Ep. 109 Dennis Cisterna: A Tool for Rent Research

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rent researchRent research can be tough. Rent research can be a pain

Rent research may not be most’s idea of a good time, but it is necessary for single and small multifamily real estate investors. In order to determine investment value and potential for rental income, comprehensive rent research must be done on a property. Usually, this requires an extensive effort on an investor’s part in due diligence and market research.

Dennis Cisterna may have the answer to many investors’ prayers. In addition to his veteran experience in real estate investing and lending, Dennis serves as Chief Revenue Officer RentRange Data Services and Investability Real Estate, Inc. Each of these services serve as a helpful tool for investors conducting rent research on potential properties.

This episode, Dennis discusses these tools for rent research and lends his expert knowledge to Florida market overviews. Find out why there isn’t a better time to become a real estate investor in Florida!

Tools for Rent Research

  • RentRange
    • Analytical tool help investors understand SFR market points
    • Automated rent estimates on +10,000,000 properties
    • Premier SFR analytics tool
    • Business oriented – geared toward property managers, lenders, banks, etc.
  • Investability
    • Online search and acquisition platform (operates as brokerage firm)
    • Totally free to use
    • Offers 3rd party investment services
    • One-stop-shop for SFR and small multifamily investors

Florida Markets

  • Hot markets: Miami, Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando, Jacksonville
  • Strong rental markets statewide
  • Miami: 15% rent increase and 5% vacancy
  • Tampa/St. Pete: 10% rent increase and 8% vacancy

Dennis has been kind enough to draw up a Florida-centric market analysis for our listeners. Check it out here! Invest Florida Show – Florida Market Analysis

Investors can visit RentRange and Investability to find out the full extent of services each platform offers. Each platform has an excellent sales and support staff to assist clients with any questions/concerns.

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

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  • 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. 98 Adrian Smude: Landlord Tales – One Method of Creating Distance between You and Your Tenants

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landlord talesThe sob-stories; the hard-luck-tales; the down-and-out pleas. There are many reasons tenants might ply a landlord for a special leniency or exemption. Whether these are legitimate reasons or or not, landlords and property managers can end up assuming a lot of extra stress on a property by allowing tenants to take advantage of a situation through emotion. Sometimes, the hardest thing for investors who manage their own properties to do is tell their tenant “no”. It is easy to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, but at what point can empathy hurt your investment? Real estate investors need to know how to keep tenant turmoil at arm’s length when it comes to the viability of an investment.

Adrian Smude may know better than any the importance of managing interaction with tenants. As an investor in single family residential properties in and around Plant City, FL, Adrian has experienced the short-comings of allowing tenants unchecked leniency. Adrian’s start in single family residential investing stems from an unpleasant tenant/landlord experience: eviction. After being evicted from a rental house in college, Adrian ended up purchasing his own single family property and converted into a multi-tenant rental. Wary of the poor experience he had as a tenant, Adrian opted towards a more empathetic approach to landlording. Eventually, he found his tenants abusing their privilege. Adrian had to find a way to separate himself from thinking like a tenant and more as a landlord. Adrian adopted a system that put distance between himself and his tenants while avoiding the hard-line approach. Join us for the first episode of “Landlord Tales” as we discuss holding rental properties in a land trust.

  • Land Trust
    • Property placed in name of land trust. Property owners can designate themselves as trustee, separate from beneficiary
    • Managing property and tenants becomes easier by separating function as landlord from property owner
    • Adrian learned this method from veteran local investors Jack Shea, Larry Harbolt and Mike Warda

Adrian is actively in the market for single family residential properties and mobile homes of up to $120k in areas around Hillsborough County and Polk County, including Brandon, Plant City, Lakeland and Winter Haven. If you believe you may have a potential investment opportunity, contact Adrian at (813) 720-7874.

