Ep. 122 Livingston Hessam: What You Need to Know About the State of Mortgage Banking and Real Estate Lending

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mortgage banking and real estate lendingIt’s a new year and change is in the air. With financial regulation changes sure to come and the recently announced Federal interest rate increases, it’s no wonder mortgage banking and real estate lending is hot on investors’ minds.

This episode, we have Livingston Hessam, who just returned from this year’s Mortgage Bankers Association Commercial Real Estate Finance and Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo.

Listeners will remember Livingston from episode 70, in which he gave us a recap on multifamily mortgage banking and real estate lending from the 2016 conference. Livingston is Vice President of Walker & Dunlop‘s Tampa office. Livingston brings over 12 years of experience in real estate lending and finance solutions to Walker & Dunlop, which just celebrated it’s 80th anniversary.

Livingston offers up a recap of the 2017 CREF/Multifamily MBA Conference and discusses key themes from the past year and the current state of mortgage banking and real estate lending.

What’s In Store for Mortgage Banking and Lending

Agency Annual Caps

  • Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac each allocated $36.5 billion for 2017 (same as 2016)
  • Certain loans and portions of loans are excluded from the cap (i.e. affordable and green/energy efficient)
  • Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac multifamily production totaled over $110 billion in 2016.
  • Fannie up 30%, Freddie up 20% from 2015
  • Expected to capture 40% of total multifamily volume for 2017 ($50-55 billion each)

Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS Loans)

  • Risk-retention regulations put in place in 2016, narrowing amount of CMBS lenders
  • Post-election stability, but more selective lending market
  • CMBS lenders ramping up bridge-lending

10-year Spreads

  • Life-insurance (50% leverage and under): 125-135 range
  • CMBS (75% leverage): 250-280 range
  • Agency (80% leverage): Low 200s range
  • Federal interest rate sees .25% increase
  • Expected to increase to 2.75-3% by end of year

Hot Topics

  • Trump Administration
    • Tax reforms
    • Dodd-Frank roll-backs
  • Retail lending
    • Publix most active retail buyer in FL
    • Grocery chains are buying out plazas after lease terms or taking right of first refusal on new lease terms
    • Reduced supply of grocery-anchored retail
    • Strong retail appetite for real estate lenders

Investor Resources

  • In addition to his V.P. role at Walker & Dunlop, Livingston is President of the Society of Real Estate Professionals (SOREP). Formerly the Tampa chapter of University of Florida’s Bergstrom Council, SOREP hosts networking events and seminars to professionals and gives back to Florida universities. SOREP focuses on all aspects of the real estate industry and is open to all. Click here for more info.
  • Walker & Dunlop offers comprehensive real estate financial solutions for all income-producing properties. For more info, visit Walker & Dunlop website.
  • To contact Livingston directly, click here.

 

 

Ep. 116 Larry Goins: Cashflow without Tenants or Rehabs

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making money in a rising market. earning cashlfow without tenants or rehabsAll investors have heard horror stories from single and multi-family investing: bad tenants, rehabs gone wrong. Often these stories result in investors paying much more in out-of-pocket capital than was accounted for. This remains a major contributing factor preventing would-be investors from making the leap. Though there are successful strategies one can adopt to deal with bad tenants or to facilitate successful rehabs, many investors are still wary of residential asset classes.

However, there are ways to earn cashflow without having traditional tenants or making unneeded rehabs to the property.

Larry Goins is one investor that does not rely on having traditional tenants or doing property rehabs.

Listeners may remember Larry from Episode 106 where he discussed finding creative ways to make money in rising markets. Larry is a 30 year investor and investment mentor. He is an author, speaker and educator sharing his wealth of investment experience with beginner investors. This episode, Larry discusses his strategy of offering lease options instead of traditional tenant leasing.

Earning Cashflow through Lease Options

  • Homeowners in Training
    • Prospective tenants are given lease with option to own
    • Tenants have stated intent to purchase property
    • Tenants put up non-refundable down-payment stating consideration to purcahse
  • Lease Agreements
    • For Dodd-Frank compliance, tenant’s down-payment only goes to closing costs; no rent credits can be given during lease agreement
    • Make sure tenant is responsible for minor repairs and maintenance for “x” amount per occurance
  • Resources

For more information about lease options and earning cashflow without tenants or rehabs, contact Larry directly through his website.

For webinars, trainings, reports and other information, visit www.larrygoins.com

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Ep. 114 Kurt Westfield: Apartment Investor Tough Lessons Lead to New Strategy

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multifamily investing and finding a strategy as an apartment investorAs real estate investors, sometimes what we think is a good investment strategy does not turn out quite as expected. While a single family investor may be able to stick to a strategy and adopt minimal changes, this is not usually the case for the apartment investor.

