This man is Bijan Gorji, a real estate investor based in Sarasota, FL. Bijan is a special kind of investor though. Bijan invests solely in one asset class–one often overlooked by other real estate investors–residential condos.
Bijan believes that residential condos as an investment asset class have been an unfairly neglected market for too long. Where others see problems, Bijan sees potential… and it is paying off well for him. Since moving to Sarasota from California in 2012, Bijan and his wife have acquired a portfolio of over 35 residential condos with plans to continue investing in more residential condos. This episode, Bijan will discuss why he settled on residential condos as his chosen asset class and why it should appeal to investors from a financial standpoint along with providing a brief overview of Sarasota’s real estate investment market.
Pros of Investing in Residential Condos
Easy property-management compared with single-family
Low upkeep costs
Ability to self manage properties
Tenant profile allows fluid leasing
1-2 bedroom units to working professionals or grad students; no families
Tenant turnaround quicker
Buy-and-hold investment w/ monthly cashflow
Hands-on investing allows oversight over all facets of investment
Check HOA regulations for condo before investing
Find properties within driving distance if self-managing
Finding tenants is biggest issue with residential condos: list on Craigslist, Zillow, Hotpads, etc.
Huge amounts of construction (Multi-family and Single-family)
Rents steadily increasing across all sub-markets
Residential condos offered stable investment asset class
Commercial real estate investing is not the same thing as residential real estate investing. Just because both property types have four walls and a roof does not mean they have the same investment strategy. Commercial deals and contracts are subject to different regulations than residential properties. Residential real estate investors looking to invest in commercial real estate should be aware of the different facets of commercial deals and contracts.
Shawn Yesner, of Yesner Law Firm of Tampa, specializes in real estate law. After getting his start in real estate law representing lenders, Shawn began his own law firm in 2004 representing homeowners. Shawn has since expanded his firm to encompass all aspects of real estate law, representing property owners in a variety of legal processes. Shawn discusses some important points for investors to consider when completing commercial deals and contracts.
Residential real estate uses one contract template – FARBAR (FL Assos. of Realtors + FL Bar Assos.)
Attorneys specialized in commercial real estate should draft commercial contracts
Only clauses that meet buyer/seller agreement should be introduced
Make sure tenants are current on lease payments
Track lease deposits
Keep leasing contracts in same format
Tax-Deferred Opportunities (1031 Exchange)
Strict timelines and regulations to be aware of
Seek assistance from CPA or certified agent
Be able to prove constructive receipt of funds; don’t get stuck with tax liability
“As Is” Contracts
Seller should always disclose state of property
in FL, Johnson v Davis sets “as is” precedence: Seller must disclose anything material to purchase of property and/or anything that might not be found after a reasonable inspection
Buyers may choose to assign ownership of property to LLC or other business name
Contracts should hold original buyers liable
FL recently changed LLC laws
Sellers should be aware of who holds legal authority to make buying or selling descisions
Title companies can do bulk of research on this
A detailed contract should outline purchase agreements
Sellers should not leave any gray areas to argue incomplete agreements
Make sure you know your property’s zoning authorizations
Zoning can be changed, but make sure your property can accommodate changes
May pose big concern for environmental properties
Owners may be responsible for environmental factors that occurred prior to purchase
Buyers should complete phase I assessments of properties for any red flags during due diligence process
To contact Shawn for any real estate law needs, visit his website!
Shawn also hosts a podcast covering many legal topics in real estate investing and ownership. Check out Yesner Law Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite major podcast platform!
A sense of home can be a hard thing to find in an apartment. Real estate investors holding apartment complexes or other multifamily dwellings may find marketing their properties as desirable living spaces to prove difficult in media over-saturated with ineffective advertising and marketing strategies. The rise of social media has changed the face of marketing, with web-based marketing now offering a variety of platforms to deliver your property to potential residents. Some apartment complex investors and property managers are embracing these new platforms and initiating innovative and effective marketing campaigns directed at tenants looking for something more than just another apartment.
Melissa Meredith and Ana Maria Palermo have both grasped this shift and are using social media and other creative methods of marketing to produce appealing, effective marketing solutions for their clients. Melissa Meredith, of Marketing with Mel, works and lives in Tampa’s Channelside District. Melissa applies her innovative “360 approach” to create niche marketing strategies to grow her clients’ business. Ana Maria Palermo, property manager of Channelside’s SkyHouse luxury apartment complex, has built a strong community foundation for the residents by using social media and other creative methods to market to new tenants. This episode, find out how using social media and other creative methods of marketing your apartment complex or other investment property can improve your sales or lease rates.
