Ep. 146 Jenna Diermann & Lucas LeBlanc: Two Real Estate Investors’ Journey from Vacation Rentals to Multifamily

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Sometimes, embarking on the journey to becoming a real estate investor isn’t just a mental one – it can be a physical one too! It takes focus and vision to realize your real estate investing goals and that can mean stepping out of your comfort zone. That’s what our two guests this episode are doing and it’s paying off.

Lucas LeBlanc and Jenna Diermann began on their investment path when they started looking at ways to ensure financial freedom. With a goal to build a passive income portfolio consisting of both short and long term rental properties, Jenna and Lucas found that their home state of California didn’t afford them the opportunity to fully realize their real estate goals, so they landed on the Florida market, relocating to Tampa.

Jenna and Lucas have started DreamStone Homes with hopes to build a portfolio of vacation and multifamily rentals throughout the Tampa Bay area.

What makes these two so interesting is their drive and creativity. Since moving to Tampa earlier this year, the two have already started work on a single family renovation and are currently under contract for a mulltifamily property. By finding a unique niche, they have been able to focus their investment goals to actionable results. Jenna is a well-known DIY designer and decorator who’s work has been featured on several home and living platforms. By applying her special brand to their properties, they are able to find investments that work for them.

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Ep. 145 Rod Khleif: Putting Your Multifamily Investing Goals into Perspective!

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The new year is a time for new resolutions. For real estate investors, that means setting investment goals. Like many New Year’s resolutions though, sometimes it can be hard to put investment goals into practice. If you’re a single family investor looking to make the transition to multifamily investing, the leap can seem like a big one. However, setting practical investment goals can help you organize and plan your strategy as you make the transition.

That’s why we’re so excited to have this week’s guest back on the show! In this special live event, Rod Khleif joins us for an inspirational multifamily investing discussion and Q&A session.

For a talk on putting your multifamily investing goals into perspective, we wouldn’t want anyone other than Rod. His wealth of experience as a multifamily investor and his enthusiasm for sharing that experience makes for an inspirational and motivational event; perfect for putting your investment goals into perspective.

This episode Rod discusses his real estate journey and how, by forming practical investment goals, he was able to focus his multifamily investing strategy.

About Rod

Investor, author and real estate investing mentor, Rod Khleif, believes in the power of actionable investment goals. Setting goals for himself not only inspired him to become a successful real estate investor, they also empowered him to forge his path with a focused strategy. Since then, he has devoted much of his time to helping others realize their investment dreams.

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Ep. 144 Joseph Gozlan: Scaling Your Multifamily Investments Through Secondary Markets

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multifamily investmentsMultifamily investing is often the next step for real estate investors – typically those with single-family experience – looking to scale their investing and increase earnings through investment real estate. However, current market levels in major MSAs throughout the country are causing many multifamily investors to wonder how to continue adopting sustainable growth strategies.

While many multifamily markets may be reaching dizzying heights, you shouldn’t let that deter you. For the investor willing to put in the work, opportunity awaits. A little creativity and diligence can go a long way if you are looking to scale your multifamily investments. Just ask our guest this week.

Joseph Gozlan moved from Israel to Texas in 2007, quickly realizing the single-family investment potential available at that time. From there, he asked himself how to continue scale his real estate operations, finding multifamily investments to be the desirable vehicle.

Founding Eureka Business Group, Joseph has continued to scale and his multifamily investments, applying creative strategies in secondary and tertiary markets to find sustainable growth.

Scaling Your Multifamily Investments Through Secondary Markets

  • Why Multifamily?
    • Major MSAs nearing top of market
    • Huge generational shift from buying to renting
      • Baby-boomers
      • Millenials
  • Looking at Secondary Markets
    • Who are the major employers?
    • What are the major economic drivers? What are the risks?
    • What is the historical performance of the market?
  • Finding the Right Property
    • Focus on sustained returns
      • A-class multifamily may be hot, but B+C properties can fare better in market downturns
    • Think locally
      • Boots-on-the-ground market knowledge is key
      • Work with boutique brokerage firms
      • Build a trusted team on the ground
    • Off-market properties
      • Form local relationships in your desired market

Contact Joseph

Joseph is always looking to form relationships with brokers, property owners and sellers. If you’ve got a multifamily deal or have a question for Joseph, you can reach him be following the link below:

 

Ep. 143 Kris Chana: Multifamily Investing with a Twist – The Untapped Potential of Assisted Living Facilities

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assisted living facilitiesWhat do you think of when you hear the term “assisted living facility”? Most of you are probably picturing nursing homes, with orderlies and nurses and fully-equipped medical wards… probably something that most real estate investors would consider too much to take on.

However, assisted living facilities and senior care complexes tend to get a bad rap, especially considering the incredible investment potential they hold. Instead of thinking about assisted living facilities as old-folks’ homes or nursing homes, investors should look at these facilities as what they really are: multifamily investment opportunities.

Kris Chana is a an assisted living facility investor who brings a unique look at how multifamily investing strategies can be applied to this often over-looked asset class. Kris, along with his wife, Chelsea Chana, are the owners and operators of Chelsea Place Senior Care in Charlotte County, FL, Kris understands the potential for returns on senior care facilities. In addition to a full-time assisted living facility, Kris and Chelsea also own and operate a senior daycare facility. They are pioneers in applying traditional, multifamily investing concepts to senior living and this episode, Kris will be sharing their story along with tips on how investors can get involved in this unique and largely untapped asset class.