Your investment strategy should suit the deal you are making. It may become necessary to change your strategy in order to make a deal work.

While this may mean an extra headache in the short-term, a change in strategy could mean the difference between a successful investment and a failure.

Just ask Apartment Investor Kurt Westfiled

Kurt Westfield is the founder of WC Companies, an umbrella brand for his multi-service real estate investment firms.Listeners will remember Kurt’s last episode with us when he discussed his transition from single family investor to apartment investor.

This episode, we catch up with Kurt following his transition to apartment investor. He discusses how he found out early on in his career the importance of finding a winning strategy.

Apartment Investor: Finding a New Strategy

The Deal

  • 14 unit apartment building
  • In foreclosure
  • Expedited due diligence (7 days)
  • Intended to be 12 month, light fix-and-flip with capital expenses at $80-100k

The Issues

  • Tenants trashed complex
  • Property had suffered from neglect

Changing Strategy

  • Evicted all current tenants
  • Rehabbed entire property, inside and out
  • Structured leasing as condo-apartment type w/ one model unit completed while construction was ongoing
  • Created brand identity
  • Started community engagement activities

The Results

  • 3 1/2 year project, cap expenses at $400k
  • Property raised market rent 60% in area
  • Identified potential of revitalizing fringe market properties
  • Focused on developing branded communities rather than street addresses

Kurt is still an active apartment investor, looking for multifamily deals in Tampa and Jacksonville up to 50 units. To contact Kurt with a potential deal, email him at kurt@wccompanies.com.

For any other questions or to find out more about services offered by WC Companies, visit their website.

Ep. 113 Elysia Stobbe: Diversifying Risk with Geography and Asset Class

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investor mortgages, diversifying riskNo Risk, No Reward

No matter the size or experience of the investor, this is a widely-held belief. However, it is not simply about risk, but rather smart risks.

Diversifying risk is a key strategy for real estate investors looking to expand their bottom line.

Increasing the Bottom Line

We are pleased to welcome back to the show, Elysia Stobbe, NMLS# 146751. Listeners will remember Elysia from Episode 108, in which she discussed updates to SFR investor mortgages.

In addition to being a branch manager with NFM Lending, Elysia is a successful investor with over 30 property deals under her belt, doing deals in and around Jacksonville, FL. She is also a published author. Her best selling book, How to Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye helps single family investors in obtaining secure, prime mortgages.

This episode of Landlord Tales, Elysia discusses her transition to multifamily investing and diversifying risk with geography and asset class. Through expanding focus into the multifamily asset class and remaining open-mined about market areas, Elysia learned that diversifying risk is a great way to increase returns.

Diversifying Risk

  • Multifamily offers greater cashflow potential than single family while minimizing tenant turnover risk
  • Multifamily cap rates typically 2-4% higher than single family
  • Remain open-minded about potential market areas
  • Distressed properties can be made rentable

Finding Deals

  • Networking with wholesalers is great way to find distressed multifamily properties
    • Craigslist; Bandit signs – WeBuyUglyHouses, iBuyHomes
  • Realtors
  • Property Managers
  • Real Estate Investment Associations (REIAs)

Resources & Links

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Ep. 105 Kurt Westfield: A Journey from Single Family to Multifamily Investing

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multifamily investingMost real estate investors starting out will try their hand at single family investing first. Single family properties are familiar, small-scale and generally easy to tackle for first-time investors.

However, many investors will find they have a limited ceiling for growth with single family properties. Juggling dozens of single family properties while actively marketing for new investments no longer becomes practical. Apart from wholesaling, flipping and other similar single family markets, the next logical step for many investors is to make the move to multifamily investing.

Multifamily investing may be intimidating to some, but while it is a different ball-game than single family, the two do share a few commonalities and the overall benefit of multifamily investing outweighs the risk.

Just ask Kurt Westfield.

Kurt moved to Florida from New York and, in 2008, co-founded an investment partnership, WC Equity Group. They then entered into Tampa’s single family investment market.

After doing 102 single family deals in his first two years, Kurt new it was time to make a change if he wanted to scale his investment growth.

Kurt turned to multifamily investing and has since expanded to also offer lending, management and syndication services under his umbrella firm, WC Companies. In addition to Tampa, WC Equity Group also has properties in Jacksonville, FL and Cleveland, OH.

Check out Kurt’s story going from single family to multifamily investing and what he learned along the way!

Tools for Multifamily Investing

  • Market Timing
    • Understand where market could go, not where it is.
  • Fringe Markets
    • Areas on edge of of hot market’s outward growth, i.e. markets around South Tampa
    • Similar tenant quality to class-a markets, better price points
    • Gentrification/community redevelopment occurring
    • Value-add opportunity
  • Network
    • Working relationships with brokers
    • Like-minded investor base
    • Reliable team of contractors/sub-contractors
  • Responsiveness
    • Be prompt and responsive for potential investment deals. Assure potential investors of trust-worthiness.
  • Mentors/Inspiration

Kurt is always interested in working with bright, like-minded investors and brokers to expand his network in multifamily investing.