Engage residents and tenants in interactive community-driven events
Pool party, art classes, residents’ night, yoga, cooking classes, etc.
Provide events free-of-charge to attendees as future investment for new business
Push through social media
Post original, independent content through various platforms
Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
Relatable content should stand out, should appeal to yourself as a consumer, capture essence of product/business
Take advantage of ‘viral media’
Post original, engaging content
Find common ground with readers, appeal to readers’ sensibilities
Comfort and Convenience
“Live, Work, Play” concept
Provide services/amenities to tenants that makes your property a comfortable, convenient home
car/bike-sharing programs (Zipcar); onsite retail spaces; cafés/bars; proximity to local attractions
Florida has its fair share of mobile homes. Whether providing seasonal residences or year-round affordable housing, mobile homes have become an ever-present property class in the Florida real estate market. Though they have been a historically neglected asset class, investing in mobile homes can provide strong, consistent returns. As markets in other asset classes become more competitive, mobile homes may be a rising hot market for investors.
John Fedro is one investor who discovered the opportunity in mobile home investing early on. After entering full-time real estate investing in 2002, John purchased his first mobile home in a park in Florida. He quickly saw the potential investing in mobile homes and after his first year had acquired 14 properties. In a virtually untapped market, John was able to develop an investment strategy exclusively for mobile homes that ensured strong returns. He has since expanded his portfolio to Texas and is actively sourcing deals in other states.
Mobile Home Investment Types
Private land mobile homes – longer to close, traditional sale of real estate;
Mobile homes in parks – categorized as personal property in most states, not subject to title issues/other typical
Mobile Home Parks
Little to no conventional lending; mainly cash deals
Dodd-Frank regulations do apply to mobile homes w/ financing
Mortgage loan originators can assist with compliance
Costs + Fees
Purchase for >$10k
Sell for <$25k on payments
Buyer repays minimum $300/month on property
Mobile homes in parks, buyer pays lot fees, utilities, possibly insurance
Buyers will usually do refurbs/improvements
Mobile homes in parks: Craigslist, driving through parks, talking w/ park managers
Mobile homes on private land: networking, direct-mailings, bandit signs, seller lists
Hot Florida Markets
Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Gainesville
Rural areas, small towns
Do multiple deals
Effective marketing strategies
At least 60 mile radius for investment market
Seek knowledgeable investor
Check out John’s website for even more information on successful investment strategies for mobile homes. John has free videos and a podcast where he covers tips for investing in mobile homes. Contact John directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of our past guests on the show have referenced the Jacksonville real estate market in their lists of rising, hot Florida markets. The area has been making a steady recovery since the economic recession and investors are taking notice. With a stable economic base and opportunity in a variety of asset classes, the Jacksonville real estate market has a lot to like for investors.
Maxwell Lee and Kelly Lei, of Glocal Network, know firsthand the appeal of the Jacksonville real estate market. Two years ago, Kelly and Maxwell both left traditional, W-2 income careers for a life in real estate investment and started Glocal Network, a real estate investment firm based out of Jacksonville. Though the company is young, they have a combined portfolio of individually owned and partnered investments of over 20 properties in a diverse collection of asset classes. Kelly’s brokerage and agent’s license combined with Maxwell’s hometown knowledge of the Jacksonville real estate market have established Glocal Network as a leading investor in the Jacksonville real estate market.
Jacksonville Real Estate Market
Large amounts of single family foreclosure properties still being released
40th largest metro in U.S., with strong growth potential
Strong single family markets: Riverside; Avondale; Springfield; San Marco
One of the downsides for real estate investorsbuying single family homes has always been the large amount of time and financial investment it takes to certify an asset. Buyers most conduct thorough due diligence to verify a property’s physical condition, legal standing and yield potential. Buying single family homes can be a stable financial option, but it requires a lot of personal commitment that some investors just can’t afford.
Roofstock may provide investors with a solution to this problem. This episode, RoofstockCEO Gary Beasley stops by to talk about the new platform that is changing the way investors are buying single family homes. By removing the stress and mess of the due diligence process, Roofstock can greatly decrease transaction fees and increase market fluidity by providing investors with a certified, reliable and transparent marketplace for buying single family rental homes. They are also proving that buying leased single family homes can be a greater asset than vacant singe family properties.
Launched in FL – Tampa, Orlando, Cape Coral, Jacksonville, Miami
Also Atlanta and California
Grow to 10+ markets in U.S.
