The Truths Behind Crowdsourcing Technologies

The not-so-far-fetched science-fiction series, Wisdom of the Crowd exploits the most sensational benefits of real-time crowdsourcing platforms like RealtyeVest and draws parallels to the ridiculous, cringe-worthy fantasy world of The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.  In an industry like online real estate crowdfunding, where privacy can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, the notion of people willingly relinquishing their data to go wild goose chasing and risking their lives seems contradictory of the ongoing battle for online privacy battles fought by men like Edward Snowden and backed by the majority of the nation. (And, frankly, the idea sounds a bit reminiscent of a little 2016 fad known as Pokémon Go, which seemingly dropped off the face of the earth as quickly as it appeared.)

Sponsor Spotlight – John Daley: Raise Capital For Real Estate

When John Daley, 55, wanted to start investing in assisted living homes, he didn’t go the traditional route of borrowing money from a bank. Instead, he looked to RealtyeVest, the premiere real estate crowdfunding platform, to raise capital for real estate that he needed in order to purchase his next fix and flip project. Thirty days later, RealtyeVest had raised $215,000 from various investors around the country and Daley had his property.

Under construction now, the Sweet Water Park project is a residential assisted living facility in Jacksonville, Fla… The project build out will consist of three phases, which will take place over the next several months.

“The first phase will be licensed for 15 beds and is under construction right now, and should be completed by July. After that, it will take between 60-90 days of licensing and we should open our doors for business by September,” Daley said.

“The second phase will include adding another 15 beds in a new construction project on the property. Phase three will include expanding the current structures so in the end there will be a total of 50 beds at this location. The structures are being built on 5.8 acres in a park-like setting that features a one-acre pond, trees and benches. There will be front porch seating so the residents will be able to enjoy the gorgeous view of the pond in the Florida weather. Residents will also enjoy one-on-one care, organic produce and fresh ingredients in all the food provided.”

Originally from Biloxi, Miss., Daley, 55, has been living in Florida for the majority of his adult life. His interest in real estate peaked seven years ago, when he saw a Carleton Sheets’ infomercial on television. From there, he joined a real estate investment club in Jacksonville, where he spent eight months learning the intricacies of real estate investing.
Since, Daley has been involved in several renovation projects, including six single-family homes, three of which have been sold.

Q: What is the secret to your success and how have you been able to secure financing for those projects?
Mr. Daley: Actually, I have now sold five of the six single-family homes. I only have one house left and that should be on the market in about two weeks. After that, I am going to concentrate on my Assisted Living project until it is up and running. As for the secret to my success, it is all about buying right and not taking any short cuts. Once completed, my houses sell within a week because I purchase them at a low enough price that sets me up to make a profit. Having said that, we do not take any shortcuts when it comes to making renovations. The last house I sold, the buyers home inspector stated on the home inspection that it was the best renovation by an investor he had ever seen.

Q. Tell me about your next project(s) and where you see yourself in five years?
Mr. Daley: Once the Sweet Water facility is up and running, I have plans to open several more Assisted Living Facilities in Jacksonville and several other locations. As for the Florida market, I have plans to open another four to five Assisted Living Facilities in the Jacksonville area within the next 5 years.

Q. How has your experience raising capital through crowdfunding platforms helped expedite the timeline of past, present and future projects?
Mr. Daley: My ability to raise capital for real estate through crowdfunding platforms has helped me move much faster on obtaining my first Assisted Living Facility. I spent many months jumping through hoops without any approval for a small business association loan before I was approached by Dan Summers of RealtyeVest about crowdfunding. As I mentioned, through crowdfunding, I was able to get the perfect property under contract and purchased within about 30 days.

Q. How has your business been received since partnering with RealtyeVest?
Mr. Daley: Everyone I have spoken with about Sweet Water has been extremely impressed with the design and speed of the project, which might not have happened without RealtyeVest and the funds they have raised for the project.

Q. Lastly, would you recommend RealtyeVest to other developers and real estate operators?
Mr. Daley: I have financed several real estate projects using crowdfunding through RealtyeVest and would recommend RealtyeVest to any real estate investor or operator. They have come through for me in raising funds on every project that I have done with them.

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RealtyeVest Offers High-yield Investment Opportunity in Brand New Assisted Living Facility in Pearl River County

The Monroe House to Draw Seniors from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana to the Growing Community

CARRIERE, Miss., May 16, 2017 — RealtyeVest announced today capital raise plans for brand new construction of The Monroe House, an assisted living and memory care facility in Pearl River County, Mississippi. The beautiful, spacious facility sits on 4.4 sprawling acres, less than four miles from the new state-of-the-art Highland Memorial Hospital in Picayune. The Monroe House promises to attract seniors from nearby areas of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

“We are excited that this project offers amazing high-yield returns to our investors, and a much-needed facility for the local Carriere community.” said Dan Summers, CEO of RealtyeVest. “With access to private deal flow and unique investment mechanisms, RealtyeVest offers affordable real estate opportunities that investors would otherwise not be able to access.”

