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. 136 Brian Willis & Gerry Tierney: Learn How Transit & Technology Changes Will Affect Your Property!

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automated transitTechnology is rapidly changing the way we look at the future. Innovations like automated transit are quickly nearing practical realities. In Tampa Bay, we’re seeing advancements in automated transit already, with the area being positioned as a proving ground for automated systems. Automation and other technologies will bring major changes to existing infrastructure.

No industry will be affected by these impending technologies more than real estate. From multifamily to retail, emerging technologies like automated transit will require an entire rethinking of real estate design and development. Urban planners, architects and developers need to consider these effects and start planning accordingly.

This episode, we discuss these changes on a local and national level. We look at what game-changing technologies are emerging and what urban planners and developers are doing to address these changes now.

Meet Our Guests

Tampa Bay sustainable transitBrian Willis is real estate attorney with Shumaker Loop & Kendrick. He is a leading advocate for integrated and sustainable transit in Tampa. Brian brings on-the-ground knowledge of the cutting-edge technologies here in Florida and how Tampa Bay is taking steps to integrate them into current real estate design and development.

 

real estate designGerry Tierney is an Associate Principal at Perkins + Will. Based out of San Fransisco, Gerry is a leading force for automated transit and mobility and adapting real estate design to suit these changing needs. He serves as the Co-Director of Smart Mobility Lab and has Collaborated with both UCLA – Berkeley and MIT in sustainability research.

Technologies Impacting Real Estate

  • Automated transit / autonomous vehicles
    • Autonomy integrating in public transit by 2020s
    • Subscription-based autonomous car ownership coming down the line

Future-proofing Current Real Estate Design

Urban planners, architects and developers needs to consider how current layout and designs will play into emerging technologies.

  • Adaptive Use
    • Big-box retail stores
    • Shopping malls
    • Existing parking structures
      • Vertical Parking vs. Horizontal
      • In-fill
      • Mechanized parking
  • Urban Design & Planning
    • Current developments built to accommodate automated transit
    • Changes to grid structure and street layouts
    • Rethinking asset classes
      • Industrial
      • Office
      • Multifamily
      • Retail

Resources

  • Contact Gerry at gerry.tierney@perkinswill.com or (415) 546-2933
  • Contact Brian at (813) 221-7165 or on Twitter @BrianWillisTPA

 

 

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. 134 Jason Ellison and Josh Diggs: Solving Tenant Issues – Commercial Evictions to Residential Fair Housing

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The relationship between a landlord and a tenant is unique, to say the least. Whether you invest in residential or commercial real estate, you must maintain a balanced relationship with your tenants.

If you do own tenant-occupied properties, you know that maintaining a balanced relationship is easier said than done at times. When dealing with tenants, there are defined rules and regulations for what you can and cannot do as a landlord; However when it comes to peoples’ homes or businesses, disagreements over a lease can quickly become a tricky situation.  Solving tenant issues can be one of the most important things a landlord can do to retain tenants and stay out of legal hot water.

This live discussion and recording is about solving these common tenant issues. We discussed the landlord/tenant relationship, as well as covering common pitfalls relating to things like evictions and fair housing. One our guests deals in commercial real estate litigation. The other is an owner of multi-family properties.

They are as follows:

commercial lease disputesJason Ellison is an attorney and founding partner of Ellison | Lazenby Law Firm. Jason is a real estate attorney and specializes in contract preparation and dispute resolution. He is highly experienced in landlord/tenant disputes, including evictions.

 

 

dealing with tenantsJosh Diggs is a veteran investor and co-founder/owner of Palm Companies. He is well versed in tenant/landlord relationships and will provide on-the-ground insight into property management issues.Through their property management arm, Palm Communities, Josh has on-the-ground experience managing multifamily properties and dealing with tenants.

 

Check out “Ep. 134: Dealing with Tenants – From Evictions to Fair Housing”!

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Ep. 133 Greg Ruthven: The I-4 Corridor is a Hot Market for Industrial Investors!

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Florida’s I-4 corridor has long been a focus of industrial investors and developers. Connecting Tampa, Orlando and the east coast, the I-4 corridor serves as major transit artery. With recent arrivals of big names, like Amazon and Walmart committing to massive industrial developments, interest in the market has only been growing among industrial investors.

central florida industrial investorsGreg Ruthven is one man who knows what makes the I-4 corridor such a prime market for industrial development.

