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

Ep. 121 Frank Hearne & Beverly Birkitt: Using Mitigation Banks for Wetland Development and Investment

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mitigation banksFlorida has a high density of rivers, lakes, swamps and marshes that are generally protected from development.  This has led many investors to wonder how much land is actually available for development. What many investors may not be familiar with is the concept of mitigation banks. Mitigation banks allow for the development of wetland areas that ordinarily would not be usable for real estate development.

Florida environmental lawSo what exactly is a mitigation bank? How does it function and how can they serve investors and developers? Our guests this week are two experts in the field of environmental law and the designation and use of mitigation banks.

Listeners should remember Frank Hearne. Frank is a shareholder for Mechanik, Nuccio, Hearne & Wester, P.A. He was also one of Invest Florida’s first guests! His firm is one of the state leaders in environmental and land law. Beverly Birkitt, of Birkitt Environmental Services, Inc., has over 35 yrs. experience in the environmental field, with a focus on wetland litigation and litigation banking.

This episode, Frank and Beverly cover the ins-and-outs of using mitigation banks for wetland development and investment.

Mitigation Banks

  • Spec wetland approved for future mitigation
  • Allows for more usable property for development
  • Exchange wetland set for development with wetlands that will be improved upon to compensate
  • Must be in the same hydrological zone as wetland to be developed (water basin)
  • State sets basin boundaries

Developing Mitigation Banks

  • Wetland landowners can develop mitigation banks
  • 100-10,000 acres usually
  • Market demand in wetland area is critical
  • Polk County strong mitigation bank market
  • Mitigation banks must improve, not just preserve wetlands
  • Mitigation bank credits based on evaluation of improvement, not land size

Hot Mitigation Bank Markets

  • Tampa Bay Basin
    • In need of freshwater wetlands
  • Coastal areas
  • Orlando/I-4 corridor
  • Former agricultural lands

Risks for Mitigation Banks

  • Feasibility
    • land, permitting, construction, management
  • ROI tough to predict

Contact

  • If you have land that you believe is eligible for a mitigation bank, let Beverly know! Beverly can be contacted through her website: www.birkitt.com or by calling      (813) 259-1085
  • For mitigation bank questions and for more info on other types of mitigation banks, contact Frank by email at frank@floridalandlaw.com or call (813) 909-7400.

Investor/Developer Resources