real estate market

February 7, 2017

2017 outlook for SFR Owners

“There is a shortage of quality rental housing.” Fist pump time if you’re a Landlord or Investor. That’s the overall opinions of some of the top managers of large, institutional portfolios of single family residences (SFR).  Here’s the link to the brief article:  http://nreionline.com/single-family-housing/top-sfr-owners-plan-grow-2017 It indicates, if demand for SFR’s remains stable, that rent prices should remain solid and absorption rates should be strong.  What it also, indicates however, is that these same large institutional portfolios have new targets–YOU. As a smaller operator of SFR’s, you are seen as the enemy. You’re the competition. You’re who they want to gobble up or squash out of the rental game. So here’s the question for today: These portfolio managers have the spare cash, the human resources, the advanced technology, and the patience to crush you.  How do you plan on continuing to compete against them? Go Guerrilla Warfare style against them. Here’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 5, 2018

Planning for your Portfolio….

This might make your local politicians a bit uncomfortable…and if you own expensive apartments in urban areas, your tummy might be queasy, too. I’ve heard all kinds of justifications about Millennials housing choices and the plans needed to accomodate these choices from Directors of Economic Development, elected officials, private developers, non-profit organizations….and they always left me scratching my head, generating more questions than answers. “Millenials ARE NOT behaving like past generations in their housing preference!!!” “If we don’t have urban mass transit, fancy apartments, Kool-Hip restaurants serving avacado toast for $13.99, they WON’T MOVE TO OUR CITY!!!” “We’ll lose out on all their tax revenue!” “We HAVE TO INVEST MILLIONS to attract them to the urban areas!” Funny thing about “trends”.  Trends always have a starting point.  For the Millenials, this was in the early 2010’s.  More DANGEROUS thing about “trends” is they ALWAYS have a stopping point, too.  And […]