Commercial real estate investors and developers know the term: “Green”. In Florida, it seems that “green” is the phantom criteria for real estate: many have heard of it, few have seen it. The term brings to mind vague notions of sustainability and energy efficiency, but what exactly is it? What is the merit in “going green”? As an effort to shift toward sustainability becomes a rising trend in the nation, Florida continues to lag behind as commercial developers and investors grapple with the nebulous nature of sustainability and green construction.
Sandra Adomatis, SRA, and LEED green associate is an appraiser with a focus on green initiatives and sustainability in real estate. Based out of Punta Gorda, Florida, Sandra has over 25 years of experience in real estate appraisal in the state of Florida. Sandra is a green valuation expert for the Appraisal Institute. Through course development, seminars and literature, Sandra has been helping commercial real estate investors integrate sustainability and energy efficiency into their investments.
6 Elements of a True Green Building
Low-flow plumbing, greywater recycling, rain barrels/cisterns, energy star rated washing appliances
Many of our past guests on the show have referenced the Jacksonville real estate market in their lists of rising, hot Florida markets. The area has been making a steady recovery since the economic recession and investors are taking notice. With a stable economic base and opportunity in a variety of asset classes, the Jacksonville real estate market has a lot to like for investors.
Maxwell Lee and Kelly Lei, of Glocal Network, know firsthand the appeal of the Jacksonville real estate market. Two years ago, Kelly and Maxwell both left traditional, W-2 income careers for a life in real estate investment and started Glocal Network, a real estate investment firm based out of Jacksonville. Though the company is young, they have a combined portfolio of individually owned and partnered investments of over 20 properties in a diverse collection of asset classes. Kelly’s brokerage and agent’s license combined with Maxwell’s hometown knowledge of the Jacksonville real estate market have established Glocal Network as a leading investor in the Jacksonville real estate market.
Jacksonville Real Estate Market
Large amounts of single family foreclosure properties still being released
40th largest metro in U.S., with strong growth potential
Strong single family markets: Riverside; Avondale; Springfield; San Marco
One of the downsides for real estate investorsbuying single family homes has always been the large amount of time and financial investment it takes to certify an asset. Buyers most conduct thorough due diligence to verify a property’s physical condition, legal standing and yield potential. Buying single family homes can be a stable financial option, but it requires a lot of personal commitment that some investors just can’t afford.
Roofstock may provide investors with a solution to this problem. This episode, RoofstockCEO Gary Beasley stops by to talk about the new platform that is changing the way investors are buying single family homes. By removing the stress and mess of the due diligence process, Roofstock can greatly decrease transaction fees and increase market fluidity by providing investors with a certified, reliable and transparent marketplace for buying single family rental homes. They are also proving that buying leased single family homes can be a greater asset than vacant singe family properties.
Launched in FL – Tampa, Orlando, Cape Coral, Jacksonville, Miami
Also Atlanta and California
Grow to 10+ markets in U.S.
3rd party valuation report, title report, property inspection, rent surveys, financial calculator est. returns based on several rental situations, vets tenants and property managers
Buyer freed from operational component of investing
Buyers able to rely on surety of data
Cheaper, More Effective than MLS
Roofstock – 2.5% transaction fee from sellers; .5% marketplace fee from buyers : MLS – 6% transaction fee
Standardized marketplace of available, leased single family homes
Investment fund opportunity
Recent launch of 100-property fund
Provides readily available market for investors in need of exchange property
To find out more about the great services Roofstock offers investors buying single family homes, check out their website! You can also contact Gary directly at email@example.com or the senior client adviser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Things are happening in the Miami real estate market… Well things are always happening in the Miami real estate market, but BIG things are happening right now. Miami has long been the focal point for real estate investors due to the density and scale of development and the investment opportunity for a variety of asset classes. Real estate investors all over Florida have looked towards the Miami real estate market as a forecast for current and future conditions throughout the state.
Tom Blazejack, of Blazejack & Company knows all of the ins and outs of the Miami real estate market. In addition to nearly 40 years’ experience as a real estate appraiser and analyst, Tom is also a native of Miami. Tom’s extensive appraisal knowledge of commercial and residential properties and intimate knowledge of the Miami real estate market make his consultation highly sought after by investors. This episode, Tom gives us an overview of the Miami real estate market, including development highlights and what investors should expect.
Miami Real Estate Market
2011 purchase of Miami Herald building for $236 million marks return of market
Foreign investment and cash-heavy market
Foreign investors seeking stable properties to invest cash
New deposit requirements for investors and developers insures accountability
Lenders alleviating construction loan costs for developers
Projects moving quicker
Land price increases
Miami seeing $200-300/sqf on new commercial developments but even as high as $3000 in some prime locations
Residential continues to increase… up to $3/sqf in best projects
Development spreading into surrounding Miami
Little Havana, Wynwood, Coral Gables all seeing new projects
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
Nobody said real estate investing was an easy business. Aside from the hard numbers and financial side, commercial and residential real estate investing requires dedication and perseverance from investors and a certain ability to thrive under pressure. For many, these pressures prove too great of obstacles to find success as real estate investors. Invest Florida Show aims to provide its listeners of all investment levels with the tools and resources necessary to make actionable investment decisions. In addition to providing educational resources to our listeners, we also want to inspire would-be investors to make the first big step and invest!
This episode our guest is all about inspiration. Mark Nathwani is a real estate investing specialist and international entrepreneur. Mark has assisted in the growth and development of many businesses and currently serves as CEO of RAMS Real Estate Holdings, a U.S./U.K. based firm focusing on foreclosure properties and other sensible Florida real estate markets. Above all else, Mark believes the first step is the biggest one: want to get into real estate investing? Just do it!
