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Tampa Investment Property Returns

Tampa Investment Property Returns

Tampa Investment Property Returns

During the peak of the housing boom in 2004-2006, many investors were diving into properties that they knew would not generate a positive cash flow.  Taking a monthly loss on a property was no big deal when they could sell the property three months later and make $30K. The few flippers’ who timed the market right, made a killing, and the rest got killed.

When you buy a property today, it is important to calculate your Tampa Investment Property Returns. You are not building equity only through appreciation, and the property values are going down faster than you can pay the mortgage principal balance. The tough lesson learned from the housing bust is that the cash flow analysis should be the determining factor in purchasing real estate.  The analysis tells you if the property will generate income for you (asset) or cost you money (liability).

If you want to be a real estate investor, you must focus on acquiring assets that generate a passive income.   If you are making money each month, then it does not really matter if the market goes up or down.

In Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki tells the story of when he wanted to buy his first rental property. His ‘rich’ dad refused to invest with him because the property did not generate at least $100 per month of income.  Kiyosaki thought that the property was a good buy because he could eventually raise the rent, the property would appreciate, or other factors would work in his favor, but his ‘rich’ dad knew better.  He knew that things do not always work out the way you plan them and that you make your money when you buy a property, not when you sell.

As a beginning real estate investor, I told my real estate agent that I would not buy anything that did not generate at least $100 in monthly cash flow, but would buy anything that would.  We were able to find 3 properties where the numbers worked out, and I was soon generating a passive income.  When the properties doubled in value two years later, it was a good bonus, now that they have gone back to the value that I originally bought them for, they are still a good investment and continue to generate income.

It is essential that you do a cash flow analysis of any property you are going to buy.  Make sure you talk to a rental manager to determine what the rental rate is for the property and what they think it will be in the future. Factor in EVERY COST of owning the property: mortgage, taxes, insurance, mortgage insurance, flood insurance, homeowners association dues, maintenance, vacancy, for rent advertising, property management fees, and unexpected emergencies. If you are still generating, at least, $100 per month, then go for it.

Wounds in real estate are usually deep and take a long time to heal.  But if you learn from your mistakes, it can become the valuable experience that will make you a savvy investor.

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Florida leads House Flipping

Florida leads House Flipping

Recent Data from RealtyTrac shows an increase in year over year house flipping.  This is when an investor buys a property and then sells it less than one year later.  The investor usually has to do at least some cosmetic improvements and is likely to make a profit from the sale.

With the increase in flipping, Florida cities dominate the list of the top areas for home flipping.  Florida had record numbers of foreclosures and houses are still not keeping up with demand, so the statistics make sense that there would be an increase.  However, house flipping also reached a peak right before housing crashed in 2008-2009.  Many investors took substantial losses on speculative home flips.

However, house flipping also reached a peak right before housing crashed in 2008-2009.  Many investors took substantial losses on speculative home flips. The current list is showing 25- 50% year over year increases in home flipping in these cities.   To be successful in house flipping, you need to do an effective analysis on what the costs will be for you to purchase, renovate and hold the property and then know what the market will support for a sales price.  Generally a real estate investor is expecting to make at least 25% profit before they take on a house flipping venture.

Before investing you should talk to a local, Lutz, FL real estate and property management company to advise you on purchasing, managing and selling your investment property.

Here are the Florida cities mentioned in the list.

17. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida

 15. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida

14. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida

11. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida

9. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida

8. Ocala, Florida

4. Homosassa Springs, Florida

3. Jacksonville, Florida

1. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida

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Tampa REO Management

Tampa REO Management

Relevé Real Estate and Property Management is now your resource for asset management in Tampa and Land O’ Lakes, Florida.  We are teaming with mortgage servicers to provide professional real estate owned or REO management and property preservation.