To contact Kurt with potential deals or to find out about the services his companies offer, visit www.wccompanies.com, click on any company tab and find the contact section.

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Ep. 101 Dan Pepper: Increasing the Value of Your Property by Paying Attention to Financial Details

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increase proprty values with financial detailsTime is money. Property managers spend a lot of money on their time and this is true whether they are managing residential, multifamily or commercial properties. Often times, property managers may get caught up in the timing of things, letting their financial records and organization fall by the wayside. Not only does this cause added stress on the property manager, but it can also hurt the value of a property. When it comes time to sell a property or to refinance, proper financial details mean everything in determining how much the property is valued at.

Dan Pepper knows the importance of organizing and recording all the financial details of a property. Through his company, Palm Companies, a combined investment and property management firm, Dan oversees 190 multifamily units with nearly 50 units managed by Palm. With so many factors to keep track of, paying attention to financial details has become imperative in streamlining property management efficiency. This episode, Dan shares what he has learned about managing properties effectively and increasing property value by organizing and tracking financial details.

  • Automated Property Management Systems

    • streamline record keeping, bill pay and rent collection
    • Appfolio – good mid-market, fully-integrated automated system; 80+ units
    • Import photos or scans of bills for services and expenses into an easily accessible database
  • Capitalizing Expenses vs. Annual Expenses

    • Clearly define and categorize expenses that are capital improvements and what are annual expenses
    • Buyers can reconcile their investment concerns with detailed records
    • Lenders can asses precise values on properties
    • If unfamiliar, google search “capitalizing expenses”

Dan and Palm Companies are focused on multifamily properties ranging between 30-150 units in Southwest Florida. They focused primarily on property management ventures currently, but are open to viable multifamily deals. Palm Companies also has an interest in retail investments. Check out their website for more information.

Ep. 96 Jillian Bandes: Making a Complex First Invest in Small Multifamily

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multifamily investListeners of the show will remember Jillian Bandes who, in episode 74, discussed what real estate investors should consider about building structure when looking at commercial multifamily investing. The project manager for Bandes Construction covered 6 hot topics on building structure and maintenance that investors should be aware of with commercial multifamily properties.

In this episode, we discuss Jillian’s first investment property….a single family home with an ajacent rental apartment.  She discusses razing the property, dealing with the local code and building officials and her plans on whether to rent the units or live in one and rent the remainder.  The property was purchased through a foreclosure and we cover the online methods now employed by Pinellas County.  Not only is this project about a potential home and investment, but Jillian is  passionate about blazing the trail for urban renewal and redevelopment in St Petersburg’s core and her unit is in the heart of a rapidly changing area.

  • Residential property permitting and zoning regulations differ from commercial properties
  • Property location
    • Choose property in an area you are familiar with
    • Walk surrounding neighborhood
  • If investment property, define target rental market
  • Due-diligence
    • If foreclosure property, know state of title (liens)
    • What is the property zoned for? Is property up to code? Accessory buildings permitted?
  • Work with local and municipal officials
  • St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Undergoing immense urban growth period
    • Investors need accessibility to invest in properties with potential for redevelopment/renewal
    • South St. Pete offers development opportunity and reasonable prices w/ proximity to cultural amenities

Jillian extends a big thank you to Carlyn Neuman of Tampa’s 360 Realty for helping to navigate online foreclosure bidding as well as to Katrina Trump of Bank of Tampa, for assisting with securing financing.

 

Ep. 88 Beshears & Associates: Update of the Multifamily and Self Storage Market in Florida

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e2bc79_37043315246c4693996f91e865cad488 e2bc79_e3001e806a764241a578a62d31aad77cReal estate investors in Florida know that the market has seen a steadily increasing return to normalcy since it bottomed out in 2010. Asset classes of all types have been undergoing a resurgence as the market continues to correct itself. With investing outpacing development though, investors are seeing access to viable properties tightening up. Investors need to become more creative when finding deals and stay ahead of new trends arising.

David Beshears, head appraiser and owner of Beshears & Associates, has been appraising properties in Florida for over 20 years and he is very knowledgeable about the self storage market. John Miller, senior appraiser and realtor for Beshears & Associates, specializes in multifamily asset classes, having completed over 200 multifamily appraisals since 2008. This episode, David and John discuss where Florida markets are at, particularly in the multifamily and self storage market.

