Ep 87 Tom Blazejack: Miami Real Estate Market Overview

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business-portraits-009Things are happening in the Miami real estate market… Well things are always happening in the Miami real estate market, but BIG things are happening right now. Miami has long been the focal point for real estate investors due to the density and scale of development and the investment opportunity for a variety of asset classes. Real estate investors all over Florida have looked towards the Miami real estate market as a forecast for current and future conditions throughout the state.

Tom Blazejack, of Blazejack & Company knows all of the ins and outs of the Miami real estate market. In addition to nearly 40 years’ experience as a real estate appraiser and analyst, Tom is also a native of Miami. Tom’s extensive appraisal knowledge of commercial and residential properties and intimate knowledge of the Miami real estate market make his consultation highly sought after by investors. This episode, Tom gives us an overview of the Miami real estate market, including development highlights and what investors should expect.

Miami Real Estate Market

  • 2011 purchase of Miami Herald building for $236 million marks return of market
  • Foreign investment and cash-heavy market
    • Foreign investors seeking stable properties to invest cash
  • Development spikes
    • New deposit requirements for investors and developers insures accountability
    • Lenders alleviating construction loan costs for developers
    • Projects moving quicker
  • Land price increases
    • Miami seeing $200-300/sqf on new commercial developments but even as high as $3000 in some prime locations
    • Residential continues to increase… up to $3/sqf in best projects
  • Emerging Markets
    • Development spreading into surrounding Miami
      • Little Havana, Wynwood, Coral Gables all seeing new projects
  • Major Projects

To contact Tom with for an appraisal consultation or for further analysis of the Miami real estate market visit his website. He can also be emailed at tom@blazejack.com

Ep. 86 Jonathan Moore: You Will Want to Know These Real Estate Development Hot Points!

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Real Estate DevelopmentReal estate development in Florida is currently in great demand. With real estate investors turning towards ground-up real estate development as an increasingly more viable means of investing, new projects are springing up state-wide. However, with increased pressure on real estate development and a construction workforce stretched thin, it is important to keep in mind key points if looking into real estate development as an investment goal.

Jonathan Moore, AIA is president and founder of InVision Advisors. His firm offers owner’s representation and project consulting services for owners and investors, architects and contractors during real estate development. As owner’s representatives, InVision Advisors takes a comprehensive approach to real estate development deals handling day-to-day and overall project oversight. As an experienced architect, Jonathan brings a unique insight to his knowledge of the real estate development industry. This episode, Jonathan discusses hot points for investors to know about real estate development.

 7 Real Estate Development Hot Points

  • Sub-contractors
    • Markets state-wide are saturated with work
    • Sub-contractors control velocity of development
    • Artificial inflation caused by over estimation of construction costs
  • Communication
    • Problems frequently arise due to lack of communication
    • Loss of face-to-face time and on-site meetings contribute to communication breakdown
  • Land Quality
  • Construction Quality
    • Large loss of construction force from mid-2000s recession
    • Current construction force stretched thin over spike in development
  • Unrealistic Project Expectations
    • Make sure all involved parties are in agreement over project deadlines
  • Scheduling
    • Scheduling oversights complicate and potentially ruin deals
  • Mitigating risks
    • All real estate development deals have inherent risks
    • Hold parties accountable for actions
    • Thoroughly research deal
    • Partner or work with experienced real estate development investors

To contact Jonathan about the services offered by InVision Advisors or to discuss more about real estate development, visit www.invisionadvisors.com or call 813-784-3146

Ep. 85 Eric Black: Tips for Out of State Real Estate Investors

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out of state real estate investorsReal estate investors know that Florida’s real estate markets are tightening up. As the demand begins to outweigh supply, real estate investors are having to become much more diligent in their property searches. This is especially true for out of state real estate investors looking for Florida properties. Out of state real estate investors must not only know their desired market, but also how to acquire and execute deals from a remote location. How can out of state real estate investors keep track of the Florida markets?