Ep. 81 David Campbell: Buying Notes Can Be a Great Way to Invest in Real Estate

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david-campbell-blog-photo-200x300Normally, our episodes focus on making strong, equitable real estate investments but as investors feel the restraints of a tightening lending market, they are looking for alternative financing options. Mortgage notes represent a secure and a stable income market. Buying and selling mortgage papers can yield sizable returns that can supplement an investor’s income-base.

David Campbell is a jack-of-all-trades in real estate investing. He is an experienced real estate investor and developer, he handles property management, and he buys and sells mortgage notes and offers private financing options. David, who made the transition from high school band director to real estate investor in 2001, began buying and selling mortgage papers in 2012 and has manged an increasingly profitable debt portfolio since. This episode, David discusses his multi-transitional career in real estate and how buying mortgage notes can be a great way to invest in real estate.

  • Market demands alternative financing options
  • Private lenders + Seller financing
    • Self-Directed IRAs – about 60% of alt. lending market
    • Used for non tax-efficient assets like mortgage notes
  • A significant mortgage/debt portfolio can be stable and lucrative income-base
    1. Happy to make $ on deal by end term?
    2. Deal still profitable w/ out loan payment?
    3. Predatory loan claims risks?
  • Mortgage notes and Dodd-Frank
    • Work with Registered Loan Mortgage Originator – creates ‘Qualified Mortgage’ papers
    • Loan can be guaranteed against inconsistencies with Dodd-Frank regulations
  • Ensure notes are good before buying
    • Borrowers – debt-to income ratio 45% or lower; no higher than 6.5% above average prime offer rate; 15 + 30 year terms (9.5% rates)

David’s website www.hasslefreecashflowinvesting.com is loaded with materials and resources for real estate investing, development and financing. Visitors can find out more about David’s enterprises as well as check out his blog for even more information! For other inquiries, David can be reached directly by email: david@hasslefreecashflowinvesting.com

Ep. 50 – Three Types of Creative Mortgages for Real Estate Investors

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Successful investing needs capital. For real estate investors, that often means mortgaging existing properties as a source of attaining capital. Traditional lending through banks and other financial institutions is often the method of acquiring hard-money loans. Sometimes though, the loan approval process may be too time-consuming or their lending practices may be too restrictive for investors.

Keyur Patel (top, left) and Naim Hamdar (top, right) of Synergistic Funding share three types of creative mortgages that are available to real estate investors as an alternative to traditional institutional lending.

  1. Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities – CMBS Loans
    • Currently strong alternative loan product
    • Cyclical nature – this type of loan dissipates with market downturn
    • Undisclosed, non-restrictive cash-out feature
    • Assumable
    • Non-recourse
    • Quick execution – loan sold as packaged, traded security or bond
    • Competitive Interest Rates compared w/ institutional lending (< 8%)
  2. Bridge Financing
    • Often used as alternative loan for investors making balloon payments on existing mortgage and institution not offering re-financing options
    • Up to 65% loan-to-value
    • Typical terms – 1-3 yrs. w/ balloon
    • Interest rates between 8-12%
    • Quick-closing
    • Non-Recourse
    • Creative underwriting – “carve-outs” prevent loan being taken out with malicious intent
    • No minimum for financing, but $100 million ceiling
  3. Line of Credit
    • Designed for seasoned investors w/ multiple projects per year
    • Private lines of credit offered to investors
    • Available for entire term (1yr)
    • No annual fees if not used
    • Once used, 1% monthly fee applied + 9-month repayment term
    • Quick-closing
    • Relatively quick approval turnover (1-3 weeks)
      • Investors must have at least 2 successful closings per year
      • 1 yr. tax returns
      • 3 months bank statements

For more questions on these types of creative mortgages for real estate investing or to find out about other services Keyur and Naim offer:

Call Synergistic Funding – 813-333-5128

or email them at info@synergisticfunding.com

 

EP23 Dan Feinman – From Single Family Investor to Hard Money Lender and Note Buyer

 

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200186_10100099283387141_2718204_nDan Feinman went from Wall Street to Florida real estate investor. The stark differences in value between the New York and Florida real estate markets allowed Dan to recognize a real opportunity in front of him with property in Florida. In between, he managed to travel the world and marry , settling in the Tampa area and starting a family.

