Ep. 52 – Real Estate Development is a Big Part of All Aboard Florida Rail Project

Don’t miss a single show!

Get the Invest Florida Show Mobile App! Click here—-> Apple Android

john_guitar_final_3-24-2015For those who haven’t heard, All Aboard Florida is a high-speed rail project connecting Miami and Orlando via Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The project is slated for public use in 2017.

The project will have a major impact on transit in South Florida and Central Florida. The rail project will also have a profound effect on real estate development in the state. John Guitar, Senior V.P. of Business Development discusses All Aboard Florida’s interests in stations and transit-oriented real estate development.

  • 4 million sq. ft. rail transit
    • Miami
    • Orlando
    • Ft. Lauderdale
    • West Palm Beach
  • Utilizing privately owned space in F.E.C. “Flagler Corridor”
  • High-speed Transit
    • 79-110 mph
    • 125 mph (with no grade crossings)
  • Miami
    1. Retail
      1. 200k sq. ft. real estate development for Downtown Miami Station
      2. Servicing local and commuter traffic
    2. Office
      1. 2 Developments planned: 200k sq. ft. & 100k sq. ft.
      2. Accessible locations for commuters
  • Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach
    • Several retail and residential plans in works for future development

To contact John with questions regarding All Aboard Florida’s real estate development and leasing opportunities or to find out more about the project visit the project website www.allaboardflorida.com


All Aboard Florida – Economic Story


Ep. 51 Joe Fairless: Transitioning From Single-Family to Multi-Family with Creative Equity

Don’t miss a single show!

Get the Invest Florida Show Mobile App! Click here—-> Apple Android

jf-homepage2Joe Fairless bought his first single-family investment properties in his home state of Texas after leaving a successful, but unrewarding career in advertising. After finding that multi-family investing offered greater returns and less inventory, he began making the transition to multi-family investing.

His first deal was managed through unconventional measures. Lacking the standing as a seasoned multi-family investor, Joe incorporated non-traditional, creative equity solutions for obtaining capital for his first 168-unit apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now founder of Fairless Investments, Joe controls millions of dollars in multi-family investment properties. Joe shares his experience in multi-family investing and provides tips for securing capital through creative equity methods.

  • Challenges for Single-Family Investors
    • Lack of credibility in multi-family markets
    • Traditional lending and private financing may be difficult to attain
  • Network Personal Contacts
    • This is a good practice for single-family investors to find financing by networking personal relationships for interest in multi-family investing
  • Strategic Networking
    • Network and affiliate with organizations that may not be lenders but have cash flow or may have eye towards investing
      • i.e. philanthropic organizations, community foundations, business groups
  • Establish Investment Base First
    • This does not mean a blind-fund or requirement of prior monetary investment
    • Form verbal contract with investors based on shared financial goals
    • Pursue investment opportunities that suit shared criteria
  • Structuring Deal With Investors
    • Preferred returns – investors get cash from deal before yourself
    • Acquisition fees
    • Performance hurdles
    • Post-sale incentives
  • Tips
    • Make yourself attractive to lenders and investors
    • Know the market, know the deal
    • Investing is starting a small business; structure so that you may sell that business. Don’t get tied down to an investment

Joe has his own daily podcast in which he interviews guests on a variety of real estate investment strategies

For more information on Joe, visit his website

You can also contact him by email at info@joefairless.com with questions or investment opportunities!

Joe also shares some helpful literature for single-family investors looking to make the transition:

Investing for Dummies – Eric Tyson

Commercial Real Estate Investing for Dummies – Peter Conti & Peter Harris

The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings - Steve Berges


Ep. 50 – Three Types of Creative Mortgages for Real Estate Investors

Don’t miss a single show!

Get the Invest Florida Show Mobile App! Click here—-> Apple Android


Successful investing needs capital. For real estate investors, that often means mortgaging existing properties as a source of attaining capital. Traditional lending through banks and other financial institutions is often the method of acquiring hard-money loans. Sometimes though, the loan approval process may be too time-consuming or their lending practices may be too restrictive for investors.

