Ep. 115 Denis Hanks: 3 Things Vacation Rental Owners Must Know for 2017

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vacation rental regulations to know for investorsFlorida is a huge market for vacation rental property investors. Florida is a leader in the tourism industry and vacation rentals are rapidly becoming a major economic power.

The rise of shared lodging options has led to a surge of interest in vacation rental properties from investors.

Despite increased economic impact, the vacation rental industry remains a complex and sometimes hostile landscape for investors to navigate. Regulations on vacation rentals vary widely on a state, municipal and association-based level.

Denis Hanks, Senior Director of the Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association (FVRMA), knows just how complex this landscape can be. For over 21 years, FVRMA has been a legislative voice for the vacation rental market industry, in addition to providing property management solutions. Denis brings 20 years experience in state and municipal government to FVRMA’s oversight and efforts.

This episode, Denis discusses some things investors should know for the vacation rental industry in 2017.

Florida Vacation Rental Industry

  • $31 billion/year economic impact
  • Captures nearly 50% of tourist dollars
  • Comprised of condos, single family homes and luxury home resorts
  • Central FL
    • 4,000 new developments dedicated to vacation rentals
    • 25% of U.S. vacation rental market

3 Things to Know for 2017

  • Frequency and Duration
    • FL Statute 509 – preemption protects property owner rights; State cannot prohibit frequency and duration for vacation rentals
    • Regulations can change from municipality to municipality
    • Investors need to do due diligence on local zoning/compliance regulations
    • Be aware of condo/homeowner association regulations
  • Metro Miami/Broward
    • Top 2 international buyer markets in FL
    • Most hostile regulations
    • $20,000 violation charges in Miami; $1,000 per dy fines in Ft. Lauderdale
  • State Regulations
    • Pressure from local officials to remove Statute 509 Preemption

Resources

FVRMA provides a voice for vacation property investors in the state. Members have access to educational resources in addition to legislative lobbying. To find out more about the services offered by FRVMA, visit their website www.fvrma.org or call 407-201-0120

To contact Denis regarding what you can do to learn more about being a vacation rental investor, email him at denis@fvrma.org.

Check out Episode 39 Greg Bugay – Things You Should Know About Growing a Vacation Rental Business in our show archives!

 

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. 110 Andrew Cohan: Investing in Vacation Properties through Branded Hotels

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investing in vacation propertiesFlorida, the dream destination. A vacationer’s paradise; the land of perennial sun and fun.

Florida has long been a favorite of vacationers. It has also been a favorite of those investing in vacation properties. Investing in vacation properties is a major market for Florida real estate investors.

We have discussed investing in vacation properties before. In ep. 39, we discussed investing in vacation properties using Airbnb, with Greg Bugay. This episode, however, focuses on the hotel market in Florida.

 

Who better to discuss that than Andrew Cohan?

Andrew Cohan is Managing Director for Horwath HTL, serving mainly Florida and the Caribbean. He is an expert on health and wellness resort properties and lends his expertise to determining optimum market demand for these types of properties.

This episode, Andrew discusses investing in vacation properties through branded hotels.

Miami Hotel Market

Investing in Vacation Properties through Branded Hotels

  • REITs
  • Condo-hotel units

Investing in Condo-hotel Units

  • Not a conventional, cap rate-type of investment
  • Unit investors typically earn about 40 percent back on investment
  • Owner, manager and developer of resort may be 3 separate entities
    • Investors need to know that circumstances may change over the investment’s life-time

Condo-hotel Draw for Developers

  • Quick exit, high return opportunity
  • Don’t have to worry about property management
    • Brand managers or non-brand managers

If you are looking to find out more about investing in vacation properties through branded hotels, you have more questions about acquiring a condo-hotel unit or you are a developer looking to transition to hotel/hospitality, you can contact Andrew directly by phone or email:

(305) 606-2898

acohan@horwathhtl.com

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.

Check out their Facebook Page!

