Property Values

July 18, 2015

Fewer Renters Can Afford to Own–Great news for Landlords!

As real estate investors, opening up the Wall Street Journal can sometimes cause a panic attack. But in June 2015, this article came out giving most investors a sigh of relief and even a tingle down their leg. Spoiler Alert:  You’re going to make good money for a number of years to come if you play the market smart. http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-housing-crisis-looms-as-fewer-renters-can-afford-to-own-1433698639 Here’s a few bullet points if you don’t have time to read the entire article (but please read it eventually…) The U.S. homeownership rate is below where it stood 20 years ago when President Bill Clinton launched a national campaign to encourage Americans to buy homes. Conventional wisdom says the rate, at 63.7%, is leveling off to where it was for decades before the housing-market peak. The declines reflect a surge of new renter households, which is boosting rents. Together with tougher mortgage-qualification rules, this will leave households stuck between homes they […]
August 17, 2015

Are Residential Rental rates going up?

This is one of the Top 3 questions asked whenever I speak with Landlord and Investors. The answer to this simple question is anything but simple. As with any measurement, the answer is always two words:  It Depends. It depends on how you measure rental rates and what data points you are using.  Below are some of the ways we track this information on the portfolios we manage: Rent per square foot New Move-In rental rates Renewal rental rates Year-over-year blended rent inflation:  This is a method of tracking rent rate growth based on rent growth for new move-ins and renewals.  It ‘blends’ the first two rates since both rates operate off materially different consumer behavioral patterns. Stabilized Occupancy: While this is not exactly a measure of rental rate direction, it is a worthwhile tracking mechanism to observe how a portfolio is performing.  This is the occupancy level reached by a […]
August 24, 2015

Your Rental property is not worth what you think it is…

August 24, 2015 Today’s New York Stock Exchange activity was historical. Ouch. We may be in for continued volatility for the near term in the equity markets, which reminds me of how this relates to your rental properties… When I speak with new potential clients, the conversation usually goes something like this…. Property Owner: “I’d like to rent out my house, but I need to get at least $1500 a month because we bought it at the height of the market in 2008 and owe too much on the mortgage still to sell it. Can we get that amount for the house?” Me: “Well, according to the market comps and the demand for your house, I don’t think we can get anything higher than $1300 a month.” Property Owner: “But you don’t understand. I NEED $1500 a month in rent.” Me: “I certainly appreciate your needing to maximize the revenue […]
October 2, 2015

Millenials ARE INDEED moving to suburbs….and the impact on mass transit plans

Over the past few years, State and city officials have been GaGa over introducing enormous plans for mass transit to Indiana and Indianapolis, specifically.  The  most recent projections I’ve read include the estimate of approximately $1.1 Billion over the next 10 years. The urgency behind such a huge undertaking?  The theory that Millennials aren’t moving to the suburbs, but only want urban areas to reside and they demand mass transit, otherwise they will not relocate to Indy. In other words, it’s about trying to attract them to Indianapolis for high paying jobs. Uhhh…..only one small tiny problem with their hypothesis:  they have zero quantitative data about this projected human behavior pattern on which they are gambling tax payer money. Today’s Wall Street Journal doesn’t help their argument either.  Case in point:  Millennials are the FASTEST GROWING class of car buyers.  Here’s the entire article: Somehow, their choo-choo train idea seems to […]
January 30, 2016

Foreclosure Report Q4 2015 for Indianapolis areas

The most recent numbers for Q4 2015 foreclosures are published.  Here’s a link to the full report:  MIBOR_FSS_2015-Q4 If you’ve been having trouble finding that ‘value-add’ property, this report will give you the insights…. As always, I’m here to assist if you need help. Dan Baldini is a leasing and property management coach. He helps Landlords and Property Managers streamline their rental operations to maximize earnings, so they can achieve Financial Freedom faster.  He is also the Founder of Polaris Real Estate & Polaris Property Management, LLC and has been an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business Finance Department at Butler University in Indianapolis where he taught Real Estate Investing. He is an active real estate investor himself, owning and managing a portfolio of investment properties in the Indianapolis markets.  He has been active in real estate since 1996 with a specific focus on rentals and investment properties. Dan also is a licensed real estate Continuing Education […]
March 9, 2016

Housing Market Recovery–Split like Charles Dickens classic….

Today’s WSJ published an article about the US Housing Market recovery diverging into two recoveries.  Reminds me of the Dickens classic a bit…. Essentially, lower priced inventories are vanishing fast while inventory on the higher end piles up.  While on the surface this might seem like “Economics 101” (and it does reflect some of that light) there is more to the story, especially as it relates to your rental portfolio positions and future purchases. WSJ Housing Market Takes on Split Levels 030816. Here’s some of the highlights from the article: On the low end, after a slow recovery from the housing bust, first-time buyers are finally returning to the market, bolstered by still-cheap mortgages. But after years of little new construction, inventory is still tight. High-end buyers, meanwhile, are more sensitive to the stock market’s struggles this year.           So…..how does this information impact your rental […]
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
July 22, 2016

June Rental Stats

Good morning, Freedom Lovers! Here’s last month’s rental stats for all the market segments we track. Indy Rental Stats YTD through June  
July 30, 2016

More Good News for Investors and Landlords

NPR just posted this short recording clip containing some new conclusions on Rental Rates and, more importantly, Tenant Behavioral patterns. Take a listen as it’s music to your ears as a Landlord and Real Estate Investor.  It’s barely 4 minutes long but it’s jam packed with nuggets of knowledge. The retirement to the beach just got a lot closer, folks. If you are not aware of what your portfolio pricing should be, please get aware.  Golden opportunities like this don’t come around often in investing cycles. Here’s the link:  http://www.npr.org/player/embed/487470787/487522888?sf31908941=1 Your Financial Freedom awaits….  
August 4, 2016

Is the sky falling on asset prices or should we just wring the neck of that screaming chicken to shut him up?

“The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research noted this week that stocks have reached today’s valuations “only ahead of the three largest equity market declines in the last century.” Certainly NOT what I wanted to read while sipping my first cup of coffee this morning.  WTF??? But….as in all good thought-provoking pieces it’s valuable. Yes, a bit of a butt-puckering scary article but still valuable. Here’s why I think it’s valuable: If asset prices plummet, we will see opportunities to pick up new properties from distress situations.  So perhaps keep some of your powder dry to seize these rare market fluctuations. It’s time to re-evaluate each of the properties in your portfolio in a kind of stress-test scenario.  For example, do you know what the Break Even rent value is for each of your properties?  (Hint:  If you don’t know how to calculate this, send me a message and I’ll walk you […]