real estate investing

January 22, 2015

Pull the trigger and ride the bullet.

If you are going to fire a gun, there is an old saying:  Pull the trigger and you ride the bullet. In other words, you take full responsibility for what happens not just at the time when the bullet blasts out of the muzzle of the gun, but for the entire flight of that bullet–where it goes, what it impacts, and beyond. In real estate investing, responsible investors practice this principle.  They know full well that they, NOT someone else, is responsible for everything that occurs on/in/around their units.  In addition, they are responsible for making sure that they have the financial resources available to fix things that go wrong, replace parts that wear out, and the shear guts to make the tough decisions. Also in real estate practice, responsible agents practice this principle.  It has become quite fashionable for agents to provide counsel to Buyers and Investors on the […]
January 4, 2017

Luxury Apartment Boom–is it going Bust?

If you own or are considering owning high end apartments as rental properties, do yourself a favor and check out this article from the WSJ. When a reporter uses vocabulary including “rough conditions” and “slash rents” and “deep concessions” and “glut of supply” ALL in the same sentence, that’s a not-so-subtle hint of the valuable information in the news article. Luxury Apartment Boom Looks Set to Fizzle in 2017 – WSJ Certainly, every market segment from first-time renters to move-up renters to empty-nesters has an ebb and flow to it.  It’s capitalism and the forces Adam Smith described centuries ago. What you do with this information is the critical point and take away. Depending on your current interests, this could also be a buying opportunity for some savvy investors to pick up units from distressed landlords. As always, here’s to your pursuit of Financial Freedom!    
January 9, 2017

Groundhog Day is in 22 days….

I love the movie with Bill Murray, don’t you? It’s a cute story filled with humor, lovey-dovey moments, and makes you feel good about your life and the chance to control the ending. Real Estate investing is similar to the movie, too…..you have those moments of lovey-dovey, you feel good about your life and the chance to control the ending–your Financial Freedom.  And like the movie, it can easily repeat itself to the point of being quite annoying.  Expensive, too. See if you can identify with any of the Top 7 most repeated rental property Groundhog Day-esque moments: #7: Slamming a marginally qualified tenant into a vacant property because it’s been vacant so long that the spiders and ants have begun playing formalized games of cricket and soccer on your carpets.  Two months later, you end up evicting that tenant and you’re now worse off than before. #6:  Ignoring that […]
February 2, 2017

Chuck Yeager: A very slow test pilot who broke the sound barrier.

The Right Stuff.  Astronauts.  Jet planes.  Test pilots. The stuff of childhood dreams.  The stuff adults might want to study again. Chuck Yeager was one of my childhood hero’s and still is one of my adult hero’s, but not simply because he broke the sound barrier.  If you’ve ever read his autobiography, you get a picture of a self-deprecating, fun-loving, Appalachian born man who was born to fill his destiny in history.  He loved to fly.  He had the physical abilities for it.  And he had grit.  Plenty of it. But the real story of Yeager’s success and place in history is that it shouldn’t have happened to him.  Instead, probability says there should be a street named for him at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  Dozens of test pilots with college degrees and more “stick time” than Yeager have streets in their names there.  (Streets at that base […]
February 15, 2017

Re/Max Centerstone–Agent Training

How to Navigate Investment Property Transactions without Wrecking Your Real Estate Career Advanced Training Exclusively for Re/Max Centerstone REALTORS As a productive agent, you have likely had exposure to investment property deals.  If not, you soon will as these transactions are projected to increase with both frequency and complexity as more money flows into the residential real estate investment arena.  Even if you only represent buyers and sellers of owner-occupied properties and do zero investor business, you will still benefit from having this knowledge for when you DO have to negotiate on a transaction involving an existing tenant-occupied property or a property involving a management company. Managing your Client’s expectations for a successful outcome on each transaction will be key to your continued ability to earn high dollar commissions and avoid contentious E&O claims. We’ll cover topics including: How to navigate tenant-occupied sales transactions from both the Listing Agent and […]
April 7, 2017

Renters Now Rule Half of U.S. Cities

52 out of 100 largest U.S. cities were populated by more renters than homeowners in 2015, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Think this may, just may, have serious financial implications for landlords, investors, and other stakeholders in these communities and beyond? Uhhhh, Yup. Here’s the full article published 3/23/17 about this trend: http://m.nreionline.com/multifamily/renters-now-rule-half-us-cities?NL=NREI-21&Issue=NREI-21_20170324_NREI-21_750&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_4&utm_rid=CPG09000005928948&utm_campaign=8879&utm_medium=email&elq2=2497704fe62a40cbac47d1c8bd97e3b9 So, what’s the takeaway for you? We are in the midst of another mega demographic shift, but this time from multiple age groups.  Both baby boomers and Millennials this time around are contributing to this shift. The rental market should stay extremely strong through 2030.  That’s another 13 year bull market run for landlords. Home inventories will remain tight for renters to buy.  This means your renters who will soon become home buyers, will certainly be looking for an option to do an early lease termination.  Smart landlords will have their leases updated to offer this […]
April 25, 2017

If you are in the real estate business and don’t own rental properties….smh.

I was chatting with a lady at a local association meeting who was nervous about her retirement coming quickly in less than 10 years.  She was, as many folks just like her, not prepared financially to put up her spurs and sip on a fruity beverage on a beach.  After lots of dialogue, it hit me like a ton of bricks. This person owned zero real estate besides her home.  And she is a licensed REALTOR.   Why would a person in the industry not take advantage of the unique opportunity they have to increase their wealth?  It boiled down to ignorance and fear for her. Literally sat there shaking my damn head…. So, the question on the table is this: Should you invest in rental properties for income when you retire? My short answer is this: 90% of you in this audience probably fall into the damn ignorant stupid foolish category if you […]
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 […]
November 15, 2018

Property Management Workshop – Indianapolis, IN

One day Property Management Workshop. Includes the following two courses: Understanding Residential Property Management & Leasing Brokers will learn about property management and leasing functions for residential transactions; understanding basic financial issues from perspectives of landlord, tenant, and management company; and basic legal issues from perspectives of landlord, tenant, & management company.  In addition, information will be included concerning FDCPA compliance, types and reasons for investment in rental properties, financial management, management of assets, and lease negotiations. Representing Residential Real Estate Investor Clients This course provides real estate practitioners with an overview of elements involved when representing residential investor clients.  The practitioner is exposed to concepts including:  legal and ethical issues, financing options, types and reasons for investment in rental properties, income tax issues, property analysis, and negotiation strategies.  Brokers will learn how investing in real estate differs from owner-occupant transactions.  They will learn about the various methods of property […]