real estate market

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 […]
August 15, 2016

July 2016 Rental Data

Good afternoon! We have published the YTD Rental Stats for the 14 market areas we track in the Indianapolis area. We have also changed this to a protected file format since it is proprietary data analysis unlike anyone else provides and have started to charge for this data. The whopping amount for access? $5 To change your membership from the free level to the Financial Freedom Member Level, click here.     Skip the Starbucks once a week to skip faster into your Financial Freedom. Do it. You’ll thank me each month as you keep watching your bank account gro   July 2016 YTD Indy Rental Stats      
August 22, 2016

The Most Feared Activity for Landlords

Over many years of coaching Landlords, Investors, and Real Estate Agents I’ve come to this conclusion: Your Dreams and Nightmares are always about THE SAME THING. Your most dreamed about issue?  It is always making large amounts of money so they can have Financial Freedom.  It’s you visualizing their bank account balance swelling up.  It’s you visualizing your ROI numbers and seeing it start with a larger integer than last year. Your most Nightmarish issue?  It is always procrastinating the grunt work of actually running the financials on your rental properties.  It’s “stepping on the scale”.  It’s the attitude of “What I don’t know can’t hurt me, right?”  “If I don’t look at the numbers, they’ll certainly improve on their own….” I’ve learned that I can ask clients to run a simple worksheet and they don’t want to do it.  They’d rather talk to 10 life insurance salesmen than actually get a […]
August 26, 2016

Crowdfunding for Your Real Estate

You’ve heard of Crowdfunding for all kinds of funky new products and companies, but real estate?  No, you’re not doing a double take. Yup.  It’s here. Check out this article about crowdfunding and how it can impact your Retirement Plans. http://money.usnews.com/investing/articles/2016-08-23/pros-and-cons-of-real-estate-crowdfunding-for-retirement  
September 8, 2016

Are we in another Housing Bubble already?

  Kids like bubbles.  Even dogs like bubbles. Real Estate Investors typically don’t like bubbles.  But it doesn’t have to be that way if you think about it…. A recent article on CNBC highlights the possible statistics pointing to another Housing Bubble for specific States and Cities in the US. However, unlike the last major bubble, the underlying forces causing this bubble are distinctively different. Here’s the full article link:  http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/29/were-in-a-new-housing-bubble-why-its-less-scary-this-time.html My favorite Take-Away paragraph from the entire article is this…. “Rental demand, especially for single-family homes, is very strong and is an attractive income stream for individual investors and current homeowners. As millennials age into their prime homebuying years, more than ever before they are choosing to rent single family-homes, because they either don’t meet mortgage credit requirements or are unable to save for a down payment because rents are so high.” So, if you’re worried how the housing […]
October 24, 2016

Treats instead of Tricks

Landlords and Investors make money the same way airlines, hotels, and entertainment shows do–they keep butts in seats for as long as possible. For real estate, this means maximizing Days of Occupancy and correspondingly minimizing Vacancy Days. So this Fall let’s review some of the Best Practices to give your Tenants Treats instead of Tricks for their lease situation. 1. Advance Communication The saying, “Misery is the mismatch of expectations between two people”, holds true in rentals.  If you are communicating with the tenants at the time of their initial lease signing that you’ll be recontacting them to begin discussing the possibility of renewing their lease 60-90 days before the lease ends, you’ve planted the seed early on that your not the kind of landlord who waits until the last minute for these conversations.  Good for you. 2. Review of the Market Conditions Before you pick up that phone or begin […]
November 10, 2016

YTD Rental Stats

Here’s the YTD stats for the Indianapolis area through October.  Still solid demand, although we are monitoring Zionsville closely as the DOM has ticked up there, perhaps due to the trepidation of the election overwhelming folks lives last month. indy-rental-stats-ytd-thru-october-2016 While you’re reviewing the numbers, how about you help your friend learn about real estate investing by forwarding this email to them so they can subscribe, too?  (It’ll make you rich….it’ll make you thin.  It’ll make you rich and thin.) (ok….it won’t make you thin, but the rich part is highly likely.)    
November 15, 2016

Should You Sell All Your Rental Properties?

ARGGHHHHH!!!!! Economic uncertainty is nobody’s friend but lately, if you watch the talking heads and read the mass media pundits, you would think the world is coming to an end and the rapture is here. I’m not so certain these folks are using the correct lens to look through for their prophesies…. This article by David Lynn, Ph.D., covers some of the flight and self-preservation concepts very nicely.  He also reminds the reader that business is a cycle with repeatable stages of peaks, contractions, troughs, and expansions. “So where are we now?” is the BILLION dollar question, isn’t it? Here’s Dr. Lynn’s conclusion for those of you who don’t care to read the entire article: We are in a very unusual situation in that the normal pattern of oversupply has not occurred in this real estate recovery. This bodes very well for the real estate market. Over-supply has always killed […]
December 12, 2016

November and YTD Rental Stats

Here’s the numbers for November for the Schools we track….all stats are pointing to a solid finish to 2016. Indy Rental Stats YTD
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!