Real estate development in Florida is currently in great demand. With real estate investors turning towards ground-up real estate development as an increasingly more viable means of investing, new projects are springing up state-wide. However, with increased pressure on real estate development and a construction workforce stretched thin, it is important to keep in mind key points if looking into real estate development as an investment goal.
Jonathan Moore, AIA is president and founder of InVision Advisors. His firm offers owner’s representation and project consulting services for owners and investors, architects and contractors during real estate development. As owner’s representatives, InVision Advisors takes a comprehensive approach to real estate development deals handling day-to-day and overall project oversight. As an experienced architect, Jonathan brings a unique insight to his knowledge of the real estate development industry. This episode, Jonathan discusses hot points for investors to know about real estate development.
7 Real Estate Development Hot Points
Markets state-wide are saturated with work
Sub-contractors control velocity of development
Artificial inflation caused by over estimation of construction costs
Problems frequently arise due to lack of communication
Loss of face-to-face time and on-site meetings contribute to communication breakdown
In a recent episode, we spoke with an investor who managed a Florida real estate portfolio from outside the country. This week’s episode features an investor who runs a foreign investment firm out of his home-base in Davenport, Florida.
Garrett Kenny started building his investment portfolio in Florida after being introduced to Orlando’s vacation markets in 1996. Since then, he has built his investment firm, Feltrim, into an international name for foreign investment in Florida real estate, handling all aspects of the investment process. This episode, Garrett discusses foreign investment in Florida and hot real estate sub-markets in Orlando.
Foreign Investing in Florida
Most foreign investors can expect to average 6% annual ROI
Easy to find financing options, but many do cash deals
Usually require more up-front from investor for financing
4-4.5% interest rates
Some foreign investors use local banks and mortgage brokers
Some financing may be available through institutions in home countries
Brazil and China emerging as dominant foreign investors in Florida markets
Foreign investors expanding portfolios in Florida real estate
62 million visitors to Orlando area in 2014
Diverse investment opportunity
Vacation rentals, commercial and industrial markets
Top 3 vacation rental areas – Championsgate, Davenport, and Kissimmee
Medical + Technology – Lake Nona
Long-term investing in 30 mi. radius of Disney
Other hot sub-markets
Distressed and repossessed homes
“Class A” properties – Windermere, Winter Park
Tips on Foreign Investment
Having a local knowledge of your desired market is key
Find out about the area before investing
Location, Location, Location
Finding the right location for your investment is important
To find out more about Garrett and Feltrim’s services or about investing in Orlando real estate, visit the firm’s website
For the average Florida real estate investor, Wall Street banking and investing practices may seem worlds away. However, one investor and developer in the state has managed to successfully fuse his expertise in Wall Street investing with the Florida real estate market.
Santosh Govindaraju is a Florida developer with an interesting history. Prior to finding success in Florida real estate markets, Santosh was immersed in the world of high-strategy investment banking on Wall Street. After moving to Florida, Santosh applied his investment banking expertise to Florida real estate with a focus on the Tampa market. Santosh and his firm, Convergent Capital Partners, have been providing equity and debt investment options in a variety of Florida commercial real estate for over 17 years. This episode, he discusses his transition to real estate investing and what’s next for the Tampa market.
Wall Street Lessons
“Reversion to the Mean” – markets and prices fluctuate, but they will always indicate a trend, or mean
Relative-value trading – With two similar asset classes, sell asset class sitting above the mean and buy the asset class sitting below the mean
Convergent Capital Partners
Santosh paired his understanding of financial side of investing with partner’s physical knowledge of real estate
Saw relatively stable markets in FL during late 1990s
Opportunistic commercial investing: all commercial asset classes except industrial; looking for properties with mixed-use potential
Private Equity Platform Fund-Operation: base of 10 investors; deal offered first to fund as whole, then to individual memebers
Strong recent investment/development growth
Institutional capital competing for projects
New vision for Downtown Tampa
Harbor Island Project: “The Point” – Convergent Capital developing 115k sqf. property in Tampa harbor
When transitioning from residential or simply starting your investment portfolio in commercial real estate, it is important to remember one thing: commercial leases are not the same as residential. Commercial leases are subjected to a much higher percentage of risk if not properly structured.