 

 

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. 100 Gavin Welch: Improve Your Quality of Life by Shortening the Time You Spend on Your Investment Properties

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Full-time real estate investors know more than anyone that there are only so many hours in the day. Finding time to actively land new investments can be hard when its necessary to manage other investment properties. Maximizing time is one of the most valuable tools a real estate investor can have. Shortening the time you spend on your investment properties can greatly improve your quality of life as a real estate investor.

investment propertiesGavin Welch, an entrepreneurial real estate investor, knows just how precious his time is. With seven properties in his portfolio and work commencing on an apartment development, Gavin has a lot on his plate. With a goal in place of acquiring 25 investment properties, Gavin simply cannot afford to spend time on everyday property management concerns for each of his properties. He has implemented a method that allows him to attend to his current investment properties while providing himself enough flexibility to focus on his investment goals.

Limiting Time Spent on Investment Properties

  • Landlording on Auto-PilotMike Butler
  • Google Voice
    • provides automated information for tenants and clients to call in for property info and maintenance requests
  • Limited property showings
    • Schedule property showings and open houses for set days and times cuts down on time spent visiting investment properties
  • Auto pay system for tenants
    • Tenants pay automatically when monthly bill is due. Landlords and property owners don’t need to spend time tracking down payments
  • Passive Marketing
    • Bandit signs circulate property availability
    • Youtube videos provide property details and photos
  • Property Uniformity
    • Using the same materials and paints on all properties greatly reduces time on maintenance and up-keep

Gavin is currently in the market for viable single family investment properties in the Lakeland, FL area. Suitable fix-and-flips or rental property offers may contact Gavin through his website by going to the Contact Us page. Listeners should also check out Gavin’s own podcast, The Real Estate Loop for more investing advice.

Ep. 53 – Ken McElroy: Tips on Investing in Multi-Family Property

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ken-mcelroy-1Investing in multi-family property has its definite upsides. Investors who have considered multi-family investing know that it is an intimidating process: the stakes are much higher. Our guest this week has made calculated investments in multi-family properties…and it’s paid off big.

Ken McElroy may be the expert on investing in multi-family property. As founding partner of MC Companies, Ken oversees day-to-day operations of a nearly 10,000-unit portfolio of multi-family properties. With over 20 years experience in the field, Ken covers the key tips on investing in multi-family property.

  1. What to Know About Multi-Family
    1. Bigger is better
      1. Higher return rate than single-family
      2. Easier to finance
      3. Enables support staffing
      4. Does not require as many deals as single-family
    2. Requires long-term investing
      1. Unlike “flipping” single-family properties
    3. Familiar market landscape
      1. Single-family investors will recognize the similar processes in terms of due-diligence, lending and raising capital
    4. Multi-family debt market options
      1. Ken advises agency debt options for financing such as FANNIE MAE
        1. Tedious underwriting, but offers favorable rates and pricing
        2. Non-recourse
        3. Supplemental pieces available (not forced to sell existing properties before purchasing new ones)
        4. Not taxable
  2. Advice to Investors
    1. Due-diligence is key
      1. Track upcoming cities and neighborhoods
      2. Follow market trends and economic trends
      3. Tailor search for specific markets (e.g. retirees, single-family homeowners, renters)
    2. Real estate is cyclical
      1. Look to where the market is heading not where it is at present
    3. Good property management is a must for multi-family
      1. Use local, knowledgeable, responsive PM firms
    4. Finding deals
      1. Look for properties that are mismanaged
        1. Mismanaged properties may be holding unrealized “value-add potential”
      2. Stay focused on specific areas
        1. Do not expand to quickly or invest in remote locations
      3. National and local brokerage firms, in-house acquisition teams good resources for finding deals

More about Ken:

Ken is the author of The ABCs of Real Estate Investing as well as several other books covering all aspects of investing in multi-family property and property management.

