Posts Tagged :

Tampa

150 150 Relevé Real Estate

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.

150 150 Relevé Real Estate

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.

150 150 Relevé Real Estate

Tampa Bay Living

tampa bay living

Tampa Bay Living, these are neighborhoods laid out in the more traditional sense. I will speak about some of them. South

South Tampa has historic homes, townhouses, condos, and luxury lofts. Everything from festivals to live music and an active night life.

Ybor City. Ybor has “modern and renovated condos, townhouses, and lofts.” Ybor also has restaurants’ and shopping. Looking for the business district? Downtown Tampa is your place. It offers lofts and high rises for places to live in, and with places of interest to see, like the children’s museum. If you want suburban/residential, then you like these areas, New Tampa has lots of ranch style houses and “family friendly neighborhoods” Brandon is a “Typical suburban community” and it has “everything from apartments to homes.”

If you want suburban/residential, then you like these areas, New Tampa has lots of ranch style houses and “family friendly neighborhoods” Brandon is a “Typical suburban community” and it has “everything from apartments to homes.”

Brandon is a “Typical suburban community” and it has “everything from apartments to homes.” It’s like any place, depending where you live will depend on how quiet the community is, or if you are near restaurants, shopping, and bars.” Lithia/Fishhawk Ranch “offers condos, townhouses, ranch-style, and new-bungalow style housing in basically all price ranges, and is a very family oriented community.” It along “

Lithia/Fishhawk Ranch “offers condos, townhouses, ranch-style, and new bungalow style housing in basically all price ranges, and is a very family oriented community.” It a long drive to the hot spots like South Tampa, Ybor, and Channelside.” Finally there is Plant city.

Plant city is known for peace and quiet because the houses are further apart. Which place or neighborhood would you choose from each city?

150 150 Relevé Real Estate

Rental Value Tampa

rental value tampa

Determining how much someone is going to be willing to pay for to rent your investment property has become increasingly more accurate.  Rental Value in Tampa Bay can be hard to determine if you are just looking on the web.

Our current software compares actual rental rates of comparable properties in the local area.  The software company has many clients and can run generic reports for actual market value and rental rates.  This is superior to an estimate on Zillow, Craigslist or other listing services, because you find out what people are actually paying, rather than what a property is listed for.

There are many factors involved, but no one really knows how much someone is willing to pay, until they actually pay it.  Then that is how much it is worth.

For example a property may be listed for $1500 per month, but then the owner may cut a deal and end up renting it for $1300 per month.  All listing sites have to go on is the $1500, not the $1300, so you may find your expectations are higher than they should be and you may end up sitting with a property vacant for longer than necessary.  This can work in the other direction with finding that some properties may be underpriced. Reports should be run on your existing portfolio to determine if your rental rates are keeping pace with the current market.  There are many factors involved, but no one really knows how much someone is willing to pay, until they actually pay it.  Then that is how much it is worth.

Many properties are advertising top rents and have been on the market for over six months by their tampa property management company.  From a simple investment standpoint, 6 months of vacancy is going to cost a lot more than renting the unit for $200 less.

Example:  asking rent $1500 per month.  Vacant six months.   $1300 vacant one month.  Over the five months the unit was rented, the owner collected $6500.  Would you rather your property manager make you feel good, tell you your property is great and that they are ‘connected’ and can get top rental value.  Or would you like the $6K in your account?

In the current market, there are record numbers of bank owned properties, that means record numbers of displaced people.  Since supply is low, demand increases and rates are expected to increase.  rent hikes

Vacancy will kill your portfolio.

This way the market determines the maximum amount that your property will rent for.

150 150 Relevé Real Estate

Investment Property Vacancy

 

investment property vacancy

The current rental market remains strong with rental rates at their highest levels.  Your exposure to investment property vacancy should be very small. The record number of foreclosures in the late 2000s have left many families still unable to purchase a home, bank owned properties sit empty and mortgages are more difficult to qualify for.  Finding an affordable rental property has been a difficult thing to do with a high demand and low supply of available homes.

In these type of market conditions, properties shouldn’t be sitting vacant long in this market.  Most of our clients have new leases started the day after their old tenant’s lease ends.  With 60 days notice and a strong rental market, your vacancy rate should remain very limited.  Any good property manager should, on average be able to rent your property in 2 to 3 weeks, if not, something is wrong.

When I look at properties online I see some that have been vacant for 200 to 300 days??   Seems quite odd and I believe it is mainly from real estate agents telling people what they want to hear and not being responsive to prospective tenants.