Elise Batsel has made it her business to ensure landlords are protected in any commercial lease issue from the ground up. As counsel with the Tampa firm Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Elise specializes in commercial real estate land-use and zoning. Elise represents developers and institutional lenders in acquisitions, dispositions, financing and transactions as well as all aspects of commercial leases. In this episode, Elise discusses seven hot-topics all landlords and owner/operators should know about commercial leases.
Commercial vs. Residential Leases
Commercial properties have different costs and expenses that can be transferred to tenants: common area maintenance expenses (CAMs)
CAMs may include: utilities, landscaping, management fees and other costs associated with owning and operating commercial properties
CAM and Triple Net Leases
Triple Net Lease – For landlords and tenants who want stability; does not account for unanticipated expenses or for properties without a familiar investment history
CAM lease – Serves as umbrella to protect landlord/owner from future costs and expenses incurred from property management; specifies expenses and tenant liabilities
Though not frequently addressed in lease, tax implications are a major tenant-landlord discussion that could be beneficial for both parties
Leases can stipulate landlord ownership over tenant-improvements with proper recompense for tenant
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Commercial real estate considered public accommodations and subject to more ADA compliance regulations
Represents huge liability for landlords not in compliance
Sub-letting and Tenant-Assigned Leases
Landlords can address sub-leasing and assigning terms in commercial leases
Landlords entitled to portion of income from tenant leases
Do not attempt to draft generic commercial leases if self-managing property
There are many changing facets to follow when drafting commercial leases
If drafting your own lease, have attorney or specialist review
Protection Against Bad Tenants
Always ensure strong deposit from tenant
Write effective demand letter to tenant
For any commercial lease, zoning or land-use issues and questions, Elise can be contacted by phone at 813-472-7564 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The coming year is looking to be an eventful period for mortgages and financial lending in real estate. Debt markets are poised to undergo significant changes over the following years amidst regulatory changes and geo-political headwinds. Investors, both seasoned and novice, should be aware of the changes and the effects they could have on current and future mortgages.
Livingston Hessam, Vice President of financial solutions firm Walker & Dunlop and financing expert, discusses these changes in the debt markets and what investors need to know about their impacts on mortgages and other debt-equity options.
2016 Mortgage Bankers Association Conference
Annual conference gauges financing market for coming year
Winter is coming… And so are national interest rate increases.
The Federal Reserve has recently announced a new national interest rate hike, the first since 2006. Real estate investors are very anxious about the announced rate hike. Many investors are wary that the rate hike may be instituted prematurely in an economy that is not capable of facilitating the effects on real estate markets.
Mark Fleming, Ph. D. serves as the Chief Economist for First American Financial Corporation. With over 20 years’ experience in mortgage and property information, Mark analyzes and forecasts national mortgage and real estate markets. This episode, Mark lends his expertise to our discussion on the new rate hike‘s effect on current real estate markets at a national level, and tells us why investors shouldn’t be so worried.
Federal Reserve Rate Hikes
First rate hike in 9 yrs
2006 – +5% increase
2007 -’08 to Present – 0%
End of Year (2015) – .25% increase
2016 – +1% increase
Instituted to correlate with expected income/wage growth
Long-term, fixed-rate loans not affected
Good for housing markets
House-price appreciation seeing “asset inflation”, especially in Florida
5-6% nationally, higher in FL markets (South Florida)
Out-pacing current wage growth, causing increase in housing rates
Rate hike should slow appreciation growth rate
2016 and Beyond
Rate hike est. 5% increase
House-appreciation (Nationally) projected to slow to 3-4%
Income growth est. 3-4% increase
Commercial real estate to benefit from economic growth
Multi-family to benefit from strong millennial rental market
Jay Smith, CEO of A Snoop Inspections, is a veteran in his field of property inspection. Jay possesses over 30 years in property inspection experience as well as hands-on knowledge of building construction. Jay has an invaluable insight into the key concepts of inspecting properties.