Multifamily

  • 4% vacancy in Tampa area markets
  • Uptick in rental rates across sub-markets
  • High occupancy rates causing higher appreciation in Class B and C properties
  • Class A properties new builds at $2/sqf (Central Tampa Sub-market: Hyde Park, Westshore, Downtown Tampa, Davis Islands)
  • 3300 units entitled to construction; 2200 scheduled for 2016 completion
  • Class A super properties arising in suburban markets (Riverview)
    • Luxury trend in new developments (zero-entry pools, state-of-the-art amenities)
  • No new builds for Class B and C properties
  • Cap Rates (Tampa): Class A: 4.5-5.25%; Class B: 5.25-5.75%; Class C: 6.5-9%
  • Value-add opportunities still available with focus on interior of units

Self Storage

  • Traditionally lag behind multifamily cap rates by 150-200 basis points
  • Self storage market similar to multifamily market
  • Subject to overbuilding in 3rd tier markets
  • 12% of market owned by institutional investors
  • Value-add opportunity for private investors
    • Online/web presence
    • Upgrade security and lighting
  • Cap rates: Class A: 5-7%; Class B: 7-9%; Class C: 9% and up
  • Major markets in need of new development
    • Opportunity for developers if they can find land
    • 2-3 acres at $5-8/sqf is ideal

Beshears & Associates offers a newsletter providing an overview on a variety of asset classes in Florida, including the multifamily and self storage market. To check out their newsletter and to find out about the other services they offer, visit their website at www.beshears.net

Ep. 56 – Karma Senge: Trials & Tribulations of a MultiFamily Investor

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1f396c8When it comes to multifamily investing, the size of the deals is often the most intimidating, but as we know, with bigger risks come bigger rewards.There is always a reason not to do something. The transition to becoming a multifamily investor may seem overwhelming but many investors make the move into multifamily markets and overcome the obstacles to become successful multifamily investors.

Karma Senge is a multifamily investor with quite an interesting story. Like most real estate investors, Karma cut his teeth in investing in the single-family markets. After entering the market in the early 2000s, Karma had soon acquired over 350 properties in his portfolio and was single-handedly managing them all. After a brief departure from real estate investing to recover from the stress of single-family investing, Karma reentered the market with a focus on multifamily investing. Despite his renewed vigor, Karma had to work his way back from the ground up in the multifamily market, eventually acquiring his first investment on a 6-property portfolio. Karma’s story is one of hard work and perseverance. Karma managed to overcome the obstacles ahead of him and establish himself as a successful multifamily investor in Florida and the Southeast U.S.

  • Alternative Financing
    • Seller-financing and creative debt options provide an appealing alternative to institutional debt options
  • Due Diligence
    • Researching markets and properties is imperative before committting to any deal
  • Find a Mentor

    • Someone who is an experienced multifamily investor can serve as an invaluable source of information and guidance
  • Have a Team
    • A team of experienced staff or even a partner can help to manage responsibilities and stress
  • Community Investing
    • It is important to consider tenants when investing in multifamily. Invest in community-oriented projects and developments.

Karma recommends:

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, PhD for those thinking of entering into multifamily investing.

If you would like to find out more about Karma’s investment firm, please visit his website

you can contact Karma via email at karmalodrowsenge@gmail.com

 

E34 Wesley Burdette – How He Progressed from Single-Family Flipper in to Multi-Family Development

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318084_536836776336108_1099953190_nWesley Burdette has always had a hand in real estate investing, however he began on the lending side in the Washington D.C./metro area. From lending he moved towards single-family residential flipping with his sights set on the Florida real estate markets. After finding success in the single-family markets, Wesley endeavored into real estate development and now has several projects in progress in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, notably a 46 unit loft-living complex, The Warehouse as well as four new townhouses.

Wesley joins us to discuss his transition from flipper to developer and covers key tips for investing in the Florida real estate markets along with advice on how to diversify your investments and foray into larger investment markets.

  • Know Your Market
    • Research the areas you are considering investing in
    • Understand consumer psyche – what do people want in a home?
    • Know your contractors, work closely with them
    • Millennial Markets on the rise: Seminole Heights
  • Budget
    • Know what you can afford
    • House-flipping is all about initial buy
    • Cost structure
      • Adaptive reuse (commercial, multi-family)
      • Infrastructure (basic repairs)

Wesley’s Tips:

  • Perseverance is key.
  • Entering into investment real estate can be intimidating, but with determination and the proper know-how you can find success.
  • Be careful with your investments. Don’t get locked into something uncertain

If you are interested in investing in the Seminole Heights area or just looking for some local urban flavor, check out: The Rooster and the Till or The Refinery

To view pictures of Wesley’s multi-family development project, The Warehouse, click here.

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Wesley can also be contacted directly at: wburdett1@yahoo.com