This rental market will remain strong for the foreseeable future, but won’t last forever.  Investors should be maximizing  their opportunities while they are there.

For Expert Property Management in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties contact Relevé Real Estate and Property Management.  Elevate your expectations.

Tampa Bay Rental Home
1024 819 Relevé Real Estate

Tampa Bay Rental Home Demand

Tampa Bay Rental Home

 

The Tampa Bay Rental Home Demand continues to accelerate.  Contact the local agents at Relevé Real Estate now for expert property management.

The current tenant called and gave their 30-day notice they would be moving out.  Immediately the ad went up and 24 hours later we had an application in on the property for $200 more than what the current tenants were paying.

Although this is a fast example, the Tampa Bay Rental Home demand for rentals has been soaring, where homes in good areas are only staying on the market 2 – 4 weeks.   Many prospective tenants are aware of how quickly properties can go, especially in Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, where they know they have to immediately jump on something they like before it is gone.  Owners are reaping the rewards of their investments like never before.  No vacancy and increasing rental rates are keys to investors success.

From Wikipedia, Tampa is a city in and the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico, and is part of the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area. The city had a population of 346,037 in 2011.

Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.47 percent or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year. Between 2000 and 2006, the Greater Tampa Bay Market experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million population mark on April 1, 2007.A 2012 estimate shows the Tampa Bay area population to have 4,310,524 people and a 2017 projection of 4,536,854 people.

If you had a tenant turnover and had your property sitting vacant for a month, then you would have to cough up the money for the mortgage, putting a $1000 –$1500 loss on the books, then it takes you a month to make it up and can kill your cash flow for the year and losing out on Tampa Bay Rental Home demand.

For property managers who manage your property as if it were their own, contact Relevé Real Estate and Property Management.

tampa bay property managment
1024 768 Relevé Real Estate

What to Ask of a Tampa Bay Property Management Company

 

If you own a rentals in Tampa, Florida and you wish to have less stress and time in managing it, you need to get the services of a Tampa Bay property management company. Before you hire one though, you need to ask the proper questions so that you will get the right company.

The first question to ask of the company is their contact information such as their address, telephone number, cell phone number and email address because you will want to know how to reach them if a problem occurs. Knowing how to reach them shall save you time and allow you to get on with your busy life. It is imperative to have different ways of reaching your property manager.

Know if the property management company you hire shall address issues on repairs. Ask them if you shall pay for such repairs or if this is included in your contract with them. Inquire if they will get the services of an external company to maintain the property and how much they shall pay for it. Know the type of repairs that you shall be responsible for. Also be aware of the cash reserve they need to cover expenses for repairs.

You should also ask if they handle yard maintenance such as shoveling snow, raking leaves and mowing the lawn. Companies that do such requests are good because your property will look nicer and cleaner to prospective tenants. Ask if you will be the one to hire additional help for yard maintenance.

Ask if there is a contract between you and the Tampa Bay property management company and its length. If you do not agree to certain things, know how difficult it would be to terminate the contract. Know if there is an early termination fee of the said contract.

Inquire if there is a vacancy fee as there are some property managers that impose this. It covers advertising costs, time in showing interested tenants the property and other fees which are related to filling the vacancy. Know the amount of such a fee and the company’s manner of billing.

Ask the effectiveness of the Tampa Bay property management at filling vacancies. Know their methods of promoting your property. Check if they have a website filled with good pictures of properties they manage. Inquire if they promote through local classified ads as well as free online rental listings. Ask the number of vacant properties they are managing.

When you hire a Tampa Bay property management company, your property will have good tenants immediately.

150 150 Relevé Real Estate

What You Should Know About Basic Property Management Services

property management

Marketing

Tampa Bay property management companies do more than advertising. They screen tenants and check backgrounds as necessary to avoid any problems in the future, such as incurred damages on your property, unpaid rental fees and other legal concerns; thus, giving you only quality tenants. It is important to check if the property management company you want to deal with has a strict screening process so you can sleep peacefully without having to worry if the tenants are taking good care of your property.

Screening includes checking for criminal records, assessing for financial capability, etc.

When inquiring, it is a must to ask if the property manager collects additional marketing fees for online and newspaper ads because this might double your expenses. Choosing a company with many years in operation is practical for this matter because no more extensive advertising is needed, thanks to their wide network.

Likewise, some Tampa FL property management companies collect renewal fees every time there is a new tenant. This is not advisable for real estate owners because it unnecessarily adds up on your bills.

Maintenance

A huge portion of your payments to a property manager goes to the maintenance fee. This, in general, includes necessary repairs and beautification to make the property marketable, before, while (as necessary or requested) and after a tenant occupies it. Not all companies include an all-out maintenance service, and it can work for or against you.