This episode, we speak with Eric Black. Eric is an investor based out of California who has owned properties in several different states, including Florida (Brevard County). Eric’s position is a unique one in that real estate investing is currently ancillary to his full-time job in the technology industry. With the ultimate goal of a transition towards full-time real estate investing, Eric has adopted an interesting perspective on real estate investing that may be helpful for other out of state real estate investors. This episode, Eric discusses how he handles a full-time job along with being an out of state real estate investor and shares tips for others.

Tips for Out of State Real Estate Investors Looking for Properties

  • Adopt Marketing and Search Strategies
    • Build local network to market your investment goals and aid in property search (realtors, contractors, developers, investors, financiers, etc.)
    • Direct mailings
  • Know Your Market
    • Best to visit your desired market area with a knowledgeable local contact
    • Statistics and data research
    • Google Maps/Google Earth
  • Have Effective Property Management
    • Property management benchmarks: vacancy turnarounds, communication with owner
  • Helpful Tools for Investors
    • Find a mentor or follow someone who has found success in your desired market
    • Rich Dad Poor Dad, by: Robert Kiyosaki

Also discussed in this podcast are past episodes that could be relevant to out of State investors:

http://investfloridashow.com/ep-84-daren-blomquist-florida-markets-hot/

http://investfloridashow.com/ep-83-eric-nathanson-winning-strategies-bidding-foreclosures-broward-palm-beach/

For any out of state real estate investors who would like to contact Eric to discuss more about his investing strategies and goals, email him at: emblack@gmail.com

**  Special thanks to Nicole Valentin for making a guest referral to our show. Check her out at http://www.nvadvertising.com/.

Ep. 84 Daren Blomquist: Which Florida Markets are Hot? Which are not?

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headshot_daren_blomquistReal estate investors always keep an eye on Florida real estate markets. Not only does the state serve as a national indicator of market trends, but Florida also represents a major real estate market in itself. Despite ups and downs, Florida has remained an appealing market for investors. Investors must stay on top of changing market trends and know what the hot Florida markets are as well as the ones that aren’t.

Listeners may recognize Daren Blomquist from his previous appearance on the show. Daren is senior Vice President of RealtyTrac, a nationwide real estate data analysis firm, providing real estate professionals in-depth and up-to-date information and research on a variety of markets. This episode Daren discusses the changing face of Florida real estate as he covers some hot Florida markets emerging as well as ones that are winding down.

  • Florida market in strong recovery, but not at previous peak
    • 52 consecutive months of year-over-year increases in home appreciation
    • 12% in  appreciation since April
    • Successful transition from cash-buyers to FHA financing
      • 26% increase in FHA financing
      • 11% decrease in cash purchases
  • Foreclosures still lead, but in decline
    • 11 month decrease in foreclosures
    • 10% increase in flips statewide
      1. Deltona, Daytona Beach, Ormond – 49% y-o-y
      2. Tampa – 11%
    • Jacksonville – hot flipping market and highest gross returns on flips
  • Home appreciations on the rise
    • Cape Coral and Punta Gorda lead state, though seeing decrease in flips
  • Affordability remains market concern
    • Home appreciations are outpacing wage growth
    • Affordability index of 100 or above is normal; below 100 is less affordable
      • Cape Coral – 100
      • Punta Gorda – 100
      • Naples – 102
  • Institutional buyers in decline, but still active
    1. Jacksonville
    2. Pensacola
    3. Tampa
    4. Ocala
    5. Lakeland

Investors and listeners can find out more about current, local affordability index data by visiting www.realtytrac.com/news

For those who want to learn more about the hot Florida markets and the premium service packages offered by RealtyTrac, visit their website and subscribe! Listeners to the Invest Florida Show are eligible for a discount on subscription. To find out more about this offer, contact marketing@realtytrac.com or call 888-408-4396.

