Ep. 100 Gavin Welch: Improve Your Quality of Life by Shortening the Time You Spend on Your Investment Properties

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Full-time real estate investors know more than anyone that there are only so many hours in the day. Finding time to actively land new investments can be hard when its necessary to manage other investment properties. Maximizing time is one of the most valuable tools a real estate investor can have. Shortening the time you spend on your investment properties can greatly improve your quality of life as a real estate investor.

investment propertiesGavin Welch, an entrepreneurial real estate investor, knows just how precious his time is. With seven properties in his portfolio and work commencing on an apartment development, Gavin has a lot on his plate. With a goal in place of acquiring 25 investment properties, Gavin simply cannot afford to spend time on everyday property management concerns for each of his properties. He has implemented a method that allows him to attend to his current investment properties while providing himself enough flexibility to focus on his investment goals.

Limiting Time Spent on Investment Properties

  • Landlording on Auto-PilotMike Butler
  • Google Voice
    • provides automated information for tenants and clients to call in for property info and maintenance requests
  • Limited property showings
    • Schedule property showings and open houses for set days and times cuts down on time spent visiting investment properties
  • Auto pay system for tenants
    • Tenants pay automatically when monthly bill is due. Landlords and property owners don’t need to spend time tracking down payments
  • Passive Marketing
    • Bandit signs circulate property availability
    • Youtube videos provide property details and photos
  • Property Uniformity
    • Using the same materials and paints on all properties greatly reduces time on maintenance and up-keep

Gavin is currently in the market for viable single family investment properties in the Lakeland, FL area. Suitable fix-and-flips or rental property offers may contact Gavin through his website by going to the Contact Us page. Listeners should also check out Gavin’s own podcast, The Real Estate Loop for more investing advice.

Ep. 99 Phillip Smith and Jason Schaller: What You Need to Know About Multifamily Design and Amenities

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Apartment investing is undergoing a profound transformation in regards to multifamily design and amenities. The age of the shoe-box apartment is over. Changing climates in construction, social trends, economic growth and consumer demand have forced apartment investors and developers to re-examine what apartments could and should provide tenants. Apartment investors, whether they are refurbishing existing buildings or developing new complexes, are taking a drastically different approach to multifamily design and amenity provisions. This episode, we are fortunate to have two guests lending their insight and experience to the changing perceptions of what tenants want out of an apartment space.

multifamily design and amenitiesPhillip Smith is CEO of Framework Group, LLC, a multifamily development and construction group based out of Tampa, FL. Phillip oversees acquisition, design and development of multifamily communities. Currently, Framework Group has projects under construction in Tampa, Orlando and Sarasota, with projects under contract in Jacksonville. Framework Group’s goal is to provide multifamily communities with location and amenities that highlight and promote the urban lifestyle. By pushing the envelope of what makes a sensible investment to what meets with consumer demands, Framework Group has become a major figure in and development, offering full-service, high end apartments in Tampa and along the I-4 Corridor.

multifamily design and amenitiesJason Schaller is Managing Director of Property Management for McKinley. McKinley owns and operates a $4.6 billion real estate portfolio, 35,398 apt. units and 21 million SF of shopping centers and office centers around the country. The Michigan-based firm has a special interest in Florida’s I-4 Corridor with much of their Florida portfolio focused on it. Jason currently oversees Mckinley’s line of boutique apartment projects in Tampa, Mckinley | Hyde Park. Jason brings over 20 years of design and construction experience to multifamily design, refurbishing older and historic buildings and adapting them to suit the growing urban lifestyle.

Amenities

  • Reinforce and promote urban lifestyle
    • bike-share programs
    • Canoe, kayak, bike storage
    • Outdoor kitchens
    • Functioning communal spaces
    • Technological integration
  • Health and Wellness Focus
    • Hot/cold plunge pools and resistance pools vs. traditional pools
    • High-end exercise equipment
    • Classes, training courses: yoga, exercise, massages
  • Pet amenities
    • Green spaces
    • Grooming

Multifamily Design and Development

  • High-end finishing/fixtures
    • Quartz counter-tops
    • Rain-style shower-heads
    • Upgraded moldings
    • Wine glass racks
    • Kitchen storage
    • Stainless steel appliances
  • Individual feel
    • Corridor entrances
    • Lighted unit numbers
  • Space
    • High ceilings
    • Larger rooms
  • Décor
    • Natural finishes
    • Authentic colors and textures

If you are a building owner in the Tampa area and you think it might make a great addition to the McKinley | Hyde Park portfolio, visit the Principal to Principal contact page on their website. To find out more about becoming a resident at a McKinley | Hyde Park project, visit the Apartments page on their website for more information.

