Ep. 135 Alex Rios: These Hot Design Trends Can Increase the Value of Your Multifamily Property!

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Whether you invest in multifamily or other commercial properties, if you’re investing for cashflow, you’re going to want your property to attract tenants. The design and function of a property goes a long way in enticing potential tenants. Updating your property with latest design trends and practical features can also increase the value of your investment.


 

multifamily design trendsThis episode, we talk with Alex Rios. As President of Rios Architecture, Alex has worked on many projects in many asset classes, including office, commercial, medical and multifamily. Lately, he has been actively involved with several multifamily projects around Tampa Bay, including several McKinley developments.

Alex knows that, for cash-flowing investment properties to attract tenants, they need to feature things that people will want. If you want to increase your property value and attract desirable tenants, staying up-to-date with current design trends is important.

Here are some of the hot design trends that can increase the value of your investment property!

  • Apartment investors looking for ways to make their property stand out to tenants
  • Tight multifamily market has led investors to look at value-add opportunities

Hot Design Trends

  • ‘Sophisticated’ look
    • Invest in palette, not singular items
  • Colors catering to relaxing environments
    • Light blues
    • Light greens
    • Accent colors
  • Floor materials
    • Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) mimics look and quality of wood, durable
  • Amenities need to cater to what your desired tenants want
    • Urban lifestyle trends very strong market
    • Digital/online age demands accessible internet
    • Pet accommodations
    • Encourage social interaction
    • Home office flexibility
    • Accessibility and walkability are important features

Investing for the Future

  • Plan for changes with new technology
    • Electric cars
    • Automated transit
  • Manage your construction costs
    • Account for high labor demand
    • Costs for new development materials

Contact Alex

By email: alex_rios@riosarchitecture.com

Website: riosarchitecture.com

Ep. 132 Steven Rinaldi: What You Need to Know About Investing in Real Estate Securities

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If you’ve got a real estate investment that’s managed through a third-party property management company, did you know it’s considered a security? When your investment is classified as a security, there’s different rules to how it is managed.

real estate securitiesOur guest this week, Steven Rinaldi, is a real estate attorney based out of Bethesda Maryland. He is a leading figure in real estate and security law, having previously served as general counsel for the American Association of Bankers. He specializes in venture capital, private placement, angel investment and crowdfunding. He’s drafted memoranda for real estate investor with deal-types including private loans for rehabbers and loans for apartment investors.

This episode, he’ll be sharing what you need to know about real estate securities and the rules for managing properties as securities.

Find out what you need to know about real estate securities!

  •  Federal looks at 4 factors of an investment to determine it as a security:
    • Investment of money
    • Common enterprise
    • Expectation of profit
    • Element of control
  • Your expectation of a profit is based on the work of someone else
  • Your real estate investment is a security if you do not have control over day-to-day operations of it
  • Different sets of laws apply to real estate securities

Investor resources

Want to find out more about what it means to invest in real estate securities or curious about real estate syndication? You can contact Steven Rinaldi through email at stevendrinaldi@msn.com or by phone at (204) 481-2708. You can also check out what kind of syndication deals he’s been involved in! Click here to view.

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Ep. 131 Rod Khleif: Landlord Tales – How Multifamily Investing Can Consolidate Your Bottom Line

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earn real estate cashflow with investment goals, multifamily investingInvestor, author and real estate investing mentor, Rod Khleif has done it all.

Rod was introduced to real estate investing early on. He managed to find success fairly quickly and, by 2006, had acquired thousands of properties across the U.S., including 800 in Florida.

Rod’s taste for real estate investing lies mostly in multifamily investing.

With single family properties, you can run the risk of spreading yourself too thin. It can become difficult to manage a large portfolio of single family properties. You have the potential to earn greater returns while managing fewer physical properties.

Rod also found that, following the market crash of 2008, his multifamily properties fared much better than his single family homes.

In this edition of Landlord Tales, Rod talks how multifamily investing allows you to consolidate your bottom line. He also shares his outlook on the real estate market cycle.

Consolidating Your Bottom Line Through Multifamily Investing

  • Easier Property Management
    • Stockpile spare/replacement parts for property maintenance
  • Stronger Buy-and-Hold Strategy
    • Duplexes/Four-plexes considered residential real estate, eligible for residential financing
    • Income producing
  • Commercial Multifamily Has Value-add Potential
    • You can exponentially increase your ROI through value-add features in your commercial multifamily investments.