The Monroe House will be a 40,000 square-feet single story building with 60 one-bedroom, one-bathroom living quarters. Pearl River County has enjoyed consistent population growth over the past several years, where almost 20 percent of the residents are over 55 years old.

RealtyeVest has opened its online platform and social network to provide accredited investors unprecedented access to professional-grade real estate. Unlike competitors, RealtyeVest vets each offering through an extensive due-diligence process and remains actively involved through completion, investing side-by-side with investors. Investment opportunities on the RealtyeVest debt platform offer a 10 plus 10 reward program (10 percent annual return plus 10 percent profit share, while being secured with a first lien position on the asset).

The Monroe House offering sweetens investor enticement as an opportunity to immediately engage in.

A rendering of the 40,000-square-feet, single-story facility.

“Our sponsor, longtime local banker Paul C. Monroe, wanted to kick off this program by aggressively offering a 12 percent yield and 10 percent participation on the first $1M,” said Summers.

Construction has been approved by the planning and zoning commission, and the board of supervisors. The building will feature large, modern community areas for residents. The rooms are approximately 20 percent larger than other assisted living facilities in the area. Each room will be equipped with a computer, high-speed wi-fi access, a television and telephone capable for video conferencing with family and friends.

“Until now, 13 million accredited investors in the country only had access to a fraction of the real estate opportunities on the market,” said Paul C. Monroe, project sponsor. “As a leading real estate investment management company, RealtyeVest has created a marketplace that allows investors to curate a profitable portfolio, while also expanding their network of other like-minded investors.”

Mr. Monroe has deep experience in real estate development as a co-owner and manager of multiple developments around Alabama and Mississippi, such as the Turnberry Condominiums, a 200-unit development, and the Bella Luna, a 128-unit high-rise with a 50-berth marina. He has also held various board and civic positions, including commissioner of the Mississippi Motor Vehicle Commission and Director of the Pascagoula Chamber of Commerce.

Income for the project is projected to reach stabilization within, or fewer than, 12 months, generating approximately $1.5M in gross revenue and netting an income of $168,746 by the end of its first year of operation. By the fifth year, it is projected to net an annual income of $733,000. Check out The Monroe House for more information.

Learn more about RealtyeVest at www.realtyevest.com. Connect with them on social media @RealtyeVest, on Facebook or Linkedin.

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Opportunity Knocks – RealtyeVest Is The One-Stop Platform For Real Estate Investing, Project Financing

RealtyeVest formerly IHT Realty Group Simplifies Real Estate Investing

Jacksonville, FL, May 1, 2017 — RealtyeVest, formerly IHT Realty Group, officially unveiled their new brand and optimized website. Destined to become one of the largest real estate crowdfunding platforms in the U.S., the new RealtyeVest website (realtyevest.com) provides a simple, secure and transparent platform for accredited investors, real estate developers and owner-operators.

“Our decision to rebrand from IHT Realty Group to RealtyeVest was a result of listening to feedback from our strategic partners and observing best practices in the industry,” said Daniel Summers, CEO. “We believe our new name better represents the essence of our business, and we are excited about the innovative technology that powers our new online marketplace. We spared no expense in the new build, providing a win-win to our investors and Sponsors.”

With over 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, Summers is a thought-leader in the real estate crowdfunding space. He frequently speaks at real estate conferences, investment conventions, and is scheduled to present at the upcoming 6th Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention in Las Vegas, Sponsored by Microsoft.

The distinguishing descriptions of the RealtyeVest brand are: Simple, Secure and Transparent.

Simple: RealtyeVest is an online marketplace that connects investors and Sponsors (real estate owner-operators) to crowdfund exclusive real estate investments. Their platform allows its members to browse, research and make informed investment decisions on these exclusive properties.

Secure: Investors can sleep soundly knowing their money is well invested. RealtyeVest uses the highest cyber-security measures to constantly monitor and maintain the safest online marketplace.

Transparent: Investors have at their fingertips an online dashboard where they can conveniently monitor the status and track the growth of their investments. The average real estate investment offering on the platform yields a 10% return and, oftentimes significantly more.

Investment opportunities with RealtyeVest are available only to accredited investors.

To learn more about RealtyeVest, visit their website (realtyevest.com). Connect with them on social media @RealtyeVest, on Facebook, or Linkedin.

 

Contacts:
David Meacham                                                                          Daniel Summers
Ignite Agency                                                                               RealtyeVest
(949) 235-8862                                                                           (904) 501-7693
dmeacham@conservaco.com                                                   dsummers@ihtrealty.com

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The Best Self Directed IRAs for Real Estate Investing

Today, real estate is considered one of the most popular forms of investing in with a self-directed IRA. This is because it is a simple way for investors to grow their personal wealth and diversify their portfolios.

But when it comes to your retirement plan there are hundreds of self-directed IRA companies to choose from and making a decision can be difficult to say the least.

It’s best to think of an IRA as a trust and the custodian as a trustee, so when making an investment the trustee is the one who actually carries out the transaction.

Important Rules to Know  

First, it is important to know that your IRA is the owner of the property so the title of the asset must be in the name of the IRA administrator.

Second, you’re not allowed to invest in a property for personal use. This means that the real estate you’re purchasing using your IRA is for investment purposes only. In addition, you must be careful you are not doing business with “disqualified parties,” such as your spouse or family members.

Third, since the sdIRA is the owner of the property it must pay the bills and collect the income. For instance, if the investment is in a rental property than all rental income should return to your IRA account. Also, any bill payments including property taxes or renovations must be paid with the cash in your IRA.

How to Start Investing in Real Estate 

  1. You’ll need to set up a self-directed IRA account with one of the companies listed below we have provided a short self-directed IRA review for each of the custodians.
  2. Fund the account by either making a contribution, transfer or rolling over your funds from an old 401k, 403b or pension plan.
  3. Select the real estate investment you want to purchase and one of the companies will guide you through the process.

Best Self Directed IRA Companies 

Advanta IRA Review

Advanta IRA is a self-directed IRA retirement plan custodian serving clients nationwide. Advanta provides their clients exceptional personal service, experience and knowledge that is paramount in administrating self-directed IRAs.  Advanta IRA allows their clients to take full control of their investment retirement plan as well as provided education on using their retirement plan to grow wealth through providing helpful webinars, alternative investments and support.  Advanta has been providing self-directed IRA services for over 20 years.

CamaPlan IRA Review

A CamaPlan self-directed IRA account is the faster, safer way to true financial freedom. Grow your wealth and secure your future by deciding what types of investments you want to hold in your individual account.  Camaplan IRA provides exceptional service to its clients while allowing Self-directed IRA holders the freedom to grow their retirement plans as they see fit. CamaPlan considers itself in a “unique position of being a nimble, responsive player among the larger financial firms that are beginning to enter the self-directed IRA market.”

NuView IRA Review

NuView IRA joins several organizations to better service the community, including investor clubs, professional associations for attorneys and tax planners and the Better Business Bureau. NuView IRA has over 10 years of experience managing self-directed IRA accounts.  They are highly recognized among the industry leaders of self-directed IRA custodians.

New Direction IRA Review

New Direction is a trusted provider of Custodial and Administrative services for traditional and Roth IRAs, HSAs and other tax advantaged plans. Physical custody and administrative oversight in provided by Mainstar, in Kansas. The office of the State Bank Commissioners of Kansas regulates Mainstar and its oversight extends to New Direction’s accounts. New Direction IRA custodian is a growing company.  They have managed millions of dollars in their client’s assets, and are eager to help clients find new and exciting opportunities to invest their self-directed IRA

As you can see, any of these provides would be a good choice if you choose to start investing in real estate using a self-directed IRA account.  Defining the best self-directed IRA custodian would be a hard task unless you signed up and starting investing.  Before you select any of the above IRA custodian, be sure to get them to disclose their fee of service.

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IHT Realty Seeks Crowdfunding for Jacksonville Multifamily Deal

IHT Realty Crowdfunding has rebranded itself as RealtyeVest.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 10, 2017  — IHT Realty Crowdfunding announced on Thursday a new program that will offer investors a guaranteed six-month return regardless of how early the property sells.

This new program comes following the company’s latest investment offering of a duplex property at 3730 Lehigh Street. The investment is being sponsored by Lenger Financial, Inc., which seeks to raise $80,000 in funds for renovations to the Brentwood property.

Lenger Financial is a Jacksonville-based capital management firm that specializes in asset management, investment advisement and financial architecture. The firm’s primary real estate focus areas include single- family, mid-to-small multifamily, manufactured homes and boutique structure ventures.

Built in 1944, the two-story brick building sits on a quarter-acre lot and includes two bedrooms and one bathroom per unit, which equates to about 900-square-feet per apartment. The building is structurally sound and includes a newly installed roof.

Additional upgrades and projected renovations include a new HVAC system with ducting, new flooring, an updated kitchen and new appliances, a new fire escape and entrance stairway, exterior painting, as well as landscaping and fencing.

Lenger Financial is offering a strong debt coverage ratio of 1.28 with an excellent after repair value (ARV) of 74 percent. The sponsor is projecting a gross annual income of $15,590 and a projected net operating income of $10,443.

RealtyeVest is a real estate crowdfunding company that offers investors the opportunity to capitalize on residential, multifamily and on-trend properties across the United States.

Jacksonville is listed No.1 in Trulia’s “10 Hottest Real Estate Markets to Watch in 2017” due to its growing job market. Jacksonville posted a 3.8 percent job growth in 2016, making it one of the top markets for employment in Florida. Trulia noted a heavy influx of citizens contributing to the city’s very high ratio of inbound home searches versus outbound searches from locals wanting to leave. These factors show a trend toward long-term stability in addition to great schools, fantastic weather and a close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

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5 Best Real Estate Markets in Florida

If you are searching for the best real estate markets to invest in, you may want to consider Florida. In a recent report on Forbes.com, the online real estate site Trulia ranked the top markets for real estate investing based on the following criteria:

  • High Affordability
  • Strong Job Growth
  • Low Vacancy Rates
  • Number of Home Searches on Trulia
  • A Large Population of People Satisfied with the 2016 Presidential Election Outcome

Five out of the ten real estate markets mentioned in the report are located in the Sunshine State.

1. Jacksonville

Coming in at No.1, this northeast Florida city of 1.3 million residents along the St. Johns River showed an impressive job growth rate of 3.8 percent in 2016, leading to a high ratio of inbound home searches on Trulia versus outbound searches by people wanting to leave. In addition to strong economic stability, the area also benefits from great schools, beautiful weather and close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

2. Cape Coral/Fort Myers

It wasn’t only the 80 degree weather that made this city along Florida’s southwest coast rank No. 2 on the list. The area has also had the fourth highest job growth in the nation. Another contributing factor was the sharp drop in vacancy rates over the past year.

3. Daytona Beach/Deltona/Ormond Beach

Due to a low unemployment rate of 6.2 percent and predicted job growth of 36.96 percent over the next ten years, this area of northeast Florida ranked No. 3 on Trulia’s list. The area benefits from some of the best weather in the country.

5. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida

Strong job growth with a large number of education related jobs propelled the Tampa market to No. 5 on the list. Of course, much like the other locations, the beautiful beaches and weather didn’t hurt.

10. Bradenton/North Port/Sarasota, Florida

Rounding out the list at No. 10 were these beautiful beach communities along Florida’s southwest coast. Unlike other Florida communities, this area is not a vacation-driven community. “Not only does it deliver on the natural beauty of its beaches and weather, but it also has the critical infrastructure — the arts, great schools, small to medium-size companies, small universities — that is critical to making a great community,” the study said.

Investing in Florida Real Estate

Crowdfunding is a simple way for investors to grow their personal wealth and diversify their portfolios.

RealtyeVest is a real estate crowdfunding company based in Jacksonville. Being in the heart of one of the fastest growing real estate markets in the nation, the company has the advantage of being close to its sponsors and investment opportunities.

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5 Tips for Flipping Houses

House flipping can be a very lucrative side gig. If you do the legwork ahead of time, you can minimize the risks and maximize the odds of making good money in a relatively short period of time. In real estate, good information and good ideas are worth good money.

1. REAL ESTATE MARKET RESEARCH

purchasing the right property for fix and flips

Don’t go belly-up when investing in realty.

Some homes sell better than others. There are some general rules of thumb, such as:

  • Three bedroom homes sell better than two bedrooms.
  • Homes in a good school district are a hot commodity.
  • Homes in family-friendly neighborhoods sell better.

However, the general rule of thumb can be wrong in certain instances. This is why it is important to know the neighborhood and research the local market.

Retirement communities have different standards and expectations than family neighborhoods, and city neighborhoods will be different from suburban ones. As the old saying goes: It is all about location, location, location.

When house flipping, it pays off to be knowledgeable about local housing trends. This can inform renovation efforts and reduce the odds of a misstep.

It is better to be more observant regarding local trends rather than national trends. Paying too much attention to national trends can lead a potential house flipper down the wrong path. Real estate is very much about local market conditions, while national averages can be misleading.

People can start by reading local listings, driving around local neighborhoods and simply paying attention to local information about the housing market. Is a big employer coming to town? Is it an area that attracts “snow birds?” Is it a tourist attraction or a vacation spot?

Demographics are another thing to research. Knowledge about population characteristics, such as age, ethnicity and lifestyle are very useful when thinking about what kind of real estate sells better in a particular area.

 

2. PICKING THE RIGHT HOME

The right home is one that can be sold for a profit. But you must take the purchase price, renovation and carrying costs into consideration. The larger the profit margin, the better the sale. Some general rules:

  • It is better to buy the worst house in a good neighborhood than the best house in a bad neighborhood.
  • Houses that need more “curb appeal” are more profitable than houses with serious structural issues.
  • Fancy additions, such as swimming pools, are often not profitable.

A house with “good bones” that needs to be updated is a good bet. A house with a solid structure, but an outdated kitchen and bath is also a good bet. Bringing a house up to a community’s standards can mean more bang for your buck. For instance, purchasing a house with one bathroom and then adding a second makes a significant difference, especially if it is in a neighborhood where two-bathroom homes are considered the norm.

It is also a good idea for house flippers to buy and renovate homes near where they reside. Not only does this increase the odds of being familiar with the local market conditions, but it also cuts down on the commute to the job site. This can be a significant factor in making the project work, especially for those looking to earn a supplemental income.

Although there is a time and place for pulling out a calculator and crunching some numbers, there is a danger that number crunching alone can lead people astray. It is a bad idea to buy a “bargain house” sight unseen. The low upfront cost of purchasing it likely means there are hidden costs down the road. In this business, it is important to be hands-on and to check things out personally.

 

blueprints for home renovations

Properly plan your real estate investment from the start

3. RENOVATIONS

The renovations are where the magic happens. Staying on budget while creating something attractive to buyers is how house flippers turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse full of money.

It is important for house flippers to develop the right mindset. When people renovate their own home, it is often a labor of love and all about getting what they want out of life. This can torpedo the initial intended budget.

While that might sound OK for one’s personal residence, house flipping is a business. If it isn’t profitable than there is no point. So, it is important to keep the project under budget.

Following one’s heart can lead to better results in terms of making an attractive property sell quickly. As long as the renovations are handled in a budget-minded manner, with an eye on the bottom line, it is fine for house flippers to use their intuition and personal sense of taste to guide their decisions.

One way that most house flippers stay on budget is by investing sweat equity. In other words, they do as much of the work as possible themselves. It’s more economical to contract out certain jobs that require specific trade skills, such as plumbing and electrical work.

Another way is by picking the right house to begin with. Picking houses that need some polish, but are structurally sound, is one of the best ways to stay on budget. Foundation problems, black mold and other nightmare scenarios can easily eat all potential profits.

Some areas that typically pay off:

  • Update the kitchen
  • Update the bathroom.
  • Add a second bathroom or a half-bath.
  • Add curb appeal or generally freshen up the appearance and/or landscape.

4. TIME IS MONEY

There will be carrying costs. There will also be interest on capital borrowed to invest in the project. One of the secrets to making money when flipping houses is simply finishing the project in a timely manner.

Again, it can help to buy a house close to home. It helps to have a solid plan of attack in place. It helps to devote as much time as possible on evenings and weekends to the project.

But it’s also appropriate to be aware that time is of the essence and that this is a for-profit venture.

The other big area where time is of the essence is when it comes to actually selling the house. An empty house sitting on the market will bleed the owner for carrying costs, including mortgage, insurance, taxes and maintenance. Plus, the longer it sits on the market, the less attractive it will look to potential buyers.

That said, another secret to making money by flipping houses is knowing how to effectively price the house according to the current market. Overpricing a house can be a big mistake that costs money. It is better to pick a price point that will help the house sell more quickly.

If the work is exceptional, the final selling price can be bid up above the asking price. Even if a bidding war does not happen, it is better not to have profits eroded by the cost of carrying the house for several months.

 

5. FINANCING

It isn’t absolutely necessary to have money in the bank to flip houses because there are many ways to raise the capital needed for every project.

As long as there is enough time to do the legwork, this is a solvable problem. Real estate is one of the most solid and lucrative investments. So, as long as the renovation plans aren’t overly complex, there are some means to finance the project.

RealtyeVest is a real estate crowdfunding company that offers investors the opportunity to capitalize on residential, multifamily and on-trend properties across the United States.

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Rental Property Management 101

Those new to the real estate investment field are typically excited when they close escrow on their first property. However, that feeling can quickly turn sour due to unforeseen changes.

Nevertheless, real estate investing can be a great way to improve long-term wealth.

Below are a few items to consider when preparing for the future as a real estate investor.

MANAGING THE BUDGET

simple kitchen upgrades for rental property investments

Focus on small, simple upgrades for your rental property investment

Spend Your Time, Money Wisely
As the closing date approaches, many first-time investors assemble a list of wanted improvements, but this can be difficult as most first-timers have an unrealistic timeline concerning the completion date. There are always unexpected shortfalls, such as upgrades, renovations and other unforeseen costs. So, it’s important to be cautious when estimating a quick turnaround at a low cost. It rarely works out that way.

Be Prepared to Make an Investment of Sweat Equity
To minimize cost overruns and become better educated, a real estate investor should plan on spending a significant amount of time onsite — from the closing date until the tenant has occupied the property for a short period. Being an investment property owner is a lot of work. The owner must get bids from contractors, wait for deliveries, review work, shop for supplies, advertise the property and review rental applications. It might start out as fun, but in the end it is a lot of work. However, real estate investing is a long-term and wealth-building proposition. That’s why it’s important for an owner to invest his energy and time at the present moment.

Don’t Accept the First Contractor’s Bid
As with other major purchases, it is important to get several competing estimates to ensure a fair price on contracting work has been agreed upon. The more costly the job, the more bids the property owner should get. The bidding process can be long and tedious, but doing research now leads to better and less expensive bids in the end.

Concentrate on Small Upgrades
In most house flipping situations, things like flooring and paint usually require some work. Luckily, these are some of the easiest and most cost-effective upgrades to make. First impressions are everything and potential renters are more likely to keep things looking nice when they see that things are turnkey ready. It costs money to make these upgrades, but it pays off in terms of charging tenants higher rents.

  • Paint: Use neutral, bright colors and paint all the walls the same shade. When touch-ups are necessary — and they generally are — it’s nice to have only one color to consider. When buying paint, choose one that’s easy to clean and buy more than needed, so it’s easy to do touch-ups later on.
  • Flooring: Tile, vinyl, wood laminate and carpet. Tile is great for bathrooms and kitchens due to high moisture levels, and wood laminate is ideal for other rooms for easy cleanup and durability. Carpet isn’t usually advised for rental properties as it is easily stained and every tenant will want new carpet. By shopping around, an investor can find good deals on easy-to-install laminate flooring.

Look for Electrical and Plumbing Issues
A property that’s more than 20 years old should have its electrical outlets and water valves replaced. Get bids from plumbers and electricians before the property is listed. Water lines, valves, dishwasher hoses and drains can pose the biggest threat regarding leaks and floods. Electrical outlets aren’t as big of a risk, but they can end up looking unsightly after years of being painted over. An electrician can quickly change out all of the outlets and switches in a few hours.

Don’t Base Supply-Buying Decisions Solely on Price
When an investor gets bids and review costs at home improvement warehouses, they shouldn’t base purchase decisions solely on the price. Lowball estimates never stick when it’s time to make decisions on what to purchase. If the investor ends up buying the higher-priced item, they can end up going over their budget.

friendly tenants in a rental property

Do your due diligence when seeking tenants

FINDING THE RIGHT TENANT

If rent is any different than other monthly bills, it’s because it is the most expensive monthly bill that someone pays.

Follow Fair Housing Rules
It’s important to know that it is illegal to discriminate against rental applicants based on race, nationality, religion, gender, heritage or disability.

In addition, check to see if other states have their own Fair Housing Rules. These rules are put in place to prevent discrimination and alert landlords when leasing out properties to tenants for other reasons, such as felony convictions, income and employment or tenant history.

Perform Criminal Background Checks
It can be difficult to obtain the full story and, in some states, prevent a landlord from leasing due to a criminal conviction. That being said, it is certainly a good idea to check criminal backgrounds, which are public record and can be requested by email or at a local courthouse. Always be sure to check that an application hasn’t been falsified by verifying the person’s ID.

Look For Financial Responsibility
Also, it is important to have a tenant who shows financial responsibility. Run a credit check to see if a potential tenant appears to have trouble keeping up with car and phone payments. Moreover, it is likely that they will also have trouble paying their rent. Don’t let financial woes affect a real estate investment property. Another way to ensure that tenants will make on-time payments is to check employment history by requiring them to provide two payment receipts and proof of employment for the past six months. It is not ideal to have a tenant living above their means or one that changes jobs too often.

Moving Forward
While this is by no means a comprehensive guide to investing in rental property, these tips provide a great starting point. Real estate investors should supplement these tips with their own investigative work, as well as guidance from other, more experienced rental property owners. Other rental property investors can be a good source of advice and they can help new buyers set their expectations to a realistic level. Being a property investor is not easy; it’s more like a marathon rather than a sprint. However, if an investor paces himself and works hard success will come.

Button for financing real estate

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6 Ways to Finance Your Real Estate Projects

So you found the perfect house flipping deal that you have been reading so much about. It’s exactly the kind of real estate deal you see on HGTV. You’ve called your realtor, toured the property, your neighbor who’s a contractor worked up a renovation estimate, you’ve looked at comparable properties and convinced yourself you have found the needle in the haystack. The perfect deal. Let’s look at some important factors before deciding how to finance your real estate investment.

Create A Strict Budget

The first thing you need to do is work up a strict budget. This is not something to draw out on the back of a napkin. Your potential real estate investors want to see that the investment follows a strict budget. A couple factors to consider when creating a strict budget for your new investment property are as follows.

• Closing & carry costs – insurance, utilities, interest, title insurance, survey, etc.

• Sales costs – commissions, home warranty, transfer stamps, etc. (usually they total about 8 percent).

Once you know your budget and you have made an offer and the seller accepted subject to financing, where will the capital come from?

Where Will the Capital Come From?

Will you use your own resources or will you be leveraging all or part of the project? If you’ve done your numbers, the more you finance the greater the return on every dollar you invest out-of-pocket. This example demonstrates the difference between using your own capital and financing:

Using Your Own Cash
Purchase Price: $100,000
Renovation Costs: $50,000
Cash Out Of Pocket: $150,000
Sales Price: $200,000
Profit Amount: $50,000
Return On Investment (ROI): 33%

Using 70% Financing
Purchase Price: $100,000
Renovation Costs: $50,000
Costs of Financing: $10,000
Cash Out Of Pocket: $55,000
Sales Price: $200,000
Profit Amount: $40,000
Return On Investment (ROI): 73%

In this example, while financing your project lowers your total profits, it increase your profit margin tremendously and, with only a fraction of cash invested, you are able to avoid locking your assets into individual projects and spread them across more investments.

Leveraging Your Assets

Even though you may have the ability to pay cash for your project that doesn’t mean you should. As shown in the example above, leveraging your assets increases your return on investment (ROI) and gives you the ability to spread your money and fund multiple projects, while lowering your risks.

Get Financing for Your Real Estate Investments

Traditional Lenders

Banks and credit unions are on the top of the traditional lender list. Traditional lenders typically carry the best rates available but be prepared for a proctology exam. Most traditional lenders require a credit score of 680 or more, full documentation of income and debts, full appraisal and inspection reports, background check, significant “skin-in-the-game” (down-payment) and upfront fees for underwriting the deal. The process can be painful, slow, and repetitive. But, if you have your ducks in a row and are willing to put in the effort, this could be a cost-effective strategy for you.

Seller Financing

This is an ideal scenario since very little documentation is required and it is a quick part of the negotiations. But be wary, because some sellers will offer financing only on the condition of a quick sale. This quick sale may hamper your “due diligence” by forcing a close before you can adequately perform recommended inspections. Sellers are less likely to accept this alternative unless they are either looking for an income stream, subject to taxation on the sale or simply hoping you default.

Hard Money

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Get the most from your real estate investments

Hard money is a loan that is issued by private lenders. These loans are normally asset-backed loans that are short term and lent against the After Rehab Value (ARV). These are loan instruments that real estate investors can use to finance a quick fix and flip deal. But beware, quick and easy is not necessarily the best solution.

Hard money loans are not only expensive, but short term. You should expect fees going in and coming out as well as rates to be near usury.  Hard money loan terms are short, so don’t miss a payment or you risk losing the property. There are a lot of solid Hard Money lenders available, but you need to spend considerable time underwriting the issuers.

Family And Friends 

Approaching friends and family is also easy, and they need less convincing than other moneylenders. Have your plan together or, better yet, some portfolio to show and you should have little resistance building to your capital stack.

Keep in mind that family members tend to come with their own sets of complications, whereas with friends or associates, these kinds of emotional issues tend not to occur. Just know that whenever family is involved in business, things can get complicated.

Partners

Partnerships can be a great way to get started investing in real estate. Typically, a person might go to a private investor to get funding in exchange for doing the labor and management in preparation for the resale. You will end up splitting the profits in half, sometimes even more but it is a quick way to build momentum when investing in real estate.

On the upside, this type of partnership isn’t necessary to draw up any formal agreement as you can work on a deal-by-deal basis. But, on the downside you are likely to lose some of the decision making and control over renovation and deal making.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a relatively new alternative to creative financing real estate acquisitions. The SEC passed a law in 2012, which opened the floodgates for open solicitation of investment opportunities as long as the investors qualify as an accredited investor. With crowdfunding, you can expect competitive rates, underwriting and unbelievable fast turn-around time.

Real estate crowdfunding companies sprung up overnight to raise capital through online portals for investors. Because of this rapid influx of real estate crowdfunding businesses, it is necessary to exercise caution as a majority of these companies are run by technology entrepreneurs and not industry experts. Real estate professionals have the experience and knowledge to properly advise when an investment deal will be viable and worthy to investors.

Finding a company with years of real estate experience that understands the intricacies of finance, development, asset management and acquisitions is very important to successfully financing your real estate endeavors. RealtyeVest has a team of real estate professionals that will assist you in raising capital and leverage your assets to increase ROI for each property you find.

So, if you are a real estate developer interested in leveraging your assets or raising capital for your real estate investment properties, register with RealtyeVest to learn more about becoming a sponsor today.

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On-Trend Real Estate Investing

One’s ability to seek trends, global or otherwise, is key to any prudent investing. Real estate investing supports an innate degree of risk along with an inherent level of reward. Thus, a real estate investor’s “risk aversion” is determined by the level of each of these requirements. This is considered to be a “rules-based” approach seeking knowledge to answer the question: “Why should I invest or not invest in this asset class?”

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Make intelligent real estate investments

A key component in making sound real investment decisions is deciphering the misinformation from accurate statistical data. Conversations at the country club should not be a driver in the process. Investing should be viewed as a game of chess, not chance. The player/investor needs to be alert, aware of his or her weaknesses and strengths, mindful of the opposition and most decidedly enter the game with a plan.

Here is a look at some of the moving parts of the real estate investing market to help author an investment plan. Little in the U.S. macroeconomic data suggests overheating. GDP has settled in at about 2 percent and job growth is running at about 1.7 percent pace (2.5 million annually). The Fed has been overly cautious about raising rates due to volatility of data, financial markets and the geopolitical climate. Therefore, the veritable “punchbowl” remains.

“SKATE TO WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING, NOT TO WHERE IT IS” ~WAYNE GRETZKY

Now, let’s drill down a bit and look at a couple of cross sections of Americana. Jobs are no longer careers and millennials are not yet looking for the commitment of owning a home. They are footloose in the job market and reticent to establishing roots in any community. Understanding this trend, developers are building “condo” quality rentals which, when the market dictates, can change in mid-stream and become a sales driven opportunity. Also being considered is the multigenerational developments that allow millennials and Baby Boomers to coexist. Both have similar amenity and size requirements, which generates huge development options.

With over 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day and understanding the related socioeconomics, asset classes that were once taboo are now becoming the investment of choice. Approximately 19 percent of retired Americans have more than $250,000 set aside for retirement, while 34 percent of retired Americans have less than $250,000 and 47 percent have zero savings set aside for retirement.  What we have here is an aging population that will mostly be dependent on Social Security and Medicare. This opens the floodgates for interesting chess moves.

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing is probably the last bastion of home ownership. Developers are now recognizing this option and have begun aggressively acquiring and upgrading Parks across the United States. Warren Buffet, as an example, moved into this space by acquiring Clayton Homes, the world’s largest builder of mobile homes. This type of housing is affordable, new parks are clean, safe and loaded with amenities. Most importantly, however, is the limited supply of available Parks. There are only about 40,000 such parks left because many have been acquired and redeveloped as urbanization has overtaken rural America.

retirees enjoying their real estate crowdfunding investments

Retirees are lending power to the real estate market

Assisted Living

As we live longer and become more dependent on others for our daily care, seniors are in greater need of assistance with daily living activities. Assisted living includes meal preparation, medication management, house cleaning, laundry and bathing. Although many seniors value their independence, they may require help with some of their daily activities. Many do not have family available to help care for them or it might be a matter of location, time and commitment.

This creates a unique opportunity to serve this age group. There is a large and growing demand for quality, comfortable residential assisted group housing for the elderly that provides caring assistance for daily living. Assisted group housing in a residential home is an emerging trend throughout America.

Many families prefer an alternative to institutional type living facilities for their parents. Many are looking for a home-style group residence that is affordable, safe and comfortable. Residents enjoy 24-hour caregiver support, private bedrooms with attached baths, fantastic home-cooked, dietitian-approved meals, housekeeping and laundry services, social activities, physical and mental exercise opportunities, as well as the optimal staff-to-resident ratios in the industry. This solution provides for a vibrant, happy community.

These are just some of the ideas behind on-trend real estate investment. Remember to look at things both from a macro and a micro level. Look for real estate segments that have reasons to exist and flourish. Pay attention to the details.

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