Framework Group, LLC provides general contracting services and selective development consulting in addition to project development and construction. To find out more about current and upcoming projects along with services offered, visit their website.

 

Ep. 98 Adrian Smude: Landlord Tales – One Method of Creating Distance between You and Your Tenants

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landlord talesThe sob-stories; the hard-luck-tales; the down-and-out pleas. There are many reasons tenants might ply a landlord for a special leniency or exemption. Whether these are legitimate reasons or or not, landlords and property managers can end up assuming a lot of extra stress on a property by allowing tenants to take advantage of a situation through emotion. Sometimes, the hardest thing for investors who manage their own properties to do is tell their tenant “no”. It is easy to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, but at what point can empathy hurt your investment? Real estate investors need to know how to keep tenant turmoil at arm’s length when it comes to the viability of an investment.

Adrian Smude may know better than any the importance of managing interaction with tenants. As an investor in single family residential properties in and around Plant City, FL, Adrian has experienced the short-comings of allowing tenants unchecked leniency. Adrian’s start in single family residential investing stems from an unpleasant tenant/landlord experience: eviction. After being evicted from a rental house in college, Adrian ended up purchasing his own single family property and converted into a multi-tenant rental. Wary of the poor experience he had as a tenant, Adrian opted towards a more empathetic approach to landlording. Eventually, he found his tenants abusing their privilege. Adrian had to find a way to separate himself from thinking like a tenant and more as a landlord. Adrian adopted a system that put distance between himself and his tenants while avoiding the hard-line approach. Join us for the first episode of “Landlord Tales” as we discuss holding rental properties in a land trust.

  • Land Trust
    • Property placed in name of land trust. Property owners can designate themselves as trustee, separate from beneficiary
    • Managing property and tenants becomes easier by separating function as landlord from property owner
    • Adrian learned this method from veteran local investors Jack Shea, Larry Harbolt and Mike Warda

Adrian is actively in the market for single family residential properties and mobile homes of up to $120k in areas around Hillsborough County and Polk County, including Brandon, Plant City, Lakeland and Winter Haven. If you believe you may have a potential investment opportunity, contact Adrian at (813) 720-7874.

Sandra Adomatis: Energy and Sustainability Initiatives to Increase Your Bottom Line

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sustainabilityCommercial real estate investors and developers know the term: “Green”. In Florida, it seems that “green” is the phantom criteria for real estate: many have heard of it, few have seen it. The term brings to mind vague notions of sustainability and energy efficiency, but what exactly is it? What is the merit in “going green”? As an effort to shift toward sustainability becomes a rising trend in the nation, Florida continues to lag behind as commercial developers and investors grapple with the nebulous nature of sustainability and green construction.

Sandra Adomatis, SRA, and LEED green associate is an appraiser with a focus on green initiatives and sustainability in real estate. Based out of Punta Gorda, Florida, Sandra has over 25 years of experience in real estate appraisal in the state of Florida. Sandra is a green valuation expert for the Appraisal Institute. Through course development, seminars and literature, Sandra has been helping commercial real estate investors integrate sustainability and energy efficiency into their investments.

  • 6 Elements of a True Green Building
    • Site orientation
    • Water efficiency
      • Low-flow plumbing, greywater recycling, rain barrels/cisterns, energy star rated washing appliances
    • Energy efficiency
    • Environmentally-friendly materials
    • Clean air circulation
    • Operations & maintenance
  • Adapting Existing Structures
    • Lighting
    • Heating/cooling
    • Insulation
  • Energy Modeler/building scientist
    • Assess what existing structures can handle for energy and sustainability adaptations
    • Calcs-Plus (Florida)
  • Green building investment appeal
    • Low-interest, flexible financing exclusive to green buildings
    • Cost-saving on appliances and utilities
    • 2-10% sale premiums vs. traditional structures
  • Resources and Info

To find out more about sustainability options or for appraisal services, visit Susan’s website or email her at adomatis@hotmail.com

Ep. 96 Jillian Bandes: Making a Complex First Invest in Small Multifamily

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multifamily investListeners of the show will remember Jillian Bandes who, in episode 74, discussed what real estate investors should consider about building structure when looking at commercial multifamily investing. The project manager for Bandes Construction covered 6 hot topics on building structure and maintenance that investors should be aware of with commercial multifamily properties.