Services:

  • Property Management
  • REO Disposition
  • Complete Eviction Services
  • Appraisal Review
  • Title Issue Resolution
  • Property Inspections
  • Consulting
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Escrow Tracking

Wikipedia defines real estate owned as the Real estate owned or REO is a term used in the United States to describe a class of property owned by a lender—typically a bank, government agency, or government loan insurer—after an unsuccessful sale at a foreclosure auction.[1] A foreclosing beneficiary will typically set the opening bid at a foreclosure auction for at least the outstanding loan amount. If there are no bidders that are interested, then the beneficiary will legally repossess the property. This is commonly the case when the amount owed on the home is higher than the current market value of this foreclosure property, such as with a high loan-to-value mortgage following a real estate bubble. As soon as the beneficiary repossesses the property it is listed on their books as REO and categorized as an asset (non-performing asset).

As soon as a property goes into a distressed status (the borrower/homeowner misses mortgage payments) the beneficiary will want to determine the amount of equity that the property has. A popular method to determine the equity is to obtain a Broker’s Price Opinion (BPO) or order an appraisal. Based on the amount of equity that is determined from the BPO, the bank will decide whether to allow a short sale (if requested by the homeowner). If no short sale is requested by the home owner, the beneficiary will continue the foreclosure process. If the beneficiary is unable to sell the property through a short sale or at a foreclosure auction it will now become an REO property.

After a repossession from which the property becomes classified as REO, the beneficiary will go through the process of trying to sell the property on its own or obtain the service of an REO Asset Manager. The beneficiary will remove the liens and other debts on the home and try to resell it to the public, either through future auctions, direct marketing through a real estate broker or by itself. The asset manager may also try to contact REO realtors that specialize in certain ZIP codes to help sell this bank owned property. Real estate investors will often purchase these properties because of discounts offered to compensate for the condition of the property.

Many larger banks and government institutions have REO/asset management departments that field bids and offers, oversee upkeep, and handle sales. Some REO properties on the open market will be listed in MLS by the broker who performed the BPO.

Contact Relevé Real Estate and Property Management for REO Management in Lutz & Land O’ Lakes, Florida.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Property Manager

Hire a Property Manager.  The top 5 reasons on why a professional property management company will benefit you.

Hire a Property Manager

1. Rent Collection and Depositing – not getting the rent check just one month can kill your return on investment. Having to constantly remind tenants that their rent is due or late can be a real pain. A good property manager will have systems in place to effectively collect rent online, charge late fees and maintain on-time payments, notices and evictions.

2. Rates for Rent – A good property management company knows the area they are managing. They know how much your property can be rented for and can keep the vacancy rates and advertising costs as low as possible.

3. Securing Tenants– finding good tenants can be very time-consuming. A property manager can take care of securing all background checks, credit reports, employment verification, and verifications of rent and showing the property. By hiring a property manager, you will not have to deal with tenant disputes, conflict resolution and emergency maintenance.

4. Professional Network. Property managers develop relationships with professionals in related fields, such as maintenance workers, tradesmen, vendors, suppliers and contractors that you do not have. Because of the bulk of business that a property manager gives these professionals, they can provide quality work at a discount.

5. Time – Enjoying your life while just having the rents deposited into your bank account is probably why you got into real estate investing. Real estate income is not passive if you are spending all your time maintaining the property, handling tenants and keeping the books. A Property Manager is an investment, not an expense, you want to own your own time.

Contact Relevé Real Estate for full-service property management in Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Odessa, Florida.

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How to Find Great Tenants

Find Great Tenants

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how to find great tenants. Over the years I have refined many techniques to develop a solid system to find good tenants frequently, without our clients spending any money on advertising. This is accomplished through leveraging technology to create and distribute great “for rent” ads.

Here is what I suggest:

  • Take great pictures– Use a good digital camera, make sure everything is well lit and highlight any special features. Make sure all turnover maintenance, landscaping and cleaning is done beforehand. Don’t take pictures when it is raining or overcast, these never come out good. Pick a bright, sunny day to make the property show well.
  • Write great ad copy – Include the basic information, features, special offers, and contact information. Highlight any amenities and services included such as pest control or pool and lawn maintenance. Detail nearby schools, parks and entertainment. Use descriptive, delightful words, have a clear reason for why the property is special and a “call to action” for the future tenant to be able to quickly schedule a viewing. The title of your listing should highlight any special offers and should also be “search engine friendly” by using keyword phrases in the title. If a common local search phrase in Google is “ Lutz houses for rent” your title should say -Beautiful Lutz House for Rent (First 1/2 month free!).
  • Create a great ad- you can take your photos and copy over to Postlets where you can create a clean and professional ad. It is free and easy to use.
  • Target your marketProspective tenants are looking online to find their next residence, they are no longer taking the time to drive around neighborhoods or check the local newspaper classifieds. To rent most of our properties all we have needed is a good ad on CraigsList. This should be the cornerstone of your advertising, but also focus on where your prospective tenants are. Do your research, most cities have their own directories such as BradentonRent. If you are trying to rent a student property, list on student housing websites, if you are have a vacation rental, list it on vacation websites, etc.
  • Distribute it – Although most sites do not get much traffic, you will increase your chances of being found on search engines. Postlets will submit your listings to several sites including Craigslist (most popular), Google Products (makes your listing easy to find by submitting directly to the dominant search engine), Front Door, Oodle and more. Here is a list of some other sites I have found useful:stumblehere – addstoall.com – metrowny.com – adpost.com – usfreeads.com – highlandclassifieds.com – kijiji – backpage – sonicexpressmail.com – bluehint.com
  • Update frequently– Post new versions every Friday evening as this will keep your listings at the top of websites and capitalize on the heavy weekend traffic. If you are not getting many calls, sometimes small changes to your ad can make a big difference.
  • Follow up with prospects and schedule viewings quickly- Make it convenient for prospective tenants to view the property and have all paperwork ready to get the application process started.
  • Be flexible– review all offers and be willing to negotiate, in most cases you will make more money annually by renting out the property for $50 less than what you wanted, rather than have it sit vacant for a month.
  • Thorough ScreeningThe standard in the business is to at least do a credit check, background check, verification of employment (VOE) and verification of rent (VOR, if applicable). This will allow you to see their payment history for debts, if there are any criminal records, the ability to pay the rent and their pay history with previous landlords. Thorough screening enables owners and landlords to make educated decisions about who they lease the property to.
  • Set expectations– Educate your new tenants on their responsibilities. Make sure they have a clear understanding of the terms of the lease and how to handle payments and maintenance requests.

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5 Reasons to Avoid a Property Manager

5 Reasons to Avoid a Property Manager

5 Reasons to Avoid a Property Manager

The life of a real estate investor is about creating a passive income and stream and achieving financial independence. If you are managing your own real estate portfolio, you have just created a job for yourself.

When purchasing an investment property, you should factor in an 8-10% monthly management fee, as well as room for unexpected maintenance. Having a great property manager is a sound investment in achieving your goals and owning your time. Although, hiring a bad property manager, can make things very bad, very fast. To help protect your goals and your investment, avoid these property management red flags:

1. No References. Property Management has traditionally been a referral based business and the manager should have strong relationships within the local community. They should be able to provide references from tenants, owners, local organizations or vendors.

2. Unavailable. A property manager’s responsibilities are 24/7. There are problems that will arise at your property on nights, weekends and holidays that will need attention. Make sure your property manager approaches their services this way.

3. Conduct. The property manager should be able to convey confidence in the value of his services, and be professional. If the manager is not professional with you, they probably will not be with your tenants and vendors.

4. Successful Experience. Rather than having many years of experience, look at the amount of successful experience a property manager has. They should be able to give examples of their processes and how they are going to deliver the services they promised. It is important that they can change rapidly with the rental markets, technology and regulations.

5. Sales Pressure. If a property manager is forcing you into making a quick decision or seems desperate for your business, these are signs of running. A good property manager will give you time to collect references, get quotes from competitors and will work with you to determine if the relationship is a good fit.

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Land O Lakes Rental Value

Land O Lakes Rental Value

Land O Lakes Rental Value.  Determining how much you should rent your investment property for is important.  In today’s real estate market, there are a lot of properties listed for rent, so finding comparables is not a problem.

The first thing you should do is determine how much you need to rent the property for to have a good cashflow (add up all of the costs associated, taxes, insurance, association dues, maintenance, property management fees, mortgage).  You want to know where you stand compared to the current market rental rate.  You want your property to generate income for you and be an asset, not a liability.