Market Outlook

“What goes up must come down”

In his market outlook, Rod shares some uncertainty over the future of the real estate market. He cautions investors to be wary of those claiming that a crash isn’t going to happen.

  • Flippers: be careful entering into high-dollar flips
  • Multifamily investing: Avoid 5-year balloons

Whatever your market; single family or multifamily investing; focus on cash flow investments. Investing for value can leave you with little options in a downturn.

Investor Resources

To learn more about how multifamily investing can consolidate your bottom line and increase your cash flow check out Rod’s podcast Lifetime Cash flow Through Real Estate Investing, a real estate investing talk show with a focus on multifamily.

Rod is offering Invest Florida Show listeners exclusive access to his new book How to Create Lifetime Cash flow Through Multifamily Properties. To get your free copy:

Check out Rod’s past episode, in which he discusses the importance of implementing practical real estate goals into your investment strategy.

 

Ep. 130 Matt Robinson: What You Didn’t Know About the Florida Panhandle Real Estate Market!

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We’ve covered just about every Florida real estate market on this show. From Naples to Jacksonville, we’ve covered all of Florida’s major markets at least once; except for one. The Florida panhandle real estate market has been one market that we haven’t really touched on.

We’d like to thank our guest this week for helping us change that:

Florida panhandle real estate marketMatt Robinson is a veteran real estate investor and a panhandle native. He is the founder of the Professional Investment Guild, which provides real estate networking and education to area investors. With nearly 15 years investing experience and homegrown insight, Matt is the perfect person to talk about what the Florida panhandle real estate market has to offer.

How much do you know about Florida’s panhandle?

Due to it’s virtual separation from the rest of the state, its often overlooked by investors looking for a potential market. However, the Florida panhandle real estate market has a lot to offer investors.

The panhandle has beautiful coastlines for vacationing and Pensacola is a major economic generator in the area. Plus, the various large-scale military bases throughout the panhandle offer a stable rental market.

If you’ve been wondering about the Florida panhandle real estate market, you won’t want to miss this episode!

  • Strong military rental market:
    • Eglin Airforce Base (USAF)
    • Pensacola NAS (Navy)
    • Hurlburt Field (USAF)
    • Whiting Field NAS (Navy)
  • Economic growth around $1 billion Navy Federal Credit Union Pensacola campus
  • Investments seeing similar appreciation with Sunbelt, but home prices remain low
  • Low inventory and increased demand having an upward pressure on rental rates

Want to learn more about investing in panhandle real estate?

Matt started the Professional Investors Guild in 2013 to help real estate investors network and learn more about current market trends. You can visit their website to find out membership information. Or, you can check their scheduled meetings.

You can contact Matt directly through email at matt@professionalinvestorsguild.com.

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Ep. 129 Fund Your Real Estate Deal: From FNMA to Hard Money!

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fund your real estate dealFund Your Real Estate Deal

Did you know there is more than one way to fund your real estate deal? There are a lot of options available to investors, from mortgages, to bridge lending and hard money.

For our second live podcast event, we’re looking at two major avenues for real estate funding: institutional lending and hard money from private lenders. Our panel of experts answer questions from the audience and offer up tips and insight for finding and securing real estate funding.

Meet the Panel!

  • Frank Coto, III
    • Frank is the Founder and President of Lincoln Lending Group. Based in Tampa, Lincoln Lending offers flexible mortgage solutions for real estate investors and home-buyers.
  • Dan Feinman
    • Dan is a hard money lender and a real estate attorney as well as a hands-on investor, with a rental portfolio that he manages. He works with Starwood Capital Group as a capital partner. Through their partnership, he has transacted over $2.5 billion in non-performing notes and mortgages, and he is presently working with Starwood to raise a national hard money lending platform.
  • Bob Tosi
    • Bob is Vice President of EquityPro. Heading up EquityPro’s Tampa team, Bob assists in the brokerage of real estate for his clients: real estate investors.
  • Ben Yonge
    • Ben is the Founder and President of EquityPro. He heads EquityPro’s Orlando branch. He believes that the best real estate deals should benefit all parties.

Join us for our next live event Aug. 3rd!

Our next live podcast event will be focusing on commercial and residential evictions and will be hosted at our downtown Tampa office and conference space. For more information and event details, check out our Meetup page, Tampa Cashflow Meetup.

 

Ep. 128 David Farmer: Get a Lead on the Next Hot Real Estate Market!

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Think you know the next hot real estate market?