 

Ep. 83 Eric Nathanson: Winning Strategies for Bidding on Foreclosures in Broward & Palm Beach

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39134_469261331200_3956131_nFlorida was hit hard following the real estate crash in the mid 2000s. As the market began to return, real estate investors saw the foreclosure market as a well-spring of opportunity and many took advantage of the asset class. However, as real estate markets have rebounded, foreclosure markets have begun to dry up. Investors have found it increasingly difficult to find successful strategies for bidding on foreclosures.

Our guest this show has been buying and selling foreclosure properties since the late 1990s. Focusing solely on Broward and Palm Beach counties, Eric Nathanson has developed successful strategies for bidding on foreclosures and has earned a leading reputation in South Florida’s foreclosure real estate markets. Eric is co-founder of Bidologist.com, a third-party turnkey investment company offering investors bidding on foreclosures a single source for investment solutions. This episode, Eric discusses the current trend in South Florida’s foreclosure markets as well as strategies for investors bidding on foreclosures.

  • Broward and Palm Beach Foreclosure Markets
    • Majority of real estate markets returning to pre-crash point
    • Large foreign investment/flight capital base
      • China, Brazil, Venezuela, Russia
    • FC supply thinning
      • Investors no longer able to cherry-pick from select areas
      • Must cast wider net to suit investment goals
      • Online bidding
        • Easier for investors to gather info on properties
        • Bidding pool expanded internationally
        • Bank has option to hide bid, making bidding more selective
      • Likelihood of future foreclosure markets slim
        • Financing regulations much stricter
        • Cash-laden market
    • Possible market for investors who can afford to purchase condos with rental restrictions and wait them out
    • 5% down required for bidding on foreclosures
  • Bidologist.com
    • Turn-key investment solutions for investors bidding on foreclosures
    • Personal relationship with clients
      • Strategies suit individual investor goals
      • Fees based on volume, property value, etc.
    • Handles due diligence
      • Preliminary and full title searches, property inspections

For any further questions regarding strategies for bidding on foreclosures, contact Eric by phone: 954-735-4000 or by email: info@bidologist.com

To find out more about the services offered by Bidologist.com, visit their website!

 

 

 

 

 

Ep. 82 Mark Nathwani: Just Do It! Real Estate Investing

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AAEAAQAAAAAAAAAmAAAAJGU2ZDRjNTU3LTY0N2YtNDRlMC1iMjFmLTI3ZTZkZDJiMzc4OQNobody said real estate investing was an easy business. Aside from the hard numbers and financial side, commercial and residential real estate investing requires dedication and perseverance from investors and a certain ability to thrive under pressure. For many, these pressures prove too great of obstacles to find success as real estate investors. Invest Florida Show aims to provide its listeners of all investment levels with the tools and resources necessary to make actionable investment decisions. In addition to providing educational resources to our listeners, we also want to inspire would-be investors to make the first big step and invest!

This episode our guest is all about inspiration. Mark Nathwani is a real estate investing specialist and international entrepreneur. Mark has assisted in the growth and development of many businesses and currently serves as CEO of RAMS Real Estate Holdings, a U.S./U.K. based firm focusing on foreclosure properties and other sensible Florida real estate markets. Above all else, Mark believes the first step is the biggest one: want to get into real estate investing? Just do it!

Mark’s Tips for Beginning Investors:

  • Single-Family Residential
    • SFR properties are relatively stable, secure markets for those looking to begin real estate investing
    • Florida has many strong SFR markets:
      • Tampa, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Orlando
  • Investment Strategies
    • Tailor strategy to investment type:
      • Fix-and-flip, wholesales, holds
    • Invest based on yield as opposed to price and valuation
      • Yield is generally higher in complicated markets i.e. low-income housing
    • Choose a market and apply strategies that suit that market, don’t cherry-pick strategies from other real estate markets
    • Cast a wide net to find deals
      • Brokers, letters, bandit signs, banks, etc.
    • Never lose confidence in your deal!

