News & Numbers

December 6, 2017

#1 Question asked by Landlords in 2017….here’s how to get the answer Correct

The real estate market continues to be on a red hot tear.  Bank accounts are fat, vacancies are low, and demand is still sky high for rental units. Fat, Low, and High.  Happy Dance times. Three market conditions that always, always, always, lead investors and landlords down the path of asking this #1 Asked Question: “Should I continue to rent my property or should I Sell it?” It’s a Simple question with a sometimes Difficult answer. Emotions come into play.  Emotions like fear, greed, regret, anxiety.  “What if I sell it and the market goes up another 10% next year?” “What if I keep renting it and the market goes to Hell-in-a-Handbasket?”   The harder answer to conjure up for most of my landlord and investor clients are the logical ones, like this all-encompassing question you should be asking: “How do I determine, OBJECTIVELY and with FINANCIAL NUMBERS, if Selling […]
September 8, 2017

Did you dig your well before you were thirsty?

Hurricane Harvey.  Hurricane Irma.  Wildfires consuming thousands of acres in Oregon, Montana and Idaho. The U.S. is experiencing a horrible end to Summer 2017 in terms of natural disasters and, yes, it will impact your rental operations and profitability even if you don’t have rental properties in the affected areas. It’s the tsunami wave that will impact the marketplace after the flood water have receded and the last fire ember has been extinguished–the rebuilding efforts. The U.S. construction markets and supply chains were already overtaxed due to record housing sales and new home construction and overall improvement in GDP growth this year.  Supply of skilled labor was already critically short–everyone from framers to electricians to hvac installers, carpet installers to drywall crews,painters to even low-level punch-out guys and cleaning crews. If you heeded the age-old wisdom of Harvey Mackay which recommends “dig your well before you’re thirsty“, you can survive […]
September 1, 2017

A special 5-Minute Friday

  God Bless Texas. Hurricane Harvey has unleashed devastation on Texas. Our prayers for those who have lost loved ones, those who have lost property, and those First Responders doing everything in their power to rescue their neighbors. I personally have Clients who live in the Houston area impacted and it’s going to be a long haul for them to recover….Literally years to financially get back on their feet….But hopefully sooner for them to get back on their spiritual feet. If you can assist via a charity or other organization, please consider doing so.  If you have already assisted or donated, THANK YOU. In lieu of today’s traditional 5-Minute Friday, I’m resurrecting an old blog article from 2015 that has important points to consider regarding protecting your rental property and tenant’s personal property from water damage. Sewer & Drain Backup Endorsements for Rental Properties Stay safe down there in Texas, […]
August 25, 2017

Get educated and Get more ROI on your rental investments

Here’s an opportunity for you to take courses typically reserved for only licensed REALTORS. I’ve gotten permission from the Continuing Education school where I teach to offer this to you, my platform members…it will be the best $69 you’ve ever spent on learning advanced concepts related to your rental properties. Registration is now open for Merrillville and Indianapolis classes in November. Property Management Workshop – Indianapolis, IN Property Management Workshop–Merrillville, IN
August 25, 2017

5-Minute Friday

Good morning, Everyone! Here is your weekly 5 Minute Friday, highlighting a couple of the questions or issues posed to me this week. From Terri:   Does offering a house fully furnished change how much I can charge for rent? My Response: Terri–Thanks for the question.  The short answer is Yes, it can and will change how much you can charge for rent…..or rather, a better answer is it can and will change how much you will earn in rental revenue.  Here’s some things to consider when choosing to offer a property fully furnished or completely unfurnished: What is the actual market for furnished rentals in your area?  In most market segments across the country, especially in SFR’s (single family residences), furnished rental demand is a small sliver of the total demand.  As in less than 10%.  So, if you have a 4 bedroom home, if you offer it only fully […]
August 10, 2017