Mark’s Tips for Beginning Investors:
SFR properties are relatively stable, secure markets for those looking to begin real estate investing
Florida has many strong SFR markets:
Tampa, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Orlando
Tailor strategy to investment type:
Fix-and-flip, wholesales, holds
Invest based on yield as opposed to price and valuation
Yield is generally higher in complicated markets i.e. low-income housing
Choose a market and apply strategies that suit that market, don’t cherry-pick strategies from other real estate markets
Cast a wide net to find deals
Brokers, letters, bandit signs, banks, etc.
Never lose confidence in your deal!
To contact Mark with any potential investment opportunities or to find out more about his real estate investing services, visit his website!
“Inventar”: last episode, we were introduced to this phrase by our guests, Josue Romero and Juan Nunez. The hardships faced in Cuba as young men and as immigrants to Florida instilled in them an invaluable determination to thrive and to make the best out of any situation given – to invent success out of nothing through hard work. This episode, we learn how Juan and Josue applied these principles to Florida real estate as we trace their success stories from their introduction into the real estate industry to where they are today.
Josue was introduced to the financial side of real estate in 2009, at the peak of the financial crisis that crippled Florida’s real estate markets. We learn how he was able to find success as a mortgage broker despite the dire state of real estate financing. Juan, with Josue as his mentor, entered the investment side in 2011 and quickly found success in the single-family residential markets fixing and flipping. Together, Juan and Josue formed a dynamic, cooperative relationship founded on principles of hard work and perseverance and are now leaders in Florida’s single-family markets. Josue is the owner of MyLendingHub.com, a mortgage calculator website and Juan is owner of Zenun Enterprises, a real estate investment firm. This episode, they discuss their approach to lending and investing as well as the current state of Floridaand Hillsborough’s real estate markets.
Focused on Single-Family Markets
Majority fix-and-flip deals
Emerging in development and construction
Hot Hillsborough SFR Markets
Town ‘n’ Country
Appreciations not really a problem for next couple years, but investor pool diminishing
Lending markets moving from FHA to conventional institutions (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac)
3% down for qualified investors and lower premiums than FHA
Tips for Investors
Focus on single market and expand only after well-established
Large portfolios are difficult to manage alone
Have a team; network with agents and brokers
Due diligence is key
Stay in budget
For lending inquiries or solutions, contact Josue by phone – (813) 802-6970 or visit www.mylendinghub.com
For any investment inquiries or potential investment opportunities, contact Juan by phone – (813) 766-2959
Cuba. The island nation of roughly 11 million situated 90 miles south of Florida has, for decades, cast a large shadow over its continental neighbor. The U.S., especially Florida, has had a profound and diverse history with Cuba. Cubans and Cuban-Americans have played a nominal role in shaping Florida’s commercial landscape as well as cultural backdrop, with Tampa and Miami representing two major pockets of Cuban heritage and influence. This episode may be a bit of a departure from our typical shows, but as bilateral relations between the two countries progress, both Cuba and U.S. industries anticipate a major developmental boom that has real estate investors watching closely. This special episode will be represented in two parts with our guests sharing both some personal stories of their immigration into the U.S. as well as their involvement in Florida’s real estate markets.
Josue Romero is a mortgage broker serving as owner of My Lending Hub, a mortgage brokerage service company based in Tampa, Florida. Juan Nunez is a real estate investor in Tampa and currently owns and operates Zenun Enterprises, an investment firm focusing mainly on single-family markets. In 1999, Josue and Juan both arrived in Florida with their families seeking asylum. At the time, Cuba was in dire straits. Though the boys were young at the time, their families knew all too well the devastating effect of the ‘Special Period’ on Cuban welfare. When their families reached Tampa, they set about cementing the American dream as a reality with little more than resilience and hard-work. Despite its status as a Communist country since 1959, the Cuban disposition has always been innately capitalistic. Through their stories, Josue and Juan will introduce us to the concept of Inventar – the wholly Cuban approach to making something from nothing. We will learn how this unique ability and ingenuity lead to such a fluid and fruitful transition into mastering Florida real estate markets.
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
Florida has long been known as a great real estate market for foreign investors. Commercial and residential markets both represent favorable investment markets for foreign capital. While investing in real estate outside of a county or state may seem a daunting task, this week we talk with an investor who grew and a successful SFR portfolio out of another country!
Colin Murphy is Director and Co-founder of Torcana, Ltd. an investment firm specializing in single-family properties in Florida. With over ten years’ experience behind him, Colin has grown Torcana into a leading name in Florida SFR markets and he was able to do it all based out of Madrid, Spain. This episode, Colin shares with us some tips for building a successful foreign real estate investment portfolio.
5 Must-Haves for Foreign Investors:
Avoid unnecessary and overly complex contracts
Standard Realtor’s Assn. contracts offer foreign investors easy-to-understand terms
Foreign investors new to U.S. and FL markets may be unfamiliar with title companies
Title companies ensure a clean title transfer in a real estate transaction. They run a property’s title against any outstanding liens and unpaid fees.
Closing costs on U.S. and FL real estate is comparatively less than that of markets outside of the U.S.
Despite the relatively low closing costs, foreign investors still need to be aware of what they are paying for
Follow-up is needed after purchasing a property
Find the right insurance coverage for your investment as well as establishing a property management plan
All U.S. real estate is subject to taxes and returns must be filed on them
County tax collector searches can be an easy way for foreign investors to keep track of their portfolios’ taxes
For a more comprehensive approach for foreign investors, check out Colin’s list of 20 things to know for real estate investing: