Archive for the ‘strategy’ Category

Have you begun to evaluate the performance of your real estate investments this year?

December 22, 2011

This is a great time to do a little homework concerning your investments and whether they are meeting the return guidelines that you have determined are appropriate for them.

Have you taken on some type of unstated risk and previously undisclosed risks?

Have you taken on too much risk in your investments?

Have your investments revealed that they are considerably more risky then you thought?

Are you being properly compensated for the amount of risk that you have taken?

Have the characteristics of the investment changed in such a way as to put at undue risk the total investment?

Is the investment performing in a way that is in line with its stated purpose?

Do you have a stated purpose for your investments?

Has that purpose changed?

Do you still trust the staff managing the investment?

Is the amount of debt appropriate for the investment?

Are the expenses in line with the budget? If so great is not what should be done to bring them in line or is this a reason to divest yourself of this investment?

What is the exit strategy for this investment?

What is the timeline for the exit of this investment?

How does this investment fit into my investment portfolio?

Is the overall market or demographics for this investment a good one or a poor one?

Are there some other evaluation criteria that apply to your investment that are not outlined above?   If so drop me an email so I can add them!

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Calpers finally gets it..

January 29, 2011

The wall street journal has an article about CALPERS changing thier real estate strategy.   From real estate private equity to CASHFLOW.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576104470130722678.html

Do you have some cashflow in your portfolio?   There certainly is a place for some flips, rehabs, etc but cashflow is where you make money long term in real estate.   Do you need to discuss your real estate goals with a professional real estate investor?   Call me…(512) 782-8982 or email me.

1 in 12 live in TEXAS!

January 28, 2011

One of 12 Americans lives in Texas (and other 2010 census findings)

By San Antonio Express-News

Read more: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/default/article/One-of-12-Americans-lives-in-Texas-and-other-965303.php#ixzz1CGh7udiH

I really like the part about the cheap air conditioning!   Especially in summer!   I dont like the part about the budget deficit that Texas faces.
Overall, the article provides some evidence that supports my reasoning for real estate investment in Texas.   Do you have a real estate quesiton?   Need a real estate consultant?   Need real estate expert testimony?   Are you ready to make some investments in Texas real estate?   Call me 512-782-8982 or send me an email.

21903 Cold Springs for sale or trade

January 10, 2011

This is a property with 2 houses on one lot.   The small house needs work.   Click on the following link to see the listing details and some pictures.

I will trade it or use it as the down payment on a larger property.   It is listed for sale for $125K.    I will owner finance it and will buy it back after a trade.   I will deliver it free and clear of any liens or can leave the financing that is currently on it in place.     Do you have an income property that you would like to trade or a development project that needs new life.   Call me lets talk about what the different options are for your project and my project.   There are houses in the area that sell for over $400K and this parcel already has the utilities in place if you desired to replace the houses and build a large house on top of the hill.

Customer Full – Residential to see the data that is in the MLS concerning the house.

CAll me at 512-782-8982

Owner Financing in Texas

July 5, 2010

From the Texas Association of Realtors:

“Many of us have been very concerned about the implementation of federal legislation known as the SAFE Act that would severely limit an individual’s ability to seller finance their property in Texas.

We are working on numerous regulatory and legislative solutions to this affront to private-property owners, and have some good news to report. At our urging, the chief regulator over the SAFE Act in Texas, the commissioner of the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, has taken significant steps to allow Texas property owners to continue to seller finance up to five transactions in a 12-month period.

More specifically, the commissioner has delayed the implementation of the SAFE Act requirement for licensure in seller-financed transactions in Texas until August 31. This will give us time to implement regulatory and legislative changes during the coming months. For now it is important for you to know that the long-standing law of allowing a Texas seller to finance up to five transactions in a consecutive 12-month period is still in effect and the Texas Association of REALTORS® will continue to work at the federal and state level to see that this is a permanent solution.

Finally, this action would not have happened if not for the thousands of Texas REALTORS® who participated in our grassroots efforts to correct this abuse to private-property owners in Texas.”

 

Thank God in Texas we are still free to sell our homes anyway we choose ((at least 5 per year))

how are your returns?

April 23, 2010

Why Many Investors Keep Fooling Themselves
by Jason Zweig
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 of the wall street journal penned a great article about How high most investors returns are. You can check it out at http://finance.yahoo.com/retirement/article/108608/why-many-investors-keep-fooling-themselves?mod=retire-planning

To summarize the article says that most investors cant earn over 5% or so on thier investments. The Stock market has returned 9.8% since 1926 according to Ibbotson Associates. Can you out earn that figure? After fees, taxes, and inflation the return drops down to just 4%. 4% SUCKS! Just in case you were wondering.