5 Minute Fridays

(No, the title picture isn’t tilted by accident, it is intentional.  Interrupting Broca’s Region of the brain with unusual visual stimuli wakes up our brain matter.) Starting next week, I’ll be posting some fun new items for your consumption.  I’ve been asked to do this for some time now, and fortunately the schedule has cleared up enough to do it thanks to streamlined processes added this Summer. Here’s what is coming for you: 5 Minute Fridays (yes, 5 balls in the air…..) This is where I’ll be answering your quick questions in a rapid fire format.  What questions are fair game?  Questions which can be answered in  5 minutes or less, hence the name.  So, pleasse, no long drawn out deep rabbit hole questions.  (For those scenarios, you’ll be best served with this link http://danbaldini.com/resources/private-client-consulting/)   I guarantee that if you’re thinking of a question about your rentals or your property […]
July 25, 2017

Meet your New Landlord: Wall Street

The Backstory to Now…. Clients who hire me to coach them before and during their first investment property transaction ask how and when and where all the money came from Wall Street to buy so many thousands of rental homes.  Answering them takes patience and detailed explanations as this is the first time in history such a platform of investment has occurred on such a massive scale. This WSJ article does a solid job of discussing the backstory, the history, and leads with some hints about where the industry of property leasing is headed.  After all, big investors have plopped $40,000,000,000 into buying 200,000 houses as rentals. Some questions for you to ponder as you read the article: As a small, private investor:  How can you compete with these powerhouse-landlords on pricing, marketing, and profit margins? As a property manager:  What lessons can you take away from the article on […]
July 13, 2017

Good legislation….finally.

The Indiana General Assembly finally passed clarifying language on occupancy standards. If you’ve had to battle this issue with prospective tenants applying for your property, crack open an adult libation to celebrate.  This new language offers you better protection from Fair Housing lawsuits alleging discrimination due to disparate impact against families with children. Beginning on July 1, 2017 the below state-wide occupancy standard will go into effect. Sec. 7. (a) The residential landlord-tenant statute (as defined in IC 32-31-2.9-2) does not prohibit an owner or landlord from refusing to rent a rental unit on the basis of a reasonable occupancy standard. (b) For purposes of this section, an occupancy standard is presumed reasonable if: (1) it permits two (2) individuals per bedroom; and (2) the owner or landlord: 9100 Keystone Crossing, Ste 725, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (A) does not include infants less than one (1) year of age in the […]
July 7, 2017

All is Well….Nothing to See here….

Unemployment is down.  The Stock Market is soaring.  Everyone is happy. But should they be? It’s times like these when that trusty Spidey-sense starts to tingle…play the real estate investment game long enough, and you see the telltale signs of impending mayhem ahead: Everyone and their brother suddenly thinks real estate is easy money.  (We can tell by the phone calls and referrals we get on this qualitative point.  And the calls and referrals are coming hot and heavy right now….) Folks who shouldn’t be buying rental properties are buying them up faster than Fidget Spinners. (Always a dead give away when the question gets asked,”How many months of PITI do you have in reserve for when this property goes vacant?” and the buyer has that deer-in-the-headlights-look.) Banks easing their lending standards to allow for more marginal buyers. (No income, no doc loans are back.  Yes, seriously, they are.) Yup….it’s […]
June 7, 2017

Can Anyone THINK anymore these days?

Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging. At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table, The Wall Street Journal found after reviewing the latest results from dozens of public colleges and universities that gave the exam between 2013 and 2016. Ouch.  Double Ouch. https://www.wsj.com/article_email/exclusive-test-data-many-colleges-fail-to-improve-critical-thinking-skills-1496686662-lMyQjAxMTI3MDA4NjcwMzY0Wj/ I bring this new article to your attention for the following reason:  Rental properties involve, fortunately or unfortunately, human beings.  As I have written about human beings in other articles on this site, we are messy creatures–physically, emotionally, and mentally.  (I mean, come on….if we weren’t, we wouldn’t have jobs in leasing, property management, real estate, court […]