Property inspections can cause even the most seasoned real estate investor to shudder. Not only do inspections have the potential to turn up devastating issues for investors close to finalizing a deal, under-qualified inspectors may cost an investor thousands of dollars in corrective aggravation. Recent changes to insurance policies and coverage in Florida have led to increased concern over property inspections and their impact on real estate investment. Commercial investors need to be especially careful as there are many more aspects to commercial property inspection as opposed to residential. This episode will cover six hot spots or areas of focus for any investor to cover when inspecting properties.
Out-dated wiring methods may preclude properties from meeting current insurance requirements
Aluminum wiring dating mid 1960s-1970s a prevalent issue; Cloth wiring; Knob-and-tube wiring
No safety outlets by water areas source of concern
Major area of concern when inspecting properties. Damage can be detrimental to property and repairs costly.
Look for flat roofs or areas where water pools
Leaks cause major damage
A/C units on roofs – water damage from condensation, impede accessible roof maintenance. New FL building codes require roof-units be on raised platforms
Changes to FL insurance coverage a important concern for new buyers
Standards for coverage have changed over recent years
Require more detailed inspections, won’t insure certain construction methods/materials
Insurance coeerage under previous owner will not extend to new buyer
Costly and potentially dangerous inspection issue
Look for long, horizontal cracks in and around structure
$2000 geo-technical survey
Serious issue in FL
Difficult to asses severity or extent of infestation
Especially an issue in vacant or untended properties
Inspector Due Diligence
In FL especially, determine certifications of inspectors prior to selecting
FL requires Home Inspector license only
International Association of Home Inspectors – largest H.I. association in U.S.
For specific issues, contact specialists (i.e. mold inspector, master electrician, professional roofer)
To contact Jay for information on inspecting properties or to inquire about his own property inspection services, visit his website: www.a-snoop.com or call (813) 345-2600
Florida real estate investors should be familiar with the name McKinley. With over 55 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate in 34 states, McKinley, Inc. is 37th largest real estate investment and management firm in the nation.
Albert Berriz, CEO, Co-owner & Co-Managing Member of McKinley talks with us this week about the firm’s special interest in Florida. The Interstate 4 Corridor, connecting Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando and Daytona Beach is favorite of McKinley for it’s unique position as a major economic engine for Florida. The firm owns and manages 55 multi-family communities along the I-4 corridor. Albert discusses the firm’s attraction to the corridor as a region of of immense population growth.
6.5 million residents (6th largest population concentration by geographic area in U.S.)
1.3 times over growth rate of South Florida
Panama Canal to introduce Port of Tampa to new markets
All Aboard Florida rail project to provide high-speed transit between Orlando and South Florida
Theme Parks in Orlando and Tampa
For any investor seeking to improve their success in the real estate market, Albert believes that a mentor is an invaluable resource for investors. The expertise and understanding of a seasoned investor can provide knowledge and guidance to make actionable investment decisions.
Albert cites Colin Powell as a distinct influence on his development as a leader. Despite his focus in military and politics as opposed to business, Gen. Powell established himself as a true leader in his field and exhibits the qualities of leadership that can be applied to any individual.
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To find out more about Mckinley’s properties in Florida visit their website
For 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
West Palm Beach
Utilizing privately owned space in F.E.C. “Flagler Corridor”
125 mph (with no grade crossings)
200k sq. ft. real estate development for Downtown Miami Station
Servicing local and commuter traffic
2 Developments planned: 200k sq. ft. & 100k sq. ft.
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’sreal estate development and leasing opportunities or to find out more about the project visit the project website www.allaboardflorida.com
Hoyt Prindle of the Florida Business Development Corporation talks about Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for investment real estate. Most real estate investors overlook this type of financing, because, frankly, it has limited use for investment property…BUT, the financing source can be excellent for mini-warehouses, hotels, golf courses, etc…OR, the professional or retail user who decides to have some attached rental space on the current space in which they own and run their business/practice. The terms of an SBA loan can make a deal VERY attractive for investors. Listen to Hoyt tells us what programs work best.