Next, go to craigslist or do a Google search for the street name + “for rent”.  This should direct you to several comparable properties.  You should look for properties with the same amount of bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage.  Some may have pools, be on the water or several acres of land, these rates should be adjusted up or down compared to your property.  Find four or five comparables and then take the average of them.  This gives you a ballpark range for what is reasonable in the area.

Then compare the average rent to the amount you need in order to get a cashflow on the property.Set your rate at what is going to give you the maximum amount of return on investment possible, while still being competitive with the nearby properties.

In today’s market, you definitely need to be in the same range as the comparables.  There is too much supply on the market and your property will not get any attention unless it is priced reasonably.

Once you have your rental rate set, add $25.  This will give you some room to negotiate a solid lease.  Find out your Land O’ Lakes Rental Value by contacting Relevé Real Estate.

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When You Have to Break Your Lease

break your leaseMost tenants tend to make arrangements for the following 6 to 12 months. In any case, here and there life tosses you something startling that progressions your entire life arrangement.

You may have been offered a superior occupation in another state, or you and your accomplice might expect another infant and need some more room.Whatever the circumstance, the considered breaking your rental contract can keep you up around evening time.

Before you relinquish your store of the rest of the rent owed on your lease, it is fitting that you know your choices and afterward talk about them with your proprietor or property chief.

Discuss your circumstance

On the off chance that your life circumstance has adjusted or you have an issue with the property, talk things through and don’t expect you need to manage only it.

Begin by conversing with the proprietor or property director. We may live in a universe of messages and advanced correspondence, yet an up close and personal examination can be more valuable than an email trade. Be succinct and clear when you advise them about your circumstances and why you are despondent or need a change.

Before thumping on your proprietor’s entryway or making a meeting with your property administrator, deliberately thoroughly consider your circumstance and choose whether you truly need to stop your lease.

A few issues can be worked out with the director. On the off chance that your flat mate is leaving and you will battle to bear the cost of the rent independent from anyone else, the property has a few issues or the boisterous neighbors are adding to a hopeless living circumstance, your director ought to have the capacity to work with you to settle the issue.

Property supervisors and landowners are accustomed to dealing with these sorts of issues and will doubtlessly have some kind of operational system set up to determine them, whether it be unpalatable uproarious neighbors or issues with the property itself.

Tell them what is making you despondent and you might be astounded at how rapidly the issue can be determined, without breaking your lease.

Consider your alternatives

After you have addressed your landowner or property supervisor and examined your circumstance, you may both conclude that it is essential that you quit your lease. Be that as it may, you can then work through your accessible choices.

Contingent upon the size of the organization that is dealing with the property you are renting and the terms of your lease understanding, you may have a few alternatives accessible to you.

In the event that you require more space or need to scale back, you might have the capacity to move into another property in your building. This can be a simple and appealing alternative on the off chance that you are expecting an infant and will require more space in your home, or if your flat mate has left the loft and you require not so much space but rather more moderate facilities.

You can likewise verify whether your proprietor or property administration group has another property accessible at an alternate area. On the off chance that you have to migrate for your employment, it may be the case that your property administration organization claims a few structures in different states and there is a choice that you can exchange.

Be that as it may, contingent upon state occupant laws, your lease terms or tenure understanding, some of these progressions to your lease may include charges.

Arrange your lease before you leave all necessary signatures

In spite of the fact that you may have a few alternatives, the most ideal approach to abstain from breaking your lease is to ensure you arrange before you consent to the rental terms.

On the off chance that you are thinking about purchasing a house sooner rather than later, it would be worth attempting to incorporate a home loan statement. The time span to finish the buy of a property can be eccentric, particularly with a short-deal home. It is a smart thought to have an adaptable lease that won’t hit you with substantial fines.

In the event that your employment obliges you to migrate, you can arrange a condition in the lease that spreads movement.

You can’t generally anticipate each change and turn life will bring, yet for the ones that you can, attempt to incorporate a proviso in the lease that gives you an escape clause.

Attempt to think ahead

Arrange your rental assention before moving into the property to have the most obvious opportunity with regards to abstaining from breaking your lease.

