Ep. 137 Ken Rosen: These Buying Strategies Can Help You Choose the Right Investment Property

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There’s no doubt we’re seeing a tightening market. In Florida, especially in the Tampa Bay market, we’re seeing demand outpacing construction; leading to higher prices in asset classes across the board. For investors, this means choosing the right investment property for your portfolio may take a little more work. That’s not to say a great investment isn’t waiting out there for you, it may just require a little creativity.

real estate buying strategiesKen Rosen knows a thing or two about creativity. As one of the leading innovators of South Florida real estate investing, Ken was a pioneer of condo conversions, reinvigorating the area’s multifamily market. Mr. Rosen has continued to be a driving force in South Florida real estate, working with a variety of asset classes before focusing mainly on office investing.

With over 30 years of investing experience and insight and over $500 million in transactions, Ken has earned a respected reputation among investors. He remains an active investor, mentor and educator as well as a best-selling author.

This episode, Ken provides his insight into where the market is at, where it’s heading, and how the right buying strategies can help you make the right investment.


“One good real estate investment is worth a lifetime of labor”


Buying Strategies for Smart Investments

  • Properties with long-term owners of high return opportunities
    • Under-market rates
    • Room to increase rents
  • Account for inflation when writing multi-year leases
    • Office, Flex, Industrial
  • Look for “B” buildings in “A” locations

Investment Properties to Watch

  • Self-storage
  • Multifamily

Resources

Check out Ken’s best-selling book, “Investing in Income Properties: The BIG SIX Formula for Achieving Wealth in Real Estate” for even more insight into Ken’s buying strategies.

For questions or investment opportunities, call Ken directly at (305) 469-6708 or email krosen@kendar.com

 

 

 

Ep. 135 Alex Rios: These Hot Design Trends Can Increase the Value of Your Multifamily Property!

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Whether you invest in multifamily or other commercial properties, if you’re investing for cashflow, you’re going to want your property to attract tenants. The design and function of a property goes a long way in enticing potential tenants. Updating your property with latest design trends and practical features can also increase the value of your investment.


 

multifamily design trendsThis episode, we talk with Alex Rios. As President of Rios Architecture, Alex has worked on many projects in many asset classes, including office, commercial, medical and multifamily. Lately, he has been actively involved with several multifamily projects around Tampa Bay, including several McKinley developments.

Alex knows that, for cash-flowing investment properties to attract tenants, they need to feature things that people will want. If you want to increase your property value and attract desirable tenants, staying up-to-date with current design trends is important.

Here are some of the hot design trends that can increase the value of your investment property!

  • Apartment investors looking for ways to make their property stand out to tenants
  • Tight multifamily market has led investors to look at value-add opportunities

Hot Design Trends

  • ‘Sophisticated’ look
    • Invest in palette, not singular items
  • Colors catering to relaxing environments
    • Light blues
    • Light greens
    • Accent colors
  • Floor materials
    • Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) mimics look and quality of wood, durable
  • Amenities need to cater to what your desired tenants want
    • Urban lifestyle trends very strong market
    • Digital/online age demands accessible internet
    • Pet accommodations
    • Encourage social interaction
    • Home office flexibility
    • Accessibility and walkability are important features

Investing for the Future

  • Plan for changes with new technology
    • Electric cars
    • Automated transit
  • Manage your construction costs
    • Account for high labor demand
    • Costs for new development materials

Contact Alex

By email: alex_rios@riosarchitecture.com

Website: riosarchitecture.com

Ep. 129 Fund Your Real Estate Deal: From FNMA to Hard Money!

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fund your real estate dealFund Your Real Estate Deal

Did you know there is more than one way to fund your real estate deal? There are a lot of options available to investors, from mortgages, to bridge lending and hard money.

For our second live podcast event, we’re looking at two major avenues for real estate funding: institutional lending and hard money from private lenders. Our panel of experts answer questions from the audience and offer up tips and insight for finding and securing real estate funding.

Meet the Panel!