By letting you choose the contractor of your choice, you have more inputs in the process; pick the specific maintenance services you want; and scout for cheaper contractors in the area. However, this is not advisable.

First, it is more tedious and time-consuming. It defeats the purpose of convenience in hiring a Tampa property management company. Second, the truth is, you will just end up paying more instead of saving more. Company-to-company contracts are cheaper and are often discounted compared to when individual clients avail of a contractor’s services. This is because a company-to-company contract is quantity dependent, collectively or not.

Operation

Monitoring, financial management, utilization and even acquisition all fall under operation. Some property management Tampa FL has a la carte services that contribute to the efficiency of the overall management.

Basically, these companies stay updated with Federal Fair Housing laws and practices from the municipal to the state level. Should any legal matters arise (with the tenant), they will offer assistance or even handle it themselves (some have affiliate legal counsels). Depending on the extent of the service, the fee they collect will greatly vary.

Tampa Real Estate Investing
1024 576 Relevé Real Estate

Non-Accredited investors in Tampa Real Estate Investing

Tampa Real Estate InvestingCrowdsourcing real estate deals for Tampa Real Estate Investing is now beginning on a smaller investment scale.  In some cases, with as little as  $100, a resident of a particular state may become a real estate investor.  The SEC just voted on and passed rules to implement Title III of the JOBS Act, bringing non-accredited investors into the fold for equity crowdfunding.

Prior to the bill, you used to have a net worth of over $1,000,000 in assets or have an income of at least $200,000 per year.  The new ACT lowers the barriers to entry and gives more people ACCESS to real estate investment deals for Tampa Real Estate Investing.

Web sites are beginning to pop up where you could sign up for an account, and invest in ‘shares’ of an investment property.  You would technically own a part of the property in Tampa Real Estate Investing and would be due part of the return on the investment. Investing in real estate this way has a lot of upside including high leverage, high return on capital, investment collateral and a relatively safe investment.

However, downside risk comes from market fluctuations and lack of liquidity in case you wanted to sell your investment.  In other words, if the market dived and you wanted to get out of your investment, you might not be able to.

The biggest risk might actually be the reputability of the real estate agency you are using.  As there is a potential for fraud in your Tampa Real Estate Investing.

Work with a professional Tampa Florida realtor and then find an expert property management Tampa company to manage the property for you.

One example from Wikipedia is Fundrise is an American real estate crowdfunding platform. It facilitates transactions from individuals, allowing them to invest in real estate projects with initial investments starting at $1,000 and up to $10 million. It has been labeled as the first company to successfully crowdfund investment into the real estate market.

Tampa Bay Realtor
1024 576 Relevé Real Estate

Choosing a Tampa Bay Realtor

Tampa Bay Realtor

When you’re searching out an associate that will help you negotiate the complexities of promoting a domestic, you’ve come to the right area. The experience, determination and robust communication you’ll acquire here will help make certain the a success and profitable sale of your private home with a Tampa Bay Realtor:

1. The local advantage – take advantage of a large spectrum of technologies and tools to guide the sale of your property from start to close.

2. Net advertising – since the lion’s proportion of home customers begins their search for a Tampa Bay Realtor at the internet, pinnacle placement on SERPs is essential. You’ll advantage get entry to placement on google, man bc, and other websites. This can maximize your exposure and produce a big variety of ability consumers to view data about your house.

Three. Email campaigns – it’s important to “work the network.” we are able to work collectively to pick out the proper humans to target your home-and phone your Tampa Bay Realtor through e-mail to pressure exhilaration and interest.

Four. Private touch – of route, generation on my own gained sell your own home. Face-to-face interplay presents the advantage to sell your home-and you received need to fear about a issue. The information can be treated with care and consistent verbal exchange, to make certain the advertising and sale of your private home move easily.

Domestic listing syndication with your Tampa Bay Realtor

Your private home can be marketed on websites all throughout the internet, ensuring shoppers see your property and the whole lot it offers.

The stairs to promoting a domestic in more Tampa Bay Realtor also encompass:

Pricing your property right
How we marketplace your private home
Agreement negotiations
Short sales

We awareness on extra Tampa bay area real estate inside the following counties, but now not constrained to:

Hillsborough county Florida
Pasco county Florida
Pinellas county Florida
We are well versed at the nearby extra Tampa bay Florida estate marketplace. Anticipate not anything much less than a personalised carrier, consisting of a complete consultation that competitively positions your own home in today’s more Tampa bay Florida real property marketplace.