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Lutz Homepath Properties

Searching for Lutz Homepath Properties

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Homepath renovation loans are loans for the purchase of Fannie Mae real estate-owned. If you qualify, you can get a 30 year fixed mortgage around 3.5 percent. Only 3 percent down is needed and they will also finance up to $25k in renovations, and there is no mortgage insurance.

The program is a great deal for first-time buyers or owner occupied borrowers looking to find a great deal on a home they can fix up and own long term.

This will help to improve the local area as owner occupying purchasers are more able to buy property and have the money to fix them up and make them livable.  There is a high supply of homes that were foreclosed on that were sitting vacant for many years and need some TLC.  The Homepath loan can be a great way to buy the right house in the right area and then be able to fix it up and customize it to how you want.

For expert property management in Lutz, Florida contact Relevé Real Estate and Property Management

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Get Your Full Security Deposit Refund

Security Deposit RefundThe required measure of your store shifts relying upon the neighborhood land market and the state itself. Typically, it’ll be anyplace from a couple of thousand dollars up to three percent of the concurred cost of the property; a few regions may even require up to 10 percent.

The up front installment demonstrates the merchant that you are not kidding about buying the property. Once the assets are kept, they can’t be pulled back or touched without the concurred composed assent of both the purchaser and the merchant. Once the escrow is shut the assets are put towards the parity of the initial installment.

Much the same as the terms and cost of the property, the sum required for the store is debatable. Be that as it may, it won’t be prominent with the merchant in the event that you put down considerably less than what is standard in the nearby market.

You can recover your store however you can likewise lose it in the event that you are not cautious. The following are three top tips to ensure your store.

Know the property

Each house, whether another form or a period home, ought to have an investigation before being sold. You ought to likewise incorporate a possibility in your agreement to guarantee that you are secured in case of any unsavory or unreasonable revelations.

An overseer will look at everything from the rooftop to the establishment. Master monitors can be brought into search for any nuisances, for example, termites, or to go over the warming and ventilation frameworks. Indeed, even shiny new homes ought to be altogether examined.

On the off chance that the investigations uncover any issues, you should choose whether to haul out of the arrangement or continue. Review possibilities are regularly entirely unclear and permit the purchaser some space to pull back from the arrangement and have everything of their store returned.

Composed advance endorsement and examination possibility

You will require composed verification of your advance endorsement, and you will need to ensure the property is not assessed for not exactly the value you concurred with the vender.

You ought to incorporate a possibility proviso that permits you, the purchaser, to get composed affirmation of advance endorsement before advancing with the arrangement. In the event that for reasons unknown, your advance is denied you can leave the arrangement with your store came back to you in full.

Ensure you keep this possibility set up, regardless of the possibility that you are attempting to get composed advance endorsement from your loan specialist. Advance suppliers can, and have, pulled back financing at last. Ensure you stay in touch with your advance supplier, and if important solicitation an augmentation from the merchant. In the event that you close down that you have been affirmed a credit and are later denied subsidizing, you hazard losing your store.

You ought to likewise incorporate an evaluation possibility. In the event that the property is assessed for not exactly the concurred cost with the dealer you ought to keep the privilege to leave the arrangement with you store in place, or at any rate renegotiate the concurred price tag with the vender.

Go over the property divulgences

Most land markets require the merchant to aggregate a rundown of revelations that demonstrate the dealer’s information and experience of owning the property. They are required by law to uncover any deformities, issues, or area issues that have or could negatively affect the property.

You ought to likewise have a chance to survey any open records and reports, for example, the building grant history or ecological danger maps.

After your offer is acknowledged, you ought to be sent the rundown of divulgences. On the off chance that you don’t care for anything uncovered by these exposures, this is your chance to go on the property and pull back from the arrangement.

You should approve these reports and exposures, so ensure that you completely go over the data and continue with alert. Your store will be at danger once you close down, so ensure you make inquiries, ask for extra documentation or reports, and deliberately examine anything that worries you about the property.

Your well deserved money is hanging in the balance

Contingent upon the cost of the property, the purchaser’s required store can be an impressive entirety. In the event that a property cost $400,000, a three percent store would add up to the noteworthy aggregate of $12,000. So ensure that you continue with alert and secure your store as you advance towards shutting on a property.