  • Frank Coto, III
    • Frank is the Founder and President of Lincoln Lending Group. Based in Tampa, Lincoln Lending offers flexible mortgage solutions for real estate investors and home-buyers.
  • Dan Feinman
    • Dan is a hard money lender and a real estate attorney as well as a hands-on investor, with a rental portfolio that he manages. He works with Starwood Capital Group as a capital partner. Through their partnership, he has transacted over $2.5 billion in non-performing notes and mortgages, and he is presently working with Starwood to raise a national hard money lending platform.
  • Bob Tosi
    • Bob is Vice President of EquityPro. Heading up EquityPro’s Tampa team, Bob assists in the brokerage of real estate for his clients: real estate investors.
  • Ben Yonge
    • Ben is the Founder and President of EquityPro. He heads EquityPro’s Orlando branch. He believes that the best real estate deals should benefit all parties.

Join us for our next live event Aug. 3rd!

Our next live podcast event will be focusing on commercial and residential evictions and will be hosted at our downtown Tampa office and conference space. For more information and event details, check out our Meetup page, Tampa Cashflow Meetup.

 

DIY Real Estate Marketing: The Power of Podcasting

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We started the Invest Florida Show podcast with the goal in mind to create a living archive of actionable, Florida-centric real estate investing information. Not only have we been able to realize our vision, but Invest Florida has grown to become an effective real estate marketing vehicle – not only for our own lead-generation, but for our guests’ businesses as well.

Podcasting has been growing in popularity over recent years and more and more professionals are realizing the potential of a podcast to extend their reach and network.

When Florida Realtor Magazine asked us to contribute to their cover story on the power of podcasts in building a professional brand, we were honored to take part.

Check out the article!

 

Ep. 125 Gregory Radford – 5 Tips for Earning Hassle-Free Cashflow Out of Your Single Family Rental

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single family rental investingSingle family investors know that keeping up with rental properties and tenants can be a hassle. In addition to dealing with property management, investors must also manage tenants. While a single family rental is a great way for many to earn cashflow, it can be tough to stay organized.

Our guest this week, Gregory Radford knows a thing or two about organization. A decorated military veteran, Greg became a de facto single family rental investor while still serving in the Army. After renting out his home he had purchased using his V.A. loan, he had his Eureka moment. He saw the investment potential of the V.A. loan and leveraged that into becoming a successful single family investor.

Combining the organizational skills and discipline he learned in the Army with his loquacious attitude, Greg created a strategy for earning hassle-free cashflow through single family rental investments. Starting Radford Homes with his wife, Greg is an active single family rental investor in Polk County.

V.A. Loans

  • Federal loan program for military vets to put money down on a home
  • V.A. loans can be reused as many times as the loan limit allows
    • Homes must be inhabited for 12 months
    • Loan limits vary by state/county
    • Polk County: $424k

5 Tips for Hassle-Free Cashflow

  • Niche Marketing
    • Strategic, intentional marketing
  • Custom Rental Applications
    • Send pre-scripted correspondence to potential tenants with explicit application instructions.
    • Tenants who fail to follow instructions are disregarded
  • Tenant Screening
    • Active listening
    • Asking ope-ended questions during tenant interviews
    • Find out about prior residences
    • Check social media
  • Open House for Rentals
    • Controlled open houses
    • Open houses 2x/mo. cuts down on scheduling showings and creates urgency among potential tenants
  • Cash-Free Payments
    • Requiring proof of bank account assures tenant’s financial credibility
    • All payments sent through electronic funds transfer or cashier’s check

Investor Resources

  • Gary Keller – “Hold”
    • single family rental investing
  • Gary Raulston – “Real Estate Principals: A Value Approach”
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – monthly reports

Contact Greg

  • On social media @Radford Homes
  • By phone: (863)410-0877
  • Greg is currently looking to expand into multifamily investing in Polk County

Ep. 120 Pete Kuc: Investing for Cashflow and Jacksonville Market Recap

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investing for cashflowThere are many strategies investors can apply in real estate investing. Some offer big risks and bigger returns, some offer a stable, long term earnings. While it may not be the flashiest investment strategy, investing for cashflow can provide long term stability and act as a cushion in the event of any unforeseen market downturns.

Pete Kuc, Co-Founder of May Real Estate Group, got a crash course in the big risks of speculative investing and learned the power of passive income and investing for cashflow the hard way.

Following the 2008 market crash, Pete was forced to reassess his approach to real estate, but what he has since learned about investing for cashflow has paid off. He has grown this strategy into a thriving turn-key investment company serving northeast Florida.

