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
Whether investing in a multifamily property with value-add intentions or simply as a stable addition to your portfolio, it is important to consider the building structure and the costs associated with structure maintenance.
Jillian Bandes, of Bandes Construction Company knows just what to look for in building structure when valuating a potential multifamily investment. This episode, Jillian shares six hot topics for investors to consider about building structure when buying multifamily properties.
Costly repair and improvement item
Determine property’s inside and outside amperage
Enlist licensed electrician for any repairs or improvements
Unwise to cut costs on roofing materials and construction
Find dependable roofing companies, use quality materials
Roofing Warranties: 1-2 yr Workmanship Warranty; 10-20 yr Manufacturer Warranty
Air-conditioning represents a huge aspect to determine in Florida properties
Requires secure maintenance schedule
Replacement costs can be substantial
Doors & Windows
Many things to take into account with doors and windows
Observe building jurisdiction’s code requirements
Buying replacements in bulk may be more cost-effective than as-needed replacements
Interior trends fluctuate. Stay current with trends that tenants want
Value-add investors may want to put more into interior costs up front for greater tenant appeal and longevity: energy star appliances, natural stone counter-tops, removing partitions, adjusting ceiling heights
Frame vs. Masonry
Wood frame structures usually require much more extensive evaluations than masonry structures: water-proofing report, site level, landscaping, water table, drainage, etc.
Repairs and rehabs can be costly on frame structures
Masonry offers more stability and investment assurance
For more information from Jillian about important items to consider about building structure she can be contacted through Twitter @jillybee or by visiting Bandes Construction Company’swebsite.
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 email@example.com
When weighing projected costs for potential and current real estate investments, it is important to consider how to insure your investment as well as costs associated with that. In Florida, flood insurance for your property represents a significant facet to consider. Recently, Florida has undergone major changes in regards to insurance legislation which has had a dramatic effect on flood insurance requirements.
The Biggert-Waters Act, passed in 2012 ushered in major changes to flood insurance requirements and affordability. As a response to a budget deficit, Congress passed this law that took a drastic approach to the standing National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) parameters, notably, introducing a substantial hike in policy rates to take place within a year. The bill, now amended as the Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, has extended the previous deadline of one year to an incremental increase over four to five years.
Chris Coleman of Coleman Insurance Agency based in Dunedin,FL discusses provides expert insight on changes that are occurring in flood insurance affordability and how you can manage your real estate investments under these new conditions.