The Ruthvens, a family-owned and operated business started by Greg’s father, are one of the largest developers and owners of industrial real estate in and around the I-4 corridor. They currently hold 85 warehouse and industrial properties, totaling over 3 million square feet.

This episode, Greg tells us why he loves Central Florida and why the area is such a hot market for industrial investors.

Industrial Investors Love the I-4 Corridor

  • I-4 is major transit artery
  • Central Florida has a lot of available open land to accommodate large developments
  • 10 million people live within 100 miles of Lakeland, FL

Florida Industrial Market is on the Rise

  • Shift towards E-commerce is driving logistics and distribution demand
  • Major companies are consuming warehouse and distribution space
    • Amazon
    • Walmart
    • Major companies drive industrial demand, attracting smaller companies

About The Ruthvens

The Ruthvens have been building and leasing warehouse and industrial space in Central Florida since 1957. Based in Lakeland, the Ruthvens have deep roots in the community and specialize in a commitment to individual warehouse space needs. They build, lease and sell industrial space ranging anywhere from 1,000-150,000 SF.

To learn more about The Ruthvens and their services, visit their website.

“If you need warehouse space, you call the Ruthvens”(863) 686-3173

 

 

 

Ep. 130 Matt Robinson: What You Didn’t Know About the Florida Panhandle Real Estate Market!

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We’ve covered just about every Florida real estate market on this show. From Naples to Jacksonville, we’ve covered all of Florida’s major markets at least once; except for one. The Florida panhandle real estate market has been one market that we haven’t really touched on.

We’d like to thank our guest this week for helping us change that:

Florida panhandle real estate marketMatt Robinson is a veteran real estate investor and a panhandle native. He is the founder of the Professional Investment Guild, which provides real estate networking and education to area investors. With nearly 15 years investing experience and homegrown insight, Matt is the perfect person to talk about what the Florida panhandle real estate market has to offer.

How much do you know about Florida’s panhandle?

Due to it’s virtual separation from the rest of the state, its often overlooked by investors looking for a potential market. However, the Florida panhandle real estate market has a lot to offer investors.

The panhandle has beautiful coastlines for vacationing and Pensacola is a major economic generator in the area. Plus, the various large-scale military bases throughout the panhandle offer a stable rental market.

If you’ve been wondering about the Florida panhandle real estate market, you won’t want to miss this episode!

  • Strong military rental market:
    • Eglin Airforce Base (USAF)
    • Pensacola NAS (Navy)
    • Hurlburt Field (USAF)
    • Whiting Field NAS (Navy)
  • Economic growth around $1 billion Navy Federal Credit Union Pensacola campus
  • Investments seeing similar appreciation with Sunbelt, but home prices remain low
  • Low inventory and increased demand having an upward pressure on rental rates

Want to learn more about investing in panhandle real estate?

Matt started the Professional Investors Guild in 2013 to help real estate investors network and learn more about current market trends. You can visit their website to find out membership information. Or, you can check their scheduled meetings.

You can contact Matt directly through email at matt@professionalinvestorsguild.com.

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Ep. 126 Mark Holmes: What Multifamily Investors Need to Know About the Rental Boom

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multifamily investorsThe national housing market is undergoing a major shift and multifamily investors are taking notice. Through economic and generational factors, the housing market is seeing a lessening demand for single family home purchases. Instead of buying a home, young professionals are opting to rent.

Mark Holmes may know this growing trend better than anyone. As a certified property appraiser with Value Tech Realty, Mark travels the United States appraising multifamily properties. As an appraiser, he understands this rental boom from a valuation perspective. As an active single family investor and passive multifamily investor, he understands what it means from an investor’s standpoint.

This episode, Mark gives us a recap of the the national multifamily market as well as the Florida multifamily market. We discuss the recent rental boom and what it means for multifamily investors.