He has also partnered with Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad and serves as an adviser for Rich Dad

To find out more about Ken or MC Companies, visit their website – www.mccompanies.com

To find out more about Ken’s books or other informational resources he offers check out his website – www.kenmcelroy.com

 

 

 

Ten Suggestions for Landlords and Managers of Residential Properties – Josh Diggs

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Headshot_JoshOkay. So you have made the leap and acquired a real estate investment asset to begin your portfolio. The next step, managing the property, is a recurring problem that arises for many investors. Real estate needs to be managed. A poorly managed property is a strain on any investor’s time and finances.

Josh Diggs, of Palm Capital Partners of Tampa, shares with us 10 tips for successful and effective property management. With years of experience in owning and managing investment real estate, Josh has crafted the essential shortlist to property management. His 10 tips cover all the points landlords and managers need to know about residential property management.

  1. Due diligence on tenants
    1. Background checks, credit checks
  2. Don’t make exceptions on tenant-screening policies
  3. Don’t buy used appliances
    1. Repair costs on used appliances total more than purchasing new
    2. It is better and more cost-effective to purchase new appliances w/ warranties
  4. Condition forms
    1. Have tenants complete and sign formal acknowledgments of unit conditions upon move-in
  5. Be cautious hiring sub-contractors
    1. Cheap ones may be appealing but service is unreliable/faulty
    2. Referrals and word-of-mouth are best vehicles for finding reliable sub-contractors
  6. Bed tenants mean bad communities
    1. If existing tenants are bad influence on community, remove them
  7. Complete regular property inspections
    1. A/C, smoke alarms, etc.
  8. Always deal with tenant directly
    1. Don’t allow friends or family of tenant to intervene in matters involving the property
  9. Maintain timely property maintenance
    1. Waiting on necessary replacements and repairs may have serious long-term consequences
  10. Always be professional
    1. Regardless of situation, never allow personal matters to affect business

Josh’s company Palm Capital Partners, LLC is always looking for new investment opportunities. They are mainly interested in B+C multi-family properties.

If you have any questions on investing in the Tampa area or have a property you wish to sell you can contact Palm Capital Partners at 888-805-9317

or you can contact Josh directly at 727-859-6510

Ep 33 – Atty John McMillan Talks Florida Evictions and Protected Classes

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For residential investors and property owners, especially those who wish to remain hands-off owners, assuming the role of landlord can be costly and strenuous for those unfamiliar with the practice of it. This is often made more difficult when undergoing tenant evictions. Confronting the near labyrinthine due process of law during evictions suits can prove a daunting task for even the most seasoned landlords.

Attorney John McMillan stops by this week to discuss evictions processes in residential real estate bayline-coverproperties and covers things to know in order to be a confident and successful property owner. With nearly 40 years of experience representing landlords, he brings with him insightful and educational resources to provide investors and owners with the knowledge and capabilities of being competent landlords. He provides the know-how to properly manage your properties and tenants, especially when handling evictions.

 

  • Florida evictions typically reached in 4-5 weeks
    • $15k properties filed in County Civil (most residential)
    • $15k or over properties filed in Circuit Civil
  • Costs of evictions
    • Filing fee – $198 + $10 for each addtl tenant
    • Svc. of Process – $45/ tenant
    • Atty. fees between $150-500
    • Extra costs for hearings and writs of possession
  • Know your rights as a landlord
    • Know service of process for evictions
    • No limit on lease length
      • longer than 1yr, leases must be subscribed under landlord by 2 witnesses
      • leases under 6 mths. subjected to sales tax in FL
  • Well-written leases are key
    • Thorough
    • Plain-English…you and your tenant should know and understand what is in the lease
    • Address potential issues in lease
  • Know your tenants’ rights
    • Fair Debt Collection Act
    • Fair Housing Act
      • Cannot discriminate against race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, familial status (Protected Classes)
      • County specific classes added: Hillsborough County – age, sexual orientation, sexual identity and marital status
      • Federally-subsidized housing (Sect. 8)

For more information about landlord rights and eviction processes, contact John’s office here or by calling 813-988-5135

For lease templates and information on required language contact John directly at John@JohneMcMillan.com