Dan Baldini

June 20, 2016

Why You Should NOT Own Rental Properties….perhaps.

  Some investments just are not good for everyone.  Real estate is one of those investments. If you identify with any of these following Top 7 Reasons why investors fail in real estate investing, please seek professional guidance before something goes catastrophically wrong for you. Insufficient Capital–things break, plans go sideways, tenants misbehave.  This is, in my professional experience and opinion, the Number One reason investors go crazy or go broke.  Almost every investor I know can easily, if not guided by hard numbers and calculations compared to ‘their gut, their instinct’, will commonly Over-Estimate Revenue and Under-Estimate Expenses.  Both cause trouble, but in different ways. Inability to Control Your Emotions–The old saying of “If it was easy, everyone would do it certainly applies to real estate investing.  The ability to control your responses to certain events is what separates the folks who last in the business and those who flame […]
June 7, 2016

May 2016 Rental Stats Indianapolis Area

The rental market for the month of May was a busy one with brisk leasing activity and a lower Days On Market (“DOM”) for most market areas, but not all market areas. Here’s the full report:  Indy Rental Stats May 2016 Happy Investing!
May 31, 2016

Young Adults choose living with Parents vs living with a romantic partner

Times they are a changin’……again. A new study by Pew Research Center shows that young people are choosing to live with their parents in a higher amount than ever before in modern history….even higher than living with a romantic partner. Why the change? Pew researchers suggest several factors, including declining employment among young men in recent decades and lingering effects of the recession. But the researchers said that the chief reason is a “dramatic drop in the share of young Americans who are choosing to settle down romantically before age 35” either with a spouse or a partner.  “Forming a new family is not nearly as important as it was for young adults,” said Richard Fry, a senior researcher with Pew, a nonpartisan think tank that conducts public-opinion polling, and does demographic research. So what does this mean for Landlords and Investors?  It could mean the following: Your rental properties with a target demographic of this age group may be tougher to fill due to financial constraints of the tenants moving out of […]
May 27, 2016

Winning the Indy 500 and your Financial Freedom–The Commonalities

It’s Race Weekend! Indianapolis buzzes excitedly during the month of May with the Indy 500.  If you’ve never attended, it is a highly recommended ‘bucket list’ item.  Over 300,000 spectators watch 33 drivers strap themselves into horizontal rocket ships zipping at 230 mph around a 2.5 mile oval.  It is simply a spectacle to watch. Before the weekend activities commence, I thought it would be enjoyable to compare how the best racing teams win this pinnacle event with how the best investors, landlords, and property managers win their own pinnacle event–their Financial Freedom. Rules of Racing As with every kind of sport, there are rules, regulations, laws, and customs that must be obeyed.  Some of the rules are for playing fair with each other, some are there to provide a base level of safety, and some are there to provide an element of controlled risk/enjoyment for the players.  Just like in the […]
May 25, 2016

April 2016 Rental Stats–Indianapolis markets

Good afternoon, everyone! We’ve updated our monthly market report for Indianapolis and all the surrounding areas.  Click the link below for all the April 2016 stats! Dan Baldini Rental Stats 2016 Indianapolis markets
May 18, 2016

How to Create Margin in your Rental portfolio

Margin–that critical component Margin….What comes to mind for most real estate investors, landlords, and property managers is financial concepts, such as Profit Margin.  Or maybe Gross Margin.  Or, if you are a particularly deep financial geek–Contribution Margin.  And that’s all well and fine.  Yes, savvy investors fuel their Financial Freedom by keeping a focused eye on their financial margins because without them, let’s face it, losing money on rental properties flat out sucks. What I’m offering to plant in your fertile mind today is a different kind of margin.  In some very very smart people’s minds, like Dave Ramsey for example, it is one of the best kinds of margin.  The kind of margin I’m mentioning here is margin for the unplanned. Unplanned expenses. Unplanned sources of emotional pain. Ultimately, Unplanned changes in your overall plan for Financial Freedom. Unplanned expenses: In my experience in counseling hundreds of real estate investors […]
May 3, 2016

Q1 2016 Indy Rental Stats

All, Here’s the Q1 2016 Indy area Rental Stats.  So far, it’s been a bountiful harvest! As always, if we can be of any assistance, call or click. Q1 2016 Indy Area Rental Stats Please note:  Our firm puts these numbers together not by city, but by school system/area.  
May 3, 2016

How to Know When to Fire your Landlord

Yes, it is sometimes necessary to fire a Client…. In fact, it is one of the best actions you’ll ever do for your property management business. You work hard to earn Landlord business.  You advertise your services, you interview, you scrap and scrape to retain your client’s when the proverbial SHTF (and it frequently does in the business of managing other people’s rentals.)  You work excessively long hours.  You even, sometimes, have to rebate back fees or stroke a check when someone in your company or a vendor screws up royally. We’ve all done it. But…..there comes a point where you grit your teeth with some clients when you wish you never wrote their business, isn’t there?  Again–we’ve all done it.  I certainly remember more than a few clients early on in our property management company’s history which I wish I would have terminated our services earlier rather than later. […]
April 26, 2016

The importance of Tenant keeping Utilities on….

If you’ve noticed a common thread to my posts, it is the critical nature of setting proper expectations for ALL PARTIES in a lease transaction.  In other words, it’s critical for the Tenant to know what is expected of them just as it is for the Landlord to know their role. Today’s article is about the need to properly and repeatedly communicate with Tenants about utilities.  And keeping them turned on! Now, most leases will have clauses in them about who pays for the utilities–Tenant or Landlord–and that is good to have this clarity.  Where I see the expectation “break down” between Tenant and Landlord or Tenant and Property Manager is this:  What about the time period when a Tenant voluntarily moves out of the home before the end of the lease and they turn off the utilities thinking they’ll save money? Case in Point:  The picture of this once-beautiful […]
April 19, 2016

Chipping away at your Property Rights….

Property rights continue to be under full assault. Here’s another recent article describing the Who/What/Where/Why…. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/20/no-right-to-rent-cities-barring-property-owners-from-renting-out.html