Keyur Patel (top, left) and Naim Hamdar (top, right) of Synergistic Funding share three types of creative mortgages that are available to real estate investors as an alternative to traditional institutional lending.

  1. Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities – CMBS Loans
    • Currently strong alternative loan product
    • Cyclical nature – this type of loan dissipates with market downturn
    • Undisclosed, non-restrictive cash-out feature
    • Assumable
    • Non-recourse
    • Quick execution – loan sold as packaged, traded security or bond
    • Competitive Interest Rates compared w/ institutional lending (< 8%)
  2. Bridge Financing
    • Often used as alternative loan for investors making balloon payments on existing mortgage and institution not offering re-financing options
    • Up to 65% loan-to-value
    • Typical terms – 1-3 yrs. w/ balloon
    • Interest rates between 8-12%
    • Quick-closing
    • Non-Recourse
    • Creative underwriting – “carve-outs” prevent loan being taken out with malicious intent
    • No minimum for financing, but $100 million ceiling
  3. Line of Credit
    • Designed for seasoned investors w/ multiple projects per year
    • Private lines of credit offered to investors
    • Available for entire term (1yr)
    • No annual fees if not used
    • Once used, 1% monthly fee applied + 9-month repayment term
    • Quick-closing
    • Relatively quick approval turnover (1-3 weeks)
      • Investors must have at least 2 successful closings per year
      • 1 yr. tax returns
      • 3 months bank statements

For more questions on these types of creative mortgages for real estate investing or to find out about other services Keyur and Naim offer:

Call Synergistic Funding – 813-333-5128

or email them at info@synergisticfunding.com


Ep. 49 Kevin Jursinski, Esq: Update on Dodd Frank Seller Financing Laws and Real Estate Lending on Single Family Properties

Don’t miss a single show!

Get the Invest Florida Show Mobile App! Click here—-> Apple Android

Kevin-F.-Jursinski-B.C.SSince the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law in 2010, the immense and labyrinthine series of stringent financial regulations has been a foreboding presence in real estate lending, especially in Florida. Instituted in response to the Great Recession, Dodd-Frank has posed a formidable threat to investors. With over 2000 pages of new rules and financial regulations, investors are unsure exactly what is exempt from Dodd-Frank stipulations.

Kevin Jursinski, B.C.S is FL Bar Board certified in real estate and construction law as well as business litigation. With over over 30 years of practice in Florida real estate law as well as personal experience in the Florida investment market, Kevin has the knowledge and insight to summarize the bill and define its role in real estate lending. Kevin also discusses how Dodd-Frank related litigation might be approached in court.

  • Dodd-Frank Act (2010)
    • Dense and punitive set of rules outlining financial regulation
  • Seller-Financing & 3rd Party-Financing Affected
  • Gray Areas Explained
    • Dodd-Frank does not apply to non-consumers (Investors) of residential property
    • Commercial properties do not apply
    • Dodd-Frank only affects primary residences (vacation homes exempt)
    • Purchase-money financing only affected by Dodd-Frank in owner-occupied sales
    • Residential home-builders are precluded under Dodd-Frank from becoming contractors of seller finanacing
    • Dodd-Frank does not apply retroactively – previous owner-occupied financing not affected
    • Dodd-Frank applies to origination of loan intent
  • Recent Dodd-Frank Changes
    • Owner-occupied residence lending/financing
      • 1-Sale exceptions – Sell one property per year w/ Dodd-Frank guidelines
      • 3-Sale exceptions – Sell up to three properties per year w/ Dodd-Frank guidelines
  • Government Oversight

To keep updated on changes to Dodd-Frank and its impact on real estate lending visit Kevin’s website, www.kfjlaw.com

Kevin’s article on  Update-as-to-the-Dodd-Frank-Act-Seller-Financing-Restrictions

Dodd Frank Seller Financing Rule Update