His entrance in to the world of single family investing was during the worst economic crisis in a lifetime. The downturn, however, did not hurt him or slow his progress. The dire economic situation allowed him to sharpen his skills and emerge stronger.  It allowed (or forced him) to be nimble and open-minded about how to make money in the business…teaching him lessons that will serve him throughout his career.    Dan used savings and savvy investment techniques to purchase his first investment properties.   He experimented with buy and hold, rehab and flipping and then taught himself how to lend to investors just like him.  We hope you enjoy Dan’s discussion of his journey.

Topics Discussed on the show…

–  Advantages of hard money 

–  Key factors to look at when purchasing an investment property

–  Keys to creating more equity

–  Building relationships with banks and other local lenders

–  Techniques for first time buyers

–  Strategies Dan uses to find good investment opportunities

–  Hard money Loans defined and dissected

–  Strategies in obtaining a hard money loan

Interesting Quotes from the show

“You have to love talking about real estate.“ –Dan Feinman

“You learn something new with every house flip that you do.” –Dan Feinman

“You have to do what you love.” –Dan Feinman

“The key to creating more equity is relationships” – Dan Feinman

“Fine the borderline of where a neighborhood is changing. You will find value there.”

Dan’s Favorite spot to hang out

The Hideaway Café in St. Petersburg, FL

Contact Information

646- 320 7997

Dfeinman1@aol.com

 

Dan’s final piece of advice

Learn by doing and go ahead and take the plunge.

 

 

EP11 – Florida Investor Overcomes Obstacles to Own over $1m in Real Estate

Pinellas Real Estate InvestorTony Montanez was stuck in the daily grind of his carpentry and handyman business, but he dreamed of taking control of his professional life and longed for financial freedom. He saw real estate ownership as the potential solution.  The problem, however, was that the downturn in the market had hurt his credit and it was challenging for him to acquire the debt necessary to make ownership of real estate in critical mass a realistic possibility. But, Tony did not let his dream die quietly. Armed with the skills he had learned as a tradesman and the willingness to network whenever and wherever, Tony set the wheels in motion.  Creativity and open mindedness helped this Pinellas County investor obtain success in a very short period of time..

Listen to how Tony overcame his personal obstacles to put him on the path to realizing his goals and dreams.

Check out this episode!

Show Notes:

Quotes:

“One of the worst things an inexperienced investor can have is good credit and some money”
“You can only do so much behind a computer.  Deals are done meeting with people.”

Favorite Florida Restaurant:

Bonaire – St Petersburg Beach – 36:30
Email 
tonymontanez.com
Tony’s Band – Big Moon Rocket

EP7 Darren Wilson: Accidental Landlord Turned Serious Investor in Tampa

Darren Wilson - Tampa Real Estate InvestorDarren Wilson was an accidental investor.  He did not start out to be a professional investor in single family properties, but once he got the taste of it, he didn’t look back.  In the early part of his career, he was in the technology business, but now is an investor full time for himself and Kennedy Investments. Darren and Kennedy Investments recently completed a large value added office transaction in Central Tampa.  They are currently completely upgrading the property, Twin Lakes Office Park (formerly known as Lincoln Gardens), on Busch Boulevard in Tampa.. Learn how he leverages other revenue streams to grow in to owning over 40 properties, mostly single family homes.

Quotables -
“If you want to build a great process…a great product….a great business, start by surrounding yourself with great people.”
“Just do it – At some point you have to stop running the numbers and do the deal.”
“Don’t bet the farm on one deal”
“Don’t buy anything you couldn’t live in”

Recommended Reading -
Class – Paul Fussell

Favorite Florida Restaurant – 
Bern’s Steakhouse – Tampa
Ulele – Tampa

Kennedy Investments
813.554-1200
3410 Henderson Blvd #200
Tampa, FL 33609