3rd party valuation report, title report, property inspection, rent surveys, financial calculator est. returns based on several rental situations, vets tenants and property managers
Buyer freed from operational component of investing
Buyers able to rely on surety of data
Cheaper, More Effective than MLS
Roofstock – 2.5% transaction fee from sellers; .5% marketplace fee from buyers : MLS – 6% transaction fee
Standardized marketplace of available, leased single family homes
Investment fund opportunity
Recent launch of 100-property fund
Provides readily available market for investors in need of exchange property
To find out more about the great services Roofstock offers investors buying single family homes, check out their website! You can also contact Gary directly at email@example.com or the senior client adviser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful real estate investing requires knowing the terrain. Investors need to play the field and work hard to find the right deals. Florida real estate markets are garnering a lot of interest from investors and asset classes across the board are becoming more competitive. An investor starting out in single family can become full-time institutional real estate investor with strategic planning and a strong capital base.
Greg Williams, Co-founder and Principle at Cardinal Point Management of Tampa is a true testament to this fact. Greg was introduced to real estate investing out of college. After 4 years of experience building in a variety of asset classes as part of investment firms, Greg set his sights on becoming an institutional real estate investor in the Florida real estate market, focusing on. Though he started small, Greg aspired for larger more diverse deals. Bringing a competitive spirit and strategic approach, Greg maneuvered Florida’s real state industry and has become a success story as a leading institutional real estate investor.
Cardinal Point Management
Drawn to Tampa’s diverse commercial opportunity
Began small, raising capital through family and friends
Full-service development, management and brokerage investment firm
1st Institutional Lender Deal
Retail center, S. Tampa, 22k sqf, 95% occupancy
Purchased at $255/sqf on non-recourse loan through mortgage broker (Jermey Pino); 8.25-8.5% cap rate; $5.3 million total
Sold in March, 2016 for $10.6 million w/ 5.5% cap rate
Focus on geography
Knowledge of structuring deals in variety of asset classes
Eye on upcoming or forgotten markets
Outperformed by other asset classes in FL
Discount on replacement cost
Cash-flow during hold period
Path to grow NOI (Net Operating Income)
Focus on day-to-day
Build relationships, be transparent
Greg attributes his success as an institutional real estate investor to adopting his father’s hands-on business approach and his self determination and team-building background from competitive sports
Greg can be contacted with inquiries on deals, opportunities or advice on transitioning to a becoming an institutional real estate investor by visiting the Cardinal Point Management website
Real estate investors in Florida know that the market has seen a steadily increasing return to normalcy since it bottomed out in 2010. Asset classes of all types have been undergoing a resurgence as the market continues to correct itself. With investing outpacing development though, investors are seeing access to viable properties tightening up. Investors need to become more creative when finding deals and stay ahead of new trends arising.
David Beshears, head appraiser and owner of Beshears & Associates, has been appraising properties in Florida for over 20 years and he is very knowledgeable about the self storage market. John Miller, senior appraiser and realtor for Beshears & Associates, specializes in multifamily asset classes, having completed over 200 multifamily appraisals since 2008. This episode, David and John discuss where Florida markets are at, particularly in the multifamily and self storage market.
4% vacancy in Tampa area markets
Uptick in rental rates across sub-markets
High occupancy rates causing higher appreciation in Class B and C properties
Class A properties new builds at $2/sqf (Central Tampa Sub-market: Hyde Park, Westshore, Downtown Tampa, Davis Islands)
3300 units entitled to construction; 2200 scheduled for 2016 completion
Class A super properties arising in suburban markets (Riverview)
Luxury trend in new developments (zero-entry pools, state-of-the-art amenities)
No new builds for Class B and C properties
Cap Rates (Tampa): Class A: 4.5-5.25%; Class B: 5.25-5.75%; Class C: 6.5-9%
Value-add opportunities still available with focus on interior of units
Traditionally lag behind multifamily cap rates by 150-200 basis points
Self storage market similar to multifamily market
Subject to overbuilding in 3rd tier markets
12% of market owned by institutional investors
Value-add opportunity for private investors
Upgrade security and lighting
Cap rates: Class A: 5-7%; Class B: 7-9%; Class C: 9% and up
Major markets in need of new development
Opportunity for developers if they can find land
2-3 acres at $5-8/sqf is ideal
Beshears & Associates offers a newsletter providing an overview on a variety of asset classes in Florida, including the multifamily and self storage market. To check out their newsletter and to find out about the other services they offer, visit their website at www.beshears.net
Things 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
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
Development spreading into surrounding Miami
Little Havana, Wynwood, Coral Gables all seeing new projects
Real 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
Markets state-wide are saturated with work
Sub-contractors control velocity of development
Artificial inflation caused by over estimation of construction costs
Problems frequently arise due to lack of communication
Loss of face-to-face time and on-site meetings contribute to communication breakdown