Find out about the untapped investment potential for Assisted Living Facilities!

  • Not just an asset class for institutional investors
    • Roughly 70% of ALFs are individually owned and operated
  • Not nursing homes
    • Does not require major medical component
    • ALFs are largely private-pay
    • More hospitality-driven than medically-driven
  • Multifamily… with additional services
  • Large demand for assisted living facilities through incoming baby-boomer generation

Strong ALF Markets in Florida

  • Sarasota County

Contact Kris

By email: kris@chelseaplaceliving.com

Phone: (941) 883-6600

Web: https://chelseaplacecare.com/

 

Ep. 141 Brian Bailey: A Federal Reserve Commercial Real Estate Expert’s Outlook on Florida

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As part of the Federal Reserve’s wide scope of responsibility and oversight, the eight regional branches are tasked with monitoring residential and commercial real estate markets; tracking trends and data in order to more accurately adjust to market fluctuations affecting the economy. These studies provide hard data for the Fed to make economic adjustments, but they can also be a great gauge for real estate investors. Any successful investor will tell you that the ability to forecast changes in the real estate cycle is vital. As much as knowing your market and asset class, an awareness of other economic factors is important for mitigating investment risk.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves as the central bank’s regional authority for the southeast. It tracks real estate markets for the region, including Florida and offers comparisons on a national scale. Our guest this week is a commercial real estate expert with the Fed’s Atlanta branch.

Florida commercial real estate outlookBrian Bailey is a Senior Technical Expert in the Supervision and Regulation Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Specializing in commercial real estate, Brian tracks and analyzes emerging trends in the southeastern region and provides thought leadership on commercial real estate and guidance for the central bank.

Brian brings a diverse background in commercial real estate finance and acquisitions to the Fed. He has over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, having managed financing for millions of square feet in real estate holdings for several large-scale equity and development firms. Brian received an MBA with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Florida and has earned a CCIM designation.

You won’t want to miss this commercial real estate outlook on Florida!

 

 

 

Ep. 140 Courtney Barnard: Top 3 Legislative Issues Affecting Multifamily Investors for 2018

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While investors prefer real estate over other assets and securities due to its relative stability, it’s not without fluctuations of its own. Real estate is affected by a number of external forces, from the economy to local, state and federal legislation. What sets fluctuations in real estate apart from other investment classes is it’s general predictability; hardly anything happens out of nowhere in real estate. Most factors affecting real estate can be accurately tracked and anticipated. Investors who can keep ahead of these changes are able to mitigate much more risk in their investment.

Legislation is one of the most important factors affecting real estate investors. It affects everyone down to the local level and is able to affect every facet of real estate investing from financing to construction. With so much to keep track of, staying on top of current legislation may seem intimidating, but there are tools and resources available to assist you. For Florida multifamily investors, that’s our guest for this week!

legislative updates affecting multifamily investorsCourtney Barnard is a returning guest to the show and we’re so glad to have her back. Courtney is the Government Affairs Director for the Florida Apartment Association (FAA), the statewide chapter of the National Apartment Association (NAA).

The NAA/FAA serves as the primary advocate for residential multifamily investors and apartment owners. Not only does it represent apartment owners in front of lawmakers, it also provides education and support for investors. As Government Affairs Director, it’s Courtney’s job to track all national and statewide legislation affecting multifamily residential real estate and relay it to investors. Each year, Courtney provides an annual legislative update on key legislation that directly affects the residential multifamily industry.

Find out the Top 3 Legislative Issues affecting multifamily investors in 2018!

 

Ep. 138 John McNellis: Retail and Multifamily Investors Won’t Want to Miss This Development Outlook

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Where is retail heading?

development outlookThis is a question we’ve gotten a lot lately from our listeners and investors. With the rise of online shopping through Ecommerce options like Amazon, we’ve been seeing some rapid tightening in retail development across the board. With big-box retail winding down and shopping center investments getting tight, many investors and developers are wondering what comes next.

Our guest this week is an expert on spotting development trends and cycles. John McNellis is a developer, speaker and author. Founder and President of Mcnellis Partners development firm, John has been developing a variety of real estate for over 30 years. Although retail and multifamily have been his primary asset classes, John has development experience in several asset classes.

This episode, John joins us to discuss the development outlook for retail and offers advice for investors looking to make the transition to development.

Development Outlook

  • Retail markets challenged throughout the U.S.
    • Over-building of retail
    • Influx of online shopping
  • Retail going through downsizing cycle
  • Industrial market seeing benefits from Ecommerce boom

Approaching Development

  • Residential: best to start with land and build up
  • Retail: finding a good tenant for anchor is best strategy
  • Risk-management is key to long-term success
  • Rule of thumb: look for investments that earn 2% above cap rate
  • Don’t build on spec

Transitioning to Development

  • Find an experienced partner when transitioning to large or mid-size multifamily developments
  • For first-time developers, find a broker in your area that specializes in the asset class you want to develop
  • Approach the public with a project before taking it to city officials

Investment/Development Advice

  • Development follows job growth
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a great resource for developers

Resources

 

 

 

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