So how do you out earn the US stock market? I use real estate that produces cashflow today to spend or invest and normally will not get out of bed to even look at returns under 20% on a cash on cash basis. I hope you read the article and if you have questions about how to make your retirement better give me a call at 512-782-8982

the death of easy owner financing

April 19, 2010

Well the government has finally gone and done it. They have killed easy owner finanicing in our Great State. Gee thanks I will be sure to send my representatives a thank you letter for the SAFE ACT and its implementation. If you have ever wanted to exit a house that was an investment property you must now be a mortgage broker in order to sell it if it was an investment property. I guess now those buyers who need owner financing from investors will now have to pay a little bit more for the headache the investor has to go through in order to owner finance a house to an buyer who wants to live there. Did the wise washington politicians think that the SAFE ACT would protect buyers who need finaning? PLEEEEAAAASEEEE!!!!! The only thing it did was make it harder for those who need the private financing to get it. They were not smart enough outlaw private financing. oh sorry they cant do that but they sure can make it harder for investors to finance a transaction to buyers. Exactly who did they think would pay for things when they become harder to do? The investors who want to use owner financing as an exit stratege? NO WAY it is the buyers the ones the SAFE ACT are supposed to protect. Now if I need to hire a mortgage broker to take the application, service the note and approve buyers exactly who do they think will pay for those services? ME NOT a chance the buyers will. If they are strapped for cash how exactly will that help them? It will not it will be a detriment to the buying process. Now how does the SAFE ACT help sell more houses? Making things harder to do in no way shape or fashion helps sell more houses. So who exactly benefits from the so called safe act? THE BANKS the ones who did not do a good job restricting credit, underwritting loans, servicing those loans, or moving excess inventory in the form of REPO’s. Check out this analysis in my box.net account entitled Apr10-seller-financing for an analysis of the so called SAFE ACT and what you should be doing if you want to owner financing a house. Good luck and God Bless!

An example of a multi-leg real estate exchange

March 2, 2010

Please see the file entitled multi-leg real estate exchange. This is courtesy of The Society of Exchange Counselors (SEC). You can find thier website at http://www.secounselors.com

Here is the link http://www.slideshare.net/ronseay/multi-leg-transaction-formulas or click the follwing link:

What is a multi leg real estate exchange?

March 2, 2010

What is a mulit-leg real estate exchange? It is a series of exchanges that allow you to take your real estate from where you are to where you want to go. How do you make something like that happen? With lots of flexibility and patience. You need to be able to move into assets that may not exactly fit your needs at this current time. They may not be the best fit for your long term financial plan. They may not even be in this country! They are simply a way to go from where you are to where you want to be. You need to be able to answer the question, “What else can it look like?” Have you heard the story about 1 red paper clip? http://oneredpaperclip.com/ That is a multi-leg exchange taken to the extreme because the exchange started with 1 red paper clip. What he needed was a taker? Are you a taker? What is a taker? It is someone who will take what someone else has and maybe exchange what they have. Do you have a hard to move property? Be a taker and it will soon go away. Do you want to know more? Call me at 512-689-6742 and we can discuss your real estate problem.

Are you growing your business?

February 9, 2010

One of the things I want to do this year is grow my business. So I began looking for opportunities to invest and to put together another group investment or syndication. I found a small apartment complex in one of the communities close to my home base and decided to go and look at it b/c it was a screaming great deal! I had to drive a little while to get to it but not too far. This neighboring community is very different from my home base but If I invest again in this area I will have a little experience in the area and may be able to get better results then I did when I first went into the area. This particular property is a foreclosure that appears was just over leveraged and once the debt service became too much for the previous owners they gave it back to the bank. The bank has hired a out of town broker who co-brokered the deal with a local guy. The local broker is a good guy and understands this market very well. He met me at the property and showed me around. Luckily for the bank and for me if I buy it the property has a guy looking over it and keeping the copper from growing legs. “growing legs” means things just get up and walk off i.e. get stolen borrowed or otherwise disappear. There are very few worse things that can happen then your HVAC’s, copper pipes, and wires growing legs. To replace those things cost an arm and a leg. I wanted to talk a bunch of pictures of the property but after I got there my battery died in the blackberry! Luckily the broker also has a blackberry and had his car charger so he let me charge my phone! After walking thru the place I decided that it as in ok shape and needs some work but nothing I think I cant handle so I made an offer to buy it all cash with no contingencies!

I did not offer the asking price b/c the agent and I talked a little about what I think about the property and about where the market it for this type of property. I think that the bank will need to take a bath on it and if I am able to help them I will try to do my part. This property would not be a good deal for me but a great deal if I am able to fix the problems. If I am not then it could turn into just a good deal. If all I can do is just buy a good deal then I should stay at home b/c good deals are a dime a dozen. What makes this business great is finding the great deal! The hardest thing in the world is to NOT BUY A GOOD DEAL. Good deals come along all the time but a great deal! Those are rare and when you have the potential to bring one of those down you have to be ready! If you have used all of your gun powder (investment capital) on good deals then when a great deal comes along you can not kill it and bring it home to feed your family b/c you have been taking all of these good deals.

If I get a good response from the bank I am going to talk to the current lone resident manager who is looking after the place to make sure nothing grows legs. I need to know what he knows and what happened to the past ownership.

If I end up buying it I will create an entire case study of it and post it on my case study page. Otherwise I will just write about my experience and see what happens.

This property is what I call a dirty ugly, ultra low-income property! I don’t call things a slum b/c in my opinion you can own low-income property and run it like a decent place to live or you can become a slum landlord! The property becomes a slum b/c of ownership 1st and foremost. If ownership cares then management cares and if management cares then resident’s care if everyone cares the place can be for lower income people but still be a great community and a great investment.


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