Then you know a good real estate investment depends on more than just the property. It could have all the right physical features, but if it’s in an under-performing market, then the property will never produce a strong ROI. There are socioeconomic factors that affect an investment’s value. These factors can include: population growth, market supply, and municipal planning.

You can track these factors before making an investment decision using forecast models. You can track pertinent market data as it relates to an investment value. Real estate investors and developers use forecast models to determine what markets to focus on. They can also be used to track up-and-coming markets, so you can get a lead on the next hot real estate market!

get a lead on the next hot real estate marketThere’s few more qualified to talk about forecast modeling than David Farmer. A recognized civil engineer, and city planner, Dave has been in the real estate industry for more than 20 years. He has extensive development experience and is the former Chairman of SW Florida District Council for the Urban Land Institute.

He now lends his extensive real estate expertise to Metro Forecast Modeling (MFM), a population forecasting and modeling firm in Lee County. As CEO of MFM, Dave brings his understanding of growth drivers to forecast analysis.

Find out how you can use forecast models to get a lead on the next hot real estate market!

  • Population growth dictates housing demand which determines what development is needed
  • 2 types of forecast models:
    • Aggregated -  wide-scale analysis of an entire metro area
    • Dis-aggregated - Analyses based on designated zones within a metro area. Lee County is divided into 1400 traffic analysis zones.

Florida Market Forecasts

  • Lehigh Acres:
    • 1-2% vacancy rates, high housing demand
    • Need for commercial development
    • Poor planning makes aggregate development projects difficult
  • Downtown Sarasota:
    • Can accommodate higher density than currently using
    • Multifamily and commercial developments replacing existing small structures
  • Jacksonville:
    • Pent-up housing demand
    • 3000 additional units needed now
    • 1600 more needed by 2020
  • Orlando (City):
    • High housing demand
    • 8000 units needed over next 3 years

Contacts

  • You can contact Dave directly at dave@metroforecasting.com
  • You can find out more about MFM’s services by emailing info@metroforecasting.com

 

 

Ep. 127 Scott Maurer & Dave Shaw: There Are Many Ways to Invest in Real Estate With an IRA!

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You probably know that an IRA is a great way to save for the future. You may even be making contributions to one set up through your work. But did you also know that an IRA can serve as a great investment vehicle? Investors use IRAs to hold a variety of assets, but many don’t know that you can invest in real estate with an IRA too. A self-directed IRA provides a lot of flexibility for real estate investing.

This episode is a special one for Invest Florida. We’ll be covering the many ways to invest in real estate with an IRA in front of our first-ever LIVE audience! Scott Maurer, of Advanta IRA, and investor, Dave Shaw join us for a special panel discussion on investing in real estate using a self-directed IRA.

self-directed IRA real estate investingScott Maurer joined Advanta out of college. He has since become the Director of Business Development and regularly educates investors on the many advantages to investing through self-directed IRAs.

 

 

invest in real estate with an IRADave Shaw is a real estate appraiser-turned investor who uses his self-direct IRA as a lending vehicle.

What You Need to Know to Invest in Real Estate With an IRA

  • You can transfer funds IRA-to-IRA tax-free
  • Funds can be transferred as-needed
  • In Florida, IRAs are only protected against personal creditors, not real estate liabilities

Setting Up A Self-Directed IRA

  • Advanta Costs:
    • $50 account-opening fee
    • One-time $95 investment fee (per investment)
    • $295 annual account management fee (includes payments and expenses)

Lending Through a Self-Directed IRA

  • You cannot lend to yourself or immediate family through your IRA
  • Flexible lending terms – you can write your own agreements
  • Returns:
    • 12-15% on 6 month fix-and-flip
    • 10% on 3 year lends

Contacts

  • To learn more about how you can invest in real estate with an IRA, call Advanta at (800) 425-0653 or visit their website. You can also check out educational videos and webinars from Scott on Advanta’s YouTube page.
  • Dave is always looking for single and multifamily deals (4 units and less). You can reach him by email at daveshaw98@gmail.com

Ep. 126 Mark Holmes: What Multifamily Investors Need to Know About the Rental Boom

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multifamily investorsThe national housing market is undergoing a major shift and multifamily investors are taking notice. Through economic and generational factors, the housing market is seeing a lessening demand for single family home purchases. Instead of buying a home, young professionals are opting to rent.

Mark Holmes may know this growing trend better than anyone. As a certified property appraiser with Value Tech Realty, Mark travels the United States appraising multifamily properties. As an appraiser, he understands this rental boom from a valuation perspective. As an active single family investor and passive multifamily investor, he understands what it means from an investor’s standpoint.

