices are going down, you may be lucky in buying your desired property at affordable rate.

5) Expectations from the property: Buying a home may be for different purposes- it could be for your own use or may be your second home i.e. investment. Since investing in real estate is considered to be the safest bet, a lot many people buy homes and put it on rent to get returns. If you are buying it for your own purpose, you may prefer a specific locality or a specific area, but if buying for investment, you may overlook such points and just concentrate on buying a property that may suit your budget.

We are sure that once you have considered all these points, you will make the best deal. Property related issues are critical and sensitive and should be dealt with great concern.

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Tips on Investment Properties for Beginners

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When you have extra cash and want to invest it the best option is real estate because they have high returns. Although property prices in the short term may go up and down, they appreciate substantially in the long run. Investment properties are something that you can bank on as it will acquire value with the development of the areas in the vicinity of the property. There are risks that cannot be completely eliminated but if you do a thorough research and planning you can lessen the risks. If you are a beginner investor, investing in real estate can seem daunting at first. Here are some tips to help you make the right investment choice.

  • Know the range of options for real estate investment-you can invest in buying commercial properties, residential houses, apartments, condos, or land so you need to study which would be a better investment for you. There are many options so you will need to do your research to see which one will align with your future plans and stay within your budget.
  • Why investing-are you investing to buy to sell again for a profit or do you want to rent the investment property? If your investment properties are residential you can create a regular income by invent in rental properties. You can also be a “house flipper,” which is where you buy an older home, renovate them, and sell them for a profit. If you decide to invest in commercial property you can hold it until the prices go up and then sell it to make a good profit.
  • Location-when buying an investment property remember it is all about the location. The price of the property is largely a function of where it is located. Where the property is helps to decide the price range. Make sure that you research the price trends according to different locations before you buy investment properties.
  • Network with a real estate agent-they can make your job a lot easier finding the type of property you want to buy. When you network with real estate agents they can help point you toward investment properties that fit your plans. A real estate broker will handle the legal work that is involved with the sale and purchase of the property for you. They can also make an offer and negotiate for you.
  • Make financial arrangements-once you chosen the investment property you will need to arrange a mortgage to pay what your savings do not cover.

The most important thing to remember when buying investment properties is to do your research.

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