To contact Mark with any potential investment opportunities or to find out more about his real estate investing services, visit his website!

Ep. 81 David Campbell: Buying Notes Can Be a Great Way to Invest in Real Estate

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david-campbell-blog-photo-200x300Normally, our episodes focus on making strong, equitable real estate investments but as investors feel the restraints of a tightening lending market, they are looking for alternative financing options. Mortgage notes represent a secure and a stable income market. Buying and selling mortgage papers can yield sizable returns that can supplement an investor’s income-base.

David Campbell is a jack-of-all-trades in real estate investing. He is an experienced real estate investor and developer, he handles property management, and he buys and sells mortgage notes and offers private financing options. David, who made the transition from high school band director to real estate investor in 2001, began buying and selling mortgage papers in 2012 and has manged an increasingly profitable debt portfolio since. This episode, David discusses his multi-transitional career in real estate and how buying mortgage notes can be a great way to invest in real estate.

  • Market demands alternative financing options
  • Private lenders + Seller financing
    • Self-Directed IRAs – about 60% of alt. lending market
    • Used for non tax-efficient assets like mortgage notes
  • A significant mortgage/debt portfolio can be stable and lucrative income-base
    1. Happy to make $ on deal by end term?
    2. Deal still profitable w/ out loan payment?
    3. Predatory loan claims risks?
  • Mortgage notes and Dodd-Frank
    • Work with Registered Loan Mortgage Originator – creates ‘Qualified Mortgage’ papers
    • Loan can be guaranteed against inconsistencies with Dodd-Frank regulations
  • Ensure notes are good before buying
    • Borrowers – debt-to income ratio 45% or lower; no higher than 6.5% above average prime offer rate; 15 + 30 year terms (9.5% rates)

David’s website www.hasslefreecashflowinvesting.com is loaded with materials and resources for real estate investing, development and financing. Visitors can find out more about David’s enterprises as well as check out his blog for even more information! For other inquiries, David can be reached directly by email: david@hasslefreecashflowinvesting.com

Ep. 80 Cuban Immigrants – Coming to America & Discovering Real Estate Part 2 of 2

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AR-150819374“Inventar”: last episode, we were introduced to this phrase by our guests, Josue Romero and Juan Nunez. The hardships faced in Cuba as young men and as immigrants to Florida instilled in them an invaluable determination to thrive and to make the best out of any situation given – to invent success out of nothing through hard work. This episode, we learn how Juan and Josue applied these principles to Florida real estate as we trace their success stories from their introduction into the real estate industry to where they are today.

Josue was introduced to the financial side of real estate in 2009, at the peak of the financial crisis that crippled Florida’s real estate markets. We learn how he was able to find success as a mortgage broker despite the dire state of real estate financing. Juan, with Josue as his mentor, entered the investment side in 2011 and quickly found success in the single-family residential markets fixing and flipping. Together, Juan and Josue formed a dynamic, cooperative relationship founded on principles of hard work and perseverance and are now leaders in Florida’s single-family markets. Josue is the owner of MyLendingHub.com, a mortgage calculator website and Juan is owner of Zenun Enterprises, a real estate investment firm. This episode, they discuss their approach to lending and investing as well as the current state of Florida and Hillsborough’s real estate markets.