This episode, Pete talks about cashflow investing and gives us a recap of the Jacksonville and northeast Florida markets.

Investing for Cashflow

  • Buy-and-hold strategy
  • Fix-up, rent property, build equity
  • Not based on speculative appreciation

NE Florida Markets

  • Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palm Coast
  • Jacksonville: strong natural growth, prices lower than other Florida markets, good rental returns; Orange Park neighborhood

Finding Deals

  • Direct homeowner marketing
    • Mailers
  • Finding off-market deals
  • Wholesalers
  • National Community Stabilizing Trust
    • Fed Program offering off-market deals at discount
    • For non-profits, but community investors may be vetted for program
  • Real Estate Investor Associations (REIAs)

Investor Advice

  • Consistence and persistence is key to success
  • Keep letting people know you are a player in the game

Contact

To find out about the turn-key investment services offered by the May Group, visit www.kigjax.com. To find out more about investing for cashflow or to learn more about what is happening in the Jacksonville real estate market, message Pete directly on Facebook.

 

Ep. 117 Augie Byllott: A Focused Acquisition Strategy Can Earn Higher Investment Returns

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focused acquisition strategy can earn higher returnsBeginning real estate investors often get caught up in the appeal of high returns. However, the focus on high investment returns can come at the expense of a sustainable exit strategy.

A focused acquisition strategy can mean the difference between a profitable investment and a failed one. It is important to consider a seller’s circumstances when making a potential investment deal. By tailoring a deal to fit individual circumstances you have a higher tendency to close. By structuring multiple deals, you can easily see what acquisition strategy works best for your investment goals.

Augie Byllott is someone who knows the importance of acquisition strategy. The founder of Creating Wealth U.S.A. is a seasoned single family investor. With over 500 deals under his belt without the use of bank loans, Augie has become an expert on tailoring his acquisition strategy to fit specific deals. He now share his advice and experience through books and mentor programs.

Earning Exit Returns Through Acquisition Strategy

  • SCOPE strategy: 5-part investment methodology using creative financing
    • Seller-financing – Careful of toxic deals from sellers. Don’t get stuck with short balloon terms.
    • Cash – Be careful of accounting for cash flow expenses when putting cash down.
    • Options – Control property with option to buy, or sell option. Pricing depends on specific deal. Couple options with lease to earn more cash flow
    • Private money – $7 trillion in private capital from retirement funds
    • Existing financing – Take over payments on existing mortgages (assigned mortgages). Though these are less frequent, properties can be put in land trusts and then sell beneficial interest on trust.

Investor Advice and Resources

Contact

Visit www.creatingwealthusa.com for more info onthe SCOPE acquisition strategy and other services. You can also email Augie directly at augie@creatingwealthusa.com.

Ep. 114 Kurt Westfield: Apartment Investor Tough Lessons Lead to New Strategy

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multifamily investing and finding a strategy as an apartment investorAs real estate investors, sometimes what we think is a good investment strategy does not turn out quite as expected. While a single family investor may be able to stick to a strategy and adopt minimal changes, this is not usually the case for the apartment investor.

Your investment strategy should suit the deal you are making. It may become necessary to change your strategy in order to make a deal work.

While this may mean an extra headache in the short-term, a change in strategy could mean the difference between a successful investment and a failure.

Just ask Apartment Investor Kurt Westfiled

Kurt Westfield is the founder of WC Companies, an umbrella brand for his multi-service real estate investment firms.Listeners will remember Kurt’s last episode with us when he discussed his transition from single family investor to apartment investor.

This episode, we catch up with Kurt following his transition to apartment investor. He discusses how he found out early on in his career the importance of finding a winning strategy.

Apartment Investor: Finding a New Strategy

The Deal

  • 14 unit apartment building
  • In foreclosure
  • Expedited due diligence (7 days)
  • Intended to be 12 month, light fix-and-flip with capital expenses at $80-100k

The Issues

  • Tenants trashed complex
  • Property had suffered from neglect

Changing Strategy

  • Evicted all current tenants
  • Rehabbed entire property, inside and out
  • Structured leasing as condo-apartment type w/ one model unit completed while construction was ongoing
  • Created brand identity
  • Started community engagement activities

The Results

  • 3 1/2 year project, cap expenses at $400k
  • Property raised market rent 60% in area
  • Identified potential of revitalizing fringe market properties
  • Focused on developing branded communities rather than street addresses

Kurt is still an active apartment investor, looking for multifamily deals in Tampa and Jacksonville up to 50 units. To contact Kurt with a potential deal, email him at kurt@wccompanies.com.