National Multifamily Overview

  • 63% home ownership, down from 69% (2004)
  • 37% renters: 15 million shift
  • Financial recession brought on behavioral shift
  • Job growth jump-started multifamily development

Florida Multifamily Overview

  • Landlord friendly
  • 3% job growth
  • Statewide rent growth: 4%
  • I-4 Corridor rent growth: 6%

Florida Multifamily Markets

  • Tampa
    • 4000 MF units online, last 12 mo.
    • 65% absorption rate
    • 3.7% rent growth
    • Class A: 4.5% cap rates; Class B: 6%
  • Orlando
    • 5,500 MF units online, last 12 mo.
    • 57% absorption
    • 4.8% rent growth
  • Melbourne
    • 8% rent growth in last 12 mo.
  • Miami/SFL
    • 3,500 units online last 12 mo., 3,300 coming
    • Nearly 100% absorption
    • 3.3% rent growth
    • 4.45% cap rates
    • 49% of income goes to rent

What It Means for Multifamily Investors

  • Capital looking to invest in multifamily is out there
  • Class A property growth concessions trickling down to B + Cs
  • Most buyer interest is in multifamily
  • Interest rate increases mean cap rate increases
  • Major market cap rates seeing downward trend

Contact Mark

Looking for property appraisals? Contact Value Tech Realty through their website. For single family and multifamily investors looking to work with Mark on a deal, contact him through email at mark1holmes1@gmail.com.

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. 124 Todd Hutcheson: Landlord Tales – Keep Control of Your Closing When Assigning Contracts

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getting into real estate with limited cash; assigning contractsReal estate investing is a big draw for many due to its strong ROI potential as well as its flexibility in investment strategy. There are a lot of ways to make money in real estate without keeping your finger on the main pulse of the deal. This is most evident when it comes to wholesaling and assigning contracts. Buying and reselling interest in a property allows for increased earning potential. It also allows for expedited turnarounds on deals.

Assigning contracts allows investors to sell interest in the property title without being responsible for following the deal all the way through. Essentially, investors can buy and sell properties without ever having to lay hands on the property itself. While this definitely has it’s perks, it is not without risks.

President-elect of the Central Florida Real Estate Investors Association, Todd Hutcheson, joins us today to discuss his experience starting out in wholesaling and assigning contracts. Listeners will remember Todd from episode 111, in which he discussed how investors can get into real estate with limited cash. Todd is an investing mentor. He is the founder of IBuyHomes and an active wholesaler in Central Florida. As he shares in this episode of Landlord Tales, assigning contacts can quickly become a snowball effect and your control over a closing can disappear before you know it.

What to Know About Assigning Contracts

  • Understand contract assignment process before selling interest
  • Write your control over closing into the contract
  • Contract assignments do not show up under public records
    • A final sale price listed in public records will not record contract assignments
  • Make sure to notify title companies of contract assignments when recording a title claim, otherwise it will not be insured

Contact Todd

Ep. 123 Chris Nebenzahl & Doug Ressler: Tracking Investment Market Data Made Easy!

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Tracking Investment Market Data

tracking investment market dataFinding a real estate market that fits your investment goals seems to be getting tougher and tougher. With markets tightening up across the state, investors are starting to feel it. Now, more than ever, investors need to be tracking investment market data – looking for trends and analyzing data to find viable markets.

Investors may be familiar with Yardi for property management services, but did you investment market dataknow they also offer comprehensive market research and data software? This system allows real estate investors to track investment market data on a national level, or zero-in on specific markets and sub-markets.

This episode, we welcome from Yardi Matrix: Senior analyst and editorial contributor, Chris Nebenzahl, and research and data analyst, Doug Ressler. They discuss what investors need to know about tracking investment market data. They also offer up an update on Florida’s commercial and multifamily markets.

Florida Multifamily Overview

  • Rent growth and development strong overall
  • Focus on A + Super A properties
    • Urban living
    • Amenity-rich
    • Attracts millennials
  • Increasing demand for B + C properties, but limited supply
    • B + C properties seeing value-add opportunity
    • Sub-market level

Florida Multifamily Market Highlights

  • Miami and Orlando: 9000 expected multifamily developments for completion, 2017
  • Tampa: 7200 expected multifamily developments for completion, 2017
  • Development expected to crest after 2017
  • Rapid rent growth may pose affordability issues in Miami/SFL

Florida Commercial (Industrial/Self-Storage) Market Overview

  • Strong self-storage appetite
    • New focus on urban core
    • Close proximity to multifamily developments
  • Small cap rate compression
  • Renewed interest in mixed-use developments
  • Hotel occupancy slowing, but Orlando and Miami still strong

Tracking Investment Market Data with Yardi Matrix

Investor Resources and Contact

  • For more information on Yardi Matrix services and subscriptions, visit their website or contact Doug directly by phone at (480) 663-1149 ext. 2419 or email at doug.ressler@yardi.com