This episode, Mark gives us a recap of the the national multifamily market as well as the Florida multifamily market. We discuss the recent rental boom and what it means for multifamily investors.

National Multifamily Overview

  • 63% home ownership, down from 69% (2004)
  • 37% renters: 15 million shift
  • Financial recession brought on behavioral shift
  • Job growth jump-started multifamily development

Florida Multifamily Overview

  • Landlord friendly
  • 3% job growth
  • Statewide rent growth: 4%
  • I-4 Corridor rent growth: 6%

Florida Multifamily Markets

  • Tampa
    • 4000 MF units online, last 12 mo.
    • 65% absorption rate
    • 3.7% rent growth
    • Class A: 4.5% cap rates; Class B: 6%
  • Orlando
    • 5,500 MF units online, last 12 mo.
    • 57% absorption
    • 4.8% rent growth
  • Melbourne
    • 8% rent growth in last 12 mo.
  • Miami/SFL
    • 3,500 units online last 12 mo., 3,300 coming
    • Nearly 100% absorption
    • 3.3% rent growth
    • 4.45% cap rates
    • 49% of income goes to rent

What It Means for Multifamily Investors

  • Capital looking to invest in multifamily is out there
  • Class A property growth concessions trickling down to B + Cs
  • Most buyer interest is in multifamily
  • Interest rate increases mean cap rate increases
  • Major market cap rates seeing downward trend

Contact Mark

Looking for property appraisals? Contact Value Tech Realty through their website. For single family and multifamily investors looking to work with Mark on a deal, contact him through email at mark1holmes1@gmail.com.

DIY Real Estate Marketing: The Power of Podcasting

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We started the Invest Florida Show podcast with the goal in mind to create a living archive of actionable, Florida-centric real estate investing information. Not only have we been able to realize our vision, but Invest Florida has grown to become an effective real estate marketing vehicle – not only for our own lead-generation, but for our guests’ businesses as well.

Podcasting has been growing in popularity over recent years and more and more professionals are realizing the potential of a podcast to extend their reach and network.

When Florida Realtor Magazine asked us to contribute to their cover story on the power of podcasts in building a professional brand, we were honored to take part.

Check out the article!

 

Ep. 125 Gregory Radford – 5 Tips for Earning Hassle-Free Cashflow Out of Your Single Family Rental

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single family rental investingSingle family investors know that keeping up with rental properties and tenants can be a hassle. In addition to dealing with property management, investors must also manage tenants. While a single family rental is a great way for many to earn cashflow, it can be tough to stay organized.

Our guest this week, Gregory Radford knows a thing or two about organization. A decorated military veteran, Greg became a de facto single family rental investor while still serving in the Army. After renting out his home he had purchased using his V.A. loan, he had his Eureka moment. He saw the investment potential of the V.A. loan and leveraged that into becoming a successful single family investor.

Combining the organizational skills and discipline he learned in the Army with his loquacious attitude, Greg created a strategy for earning hassle-free cashflow through single family rental investments. Starting Radford Homes with his wife, Greg is an active single family rental investor in Polk County.

V.A. Loans

  • Federal loan program for military vets to put money down on a home
  • V.A. loans can be reused as many times as the loan limit allows
    • Homes must be inhabited for 12 months
    • Loan limits vary by state/county
    • Polk County: $424k

5 Tips for Hassle-Free Cashflow

  • Niche Marketing
    • Strategic, intentional marketing
  • Custom Rental Applications
    • Send pre-scripted correspondence to potential tenants with explicit application instructions.
    • Tenants who fail to follow instructions are disregarded
  • Tenant Screening
    • Active listening
    • Asking ope-ended questions during tenant interviews
    • Find out about prior residences
    • Check social media
  • Open House for Rentals
    • Controlled open houses
    • Open houses 2x/mo. cuts down on scheduling showings and creates urgency among potential tenants
  • Cash-Free Payments
    • Requiring proof of bank account assures tenant’s financial credibility
    • All payments sent through electronic funds transfer or cashier’s check

Investor Resources

  • Gary Keller – “Hold”
    • single family rental investing
  • Gary Raulston – “Real Estate Principals: A Value Approach”
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – monthly reports

Contact Greg

  • On social media @Radford Homes
  • By phone: (863)410-0877
  • Greg is currently looking to expand into multifamily investing in Polk County