  • Focused on Single-Family Markets
    • Majority fix-and-flip deals
    • Emerging in development and construction
  • Hot Hillsborough SFR Markets
    • Carrollwood
    • Citrus Park
    • Town ‘n’ Country
    • Northdale
  • Appreciations not really a problem for next couple years, but investor pool diminishing
  • Lending markets moving from FHA to conventional institutions (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac)
    • 3% down for qualified investors and lower premiums than FHA
  • Tips for Investors
    • Focus on single market and expand only after well-established
    • Large portfolios are difficult to manage alone
    • Have a team; network with agents and brokers
    • Due diligence is key
    • Stay in budget

For lending inquiries or solutions, contact Josue by phone – (813) 802-6970 or visit www.mylendinghub.com

For any investment inquiries or potential investment opportunities, contact Juan by phone – (813) 766-2959

Ep. 79 Cuban Immigrants – Coming to America & Discovering Real Estate pt. 1 of 2

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AR-150519874Cuba. The island nation of roughly 11 million situated 90 miles south of Florida has, for decades, cast a large shadow over its continental neighbor. The U.S., especially Florida, has had a profound and diverse history with Cuba. Cubans and Cuban-Americans have played a nominal role in shaping Florida’s commercial landscape as well as cultural backdrop, with Tampa and Miami representing two major pockets of Cuban heritage and influence. This episode may be a bit of a departure from our typical shows, but as bilateral relations between the two countries progress, both Cuba and U.S. industries anticipate a major developmental boom that has real estate investors watching closely. This special episode will be represented in two parts with our guests sharing both some personal stories of their immigration into the U.S. as well as their involvement in Florida’s real estate markets.

Josue Romero is a mortgage broker serving as owner of My Lending Hub, a mortgage brokerage service company based in Tampa, Florida. Juan Nunez is a real estate investor in Tampa and currently owns and operates Zenun Enterprises, an investment firm focusing mainly on single-family markets. In 1999, Josue and Juan both arrived in Florida with their families seeking asylum. At the time, Cuba was in dire straits. Though the boys were young at the time, their families knew all too well the devastating effect of the ‘Special Period’ on Cuban welfare. When their families reached Tampa, they set about cementing the American dream as a reality with little more than resilience and hard-work. Despite its status as a Communist country since 1959, the Cuban disposition has always been innately capitalistic. Through their stories, Josue and Juan will introduce us to the concept of Inventar – the wholly Cuban approach to making something from nothing. We will learn how this unique ability and ingenuity lead to such a fluid and fruitful transition into mastering Florida real estate markets.

 

 

Ep. 78 Ray Altieri III: Don’t Get Burned When Making an Insurance Claim on an Investment Property!

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altieritranslogo380x140Investors want to know that their properties are insured against any unforeseen damages. The last thing a real estate investor wants to do in the event of an emergency is argue with their insurance company over an insurance claim. Insurance companies are a business and all businesses look towards minimizing costs. If damages occur, most insurance companies will attempt to mitigate costs on an insurance claim in order to avoid costly expenses, but this can hurt investors trying to recoup loss of income on a property.

Ray Altieri III is Vice President of Business Development for Altieri Transco American Claims Corporation. Together with his company, Ray strives to ensure that insurance policyholders receive proper payment in the event of an insurance claim. As public adjusters, Altieri Transco represents insurance policyholders throughout a claim to guarantee that they receive proper recompense from insurance companies. This episode Ray discusses how investors can avoid getting burned when making an insurance claim on an investment property.

  • When to Get a Public Claims Adjuster?
    • A.S.A.P – A Public adjuster should be brought in on a claim as soon as possible to build an accurate cost for coverage from the ground-up. Adjusters for insurance companies will attempt to minimize costs for coverage
  • How Are Public Adjusters Compensated?
    • Typically, public insurance claim adjusters receive a percentage of the overall settlement, usually 10%
  • Tips for Investors
    • Insurance Applications – Investors should be aware of the information entered into insurance applications. Incorrect or missing information may result in a voided insurance claim
    • Emergency Services – Costs for emergency services on an insurance claim are not paid by insurance companies, they are paid by the policyholders. Investors should understand these costs and how they affect coverage on a claim

For more insurance claim information or to find out more about Ray’s services visit Altieri Transco’s website at www.altieritransco.com or you can reach Ray by phone:

Personal: 813-695-8718

Office: 813-247-8757