In this episode, we discuss Jillian’s first investment property….a single family home with an ajacent rental apartment.  She discusses razing the property, dealing with the local code and building officials and her plans on whether to rent the units or live in one and rent the remainder.  The property was purchased through a foreclosure and we cover the online methods now employed by Pinellas County.  Not only is this project about a potential home and investment, but Jillian is  passionate about blazing the trail for urban renewal and redevelopment in St Petersburg’s core and her unit is in the heart of a rapidly changing area.

  • Residential property permitting and zoning regulations differ from commercial properties
  • Property location
    • Choose property in an area you are familiar with
    • Walk surrounding neighborhood
  • If investment property, define target rental market
  • Due-diligence
    • If foreclosure property, know state of title (liens)
    • What is the property zoned for? Is property up to code? Accessory buildings permitted?
  • Work with local and municipal officials
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Undergoing immense urban growth period
    • Investors need accessibility to invest in properties with potential for redevelopment/renewal
    • South St. Pete offers development opportunity and reasonable prices w/ proximity to cultural amenities

Jillian extends a big thank you to Carlyn Neuman of Tampa’s 360 Realty for helping to navigate online foreclosure bidding as well as to Katrina Trump of Bank of Tampa, for assisting with securing financing.

 

Ep. 95 Bijan Gorji: Making Money with Residential Condos

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investing in residential condosWho is this man and why is he smiling?

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
  • Investing Tips
    • 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.
  • Sarasota Market
    • Huge amounts of construction (Multi-family and Single-family)
    • Rents steadily increasing across all sub-markets
  • Inspiration

If you think you have an investment deal or if you have more questions about how to make money investing in residential condos, contact Bijan directly by email at bgorji@gorjillc.com

Ep. 94 Shawn Yesner: 10 Important Items You Will Want to Know About Commercial Deals and Contracts

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commercial real estate deals and contractsCommercial 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.

  • 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
  • Tenant Leases
    • 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
  • Assignments
    • Buyers may choose to assign ownership of property to LLC or other business name
    • Contracts should hold original buyers liable
  • Buy/Sell Authority
    • 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
  • Incomplete Agreements
    • A detailed contract should outline purchase agreements
    • Sellers should not leave any gray areas to argue incomplete agreements
  • Zoning
    • Make sure you know your property’s zoning authorizations
    • Zoning can be changed, but make sure your property can accommodate changes
  • Environmental Issues
    • 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!

Ep. 93: Using Social Media and Other Creative Methods to Market Your Apartment Complex

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using social media and creative methods of marketing your apartment complex marketing your apartment complex creativelyA 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.

  • Building Community
    • 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
  • 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’
  • Blogging
    • 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

To find out more about SkyHouse luxury apartments: @skyhousechannelside or #skyhousemyhouse

To find out more about the services offered by Marketing with Mel: https://marketingwmel.com/ or @marketingwmel

Ep. 92 John Fedro: Using Mobile Homes to Get Started Investing in Florida Real Estate

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mobile home investingFlorida 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
  • Financing
    • Little to no conventional lending; mainly cash deals
    • Seller financing
    • 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
  • Move-in ready
    • Buyers will usually do refurbs/improvements
  • Marketing
    • 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
    • Panhandle
  • Investment Tips
    • 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 support@mobilehomeinvesting.net

Ep. 91 – Talking the Jacksonville Real Estate Market

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Jacksonville Real Estate MarketMany 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
      • Murray Hill: Up-and-coming secondary market
    • Rent hikes in prime markets (Riverside, Avondale)
    • Ep. 84 – Daren Blomquist: Which Florida Markets are Hot?
  • Glocal Network
    • “Opportunity Investors” – invest in variety of asset classes
    • +20 properties in portfolio
      • Mainly single family, but also retail and multi family
    • Deals financed privately, no institutional loans
      • Glocal invests 25%, investor(s) contribute remaining
      • Preferred percentage deal on returns
      • Average single family turnkey property costs: $90k, all in
  • Investment Tips
    • Want to invest? Buy a property, start small
    • Take advantage of the current low interest rates
    • Learn from experience
    • Know your market
    • Find a mentor or network
  • Inspiration/Support
    • Kelly’s family instilled a determined and practical mindset regarding real estate investing
    • Maxwell and Kelly found BiggerPockets instrumental in investing advice and establishing a strong local investment network

Kelly and Maxwell can be contacted with an opportunity to work with Glocal Network in the Jacksonville real estate market or for investing advice by email at glocaljax@gmail.com