For any other questions or to find out more about services offered by WC Companies, visit their website.

Ep. 113 Elysia Stobbe: Diversifying Risk with Geography and Asset Class

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investor mortgages, diversifying riskNo Risk, No Reward

No matter the size or experience of the investor, this is a widely-held belief. However, it is not simply about risk, but rather smart risks.

Diversifying risk is a key strategy for real estate investors looking to expand their bottom line.

Increasing the Bottom Line

We are pleased to welcome back to the show, Elysia Stobbe, NMLS# 146751. Listeners will remember Elysia from Episode 108, in which she discussed updates to SFR investor mortgages.

In addition to being a branch manager with NFM Lending, Elysia is a successful investor with over 30 property deals under her belt, doing deals in and around Jacksonville, FL. She is also a published author. Her best selling book, How to Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye helps single family investors in obtaining secure, prime mortgages.

This episode of Landlord Tales, Elysia discusses her transition to multifamily investing and diversifying risk with geography and asset class. Through expanding focus into the multifamily asset class and remaining open-mined about market areas, Elysia learned that diversifying risk is a great way to increase returns.

Diversifying Risk

  • Multifamily offers greater cashflow potential than single family while minimizing tenant turnover risk
  • Multifamily cap rates typically 2-4% higher than single family
  • Remain open-minded about potential market areas
  • Distressed properties can be made rentable

Finding Deals

  • Networking with wholesalers is great way to find distressed multifamily properties
    • Craigslist; Bandit signs – WeBuyUglyHouses, iBuyHomes
  • Realtors
  • Property Managers
  • Real Estate Investment Associations (REIAs)

Resources & Links

To catch up on past shows, visit our archives page!

 

 

Ep. 111 Todd Hutcheson: Getting Into Real Estate with Limited Cash

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getting into real estate with limited cashWould-be investors always want to know ways of getting into real estate with limited cash. Regular people interested in real estate investing may be put off by the idea that real estate investing relies on huge cash reserves or access to capital. They may wonder how they are able to become an investor on a limited budget.

Enter Todd Hutcheson

A native Floridian, Todd has been an active investor in Florida real estate since 2001. His firm, ibuyhomes.com, is a nationally ranked wholesaling platform connecting buyers and sellers close on deals all over central Florida. Todd lends his wealth of experience to several investor resources, like real estate investors associations (REIAs). He is a current board member and president-elect of the Central Florida REIA.

He is helping people discover that getting into real estate with limited cash is doable through strategic marketing, networking and continuing education.

Getting Into Real Estate with Limited Cash

Wholesaling Done Different

  • Marketing-based strategy
  • Find motivated seller, put houses under contract, assign contract to investor
  • Get paid on assignment
  • Close in 8-10 from signed contract
  • 100% cash-buyers

Investor Advantage

  • Wholesaling helps investors find unlisted properties
  • Some investors don’t have marketing prowess and need help finding deals

Minimizing Risks with Wholesaling

  • Reliable tool of cash-buyers to lessen risks
  • Investors with proven track record of deals more likely to close

Marketing & Finding Deals

  • 60% of leads through ibuyhomes.com
  • 30% of leads from new investors
  • 10% of leads from selective direct-mailings

Central Florida Recap

  • Hot market
  • Lower-middle class neighborhoods seeing high price indexes
    • Pine Hills & Deltona
    • $120-130k for SFRs, $850-1050 for rents
  • Buy-and-hold investors may see tightening, wholesalers not affected as much
  • Out-of-state and foreign investors wanting to buy
  • I-4 corridor is key barometer for state markets

Other FL Markets

  • Cape Coral
  • Gainesville – strong multifamily development rise

Resources and Tips

Contact

Want to know more about getting into real estate with limited cash? Email Todd: todd@ibuyhomes.com

Visit www.ibuyhomes.com or call (407) 617-4289 for any other questions

Central Florida investors, visit CFRI‘s website for events and news.